STATE – Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin criticized Gov. Chris Christie for making what she termed a “rookie mistake” when he made comments about Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich this weekend.
“You know, sometimes if your candidate loses in just one step along this path, as was the case when [Mitt] Romney lost to Newt the other night, and of course, Romney is Chris Christie’s guy,” Palin said in an interview with Fox Business News. “Well, you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things that you regret later. And I think that that’s what Chris Christie did.”
Palin was referring to comments Christie made on NBC’s “Meet the Press” after Gingrich won the South Carolina primary.
“I think Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time. Whether he’ll do it again in the future, I don’t know,” Christie said. “We all know the record. I mean, he was run out of the speakership by his own party. He was fined $300,000 for ethics violations. This is a guy who’s had a very difficult political career at times and has been an embarrassment for the party…. I’m not saying he will do it again in the future, but sometimes past is prologue.”
In her interview, Palin said that Christie “played right into the media’s hands.”
“Here’s a host that asked Chris does Newt embarrass the party,” Palin said. “I think he asked him twice, and there Chris played right into it and, you know, spewed that about, yeah, Newt embarrassing the party.”
“I think if Chris were asked about some of his, you know, past actions, taking a state helicopter to his kid’s baseball game, some people may say, well, that sort of embarrassed your party, Chris,” Palin said, referring to the governor’s use of a State Police helicopter to travel between his son’s baseball game and a meeting with Republican fundraisers last year. “And he would then be on the receiving end of a comment that maybe he wished that somebody kept as an inside thought.”
Christie endorsed Romney in October. Palin has not officially endorsed any of the GOP presidential candidates, but her husband Todd endorsed Gingrich.
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