New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has drawn back his public support for his state’s embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez amid scandal.
“We’ll hear from him in his time, I guess,” Christie told the Washington Times when asked if New Jersey voters needed to hear from Menendez on the scandal currently ripping his reputation apart. “That’s his choice to make. Not mine. I got nothing. I’m talking about my stuff.”
“Everybody has got to be responsible for themselves,” Christie added.
The governor’s comments, released via a Washington Times video, are much different than what Christie said last week when asked about the matter.
Politicker New Jersey reported on Thursday that Christie “refused to dance” when asked whether Menendez should resign his position as the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “That’s not my choice,” Christie said then. “Harry Reid and the Senate Democrats made their choice. The people voted for Senator Menendez and I expect Senator Menendez to do his job in a fair way.”
Christie’s drawn back support for Menendez comes as the New Jersey Democrat has lost credibility in the state. Polling data released last week shows New Jersey voters have largely lost support for the senator as he fights allegations of prostitution solicitation, and allegations of corrupt connections to Democratic Party mega-donor Dr. Salomon Melgen. More voters believe Menendez is not telling the truth than voters who believe he is telling the truth.
Christie is a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate.