WASHINGTON — Gov. Chris Christie is urging political ally Mitt Romney to release his tax returns immediately instead of waiting until April.
The New Jersey governor, who has endorsed Romney and stumps with him on the campaign trail, told NBC's "Today" show host today that Romney should "put them out sooner than later because it's always better to have full disclosure."
That would be his advice to the former Massachusetts governor, if asked, Christie also said on "Morning Joe" today.
Romney's taxes have emerged as an issue days before the South Carolina primary. He agreed during Monday night's debate to consider making his tax returns public, and then committed to releasing them on Tuesday.
But the multimillionaire candidate now is on the defensive after acknowledging that his effective tax rate is 15 percent, saying most of his income came from investments and speeches rather than earned income. Christie said he wants to remain as governor, but he wouldn't rule out joining a Romney ticket.
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