The loyalty pledge the RNC started circulating yesterday was obviously meant to target Donald Trump, but the other candidates have been asked about it. Chris Christie declined to sign the pledge on CNN early this morning, but a few hours later, he signed it during a Fox News appearance.
On New Day, Alisyn Camerota brought up the pledge to Christie and asked if he signed it yet. Christie said he didn’t feel he needed to, but would be happy to formally sign it if necessary.
Camerota offered the New Jersey governor a chance to sign it on air, holding it out to him and saying, “I have a pen.” Christie declined and said, “Not now.”
Fast-forward to a few hours later, when Christie appeared with Martha MacCallum on America’s Newsroom to talk more about the pledge and lamented how big a deal is being made of it thanks to Trump.
They moved on, but at the end of the segment, someone brought out a pledge and Christie went ahead and signed it.
CNN’s Camerota was a bit confused when she heard:
I hear @chrischristie signed the RNC loyalty pledge after he refused to on New Day. What gives, Gov?
— Alisyn Camerota (@AlisynCamerota) September 3, 2015
If you’re wondering whether this was Fox’s idea, the Christie camp cleared it up to WaPo‘s Erik Wemple:
“Our idea,” says Christie campaign spokeswoman Samantha Smith via e-mail. Though Fox News did print out the sheet, the Christie folks gave the network the electronic document.
You can watch Christie on both CNN and Fox News below:
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