New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) defended GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney's decision to release only two years of tax returns in an interview Thursday with Nevada political journalist Jon Ralston.

"I think every candidate's got to make the issue on the tax returns for themselves," he said. "You don't think anybody in America's gonna make their decision upon Mitt Romney's tax returns -- that's just silly."

He then turned to the subject of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), who has repeatedly hammered Romney over the issue of the release of his taxes and who claims that he heard from an unnamed Bain investor that Romney hadn't paid taxes for 10 years. "Of course Harry Reid wants to talk about that, because Harry Reid can't talk about the fact that he's presided over a Senate that hasn't passed a budget for three years. I mean, he doesn't want to talk about the substance of what affects real Americans' lives. I do. And so does Mitt Romney."

Reid's office didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

"So people can talk about tax returns all you want. Individual candidates make those judgements," Christie said.

Shortly before Romney released one -- likely incomplete -- year of tax returns in January, Christie said that Romney should release the returns immediately and "sooner than later, because it's always better to have full disclosure."

The Romney campaign has said that the candidate will release his 2011 taxes before the November election.

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  • Ron Paul

    "Politically, I think that would help him," Paul said in a interview with <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78599.html#ixzz20w7ycTBE" target="_hplink">Politico</a>. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."

  • Richard Lugar

    "I have no idea on why he has restricted the number to this point," <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-57474352/pressure-mounts-on-mitt-romney-to-release-more-tax-returns/?tag=socsh" target="_hplink">Lugar said</a>.

  • George Will

    "I don't know why... he didn't get all of this out and tidy up some of his offshore accounts and all the rest," Will said on ABC's "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/george-will-mitt-romney-bain_n_1674513.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+HP%2FPolitics+(Politics+on+The+Huffington+Post)" target="_hplink">This Week</a>." "He's done nothing illegal, nothing unseemly, nothing improper, but lots that's impolitic."

  • Bill Kristol

    "He should release the tax returns tomorrow. It's crazy," Kristol said on "<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/15/mitt-romney-tax-returns_n_1674325.html" target="_hplink">Fox News Sunday</a>." "You gotta release six, eight, 10 years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two."

  • Robert Bentley

    "I just believe in total transparency," Bentley told <a href="http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/gop-governor-calls-on-mitt-romney-to-release-additional-tax-returns-and-show-he-has-nothing-to-hide/" target="_hplink">ABC News</a>. "In fact, I was asked today that question -- do you think that Governor Romney should release his tax returns? And I said I do. I said, I release my tax returns. I may be the only public official in Alabama that does, but I release mine every year and I just believe that people should release their tax returns. And if you get them out and just get past that, it just makes it so much easier."

  • Haley Barbour

    When asked on "<a href="http://www.nationaljournal.com/2012-presidential-campaign/barbour-romney-should-release-more-tax-returns-20120710" target="_hplink">The Situation Room</a>" if Romney should release more returns, Barbour said, "I would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don't think it amounts to diddly."

  • Michael Steele

    "If there's nothing there, there's no 'there' there, don't create a there,'" Steele said on MSNBC.

  • David Frum

    "Tax returns the next problem. Releasing returns under pressure: more weakness, more pain," Frum <a href="https://twitter.com/davidfrum/status/224509505973661696" target="_hplink">tweeted</a>.