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* Governor Chris Christie

Governor Christie said, “This is the most important election in generations. Whether we are able to fix our economy and get our country on the right track will have ramifications for decades. We cannot afford to continue on our current path. Mitt Romney has a life history of coming into struggling organizations and turning them around. Right now, we need someone like him in the White House to fundamentally change our economy and reverse three years of failed policies. Unlike our current president, Mitt Romney understands the economy from the inside out. Fixing the economy will not be easy, but Mitt has shown throughout his life that he has the leadership ability and expertise to lead our country toward a recovery. Republicans should recognize the importance of this election and realize that if they are serious about regaining the White House, Mitt Romney is the only candidate to back.”

(Classic Chris Christie telling it like it is)   2:40 excerpt

“I think that Governor Romney is the best candidate to beat Barack Obama next November. And we cannot have another four years of Barack Obama in the White House. And so first, I believe that's the biggest reason to support Mitt Romney. In addition, this is a guy who has got executive experience in both the private sector and the public sector. He knows how to use government authority as a governor, he also knows how to turn things around as a guy in the executive positions in business. And lastly, I believe in the Governor's integrity. We had a great time to sit down and talk this past Saturday, myself and Mary Pat, with Mitt and Ann, and it sealed the deal for me. He is somebody who I believe can win, and I believe will take our country in a different direction...

“I've had conversations with a number of the other candidates; I have great respect for them. But in the end, I don't think this was a close call for me. I think Governor Romney is the person who can win this election. We cannot have another four years of Barack Obama, Shaun, I know you know that, and understand it. And I just believe that Governor Romney is the person who gives us the best Chance to be able to beat Barack Obama next November.”

Christie on Romney's odds of winning:

“I firmly believe that Mitt Romney is the only candidate in either party who can restore our nation’s fiscal health and get Americans back to work. Our country needs a president who knows that lasting prosperity will not come unless we pay down our debt and create jobs for the middle class. Mitt Romney has spent his life in the real economy and this valuable experience is what we need in our next president.”

* Independence Hall Tea Party

“Philadelphia, PA (January 2, 2012) -- The Independence Hall Tea Party PAC, a tri-state (DE, NJ, PA) regional group, announced today that its 27-member Board of Delegates has voted overwhelmingly to endorse Mitt Romney for President...

“ "Over the past several weeks, a consensus has been building among our Board of Delegates that Mr. Romney is the most electable Republican candidate," said PAC President, Don Adams. "We, as a Tea Party PAC, have set winning the White House as our number one priority in 2012. We believe Mr. Romney is the one candidate who can win the Republican nomination and defeat President Barack Obama in November.

“ "Mr. Romney is the only Republican candidate who has consistently polled even or ahead of President Obama in national surveys. He puts a number of 2008 blue states in play, including Michigan and New Hampshire. He also appeals to large numbers of independent voters."

“ "Mr. Romney, a devoted family man, is an incredibly talented, well-rounded individual with in-depth knowledge and experience in both the private and public sectors of the economy," said PAC New Jersey Vice President, Bill Green. "Ultimately, we believe Mr. Romney is a man of principle who, once elected, will lead our nation back to prosperity."

“PAC Delaware Vice President, Kevin Street, said, "His vision of a strong America, one built on the foundations of free enterprise and meritocracy, is most compatible with the principles of the Tea Party movement.

“ "Mr. Romney has stated time and again that he believes in a limited role for the Federal government--emphasizing that the 10th Amendment of the United States Constitution delineates between the powers of the national government and that of the states."

“ "Mr. Romney will pursue a policy of energy independence, lower taxes, and less government spending. He has promised to secure our borders and redirect our foreign policy," added PAC Pennsylvania Vice President, Sean Carpenter. "Under his presidency, the United States will no longer prostrate itself before other nations. We believe in a strong America--an America that is respected for its economic vibrancy, its military strength, and its constitutional values." ...

“The good sense of millions of Tea Party folks nationwide [who] have come to realize, or will eventually realize, that the only way to defeat President Obama, whose policies are an anathema to conservatism and the Tea Party Movement, is to rally around his strongest opponent--Mitt Romney--the man who, we believe, will become the next president of the United States.”

“On 8/28/10, the Independence Hall Tea Party sent 28 buses carrying over 1500 Patriots to Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor Rally. No other group sent more.”

“In 2010, we contributed over $16,000 to our endorsed candidates. That amount topped any other regional, state, or local Tea Party PAC in the Country. Only Tea Party Express PAC gave more.”

Independence Hall Tea Party PAC Executive Board

“President, Don Adams (PA)

“Vice President for Delaware, Kevin Street

“Vice President for New Jersey, Bill Green

“Vice President for Pennsylvania, Sean Carpenter

“Secretary/Treasurer, Carol Reighn (NJ)”

“Mitt Romney is the choice of nearly one in four of those who agree with the tenets of the tea party, according to a new Pew poll, a surprising result that suggests the former Massachusetts governor’s support heading into 2012 may be broader than previously assumed.

