Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally
January 8th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
8 years ago

Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally

Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at protesters at a rally Sunday for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.

The brash Republican governor - speaking on behalf of Romney, whom he has endorsed, ahead of Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary - responded to chants from a group of attendees yelling "Mitt kills jobs, Christie kills jobs."

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"Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Christie said, before pointing to his record of job creation in the Garden State and predicting the economic growth possible in a future Romney administration.

Christie blamed President Barack Obama for encouraging the actions of such protesters, who continued to chant sporadically throughout the rally.

"You're disoriented by the ways of hope and change," the first-term New Jersey governor said, referencing the president's famous 2008 campaign mantra.

Christie has frequented the campaign trail in support of Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential frontrunner. On Sunday, he accused the president of running a re-election campaign based on cynicism and anger.

"It is the most cynical re-election strategy you could ever think of," Christie said. "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (377 Responses)
  1. Bessy

    What a bully this guy is ! He sounds as though he comes right off the mafia controlled streets of N.J. I'm sure I don't want his advice as to who he thinks would make a good POTUS.

    January 8, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  2. Publius Novus

    Bull Bullie has a record of job creation? Really? Which ones? He must be referring to the jobs created by President Obama, because the Bull bullie hasn't done a single thing to create jobs. What a loud-mouthed lout.

    January 8, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  3. Bushper

    Hey Mittens with your job creation record in full view both as governor of a state and Bain CEO, you have got nothing on President Obama. OK. You basically have been lying to the American people about your real and sorry record.

    January 8, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  4. bcnu_too

    Looking at this picture is almost like looking an elephant in the eye. Of course an elephant doesn't have as big a mouth as this obnoxious man has.

    January 8, 2012 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  5. Indy

    Correction:
    "It is the most cynical re-election strategy you could ever think of," Christie said. "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

    I am guessing Christie missed the cynical re-election strategy from GW Bush. It is obvious that Christie does not know what Americans believe in, the middle class are standing up for fairness and fairness is what most Americans believe in not Christie,Bush and Romney's trickle down non regulated America.

    January 8, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  6. Betty77

    I have never hear Obama ask his constituents to be anry at anyone. I like Christie, but am surprised he said that...it's just politics...Christie knows better.

    January 8, 2012 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  7. sara

    Hey Christie, I'm still with HOPE and Change...but not you guys change. It will leave America hopeful.

    January 8, 2012 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. sara

    And you have a "bogle" in your nose, fatty. Sorry, I don't like his tude. I know all prosecutors talk that way...but he's no gangster.

    January 8, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. GI Joe

    Are we gonna be exposed to this big fat tub of lard for 10 more months? I'd never vote for him or anyone he pushed on the stage. BULLY

    January 8, 2012 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    WE THE PEOPLE - are more important than these big bags of hot air that push us around.

    January 8, 2012 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  11. Thomas

    Christie blamed President Barack Obama for encouraging the actions of such protesters, who continued to chant sporadically throughout the rally.

    The big elitist would blame Obama for anything and everything !

    Mitt show us your Taxes.

    January 8, 2012 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  12. Nina

    Christie is nothing but a BULLY!!! But this time his bullying is not going to help him or Romney

    January 8, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. Jerry

    We're not angry at you because you stand up for what America believes in. We're angry at you because you sell out the middle class to the first sleazy millionaire that contributes to you campaign.

    January 8, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  14. Ron Paul

    Um? So what is the President doing to encourage people to be angry at you? Sounds like a pretty cynical statement on your part Christie!

    January 8, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  15. Darron R. Brown, M.D.

    Our President does not encourage protests at Republican rallies, and these individuals know it. They simply have no agenda and when concerned citizens speak out, as they should, people like Romney and Christie have nothing of substance to say, so they blame our President.

    January 8, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  16. GRD

    Bain Capital made money taking over companies and down sizing them and destroying their pension plans. That doesn't create jobs.

    January 8, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  17. michael

    I wish Christie would have run he is GREAT. He said Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Priceless. Idiot Occupy Morons. He should have told them they don't want a job they are getting $900 a month food stamps, Welfare, tax refunds of $10k for having 50 kids they can't afford

    January 8, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  18. Jay

    The protester was right, Corporate raider Romney did kill jobs.

    January 8, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  19. AYBEE

    Really? Gov, you are now begining to sound like a typical politician. Good luck sir

    January 8, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  20. potusPAUL

    LOL...The protesters should encourage the people to elect romney as the GOP if they really want to see Obama get re-elected...cristie is the best thing that ever happened for Obama...vote paul if you want obama out...

    January 8, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  21. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    ok so I guess then it is fair to say when the Tea Party protesters interrupted Democratic rallies it was due to encouragement by people like Rush Limbaugh and the FoxNews bunch. If Christie is supposed the all-American he claims then he knows Americans have the RIGHT to protest especially if it's non-violent. Plus many on the left and center don't need the president to encourage them to be angry, they read, watch REAL news, and know the facts of what is going on in this nation and who is doing what to who. Nice try Gov.

    January 8, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  22. Debra From Georgia

    Christie a 'Bully", Romney is a liar. Bain Capital will be romney Waterloo

    January 8, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  23. Bernice

    The picture of these two remind me of Laurel and Hardy.

    January 8, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  24. Seattle Sue

    Couldn't happen to a more deserving man.

    January 8, 2012 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  25. Keith in Austin

    Go Chris! Tell those losers to go OCCUPY something else!

    January 8, 2012 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
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