I rather doubt it'll influence the outcome of the presidential race, but the rift between Mitt Romney and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) has become quite an interesting sideshow.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.
Christie's decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor -- who is up for reelection a year from now -- is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.
The Romney rally was held at a farm in Morrisville, Pa., not more than 20 minutes from Trenton, the New Jersey capital. The physical proximity of the event to New Jersey only added to questions in the Romney campaign about why Christie chose not to come.
There's no doubt which side of the fence leaked this story -- a Romney campaign source specifically told Huffington, "You can't tell me he couldn't have gone over there for a night rally."
Making matters slightly worse, Christie's office pushed back, suggesting the Romney camp is wrong, and telling CNN the governor wasn't invited to the nearby rally.
The leak doesn't exactly reflect well on Romney -- he wanted New Jersey's governor to put aside post-Sandy relief efforts to appear at a campaign rally? -- but it would appear the Republican presidential campaign is now at the point of deliberately trying to make Christie appear disloyal, which is falling on fertile soil in GOP circles, where Christie's recent praise of President Obama has drawn criticism.