Christie keeps up appearances
September 26th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
3 years ago

Christie keeps up appearances

(CNN) - For someone who has worked to keep his name out of GOP presidential chatter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is keeping up a high profile similar to that of current presidential candidates these days.

And Monday he'll begin a trip not unlike a campaign swing through three states.

The popular Republican will headline an annual event for the Missouri Republican Party Monday evening –the party's largest fundraiser of the year– which will be preceded and followed by two more fundraisers in the state.

Christie was invited to speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library by the former first lady, Nancy Reagan, herself. He will travel to California Tuesday to deliver remarks at the $75 per person Perspectives on Leadership Forum.

Thursday the bombastic chief executive will attend a rally with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in Baton Rouge, followed by a fundraiser.

Christie has vehemently denied any desire to jump into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, but was named to the number two post in the Republican Governors Association in early September, and is regularly employed by the GOP for his money-raising prowess.

Though he said the "person that picked me as vice president would have to be sedated," as recently as June, Christie's persistent refusals haven't squashed pressure for him to jump in the race.

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soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. bb

    Unelectable on the national stage.

    September 26, 2011 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    People who vote republican must think that 30 years of GOP failure is enough. Republicans have been on the wrong side of every important issue facing Americans.

    September 26, 2011 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Vince

    Oh good! I love seeing my governor travel all over the country instead of working on fixing the problems in his home state.

    September 26, 2011 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  4. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    Chris Christie reminds me of Teddy Roosevelt... Speak softly, but carry a big stick. He's got that no BS New Jersey approach. That "don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining" approach. Very realistic, very to the point and clear analysis. Of course, liberals and socialists that deal in fantasy land don't like him because he bursts their little bubble in a not so polite way. I sure do wish he would run. But I understand, he has a very big Democrat mess to clean up in NJ and is doing quite well. We'll just have to find somebody else to clean up the Democrat mess in DC. Romney/Rubio has a REAL nice ring to it!

    September 26, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  5. John/kc

    Expect some republican to jump into the race at the last minute before the nomination. This will happen, because the person jumping in at the last minute would not be able to face other people in a debate, so by jumping in late, they would forgo most of the scrutiny from the other candidates and the media asking questions.

    September 26, 2011 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  6. John

    Just how many Republican do they think should run. All I have heard Is that Perry ,Romney and Palin could beat President Obama. So why do you Republican need any body else to run Against Him. Because you really know that none of them can beat Him. You Republican are going to be lucky to keep they seat you have. And In Congress you are going to lose a lot of seat in 2012.

    September 26, 2011 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  7. Maxine

    @Obama/Biden2012- actually the mess in NJ dates back to our last Christie, Whitman that is. So Gov Bluto is cleaning up his own mess. (and he is NOT doing a good job of it) NJ's prop taxes are outrageous, and this gov is just making them worse. All the while trying to charge the state taxpayers for TWO limousines to drive him about 100 yds from the helipad (also tried to charge the taxpayers) to the stands at his son's baseball game. His reasoning? "I'm a father first". Yeah, well then stay out of politics until you can devote yourself to the job. He is a disaster of epic proportions (in more ways than one) for NJ and would be a nightmare in DC.

    September 26, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  8. amber

    Would be another big embarrassment for Christie to jump in at this point. But hey, jump on in, Christie. The more the merrier....for the other side.

    September 26, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I have never heard Christie speak softly. I have only heard his rants against people who question his private use for state jets, and his excuse for being in Florida during the big New Jersey blizzard, where he left no one in charge. Although he does have that 'blame public employees for the mess caused by the Bush republican bailout of big banks' down pat.

    September 26, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Linda

    This guy is a right wing, anti labor, union buster who chose to pick on teachers, firefighters and public workers as if it is they who have caused the problems that his party has created since Reagan was the President, he can't even take care of his own body, how can he do anything for the nation. He is a thug. I am sure he is also a one term governor in NJ which is why he's trying to get into the Pres. race. What a joke

    September 26, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  11. GI Joe

    No more pork in DC (and he IS a porker - LOL).

    Another "asthma" attack that lands him in the hospital for a possible by-pass or "all electric heart like Cheney" could do him in. How can he possibly run? He can't even walk 1000 feet.

    September 26, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    He's the biggest BULLY in this country. NO MORE BULLIES.

    September 26, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  13. Al-NY,NY

    He's not only keeping up appearances, he's keeping up on the buffet circuit. This load will challange Taft for fattest

    September 26, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  14. WillR

    You can say all you want about Chris Christie, but he's not stupid enough to throw his hat into this ring.

