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McDonnell, Christie will hit campaign trail for Republicans

Anita Kumar

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell on Tuesday praised his New Jersey counterpart, Chris Christie, who won the Virginia Tea Party Patriots presidential straw poll this weekend, as someone who has taken on some "entrenched special interests."

Christie, who has said he has no interest in running for president in 2012, has emerged as a favorite of Republicans -- and apparently some tea partiers -- for his take-no-prisoners attitude in the Garden State.

"Chris Christie is a very good governor,'' McDonnell said on his monthly radio show Tuesday on WNIS. "We're kind of the beginning of the wave. We both won independent voters. We both had a 24, 25 swing from President Obama the year before. We kind of showed something was going on in the country. And Chris has take on some entrenched special interests and deficits left by his predecessor."

McDonnell and Christie and were the only statewide candidates elected in 2009, and Republicans credit both with starting a GOP comeback. Both will campaign for Republicans in the closing days of the mid-term elections to "pump up some other Republican candidates for governor around the country,'' McDonnell said.

Christie won last weekend's poll, which organizers billed as the first of its kind to include votes only of those who identify with the tea party movement.

Organizers said that 1,560 people voted in the poll and that Christie won with 14 percent of the vote. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin followed closely behind with 13.5 percent. McDonnell was not included in the poll.

By Anita Kumar  | October 12, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar, Robert F. McDonnell  
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