Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) cozied up Friday to landmark public employee reforms enacted late Thursday by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).
Romney applauded Christie after the Garden State governor won a long-fought battle with his state legislature to overhaul public workers' benefits — a major political victory for Christie.
Romney tweeted Friday:
Job well done MT @GovChristie NJ is leading the way w/ bipartisan reform. But we can't stop doing big things. Video: http://t.co/NIyehm9
Christie emerged triumphant from last night's victory and made an appearance on NBC's "Today" show on Friday, where he trumpeted the win. (He'll do the same in an exclusive interview on this weekend's "Meet the Press.")
His blunt manner has won Christie many fans within the GOP who've expressed hope that he runs for president in 2012. Christie has assiduously said "no," but even if he doesn't run, his support will be coveted by the candidates in the race.
There's some reason to think that support may go to Romney; Christie praised Romney after he delivered a major healthcare speech in May, defending his record as governor of Massachusetts. Christie blessed Romney's speech, saying it fit the tone of a "serious presidential candidate."