SPOTSWOOD – The understated presence in the room of Middlesex County GOP Chairman Sam Thompson didn’t cause Gov. Chris Christie to opt for Middlesex over Bergen, Monmouth, Passaic or any other November countywide contest when asked which would provide the best test of his leadership in office so far.
“I’ve been a countywide elected official,” said the former one term and out Morris County freeholder. “Just as it was when I ran, those races will be determined by countywide issues.”
Gov. Christie Whitman was governor then.
“Christie Whitman was not an issue,” Christie said. “No one cared what Christie Whitman was doing.”
Presented with a list if potential battleground counties, including Middlesex, partial home to the special 14th Legislative District race, the governor shook his head.
“None of them serve as a referendum on me,” he said. “I just do my job each and every day and ultimately my referendum will come when I seek re-election in 2013.”