    September 26, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  15. FM

    Serving people should come from the inner feelings of a person to do so and not to be forced by others. Incase Christ Christie jumps in and he fails totally to perform as anticipated, where the blames will be thrown to?

    September 26, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  16. Reggie from LA

    I ain't so smart. Can anyone comment on what makes Christie so much better than the existing "Eight" that he should be propelled to the top of the GOP presidential candidacy. I thought Bachmann was the end-all. Actually, I guess it was Palin first (geeesh). Then Romney, then Perry then Romney again. But then Christie, by popular account, is better than all of them put together. What makes him special?

    September 26, 2011 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  17. Felix

    No need to keep appearances, he already appears well-rounded. I mean, the guy is a giant blob.

    September 26, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. dirtygopfleabaggers

    I wish this fat, ugly, Jackie gleeson turd would run-so he can fall on his flat fat ass.

    September 26, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  19. vet in texas

    Yet more proof that tax cuts don't create jobs, look at WI, NY, FL, and OH. Their new governors did tax cuts on day one, then balanced their budgets on the citizens backs, what is to show for it?

    This statement should be one that ALL TEA PARTIERS need to start looking at. If you don't, the new batch of freshmen voted in 2010 are going to pull another fast one on you like W did. Yelling and apearing ALL THINGS CONSERVATIVE is really easy to do, all you have to yell about is freedom, Obama, great grandchildren, spending, taxes and you have hundreds that send you money, then get elected and do nothing but vote no and vote yes on a toxic health plan that actually adds 6 trillion to the budget, and vote yes to keep giving oil and farming subsidies and you get free healthcare and a salary for life!

    Anyone need a job, just run for office, I've given you the success blueprint and you can get millions from people all across the world! What an amazing country we live in. Obama is bad but Bachmann is the savior.........Obama is bad but Romney is the savior.........funny that all the GOP frontrunners have done everything that Obama is being hated for, yet we look the other way.

    September 26, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  20. Zod

    I learn so much reading these comments.

    September 26, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  21. Obama/Biden 2012 -- Because 4 years of FAILURE just isn't enough

    actually the mess in NJ dates back to our last Christie, Whitman that is. So Gov Bluto is cleaning up his own mess. (and he is NOT doing a good job of it)
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    Oh really? If Corzine did such a good job why was he thrown out? He was a JOKE!

    NJ's prop taxes are outrageous, and this gov is just making them worse.
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    Haven't they always been that way?! Gues what?! BIG GOVERNMENT COSTS BIG MONEY. Reality bites doesn't it?

    All the while trying to charge the state taxpayers for TWO limousines to drive him about 100 yds from the helipad (also tried to charge the taxpayers) to the stands at his son's baseball game. His reasoning? "I'm a father first". Yeah, well then stay out of politics until you can devote yourself to the job.
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    blah, blah, blah... the usual petty leftist insults...

    He is a disaster of epic proportions (in more ways than one) for NJ and would be a nightmare in DC.
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    Yeah, a disaster for those that want the government to do everything for you and expect somebody else to pay for it. He'd bring a dose of reality and sanity to DC. But we all knew Democrats can't handle reality.

    September 26, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  22. Bert

    I do hope that the fat man jumps into this race! He'd get an instant majority of the "Overweight American" vote....Heck, he'd probably get 80% of the Wisconsin vote!

    September 26, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    Chris "The Big Aple" Christie has too much in the way of scandals and questionable practices to ever run for POTUS. He would not pass the vetting process.

    For example, Christie was a prosecutor prior to running for governer. Once elected, he quite naturally had to resign from that job. Within a month or so of his Democratic replacement taking office dozens and dozens of indictments were released against local elected officials. Most of the charges were related to bribery, extortion, no-bid contracts, etc. Most of the cases extended back years. While Christe denied it, it has the appearance that Christie's office willfully and knowingly failed to prosecute the politicians.

    September 26, 2011 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  24. roro

    Come on Christie. Stay home and do your damn job. Stop campaigning all over and do what you were elected to do. And stop the phony "I'm not running" line. Nobody believes it, especially with these political trips you've been taking on the taxpayers' dime.

    September 26, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  25. Keith in NJ

    He acts like he is finished with his job in NJ. Hey Gov!!! Get back here and get to work. This state is still a mess. If you want to be Pres you need a record to run on. No wait that is not true.sorry. Get back here any way.

    September 26, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
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