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Former Gov. Whitman Says Christie Needs To Focus On New Jersey

11-6-13

When it came to get reelected as the governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie got the outcome he expected. Former New Jersey Gov. Christine Todd Whitman told NJTV News Managing Editor Mike Schneider that the governor showed his strength throughout his campaign to win.

“That’s what a leader, being leader will get you and that’s just reflective of the fact that he’s the leader and the people of the state of New Jersey appreciate that,” said Whitman. “And of course I think people around the country look for that as well cause we don’t see it much in Washington these days.”

Whitman believes Christie has potential to find common ground between political parties, mentioning he has been able to do it within the state. Christie has been acting as a governor, achieving items on his agenda and getting a consensus, according to the former governor.

With Christie’s second term now set to begin, Whitman says the governor should keep his focus at home.

“I’d advise him to keep his focus on New Jersey for a while,” said Whitman. “He’s going to get a lot of pressure to be out there and be running for president and he’s still got some things I know he wants to accomplish in the state and he really should.”

Whitman says once a politician goes to the national level, there is a lot more scrutiny than a position within local government.

She also says it would be a hard job for Christie to be governor and become a presidential candidate. He would have to resign, as it would conflict with his job as governor and it would be a conflict on interest.

As for his second term in New Jersey, Whitman hopes Christie does his job in the state and that the recovery from Superstorm Sandy continues.

When it came to Christie’s Democratic opponent, Barbara Buono, Whitman says that she felt bad for Buono because she was abandoned by her political party.