The Washington Times - August 28, 2012, 07:47AM

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday denied a report that he has been skeptical of Mitt Romney’s chances of winning the presidential election, and hinted that his keynote speech Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention will tout the presumptive GOP nominee as a bipartisan leader who will work with Democrats to end gridlock in Washington.

Mr. Christie, a Republican, said Tuesday morning on NBC’s “Today” that his speech will paint President Obama as a candidate who is unwilling to work with Republicans, and will focus largely on both his and Mr. Romney’s experiences working with Democratic legislatures as governors in New Jersey and in Massachusetts.


“I think Mitt Romney brings a much different experience to the table,” Mr. Christie said. “He knows how to work across the aisle to get things done, but also stand for his principles.”

The outspoken governor also denied a New York Post report that ran Monday citing anonymous sources as saying that he declined to resign as governor and become Mr. Romney’s running mate because he didn’t expect the Republican to win this fall.

Mr. Christie said he was never contacted by reporters who wrote the story and accused them of “wanted to put something good on the front page” before the start of his party’s convention.