Wise-guy Christie: I'll 'be back Jersey-style'
December 30th, 2011
12:37 PM ET
3 years ago

Wise-guy Christie: I'll 'be back Jersey-style'

West Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stood outdoors without an overcoat on a blustery Iowa morning and played the wise-guy to GOP candidate Mitt Romney.

"Let me tell ya," he told an audience of roughly 600 people standing outside a Hy-Vee grocery in West Des Moines. "You people disappoint me on Tuesday, you don't do what you are supposed to on Tuesday for Mitt Romney - I will be back Jersey-style, people. I will be back."

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If Romney can hold onto gains he has made in Iowa, Christie may be spared the effort.

The GOP candidate tops the field in a CNN/TIME/ORC International poll released this week. Romney's campaign is doubling down in a state he has visited less frequently than most of his rivals, and has tripled the size of the advance team setting up events in the state, according to an aide.

And starting Saturday, Romney will embark on a 700-plus mile bus trip across the state, which will end with a caucus-night event in Des Moines.

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Filed under: Chris Christie • Iowa • Mitt Romney • New Jersey
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. donna

    We prop up their stories a bit like the characters in professional wrestling, with complete disregard to substance.

    December 30, 2011 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  2. Straight Shooter

    ardale -Rubio meets both options, right?

    December 30, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. DPatriot

    Fat , arrogant <(why I dont know) , Jersey big mouth , 2 whopper eatin ,pig

    December 30, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Lynda/Minnesota

    Christ may think he is going to be Mitts V.P. pick, and while it appears that Mitt is using Christie to Mitt's advantage, Christie would in every way overshadow Romney. Mitt might not be quite "all there" emotionally or intellectually, but he isn't ignorant enough to chose a man of Christie's temperment. As it is, Mitt Romney will have a very difficult time chosing anyone who won't outshine him on the campaign trail.

    December 30, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  5. ST

    This man Christ Christie scares me a lot. Not only his size, but also what he says, the way he behaves, how he bullies people, his arrogance, his ignorance etc. etc.

    December 30, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  6. Lolo

    Oh the republican party, you gotta love them. The tricks they use to win votes. Oh Willard is a career politician who did not break a sweat to get his money, nor served in any war to be called patriotic, but the base does not care so long as President Obama is voted out. Talk about back room deals. Also people wake up they are trying to take our voter rights away. The state of Virginia is one example. Like I said before if they have to they will steal this election to get the black man out of the white house. I have never seen so many unqualified people running for the republican establishment. I guess Dubya started a new trend. Noe the republican party is known as dumb and dumber or the circus clowns. If anyone votes for these nuts they really do not care about America.

    December 30, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  7. Debbie

    I bet Christy will be back. Corn and Christy go together all slathered up in artery clogging butter.

    December 30, 2011 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  8. GI Joe

    What a loudmouth bully. Not what we need from the ruling class of people that are over-fed and under-educated on how normal people are struggling just for bread and milk.

    December 30, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Christie: intellectually and aesthetically unappealing.

    December 30, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. JOHN

    Really who cares. Christie, is a hugh fan of President Oboma, If you look at his style he try to mirror the President. Don't be fool by the Governor or flipping Mitt. They both have no substances

    December 30, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    Chris Christie’s policy is North Pole and Mitt Romney’s policy is South Pole so this just kumbaya

    December 30, 2011 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. WhereIsPalin

    What's he doing in Iowa? And why should the people of Iowa listen to the governor of New Jersey? If they choose to listen to a governor, they have their own.

    December 30, 2011 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  13. Jilli

    Nothing makes me change the channel quicker – or discount a candidate faster than having to listen to this slobbish, bloviating bully, Chris Christie. Bullying is a sign of intellectual weakness, a person that can't make his point with reason, logic and intelligence, resorts to Christie type tactics.

    I think this big bully schtick plays well with the republican base and their daddy complexes though – remember chicken George strutting in his flight suit and his repeated calls to "bring it on". Yeah, that phony bravado worked out so well for us.

    December 30, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  14. Victoria

    A blimp was spotted approaching Lakehurst, New Jersey. Some residents were concerned that it might be another blimp about to crash. Everyone was (somewhat) relieved when they found out it was only Christie coming back to the state!

    December 30, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  15. Expat American

    The buttons straining to hold together Tubby’s suit should be registered as assault weapons – Once Christie downs a bowl of Iowa campaign diner chili and someone’s going to lose an eye.

    December 30, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  16. judith

    This man should have "bully" tatooed across his forehead. Christie is one of the most vile, disgusting creatures ever elected to office. Of course, Mitt is a political weather sock who will change his positions with every breeze and will take the endorsement of slimeball Christie.

    December 30, 2011 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  17. WhereIsPalin

    Hey Iowa. Good luck on seeing any of these people again after the caucus.

    December 30, 2011 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  18. michaelam

    As and Italian-American, I find his words insulting and a slap in the face to all Italian-Americans who have spent years running from the stereo-typical gansta/thug persona. Grow-up, Gov. Fat Culo!

    Hey New Jersey???? How about kicking this idiot to the curb in the next election?

    December 30, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  19. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    So what's that mean Mr. Christie? You gonna threaten people that don't vote the way you want them to?

    December 30, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  20. jk from MN

    So????? Do you really think the voters REALLY care???????????????

    December 30, 2011 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
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