In national fistfight with Gingrich, Romney relying on Christie’s New Jersey to stay placid

Republican Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is scheduled to arrive in New Jersey later today with nearly the entire state GOP constellation lit up for him.

In most cases, support for Romney required no strenuous arm-twisting by Gov. Chris Christie, who wants New Jersey in the Romney column.

“Honestly, dude,” a GOP insider told PolitickerNJ.com, “I’m not crazy about Romney, but I wouldn’t be for any of the other contenders at this point. Yeah, the train wreck factor – I can’t deal with it right now.”

The only Trenton-level elected officials unwilling to put their chits on Mitt are state Sen. Michael Doherty (R-23) (a proud Ron Paul backer) and Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-25).

Assemblywoman Alison McHose (R-24) is also unaccounted for, according to sources.

But otherwise, Romney will have the backing of all 21 party chairs and nearly every other elected official tonight when he appears with Christie at a Parsippany fundraiser.

In national fistfight with Gingrich, Romney relying on Christie’s New Jersey to stay placid