Christie: Cheers for Rivera, support for whoever wins GOP primary

TOMS RIVER – Gov. Chris Christie stopped by this Southern New Jersey town Wednesday to announce $28 million in federal money to help with essential police services, but found time to comment on the Senate primary and an All-Star pitcher.

Christie, when asked if he would endorse Steve Lonegan if he wins the GOP U.S. Senate primary next month, said he would endorse whichever candidate wins, whether it is Lonegan or Dr. Alieta Eck.

He said he wanted to avoid getting involved in taking sides in the primary, let the process play itself out, and then he would endorse and work for whoever wins the primary.

He said that he was one of those applauding New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera Tuesday at the All-Star game in Citi Field in New York.

He lauded him for being a “model citizen for kids who look up to him all across this state. You never hear one word about Mariano Rivera other than that he is a good person, a Hall of Fame pitcher.’’

He said that as a Mets fan he found it richly ironic that Rivera, a Yankee, received a standing ovation in the Mets’ home park as he prepares to retire after this season.

Christie: Cheers for Rivera, support for whoever wins GOP primary