Christie defends economic record in NH

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is back in New Hampshire to help the state's GOP gubernatorial front-runner — and defend his own economic record.

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"It's not easy when you're governor having to take over a moribund economy," Christie said Thursday, according to The Associated Press. "Mine was moving backwards when we got there. ... A lack of economic growth and job creation is something that I'm fairly familiar with having taken over New Jersey in similar circumstances."

Christie didn't take questions from the press, canceling what was supposed to be a 10-minute question-and-answer session, before heading off for a fundraiser for the Republican Governors Association.

It was the second visit Christie, the group's chairman, has made to the first-in-the-nation presidential primary state this summer. He's also heading to South Carolina in the coming weeks.

Christie has faced renewed questions about his economic record. His chief economist resigned a few weeks ago after making another inaccurate prediction that led to a gap in the state budget, putting heat on Christie potentially hurting his presidential aspirations.