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. Really?

    You both define cynical. How cynical is it to support the haves against the have nots like you do? I'll tell you. Way more than the President. How cynical is it to care more about money than people? You don't admit it but that what the two of you do.

    January 8, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  2. Mike

    Sounds like another delusional Republican trying to sell the idea that we want Republican policies that only help the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, the environment and energy. Republicans are hell bent on destroying the the environment for short term monetary gains. Obama 2012!

    January 8, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Jimm

    Pretty thin skin, huh? That's ok, they will both be out of work come 2013.

    January 8, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Mike

    Republicans are fighting to elect the most conservative candidate, unfortunately for them it is NOT what the people want.

    January 8, 2012 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  5. Adam

    Hopes for a Romney – Christie ticket?

    or, Christie 2016.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  6. Kenboston

    Uh, no.
    Cynicism was when republican leaders pronounced, withing weeks of Obama taking office, that their number one goal was to insure he was a one term president, or that they wanted him to fail. That's cynicism. What Obama is doing now is finally giving as good as he gets. And, of course, the republicans cry foul. Bullies are not used to being stood up to.

    January 8, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. maf

    "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."
    Delusion spreads to the camp of a guy who is well positioning himself for 2016. 4+ years of these comments from Christie will be enough to turn everyone against him too!

    January 8, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  8. Kent Bowen

    Are there any inspirational Republican leaders, or just thugs?

    January 8, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  9. Michael Q

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

    The pot calling the kettle black, or is it the kettle calling the pot black? Just love how the GOP twists everything around that they do to blame Obama. Amazing how they expect America to be angry with Obama since day one, yet Obama isn't allowed to be angry bak at them.

    January 8, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  10. Henry Miller

    The funny thing is that real hard-core Obama supporters don't really want jobs–they just want their welfare cheques to keep on coming, paid for by schmucks dumb enough to have jobs.

    January 8, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  11. truthfuster

    Yes they cut jobs, the jobs that democrats create just to bring down the unemployment numbers. True jobs are built upon a good economy hired by companies that need the help to grow. Not the type of jobs created by democrats that are usually government jobs GIVEN to the relatives or the acquaintances of politicians in order to try to be re-elected.

    January 8, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. Riley

    Gotta love Christie. He takes it to all the hecklers and shuts their mouths right up. Wish more politicians were like him.

    January 8, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  13. Brian

    No one says it better than Christie.

    January 8, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  14. Cooper

    Even dumber than I previously thought.

    January 8, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  15. William dodge

    All he wants to be picked VP
    Another joke

    January 8, 2012 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  16. AngryMamaBrewer

    NO.. they didn't kill any jobs.. they just offshored hundred of thousand jobs to China/India.

    January 8, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  17. Tom

    Get real, Christie! In 2008, it is your party who had spread irrationality and lies in the hopes to derail Obama's campaign. You live in a glass house; don't throw stones.

    January 8, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  18. Marvel

    Well! Why is he accusing protestors of being plants of Obama? It is insulting for him to marginalize voters with legitimate gripes about Christy's administration or what Willard accomplished as a job creator (NOT) in Mass by spouting some Obama conspiracy theory. If anyone planted the protestors for political gain it would have been Christie. He did it to give a molecule of credibility to his rant that Obama is encouraging voters to be angry at him and Willard. Christy is looking very jaded and the President of the United States, more than likely, has better things to do than to even pay attention to encouraging people to be angry.

    January 8, 2012 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  19. The LONE OKIE

    Christie wants to be vice president.

    January 8, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  20. Don

    You stay classy liberals.

    January 8, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  21. tony

    He's not standing up for what I believe in. Or to ordinary hard working Americans

    January 8, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  22. K Mac

    These Republicans can brag about all of the minimum wage jobs they are creating but at the end of the day, those jobs don't sustain the middle class. The path the GOP has put us on for the past 30+ years is the blame.

    We were once a creditor nation that made things. Today we are the biggest debtor nation out there. We have to create jobs instead of bringing in junk from China.

    No disrespect for people working at McDonald's and Wal-Mart but we cannot call those kinds of jobs a positive. They should be for high school and college kids to make a little side money. They are not intended to feed families on.

    January 8, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  23. George

    These guys don't know what are they talking. They have to look between them if they need to blame somebody of all the hatred there is in this primaries.

    January 8, 2012 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  24. Gary

    I usually like Christie, but blaming Obama for that is delusional. Christie's job growth has done little for the middle and lower classes.

    January 8, 2012 09:54 pm at 9:54 pm |
  25. jim

    Both are major job killers, and Christie has killed millions of donuts needlessly. I keed, I keed. Both are dirt, and prime examples of the criminal element running the GOP. Want a real conservative, who's not bought and paid for by Wall Street? Check out Huntsman. He actually did make jobs, he's clean as a whistle, and can walk a whole flight of stairs without medical assistance.

    January 8, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
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