GOP Senator Blames Christie For Obama’s Re-Election

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, smiles as he leaves the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013.
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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) has no plans to hop aboard the Chris Christie bandwagon.

In an interview with The Oklahoman, Inofe said he’d “have a hard time” backing the newly re-elected New Jersey governor for president. Inhofe evidently is one of many Republicans who believes that Christie’s response to Hurricane Sandy last year helped secure a second term for President Barack Obama.

“Christie I still hold responsible for … the re-election of Obama,” Inhofe said, as quoted by The Oklahoman.

When the reporter asked if Inhofe was referring to Sandy, the senator said, “And the way [Christie] handled it, yeah.”

Christie’s post-Sandy embrace of Obama — days before voters went to the polls — irritated a number of Mitt Romney supporters. The governor also declined to attend a Romney rally in neighboring Pennsylvania on the weekend prior to the 2012 election. 

Inhofe endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the 2012 Republican presidential contest. 

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