* Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos…
PUNDIT: But there have been Republican Governor’s in blue states, particularly in Maryland, Massachusetts and Vermont, who have very high approval rating right now because they managed to put distance between themselves and Donald Trump –
CHRIS CHRISTIE: That’s not right.
PUNDIT: They pay attention to their states, and they haven’t got caught in this Trump trap.
CHRISTIE: That is not why they’re popular that they put distance between themselves and Donald Trump. They’re popular because Charlie Baker and Larry Hogan have worked with Democratic legislatures – wait a second – they’ve gotten things done –
PUNDIT: But they haven’t tied themselves to Trump.
CHRISTIE: Bruce Rauner has put great distance between himself and Donald Trump and he is not popular right now in Illinois and faces a really uphill race. That’s not the determining factor. Governors [races] are based, are decided on what they do in their states.
…Adding… Christie isn’t alone…
The Republican candidate for Illinois Attorney General pledges her independence despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s endorsement.
Visiting the McLean County Fair Friday night, Erika Harold said she has many disagreements with the Republican governor, including his signing into a law a bill expanding taxpayer support for abortions to include women on Medicaid and state employee insurance.
“I support legalizing marijuana for adult recreational use. There are a host of other things that we disagree upon,” Harold said.
“For example, he’s talked about wanting to bring back the death penalty. I strongly disagree with that,” she added.