Christie savages Gingrich as ‘influence peddler’

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie absorbed Mitt Romney’s South Carolina loss and went into attack mode against that night’s primary winner, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

“The fact of the matter is the speaker doesn’t like talking about certain things, but for the last ten years he has been an influence peddler in Washington, D.C.,” Christie told reporters. “He’s made millions of dollars.”

A close ally of Romney’s, Christie said he is confident the former Massachusetts governor will win the GOP Primary for president.

“The Romney campaign had a bad week, you lose by 12 points that’s a bad night,” said the governor, “but you pick yourself up, you dust yourself off and you head to Florida.”

In the end, Romney “will win enough to be the nominee.”

“We’ll have our ups and downs,” Christie said. “South Carolinaq was a down.”

Christie savages Gingrich as ‘influence peddler’