Rep. Michael Grimm is standing with Gov. Chris Christie at a time when Republicans aren’t rushing forward to defend the embattled politician and possible 2016 presidential candidate.

In a statement released while Christie’s news conference was still going on, the Staten Island Congressman managed to not only praise Christie but bash President Obama.

“Governor Christie demonstrated true leadership and accountability during today’s press conference,” said Grimm.  “I have known Governor Christie since he was a United States Attorney with a distinguished anti-corruption record and I was an undercover agent working a high profile public corruption case with his office. I know him to be a man of unquestionable honor and ironclad integrity, and I take him at his word. In an a time when President Obama and key figures in his administration shamelessly pass the buck and avoid accountability for one massive failure after another, the Governor’s swift and immediate action to dismiss those responsible, commit himself to a full vetting of his staff, and embrace his responsibility as his state’s chief executive is both uncommon and refreshing.”

Update: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is chiming in on Grimm’s statement, as it tries to boot the congressman from office this year.

“It’s comes as no surprise that Congressman Michael Grimm who is currently being investigated by the FBI himself, would be the first elected official in the country to come to Chris Christie’s defense,” said DCCC spokesman Marc Brumer. “Maybe they can they can carpool to federal court together.  Only Congressman Michael Grimm would use a scandal in another state to try to divert attention from his own scandal plagued tenure in office.  Another day, another desperate attempt by Congressman Grimm to distract New Yorkers from his failed record.”

Update: The National Republican Congressional Committee is now getting into the mix, putting out a statement going after Grimm’s opponent, Domenic Recchia, and the D-trip.

“Speaking of traveling to federal court, when Domenic Recchia went there last month to plead leniency for Colombo crime boss Carmine Persico’s mobster son-in-law, did Carmine pay for Domenic to get there in a fully stocked stretch limo? And while we’re talking about traffic in New York, let’s not forget that the DCCC’s anointed candidate Recchia voted for a plan to charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan below 60th St. which would have cost Staten Island drivers millions. So ‘traffic talk’ is probably not a winning conversation for Recchia and his Washington surrogates,” said NRCC spokesman Ian Prior.