ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) was back in southeastern New Mexico Thursday, stumping for Governor Susana Martinez in her run for re-election.
The question came up once again during a meet and greet in Roswell: is this a preview of the GOP’s presidential ticket in 2016?
“Oh well, who knows?” Christie responded. “You never know what life’s going to bring you.”
Christie visited New Mexico in 2010 to support Martinez during her first bid for governor. Martinez returned the favor last fall during Christie’s re-election bid.
The two insist they’re friends who see eye to eye politically.
UNM Political Science Professor Tim Krebs says don’t read too far into the joint appearance.
“Her goal right now is to raise money for her re-election campaign; his goal is to raise money for Republican governors,” Krebs said.
Christie is with the Republican Governors Association, a group with the primary mission of helping raise money for GOP gubernatorial candidates nationwide.
Krebs says Christie’s appearance could help Martinez’s national profile, but with the bridge scandal still looming over Christie, Krebs says it could backfire come November.
“Having him out here, some Republicans might look at it and say, ‘Why are you campaigning with someone whose approval rating’s dropped fairly precipitously?'” Krebs said.
Christie’s national tour continues Friday in Tennessee.
Martinez’s campaign insists she is focused on her re-election and doesn’t have national political aspirations right now.
A primary election Tuesday will determine which of the five Democratic candidates will challenge Martinez in November.