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Christie to Romney: Release tax returns

Gov. Chris Christie is urging political ally Mitt Romney to immediately release his tax returns rather than wait until April.

The New Jersey governor said on NBC’s “Today” that Mr. Romney should “put them out sooner than later because it’s always better to have full disclosure.”

Mr. Romney’s taxes have become an issue just days before the South Carolina primary. He agreed during Monday night’s debate to consider making his returns public, and then on Tuesday committed to releasing them in April. But the multimillionaire candidate now is on the defensive after acknowledging that his effective tax rate is 15 percent. He said most of his income came from investments and speeches rather than earned income.

Mr. Christie said he wants to remain as governor, but he wouldn’t rule out joining a Romney ticket.

From wire dispatches and staff reports