“Among tea party supporters, Romney took 24 percent to 19 percent for former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee, 15 percent for former House speaker Newt Gingrich and 13 percent for Texas Rep. Ron Paul. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin, long considered the tea party’s 2012 candidate-in-waiting, took just 12 percent — another piece of evidence that the 2008 vice presidential nominee’s support is fading...

“The Pew poll comes less than two weeks after a Washington Post/ABC News survey showed Romney running strong among the party’s conservatives; more than seven in 10 Republicans who described themselves as “very” conservative had a favorable opinion of Romney.

“In the Pew survey, Romney’s numbers are not only strong among tea party types but across the board. He took 20 percent among self-identified conservatives — tied with Huckabee for first — and 23 percent among moderate-to-liberal GOPers. The only group where Romney lagged even slightly was among white evangelical Protestants, where he received 15 percent to Huckabee’s 29 percemt.”

Rep. Mike Ferguson (R-NJ)

“Announcing his support today, Congressman Ferguson said, "Over the course of this campaign, I have been impressed by the depth of Governor Romney’s vision for this country. He understands that only through conservative change can we hope to confront the many long-term challenges facing America today. I am confident that Mitt Romney is the right choice for Republicans and the right choice for New Jersey." ”

Rep. Leonard Lance (R-NJ)

Rep. Lance was the State Senate Minority Leader when he endorsed Mitt Romney in 2008.


“I supported in the 2008 cycle, my friend Mitt Romney... I hope to be able to support him again in 2012... Certainly in the 2008 cycle the person that I supported in the primaries was Mitt Romney... Moving forward, I think that Mitt Romney has what I would like to see in a President.

“I will describe it briefly:

“Success – as a student – academically – graduate of Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School.

“Success - in the private sector at Bain & Co and Bain Capital.

“Success – in the non-profit sector cleaning up the Salt Lake Olympics in 2002.

“Success – in the public sector as Governor of Massachusetts.

“Success – in his personal life with his wonderful wife, Ann, and their five sons, five daughters-in-law, and at last count – between 15 and 20 grandchildren.

“I greatly admire Mitt Romney – GREATLY admire him!”

★ State Sen. Joe Kyrillos

“Governor Romney is the one Republican with a record of exceptional leadership experience that best prepares him to be our next President. He has the values and vision to inspire our country at this crucial point in our nation's history. His message of bringing conservative change to Washington has resonated with New Jersey residents who agree we must keep taxes low, cut government spending, reform healthcare, and strengthen our families. I am proud to chair Governor Romney's New Jersey campaign, and I look forward to our continued work to build on the strong grassroots support for his campaign in the state.”

“Joe Kyrillos said, "I speak for those New Jerseyans who are committed to Governor Romney when I say that he is the only candidate with the record of accomplishment and with the personal qualities needed to lead and inspire America. I'm certain that the number of Romney supporters will swell as more voters have the opportunity to learn about Governor Romney in the upcoming months." 

* Other New Jersey Supporters 2012

Presidential Candidate Romney's 2012 supporters include:

* 15 State Senators

* 32 State Assemblymen and Assemblywomen

* 1 County Executive

* 8 County Clerks

* 8 County Sheriffs

* 43 County Freeholders

* New Jersey GOP State Chairman Samuel S. Raia

* New Jersey GOP State Vice Chair Lynda Pagliughi

* New Jersey GOP State Treasurer John Bennett

* New Jersey GOP State Secretary Mary J. Chyb

* 22 Republican Party County Chairmen

* 34 County Republican State Committee members

Other New Jersey Supporters - 2008

Party Officials:

• David Norcross – New Jersey Republican National Committeeman,
   Chairman, RNC's Standing Committee on Rules,
   Member, Executive Committee of RNC

• Brian Nelson – Former Executive Director, New Jersey Republican Party

• Jeff Morris – Executive Director, Gloucester County Republican Party

• Jeff Booker – Former Executive Director, Camden Co. Republican Committee

• Adam Puharic – Chairman, Monmouth County Republican Committee

• Bill Dowd – Former Chairman, Monmouth County Republican Committee

• Randy Ford – Monroe Township Republican Club President

• Sally Martino – Westville Republican Chairwoman

• Barbara Capelli – Wenonah Republican Party Treasurer

• Robert Delaney – Bordentown Township Committeeman

Elected Officials:

• George Shivery, Jr. - Mayor, Greenwich Township

• Pete Miskofsky - Deputy Mayor, Greenwich Township

• Carolann Garafola – Former Mayor, Warren Township
   (also Warren Township Committeewoman)

• Pat Kramer – Former Mayor of Paterson

• Bonnie Plotkin - Warren Township Municipal Chair

• Dominic Magnolo - Chairman, Mercer County Board of Elections

• Grace Cangemi – Red Bank Councilwoman

Other Prominent Individuals:

• Brad Brewster – Partner, Princeton Public Affairs Group,
   former Executive Director, New Jersey State General Assembly

★ Claire Eckert – Co-founder, CWJ Classic Automobile Museum

• Alan Ashkinaze – Leader, Tuesday Group (NJ conservative activist group)

• Michael Hennessy – Chairman and CEO, Michael J. Hennessy and Associates