TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie seldom makes a political miscalculation.
But when the likely 2016 presidential candidate tried to dump Tom Kean Jr. as state Senate Republican leader, he suffered a rare defeat — and alienated his political mentor, the popular former Gov. Tom Kean Sr.
The elder Kean, who is 78, tells The Associated Press Christie's maneuver surprised and disappointed him.
The question of the governor's loyalty has come up before.
His 2012 Republican National Convention speech was panned as self-serving. Christie's allegiance to Mitt Romney was questioned again when the governor embraced President Obama days before the election.
Obama's win — and Romney's loss — gives a Republican like Christie an open shot at the party's presidential nomination in 2016.