Mitt Romney Is a Wawa Fan

QUAKERTOWN, PA- JUNE 16:   Republican Presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney prepares to pay for a sandwich in a WaWa Gas Station on June 16, 2012 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania.  Mr. Romney continues hs campaign swing through battle ground states as he battles President Barack Obama for votes.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
Romney at Wawa. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Photo: Joe Raedle/2012 Getty Images

As anyone who has ever had the privilege of driving through New Jersey knows, there are many reasons to like Wawa: the weird name, the excellent coffee,  its general superiority to rival East Coast convenience store Sheetz. (Taking sides is fun.) Mitt Romney, whose tour bus paid a visit to one of the chain’s Quakerstown, Pennsylvania, locations yesterday (after narrowly avoiding former Democrat governor Ed Rendell, who was holding an event outside the Wawa Romney initially intended to hit) likes the way the chain serves as “a model of innovation in the private sector.” While there, the Republican candidate also ordered and consumed a hoagie in an effort to override his image as someone who would never, ever eat anything that came from a gas station.