Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention
August 14th, 2012
12:46 AM ET
2 years ago

Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention

Washington (CNN) - The tough talking governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official told CNN.

The keynote is one of the highest profile speaking slots during convention week.

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Christie seriously considered running for president himself, a deliberation fueled, in part, by the urging of deep-pocketed Republican donors. He ultimately decided against it and endorsed Mitt Romney in Oct. 2011. Christie's endorsement was a big "political get" for the former Massachusetts governor during a contentious time in the Republican primary.

The New Jersey governor is a favorite among many conservatives for his street fighting style and willingness to challenge his political enemies. At times, Christie's outspokenness has caused controversy, but he is not known for backing down. On the campaign trail, Christie has been a vocal defender and advocate for Romney.

The long rumored decision to have Christie deliver the keynote address was first reported by USA Today early Tuesday. Christie gave the newspaper an interview outlining his speech. The GOP official confirmed to CNN that Christie would deliver the keynote address. An official announcement was expected to be made later in the morning.

Christie was elected in 2009 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Previously, Christie served as the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey during President George W. Bush's administration.

Several other well known Republicans will also speak at the convention including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The convention will take place over four days later this month in Tampa, Florida, where Romney will officially receive the GOP presidential nomination and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan the vice presidential nomination.

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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. patNY

    I cannot respect Christie because he's not only a bully loudmouth, but he's just way toooooo .....

    August 14, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  2. truth hurts

    Well, the TV ratings will be through the roof on this night. There won't be much left of the Obama/Biden myth after he is done with them. Only the truly braindead, government dependents and union workers will be left to vote for Obama. Anybody with a functioning brain and who isn't suckling off the government teet will be voting for Romney/Ryan.

    August 14, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  3. Denis

    Christie slated for big role...yea, jelly roll.

    August 14, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. AgeofInsanity

    This guy is a big roll – of fat.

    August 14, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. i_know_everything

    this is RNC's way of saying we give up this year, Chris Christie 2016

    August 14, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. 666Z

    Chris Christie speech could take up to 5-hours, according to the RNC.… his timeslot to speak falls during his ‘Mid-evening Snack Time.’

    So, at the podium the Governor will be served his usual snack: a Side of Beef, a Bushel of Baked Stuffed Potatoes, and a Diet Pepsi. The governor will be eating & delivering his speech at the same time – so those in the front section are urged to bring raincoats and tarps.

    The State of New Jersey is grateful that the RNC will be feeding the governor for 4-days; since his food budget is more than $1Billion in the red for this fiscal year.

    August 14, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  7. Klargar

    A large roll,yes a very large and fat role, suffused with repulsive sweat and body odor, He is so obese he has trouble walking. It would be hysterical to watch him wheeze his way onto stage and then have a masssive coronary just as he reaches the podium. As his fat clogged arteries choke the life out of him. PS I would not want to be the coroner at his autopsy all that fat to cut through repulsive yechh.

    August 14, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Four and The Door

    Who will the Democrats pick, Barney,,,everyone should be able to get a home mortgage regardless... Frank?
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    You're almost as not funny as Fair is Fair.
    The Democrats will have Elizabeth Warren deliver their keynote.

    August 14, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. Larry L

    It looks like Christie has had a lot of "big rolls"... cinnamon rolls, yeast rolls, bagels, Krispy Kremes,.. many others...

    August 14, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Christie, eh. It remains to be seen whether or not he will show up on time.

    August 14, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  11. dave

    Cannot wait to see him take a Helicopter from his seat to the Podium.

    August 14, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  12. Peace

    Will Christ Christie deliver his speech while standing or sitting?

    August 14, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. ritmocojo

    I feel for New Joisians. Everytime Fats Christie sit to eat the price of groceries goes up.

    August 14, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  14. I FORGOT MY NAME

    Somebody guard the buffet lines !!!

    August 14, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  15. Lenny Pincus

    Yes, nothing says "sucking off the government teat is bad" like an overweight Jersey big mouth.

    August 14, 2012 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  16. Al-NY,NY

    666Z

    Chris Christie speech could take up to 5-hours, according to the RNC.… his timeslot to speak falls during his ‘Mid-evening Snack Time.’

    So, at the podium the Governor will be served his usual snack: a Side of Beef, a Bushel of Baked Stuffed Potatoes, and a Diet Pepsi. The governor will be eating & delivering his speech at the same time – so those in the front section are urged to bring raincoats and tarps.
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    Gallagher's got nothing on this guy! The debris field will be 5 rows deep

    August 14, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  17. nilla

    Will he fly to the convention in a state-owned helicopter, or is that only for his kid's Little League games?

    August 14, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. I FORGOT MY NAME

    He's a big mouth bully....which republicans seem to like.

    August 14, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  19. Jackson

    Christie was really happy to hear he was getting a big role at the convention.

    His excitement was squashed a few minutes later when he found out it *wasn't* a cinnamon roll.

    August 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  20. nitrous

    Hoagie roll – 10 of them.

    August 14, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  21. Jackson

    truth hurts

    Well, the TV ratings will be through the roof on this night. There won't be much left of the Obama/Biden myth after he is done with them. Only the truly braindead, government dependents and union workers will be left to vote for Obama. Anybody with a functioning brain and who isn't suckling off the government teet will be voting for Romney/Ryan.

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    How sad your little corner of the world is where you cannot possibly conceive of an intelligent person having a different opinion than yours.

    August 14, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  22. Doug

    Christie knows that no goodness can be found in the heart of a Democrat, so many who don't live in blue areas or visit 'dem are blind to this truth.

    August 14, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Sal

    Typical nasty, obnoxious republican. He just might put the kibosh on the election of romney. Most thinking people don't like his style. 

    August 14, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  24. v_mag

    Strange silence from all the righties concerning the Romney/Bain/Salvadoran death squad connection. Don't you even want to deny it, in your usual 'see-no-evil-in-anything-right-wing' way? Or maybe murder doesn't bother you?

    And as for Christie-creme, I hope they build that stage with good union steel.

    August 14, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  25. Good Luck with That

    How do you give a libertard turrets syndrome. Just mention Chris Christie

    FAT FAT FATTY FAT FAT!!!!

    August 14, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
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