Republicans jump to Astorino's defense

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Several Republican governors eyeing runs for the White House in 2016 are rallying behind the New York gubernatorial candidate spurned by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, who chairs the Republican Governors Association, said this week he has no plans to campaign for GOP candidate Rob Astorino because he doesn't "invest in lost causes." Astorino is running an uphill battle against New York's Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

But Astorino announced Thursday that Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal from Louisiana, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and South Carolina's Nikki Haley have pledged to help him, even if the RGA won't.

Perry, Jindal and Perry are all mulling runs for the Republican presidential nomination.

Christie will join Haley and other governors at an Aspen Institute conversation in Colorado Thursday night.

©2014 by The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.