Earlier today I posted a comment in New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in which he was quoted as saying:
“I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.”
The Governor’s press office, thru Lauren Fritts, has contacted me to clarify. They have kindly supplied a video link to the Governor’s response, made today at a press conference, found here. As well the text is supplied, which is reprinted below. We’re happy to provide both verbatim.
As the Fox saying goes, we report, you decide.
Press Conference – February 19, 2013
Governor Christie: What I said was that Governor Cuomo and I were raised in very much the same kind of households. Governor Cuomo was raised by a Sicilian mother and so was I. And so that a lot of our values are the same. I don’t ever remember saying anything like I agree with him 98% of the time because I don’t. So I’m sure I didn’t say that. But what I do remember saying and what I do believe is that Governor Cuomo and I have a lot of the same values in terms of the way we were raised. And that was the conversation I was having with that person, a group of people it was actually, about the similarities between me and Governor Cuomo and our styles. And I think that’s what people were – that’s what they were really talking about, not specific nitty-gritty issues. We were not talking specific issues in that conversation. We were talking about overall approach to the job of Governor.