While some may see this as a slap to Palin, I see it as a shrewd political move. Christie is trying to beat out an incumbent Democratic governor, and is leading comfortably (New Rasmussen poll has him up by 12 points) at the moment in a state that went 57%/42% Obama last November.
The last thing he wants is to bring in someone who is deeply unpopular with Democrats and Independents (whom Christie needs to win), to campaign for him. That just wouldn’t be smart.
Christie, is however, getting support from one high-profile politician, who may be running for governor of NY in 2010.
Here’s the story from NJ.com:
Chris Christie says Sarah Palin won’t stump for him, but Rudy Giuliani will
Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie today said he will not invite former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to campaign for him in New Jersey.
Christie said he hopes to welcome former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani — who campaigned with him during the GOP primary — back to the Garden State this fall, but he believes the race is about him, not high-profile national Republicans.
“This is about New Jersey issues and New Jersey, and I don’t think having Governor Palin here would do me, or frankly the state, a whole lot of good in the sense that we need to talk and focus on what the New Jersey issues are,” Christie said during a radio interview on New Jersey 101.5 FM.
“I hope Mayor Giuliani will continue to be supportive and be here and work with me, but other than that, I think the people of New Jersey have to hear from me and that’s the person they’ll be electing. I’ll be sitting in the chair, and I want them to spend most of their time getting to know me.”
Meanwhile, a high-profile figure who’s on his way to becoming deeply unpopular, President Obama, will be in town to stump for Corzine next week.