Chris Christie on the Today Show this morning:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, one of Mitt Romney’s most popular and visible surrogates, said Wednesday the Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor should release his tax returns as soon as they’re available.

“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,” Christie said on NBC’s Today Show.

The returns are available, from 2010, 20009, ….  Apparently Romney is only “probably” going to release 2011, which likely will not be done until April.

I don’t think he’s worried about his “probably” 15% effective tax rate.  Nor should he be.  I’m beginning to think there are other things on there from prior years he doesn’t want people to see.

Meanwhile, Charles Krauthammer had some good observations as to how it was inexplicable that Romney did not have a better answer on tax returns, and also how Romney is incapable of explaining conservative principles:

O’Reilly wondered why Romney was apprehensive to explain his capital gains tax policies. “I don’t know what they are afraid of, I think they are intimidated by the press,” O’Reilly observed quizzically. “I really think the press intimidates Romney and some of the others.”

“I don’t know if it’s the press,” Krauthammer replied. “But he simply doesn’t have the capacity to explain with some color and sort of force conservative ideas. He is a businessman. he, you know, he looks like he is chairing a meeting of the board….

Unfortunately, Krauthammer then suggested that Romney should have compared his Bain experience to Obama’s GM and Chrysler experience (which Romney already has done).  Oh, the depths to which we must plunge in order to protect Romney’s Bain narrative, oh, I mean, capitalism and free markets: