Smith likes Romney early for Prez

HAMILTON – Veteran U.S. Rep. Chris Smith (R-Hamilton) said he likes former Massachussets Gov. Mitt Romney as a potential canddiate for president in 2012.

“He’s a good and effective businessman,” Smith told as he campaigned today with state Sen. Tom Goodwin (R-Hamilton).

What about Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska?

“I met her once,” Smith shrugged. threw a third name out there: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Chris Christie spoke to the Republican Conference two weeks ago and they were very impressed with his depth of knowledge and commitment,” said Smith, who stopped short of saying he believes Christie is ready for a shot against President Barack Obama. Smith likes Romney early for Prez