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
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  1. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Everytime I see Willard M. Romney, George Clooney's character from Up In The Air comes to mind. Because that's precisely what Willard's job was. But he wasn't actually the George Clooney character, he was more of George Clooney's boss in the movie. He's the one calling the shots. He's said so out of his own mouth.

    January 9, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Thank god the stage didnt cave in from his massive weight! And calling this protester "SWEETHEART"?? What an idiot. He needs to drive over to the nearest KFC, Dunkin Donuts, or McDonalds and buy dinner... now that would help the economy! LOL< What a joke the GOP is right now! lol!

    January 9, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  3. Carol

    Christie is blaming President Obama for running a campaign based on cynicism and anger? Sounds like he is smuging an Orange tree grove so the smoke will cover who really has been acting with cynicism and anger since before Obama was even elected.

    January 9, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  4. JohnRJ08

    Christie is a pompous sack of blubber who loves to get in people's face.

    January 9, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. JohnRJ08

    Look at the picture on this article. These two guys look like they're playing Laurel & Hardy.

    January 9, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Gurgi regurgitated:

    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.
    -------------
    First of all, recess appointments are legal. Bush-43 made three times the number of appointments at the same point in his administration. In fact, Clinton and Obama made less than their counterparts, Reagain, Bush-41 and Bush-43. The Obama administration has determined that the DOMA is grossly unconstitutional and indefensible.

    DOMA is a law that denies rights to demographic of the population, which violates the 14th Amendment. Why do you think so many states are getting into the business of passing their versions of DOMA? Instead of one battle at the federal level, which they would obviously lose, conservatives want 50 battles at the state level decided by state supreme courts.

    January 9, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  7. ObamaFlop

    The number of Obama Bathwater Drinker on this post is amazing. You can't blame Romney for Obamas failure. It must really stink to be a Obama supporter. Nothing but blame and no record to run on unless you love to see America fail.

    January 9, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  8. The Real Tom Paine

    @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.
    ********************
    Whatever happened to the conservative idea of allowing local governments more control, or does that ONLY apply to things you happen to like?

    January 9, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. Shadreeta

    I love the way the leftists and Obamabots are calling Christie a "bully" yet he was the one being heckled by a gang of screaming liars. Typical liberal hypocrisy. LOL

    January 9, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  10. TexasCentrist

    "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

    What a lame response. Complete lack of substance. The nerve of him equating America's beliefs with his. He doesn't speak for me, that's for sure.

    January 9, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  11. Gurgi

    Any of the republican candidates would be better in the white house, heck even Hillary would be better in the white house. Anyone but Obama needs to be voted into the office. It would be better to have a president that does not violate the constitution every time he turns around, just because he thinks it doesn't apply to him. For 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(yes it was a procedural thing, but within the law). Even Bush did not try to do that when the democrats pulled the same "procedure" on him, and allowing sanctuary cities protection of illegal aliens to go on unabated. Those three things alone should be enough to get him impeached with jail time.

    January 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. JPS

    The man has no respect for himself do you honestly think he'll ever have any for anything or anyone else?? He's a pig!

    January 9, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Fair is Fair

    @ "The Real Tom Pane" –

    "Whatever happened to the conservative idea of allowing local governments more control, or does that ONLY apply to things you happen to like?"
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    Oh believe me – I'm all for as much power to state and local government as possible. In this case, I'm appalled at the Obama administration's sheer hypocrisy of bringing lawsuits upon states for trying to enforce federal illegal immigration laws while simultaneousy turnng a blind eye to cities who thumb their collective noses at the same laws. Capeesh?

    January 9, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  14. ja

    with all due respect, who is christie, armchair quarterbacks are a dime a dozen, from my prespective the steelers should have won last night against the broncos

    January 9, 2012 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  15. badcyclist

    And this guy is the Republican party's Great White Hope? At best he is the GOP's Great White Whale. His retorts don't even make sense.

    January 9, 2012 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  16. Kim2C

    Maybe he shoulda shouted, "SILENCE! I'LL EAT YOU!" like Achmed the dead terrorist.

    January 9, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  17. iTALIAN NONNO

    Christie, reminds me of one of the many beefy characters from the Sopranos,.. New Jersey might be amused by his bully, mafioso wanna-be persona,.. but the rest of America is not buying it. He's all bluster and no substance.

    January 9, 2012 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "really ? people?
    "HOPE and Change" ??
    3 years later, all hope and no change!!!"
    --

    You guys can rant that silliness in an attempt to spread dissatisfaction, disapopintment and feelings of being disaffected all you want. It's a simple response to your propaganda for most liberals out there:

    MY HOPE HASN'T CHANGED.

    January 9, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  19. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    >Sniffit
    >"really ? people?
    >"HOPE and Change" ??
    >3 years later, all hope and no change!!!"
    >–
    >You guys can rant that silliness in an attempt to spread dissatisfaction, disapopintment and feelings of being disaffected all >you want. It's a simple response to your propaganda for most liberals out there:
    >
    >MY HOPE HASN'T CHANGED.

    Problem being "HOPE" don't pay the rent..... Obama's a one trick pony. Borrow and spend your way to prosperity, bankrupt the country and blame others when it doesn't work.

    And he hasn't shown one iota of evidence that he intends to change his failed policies. Logic dictates that faulty emotional "hope" feelings must be ignored.

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    @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."

    Holder is not required to defend DOMA, so him not doing so is not unconstitutional. The "session" the Repubs "called" lasted less than 60 seconds; the Senate chamber was empty and no business was conducted. That's why it's called "pro-forma": it is NOT the real thing. Again, what President Obama did in appointing Cordray is not unconstitutional.

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  21. Bill

    Funny how people quickly ran out of logic and descended to attacks on Christie's weight. I thought these were supposed to be the caring, liberal folks. Guess I was wrong. Seems like they're stuck in Jr. High.

    January 9, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  22. Terry

    Checkout Governor Christie's belt in this photo. The man is a glutinous pig, and his belt shows that he is a growing pig. Christie is the perfect image of the Republican Party, he is overweight and obviously consumes everything in sight. Give this man a Twinkie.

    January 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. PhilG.

    Yes...Christie,,,it's all Obama's fault.

    So Mitt going to be the monkey or are you going to hold the cup while Mitt twists the handle on the organ?

    January 9, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. Lisa P

    "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."

    Ha ha ha! This guy's a stitch! Christie and Romney "stand up for what America believes in"? Job losses, dismantling the safety net, income inequality, no taxes or social responsibilities of any kind for the wealthy or for corporate "people"? I don't know what America Christie thinks he's living in or "believes" in but it sure as heck ain't the same as mine! Obama 2012, and no GOP House or Senate ever again. We need to start solving the problems of the 99%, not think of new ways to line the 1%'s pockets ever more thickly.

    January 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    Fari is Fair, the Consititution clearly spells out what the responsibilities of the federal and state governments are, and what the limits of the state governments' authority is. Border security is a federal matter, not a state matter, period. More illegals are being deported than at any time in recent history, and yet you still make this out to be failure on the part of the federal government? Do you even bother to see if the feds are enforcing the law with regards to sanctuary cities, or do you just blindly assume it because of your own prejudices? My guess, in your case, is that you did not bother to. Show us some real evidence, please, minus the usual derisive talking points and insults.

    January 9, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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