While Mitt Romney faces a barrage of criticism for saying almost half of Americans feel like "victims" and are dependent on the government, at least one surrogate is standing by his side.
During a brief appearance on Fox News, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) defended Romney's comments -- which were secretly recorded at a closed-door fundraiser in May and published on Monday -- and characterized the negative reaction to his leaked remarks as a "blip" that would soon dissipate.
"[Romney] believes that every American has to have skin in the game, has to have a stake," Christie said. "He doesn't want what the president wants, which is a bigger, more bloated government that's taking more people's money and being more oppressive in people's lives."
"He wants to empower individuals through sacrifice and opportunity to make their lives as great as they can be and to make America great, that's what he's really talking about," Christie continued.
Romney admitted his remarks were "not elegantly stated" during a press conference Monday night, but did not disavow them.
You can see the full videos from Romney's May fundraiser here.
Also on HuffPost:
More:Mitt Romney Chris Christie Mitt Romney 47 Percent New Jersey Governor Mitt Romney Chris Christie
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more