Christie surprised by Romney’s Colorado loss, wants GOP gubernatorial wins in North Carolina and New Hampshire

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie said he was not surprised that Mitt Romney lost three primaries this week, other than the loss in Colorado.

“Like I said all along, this is going to be a long process,” Christie said. “I was a little bit surprised at Colorado…That doesn’t shake my confidence.”

Even so, he said he expects Romney to be the Republican candidate at the convention in Tampa in August.

Christie also defended Romney in the context of Christie’s kerfuffle over the teachers’ union president. Union executive president Vince Giordano remarked this week about the lot of poor students who can’t escape failing public schools:

The governor was asked by a reporter how the Giordano remark differed from Romney’s remark last week that he was “not very concerned about the very poor” due to the “ample safety net” provided to them.

Christie said, first off, “Mitt Romney apologized for those remarks,” whereas Giordano has not. Second off, he said that Romney is a charitable man who has nothing in his history to support allegations of disdain for the poor.

Christie also said, as vice president of the Republican Governor’s Association, he is hoping to pick up two seats in 11 gubernatorial contests this year. The GOP currently controls 29 state executive seats and Christie said the goal is to surpass 30 this year, focusing on North Carolina and New Hampshire, where in both cases Democratic governors will not be running for re-election. Christie surprised by Romney’s Colorado loss, wants GOP gubernatorial wins in North Carolina and New Hampshire