Christie praises Romney -- about 16 minutes in

By David Jackson, USA TODAY

Chris Christie is taking heat for something he said about 16 minutes into his keynote address on Monday.

What exactly did he say?

The name "Mitt Romney."

The fact that it took so long for the New Jersey governor to actually mention Romney's name reduced the Republican presidential nominee to "almost an afterthought" in the GOP convention's keynote address, writes Howard Kurtz in The Daily Beast.

Talk show host Alan Colmes asks: "Was this a speech about Romney or Christie?"

John Podhoretz, writing in The New York Post, says it was a long wait for Romney's name, but Christie also needed time to build on the idea that only the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan ticket can deal with the challenges facing the U.S.

"They arrived in the speech rhetorically," Podhoretz said, "almost like liberators at the gates."

One group that says they are not particularly upset: Mitt Romney and aides.

An unnamed Romney senior adviser tells Politico: "Gov. Christie did exactly what we asked, which was lay out the problems facing the nation and close with Governor Romney as the solution."


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