Sarah Palin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has his panties in a wad Monday night, after he called GOP hopeful Newt Gingrich an embarrassment to his party.

On Fox Business, the politician-turned-pundit lambasted the outspoken governor for making a rookie mistake.

Sometimes if your candidate loses in just one step along this path ... you kind of get your panties in a wad and you may say things that you regret later and I think that that's what Chris Christie did, Palin told Fox.

Palin further criticized Christie for playing right into the media's hands and making comments that could be used against his party.

He just produced an ad for the Democrats, she said. If Newt is the nominee, he just handed them free this negative PR ad that they're going to incorporate into their negative scenario against somebody who came out there against HillaryCare back in his day, who came out balancing budgets, working with a Democrat governor, who came out cutting taxes and trying to rein in government growth in order to put the country on the right track back then, and has intentions of doing that today.

Christie, a Mitt Romney surrogate who has been eyed as a potential running mate for the ex-Massachusetts governor, made the comment in question Sunday morning on NBC's Meet the Press.

Gingrich was run out of his speakership by his own party, he was fined $300,000 for ethics violations, said Christie, the morning after Gingrich beat Romney by 13 points at the South Carolina primary the night before.

Newt Gingrich has embarrassed the party over time. Whether he'll do it again in the future I don't know, but Governor Romney never has, Christie said.

Palin, Sen. John McCain's running mate in the 2008 election who left her governorship in Alaska mid term, hasn't officially endorsed a candidate. Gingrich, however, appears to be her favorite of the moment. Last week she encouraged South Carolinians to vote for the former House Speaker in the primary to keep this thing goin. Her husband, Todd, has endorsed Gingrich.

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