Chris Christie Says Romney Should Release Tax Returns

Source: Stephanie Condon / CBS News

Republican presidential frontrunner Mitt Romney has been under pressure from Democrats and his GOP rivals to release his tax returns, but now one of Romney’s supporters is piling on — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“The way I’ve conducted myself in my public life all along is I’ve released all my tax returns, and I did it during the campaign,” Christie said Wednesday morning on MSNBC, “went back a number of years and released my tax returns, and I’ve released them every year after I filed them — right after I filed them to the public in New Jersey so they can see everything. And I think that’s the right way to go, and that’s what I would tell Gov. Romney to do.”

Romney, who in August disclosed to the Federal Election Commission a net worth of between $190 and $250 million, initially had no plans to release his tax returns. But in Monday’s Republican presidential debate, he said he would “probably” release his tax returns in April, though he would not promise to do so.

Christie said Wednesday that Romney’s low tax rate won’t come “as any great shock,” since Romney makes most of his income from investments, which are taxed at a lower rate than wages.

“The fact is, let’s get all the facts out there, see what the tax returns say, and then I think everybody will know the story’s probably much ado about nothing,” Christie said.

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