TRENTON, N.J. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, R, said "know-nothing" campaign staffers are the sources of reports of tension between him and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
"When you get to the end of a campaign and it's unsure of the results, those who fear they may be blamed if things don't go well will try to look for other people to blame," Christie told reporters Tuesday in Westwood. "That's the way it goes."
The website Politico reported Saturday that "some Romney friends and donors" were irritated that Christie had praised President Obama after the two toured the devastated New Jersey shore aboard Marine One on Oct. 31.
The Huffington Post reported Monday that Christie, who had traveled the country as a campaign surrogate, declined Romney's invitation to appear alongside him at a Sunday rally in Bucks County, Penn., across the Delaware River from Trenton, the New Jersey capital.
"It's completely untrue," Christie told reporters, referring to The Huffington Post report. He said he spoke to Romney on Oct. 28, the night before Hurricane Sandy made landfall at the New Jersey coast.
"I told him, 'Listen, Mitt, if the storm hits the way they think it's going to, I'm off the campaign trail at least through Election Day,' " Christie said. "He said: 'Chris, do what you have to do. Do your job and don't worry.' "
Christie said he expects Romney to clinch the election. "All this noise is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who are mad at the fact I said nice things about the president," Christie said. "That's too bad for them."
Christie praised Obama after he and the president toured the most devastated areas Oct. 31. At a news conference that night in West Trenton, Christie said the president "couldn't have been better."