- Associated Press - Monday, October 27, 2014

GROTON, Conn. (AP) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie rallied Republicans for Connecticut gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley on Monday, making his fourth stop in the state in six weeks for a close contest that has brought big-name politicians to the aid of both candidates.

Christie, chairman of the Republican Governors Association, travels the country on behalf of GOP candidates but has a personal stake in Connecticut, where Foley is up against Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, a Democrat and Christie antagonist. In response to a reporter’s question, Christie said it was Malloy who keeps up an appearance of a rivalry between the two.

“Gov. Malloy is just an angry guy,” Christie said. “Gov. Malloy every day is trying to figure out a way to get his name in The New York Times. He knows the best way is to criticize me.”

Responded Malloy campaign spokesman Mark Bergman: “Kind of odd for a guy who showed up four times to campaign against Gov. Malloy to claim he doesn’t have a rivalry issue. But it’s clear Gov. Christie doesn’t want to talk about how his record stacks up to the progress Gov. Malloy made for Connecticut. …”

Foley, a Greenwich businessman, narrowly lost to Malloy in 2010. The rematch is shaping up as another close contest in the days before the Nov. 4 election.

On Tuesday, the governor of Puerto Rico, Alejandro Javier Garcia Padilla, is expected to campaign with Malloy in several Connecticut cities with large Puerto Rican populations. Later this week, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are headlining separate Democratic rallies in Bridgeport and New Haven.

Malloy has tweaked Christie over his position on gun control, taxes and New Jersey’s economic record. When Christie visited earlier this year, Malloy took issue with his decision not to meet with the family members of the Newtown school shooting victims the day before he vetoed legislation that would have reduced maximum gun magazine capacities in New Jersey from 15 to 10 rounds. Christie had called the measure “trivial” and said he does not believe it would limit mass shootings.

Christie said that in contrast to steady criticism from Malloy, he showed leadership by offering praise for the Connecticut governor over his handling of the aftermath of the Newtown shootings.


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