GOP Fundraiser Says Christie ‘As A Person, Is Horrific’

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January 17, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Mitt Romney’s former finance chairman definitely isn’t attending an upcoming fundraiser for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

“The guy, as a person, is horrific,” Brian Ballard, a lobbyist and former finance chairman for Mitt Romney said, according to the Miami Herald.

Ballard, a major Republican fundraiser in Florida, “resents” the New Jersey governor for effusively thanking President Barack Obama for coming to his state’s aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, according to the Herald. Ballard said former Gov. Charlie Crist has received a fair amount of criticism for being close to Obama but that doesn’t compare to Christie’s praise for the president after the hurricane.

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“Charlie Crist got a lot of grief for what was called a hug of Obama. But what Christie did to Obama isn’t suitable to say in a family newspaper,” Ballard said. “I firmly believe he helped swing that election in Obama’s favor just to help himself. I busted my ass for two years raising money and supporting Romney and this guy Christie just wiped his hands of us when we were no longer useful to him.”

Ballard’s comments come ahead of a fundraising swing Christie, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association, is set to make in Florida. He’s set to appear alongside Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R).

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