Gov. Christie to Mississippi Republicans: He’s All about GOP Elections, Not Corruption Case

FLOWOOD, Miss. — New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) stopped in Mississippi Tuesday as part of a handful of events across the south on behalf of his political action committee.

“This is about (Gov.) Phil Bryant.” Christie told reporters outside of Primo’s  Restaurant in Flowood where he and Bryant stopped to shake hands and mingle with supporters. “I can lend my voice of support to his reelection and I do,” he said.  “It would be good to have Governor Phil Bryant for another four years and have others in the Republican Party win their election; so I am here to help.”

Christie, who is expected to run for President, said Tuesday’s visit was in no way, a campaign stop for himself.  “If it was a campaign stop for me Bryant would be doing more talking,” he joking said.  “I’d have him telling people of Mississippi what he thinks of me.”

Christie told reporters he had not decided if he will run for President.  “I am not the shy type so when I decide, I will let everybody know.”

The visit was Christie’s first out-of-state trip since two former allies were indicted for their roles in the George Washington Bridge traffic scandal.  A third pleaded guilty to corruption charges.  Christie said he does not believe the scandal would negatively impact his ability to run a successful campaign for President. “Because there have now been three investigations… and they all come to the same conclusion, that I had nothing to do with this.  So you know, all you can do is tell the truth. And that’s what I have done and will continue to do.”

Christie was also scheduled to travel to Louisiana Tuesday afternoon for a meet and greet with U.S. Senator David Vitter and a reception for the PAC supporting Vitter’s campaign for governor.