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

    I have no sympathy for a bunch of hippies getting shot back when they go to a rally to cause trouble. Good job by Christie. This economy has added jobs in spite of Obama and the constant uncertainty he's pushed. A real recovery will be seen when Romney replaces Nobama.

    January 9, 2012 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  2. ethandy

    Wow. For people who are bent on perpetuating the class war republicans started, Laurel and Romney are utterly classless.

    January 9, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain

    @Gurgi: "No, it would be better to have a president that does not violate the constitution every time he turns around, just because he wants to."

    When has President Obama violated the Constitution?

    January 9, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. bill

    Way to shoot down those uhbama supporting fleatards. Good job Christie!

    January 9, 2012 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. ThinkAgain

    @ALPHA: Christie is a bully – the last refuge of a coward who has no control over himself.

    January 9, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  6. David rombetter

    Christie is the quintessential picture of fat, overfed America

    January 9, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain

    @Aaron: "A real recovery will be seen when Romney replaces Nobama."

    Romney made his millions breaking up American companies, laying off American workers and outsourcing American jobs. He believes the fairy tale of trickle-down economics, which even its architect, David Stockman, says doesn't work. If you think that the rich getting even richer, given they've shown through action and word they would rather chase overseas profits than help rebuild our economy, then fine, you've got a right to live with your delusions. Just don't expect the rest of us who have working brains and can deal with reality are going to get suckered by the likes of "corporations are people, too" Mittens.

    January 9, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  8. Gurgi

    @think again, one example, when he told Holder not to defend the "defense of marriage act" which is a "law." Another, in making "recess" appointments when congress was not in recess. Even Bush did not try to do that when the democrats pulled the same "procedure" on him.

    January 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. bilk7

    Christie and Haley may not even win re-election in their own states and these are the two "new" Republicans Romney has with him? Of course Romney also got support from George HW Bush, Bob Dole and John McCain......all Republicans who lost to Democratic Presidential candidates.

    January 9, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Christie is the quintessential picture of fat, overfed America"

    Speaking of pictures, I do believe he's pointing at a 4 year old girl he's confused with a sandwich in the picture above while yelling "GET IN MAH BELLLLLLYYYYYY!!!!"

    January 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. andyoo

    really ? people?
    "HOPE and Change" ??
    3 years later, all hope and no change!!!
    Even a Coporate CEO will get fired after 1 or 2 years if no change is there.
    Only stupid people will still keep thinking chages are on the way. there is no change in washington and probably never will.

    January 9, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. Statman29

    The only jobs Christie has created is to increase the staff at the State House kitchen in Trenton so he can order 24-hour room service.

    January 9, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. Kathleen Farrell

    When protesters "mic checked" Obama, he listened to them, sympathized and let them know they mattered.

    January 9, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  14. Bart

    Thanks for the picture worth a thousand words - that rotund sack of blubber Christie is the living embodiment of the Republican Party: grown embarrassingly fat on Corporate "encouragements," gratingly loud-mouthed, but with nothing original to say, incoherently combative about who-knows-what, and just plain stupid. And where'd he get that belt - a tack shop for Clydesdales? If he's going to stand like that, he'd better invest in a stout pair of suspenders, or he'll soon reveal to all the world his penchant for wearing Victoria's Secret thongs, BRRRrrrrrr!

    January 9, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. katmoondaddy

    Everybody hates Christie's big mouth and brash delivery because he is what you clueless liberals need; a swift kick in the bum and a wakeup call. Obama is the worse president we've ever had. He did not INHERIT Bush's problems...he made them worse. Here in NJ, Christie doesn't listen to you loudmothed leftists. He gets the job done.

    January 9, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. Kathleen Farrell

    Yo, Gurgi. W made far more recess appointments that Obama has.

    January 9, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  17. Chris

    I like that Christie thinks the people can't think for themselves. Typical out of touch politician. Ashamed he's my governor.

    January 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  18. Mark

    The best thing about Christie is that he doesn't care if he's heckled. He'll debate the facts. We need someone with a backbone; thought we had one; guess not Obama.

    January 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  19. Cedar Rapids

    Seriously joe? you are claiming the "Aftershock Survival Summit" as a legitimate concern? too funny.

    January 9, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. ricd

    Christie's a thug... Obama '12!!!

    January 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Fair is Fair

    Gurgi

    @think again, one example, when he told Holder not to defend the "defense of marriage act" which is a "law." Another, in making "recess" appointments when congress was not in recess. Even Bush did not try to do that when the democrats pulled the same "procedure" on him.
    -------–
    Not to mention allowing sanctuary cities protection of illegal aliens to go on unabated.

    January 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  22. Mark

    I just can't help but laugh at those who use their free speech to try to prevent others from having it too. Good for Christie!

    January 9, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  23. Rob

    First off dude go on a diet 286 pounds terrible. And you think maybe why you have created 60,000 jobs is due in part to Obamas economy plan. But you still have to create 60,000 more jobs half way there. An crapping on Obama for people using their freedom of speech.

    January 9, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. Thomas

    BIG, FAT, and Rude.... who is this guy? His first job should be enrolling in a healthy diet.

    January 9, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  25. Logic in LA

    Romney tore up companies for profit that cost jobs. Christie- I don't live in NJ and have not paid much attention to him. But in 2007, our country began a recession. jobs were lost and continued for years. no governor or politician is personally responsible for the losses since then. Could our politicians done a better job of turning things around- definitely.
    You want to blame someone- blame Congress, both parties.

    January 9, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
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