You lost, bro. Now run along and find something to do.
That was pretty much the sentiment this morning from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who criticized failed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for attributing his defeat to government “gifts” bestowed by his challenger, President Barack Obama.
“It’s time to pivot and move on,” Christie said in an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
Romney, in a conference call with donors Nov. 14, said Obama won the election in part because his voters, particularly minorities, benefited from federal subsidy programs. At a private fundraiser in May, Romney said 47 percent of Americans were “victims” who relied on government handouts.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, the new chairman of the Republican Governors Association, said this week that Romney’s latest remarks were “insulting” and “completely unhelpful.”
Christie was among Romney’s most prominent surrogates until Oct. 28, when the governor told Romney that Hurricane Sandy, heading straight for New Jersey, was his more pressing priority. He voted for Romney, whom he called “a good man” and “a friend of mine.”
But enough, already, with the “gifts” and “victims” routine.
“You can’t expect to be a leader of all the people and be divisive, OK?” Christie said. “You have to talk about themes, policies that unite people.”
He also criticized what he called “this kind of scapegoating after elections” and said he wished Romney “hadn’t said those things.”
“But I’m not going to bury the guy for it,” he said.