One of Mitt Romney's top GOP supporters urged the former Massachusetts governor on Wednesday to release his tax returns as soon as possible, arguing that full and rapid disclosure is the best strategy for the Republican front-runner.
"I would say if you have tax returns to put out, you know, you should put them out sooner rather than later, because it's always better in my view to have complete disclosure, especially as the front-runner," New Jersey Gov. Christie said on NBC's "Today Show."
"The most relevant information is the most recent," Christie argued.
On Tuesday, Romney caved to mounting pressure from both Democrats and Republicans, agreeing to release his returns after the Internal Revenue Service's April filing deadline. Romney, a former venture capitalist believed to be worth as much as $250 million, said he would provide voters with his most recent tax information.
Romney told reporters he "probably" paid a tax rate of 15% last year, since his income is derived primarily from investments. Most Americans' income is generated from workplace wages, requiring them in many cases to pay a much higher percentage of their income to the federal government.FULL STORY