Haslam says he would welcome Christie to TN — maybe later this year

Excerpt from a post on CNN’s politics blog:

Two Republican governors up for re-election this year said Monday they would appear publicly with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he came to their states and helped them campaign.

Gov. Nikki Haley, who lives in the crucial presidential primary state of South Carolina, said there are no plans in the books for Christie–the chairman of the Republican Governors Association–to come to her state, but added she expects a visit “at some point.”

“I would be incredibly proud to let everybody know that he supports (me), as well as say he’s my friend,” Haley said a press conference for the RGA at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, adding that she would be happy to appear with any of her fellow Republican governors.

The RGA chairman usually speaks at the RGA press conference, but Christie left Washington early to celebrate his daughter’s birthday and prepare for his major budget address Tuesday. His lack of presence, however, fueled speculation that he didn’t want to face questions about the traffic scandal that has roiled his administration.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam also said he would appear with Christie.

“If Chris made it down, we would love to have him,” he said. “He’s actually talked about coming to Tennessee sometime this summer or fall, but there’s no definite plan now.”