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article imageMurdoch tells N.J. Christie to re-endorse Romney 'or take blame'

By Yukio Strachan     Nov 3, 2012 in Politics
Fox News tycoon Rupert Murdoch had a little friendly advice for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Friday — publicly reaffirm his support for Mitt Romney, or else.
"Now Christie, while thanking O, must re-declare for Romney, or take blame for next four dire years," he tweeted.
The admonition, by way of a tweet from the Murdoch's verified Twitter account, was presumably in reference to the warm relationship Christie, a Republican, had with Obama this week, as the two toured New Jersey in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Huffington Post said.
Salon reminds us that Christie gave the keynote at the Republican National Convention and had been among Romney’s most outspoken surrogates. And as recently as last week, Christie was on the campaign trail, berating Obama as an ineffective leader, according to the Huffington Post.
That partisan posturing seemed to disappear entirely as Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast.
MSN reports that Murdoch's rebuke comes days after conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh blasted the governor, calling him a "Greek column" for the president, even though Christie had been Mitt Romney's first choice for VP.
A number of prominent conservatives have worried that Christie's newfound appreciation for the president could prove to be a decisive liability to Romney's presidential campaign.
The Huffington Post reports that it remains to be seen whether Christie, who has presidential ambitions of his own, will alter course in response to conservative blowback. The governor has already dismissed the suggestion that he make a new push for Romney, saying, "If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."
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