Christie Not for Astorino Yet — Waiting to See Who Party Nominates

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Attendees listen to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he joined Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Sen. John McCain, to discuss the best ways to prevent human trafficking at major events like the Super Bowl at a forum in Phoenix on Nov. 22, 2013.

Chris Christie supporting  Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino in New York’s governor’s race?

Not so fast, says the head of the Republican Governors Association.

“We’ve been pretty clear about not getting involved in primaries, and it’s not clear yet whether there could be one, two, three, four or even more candidates in the contest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination,” Christie, 51, who won a 22 percentage point reelection victory last month, told reporters today in Trenton.

“As RGA chairman, we’re going to elect Republican governors in every state,” Christie said. “Once that’s cleared up in New York as to who the Republican candidate might be, then we’ll assess at the RGA about the worthiness of investing in that race.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a popular Democrat who has cooperated with Christie in areas where they share power such as the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, has said Christie spoke to him to tell him The New York Post was wrong in reporting he would back Astorino, the paper later reported.

Christie and Astorino, accompanied by their wives, had lunch in November during an RGA conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. During the meeting, the Christies answered questions about running for office and governing in a home with young children, Christie said.

At no point during the meeting did Astorino seek or receive any support, the New Jersey governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate said.

“When we have a Republican nominee for governor of New York, then I’ll support the Republican nominee for governor of New York,” Christie said. “The fact is, whether the RGA will invest in that race is a question based upon the competiveness of the other races and the competitiveness of that race. As Haley Barbour told me a long time ago when he had the job: the RGA does not invest in lost causes and it doesn’t pay for landslides.”

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