In an appearance with “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski in Manchester, N.H. that aired on Monday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie alleged that former Utah Gov. Jon Huntman’s presidential run itself calls into question his integrity.
Christie explained that President Barack Obama would have reason to be upset because, while working on behalf of his Democratic administration as ambassador to China, Huntsman was setting up a presidential run against his boss.
“I would be kind of pissed if I were Barack Obama,” Christie said. “I mean, I give this guy a job, he’s over in China supposedly representing my administration when you know the whole time — at least part of the time — he’s planning to run for president. This thing did not come up organically — that’s not the way it works. And all of a sudden he lands back in the United States and there’s a presidential campaign waiting for him. I’m sure he knew nothing about that when he was over in China. So, I wonder a little bit about Huntsman’s integrity.”
Later Christie said the fact Huntsman worked for Obama wasn’t the issue, the issue was Huntsman’s loyalty.
“My issue is not that he worked for the president, but I understand why Mitt thinks it’s an issue,” Christie said. “My bigger issue is, why was he being disloyal to the president while he was working for him? That’s a bigger question.”
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