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Christie Accuses Buono Of Running Angry Campaign

Incumbent Governor Vows Not To Engage In 'Garbage' Politics
Gov. Chris Christie

Gov. Chris Christie on CBS Sunday Morning. (Credit: CBS News)

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SOMERS POINT, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said this weekend that he feels sorry for supporters of his Democratic rival Barbara Buono because she is running a campaign based on anger.

Christie vowed not to engage in “garbage” politics ahead of Tuesday’s election as he faced supporters Saturday at a packed VFW hall along the Jersey Shore.

Meanwhile, Barbara Buono – who now serves as a state senator – has been intensifying her political attacks against the popular governor. She cited revelations in a new book that former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney shied away from Christie as a potential vice presidential pick because of political baggage.

However, Romney has said that while it is too early to make a prediction about 2016, Gov. Christie is one of the strongest lights in the GOP, CBS 2 reported.

“At this stage you look at Chris Christie and say, ‘That’s a very impressive guy,’ with a great track record, with a demonstrated ability to work across the aisle, with support of labor and blue-collar voters in New Jersey. It’s a pretty compelling story,” Romney said.

Buono has attacked Christie throughout the campaign as an ambitious politician whose every calculation is based on his national aspirations.

Polls suggest that Christie is the heavy favorite in Tuesday’s election. This weekend, he was in the midst of a statewide bus tour that includes more than 40 stops over the campaign’s final week.

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