ICYMI: Christie travels the country campaigning, but for whom?

In case you missed it, in Sunday's paper I took a look at Christie's campaigning -- or lack thereof  -- for Mitt Romney:

Since delivering the keynote speech at the Republican convention, Gov. Christie has been to Missouri, North Carolina, Iowa, Utah, New Hampshire, Indiana, Washington, Montana, and North Dakota.

Yes: Fargo, North Dakota.

You would think he must be flying the country stumping hard for Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed a year ago.

But he's not. His travels have mostly been to rally and raise cash for gubernatorial and Senate candidates.

Until Saturday, when he was headlining a Romney fund-raiser in Michigan, and Tuesday, when he's scheduled to rally for Romney in Ohio, Christie hadn't done a single campaign event for the presidential candidate since the convention. Precisely six weeks will have passed between the Christie keynote and his trip to Ohio for Romney.

What gives? The cynic wonders if Christie's keynote, in which he talked a lot about himself before finally mentioning the nominee, might have soured the Romney camp on using him as surrogate. The cynic also wonders if Christie is too busy laying the groundwork for his own presidential run in 2016.

But these hypotheses, as juicy as they are, are flatly rejected by both camps.

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