As GOP candidate for governor Walt Havenstein make stops in Berlin and Lancaster Friday with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the state Democratic Party hit the two as being “failed” chief executives.
For Christie, it is his fourth visit to the state since early summer. The potential presidential hopeful is also chairman of the Republican Governor Association, which has been solidly behind Havenstein, even when he faced primary opposition.
“With polls showing failed CEO Walt Havenstein trailing by double digits, failed Governor Chris Christie is making a fourth trip to New Hampshire as a last-ditch effort to save his hand-picked candidate’s flailing campaign,” the NHDP said in a statement. “But Havenstein isn’t doing Christie any favors by holding up the failed New Jersey governor’s disastrous economic record as a model for how he’d drive New Hampshire into the ground, as recent polling now shows that Christie is the most unpopular Republican presidential contender among Granite State GOP voters.”
The party noted that New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded eight times with Christie as governor and charged that “during Havenstein’s tenure as CEO of defense contractor SAIC, the company lost millions of dollars in revenue and its stock value plummeted 32 percent.
“Havenstein’s failed economic record as CEO of SAIC alone makes it clear that he shouldn’t be allowed to run the state, but as he continues to take pointers in budget mismanagement from Christie’s own disastrous economic record, he only makes it further clear that he would devastate middle-class families and drive New Hampshire into the ground,” the party said.
The New Hampshire Journal is seeking comment from the Havenstein campaign.