LONG BRANCH, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - Recent presidential polls show President Obama charging ahead of his Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
But with more than 40 days until voters head to the polls and three upcoming debates, New Jersey Republican Gov. Chris Christie said there is still plenty of time for Romney to make up ground.
WCBS 880's Peter Haskell reports
"I mean I think even Gov. Romney acknowledged we didn't have a good week," Christie told WCBS 880's Peter Haskell.
Romney faced criticism from some corners last week after a secretly taped video recording showed the former Massachusetts governor saying that 47 percent of Americans are dependent on government and are likely to vote for President Obama.
Romney told the room of supporters that his job was not to try to win over that 47 percent of the electorate.
Christie said he doesn't think the damage from those controversial remarks is fatal.
"Does that mean it's headed in the wrong direction permanently, no," said Christie.
A recent poll shows most people expect the President to win suggesting momentum from Obama, but Christie said he doesn't buy it.
"But to say somehow that momentum that's created now will override 60 million people watching the debate on Oct. 3rd? Not in my experience," Christie told Haskell.
Christie said President Obama recently had a gaffe of his own that may prove costly.
"I think the President said one of the most monumentally stupid things I ever heard an incumbent president say that you can't change Washington from the inside. Well, I mean for God's sake, if you can't change Washington from inside 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue then why are you asking for another four years?" said Christie.
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