Christie says Romney still 'upset' after loss
November 16th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
1 year ago

Christie says Romney still 'upset' after loss

(CNN) – Gov. Chris Christie became the latest Republican to distance himself from Mitt Romney Friday for saying President Barack Obama won last week's election by offering "gifts" to minority voters.

The New Jersey governor, who endorsed Romney early in the primary process and acted as one of the candidate's top surrogates, was more restrained in his criticism than some other Republicans, including Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, saying Romney was still smarting from a negative campaign that ended in an Election Day defeat.

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"He's a good man. He will find his level. And I think it's still a little raw," Christie said on MSNBC. "Do I wish he hadn't said those things? Of course not. But on the other hand, I'm not going to bury the guy for it."

"I understand he's very upset about having lost the election and very disappointed," he continued. "I've never run for president – I've lost elections but never for the presidency – and I'm sure it stings terribly."

Romney's interest in parsing various electoral blocs was the wrong focus, Christie said, saying the former GOP nominee couldn't "expect to be the leader of all the people and be divisive."

The type of post-election analysis Romney was offering made little sense to the New Jersey governor, who said it was time to focus back on governing, rather than making excuses for last Tuesday's electoral thrashing.

"I always hate this kind of scapegoating after elections. When you lose, you lost," Christie said.

He pointed to GOP governors as the future of the party, noting gains made by the Republicans in statehouses, compared to a loss of seats in the Senate and House.

"People see us getting things done," Christie said, saying Republicans don't require a "core philosophical examination."

"What this is about is doing our jobs," he said. "And people expect that if they give you the privilege of serving. Do your job."

He touted his own success in negotiating an agreement with teachers in Newark to grant performance pay based on reviews conducted by their colleagues, promoting the new contract with Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers.

Christie – who came under fire from some Republicans after the election for appearing with Obama during storm relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy – said the new teachers' contract was an example of finding middle ground in areas where two sides have traditionally been at odds. The funding for the new, merit-based payments will come from a $100 million contribution to Newark schools by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

"We all decided we needed to do something different," Christie said, saying he and the teachers' union located "a boulevard of compromise that exists" between issuing bonuses based on merit or seniority.

"The job of a leader is to find your way onto that boulevard," Christie said.

Newark schools have been controlled by the state of New Jersey, rather than locally, since 1995. Zuckerberg's contribution last year prompted local authorities to petition for control of their schools, a push that was ultimately unsuccessful. Newark's mayor Cory Booker, a Democrat, is seen as a possible choice to challenge Christie in next year's gubernatorial election in the Garden State.

On his monthly radio show Thursday, Booker praised the teachers' deal, saying there was "no contract like it in America."

"It really has broken ground," he said.


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soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Karl Jonas

    By the way, Mr. Newly Nice Guy Christie, did you notice that Jerry Brown, the governor you trashed as stuck in the past and out of touch, has managed to cut the California budget deficit to $1.9 billion from a high of $16 billion under his Republican predecessor, the "governator," while you still have a huge deficit in NJ? Who's the "fiscal conservative"?

    November 16, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  2. Rick McDaniel

    Christie is preparing to switch to the Democratic Party.

    November 16, 2012 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F

    For the first tome in his life, Mittens was not able to buy what he wanted for himself, the presidency. It appears that the title "Blamer in Chief," would have been better suited to Mittens the lying plutocrat.

    November 16, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  4. sammieb51

    I have always liked Christy's candor. I hope he remains a Republican of the old school, as he is, and becomes a voice for hte party to rally around. Clearly rallying around the teabags is not working for them.

    November 16, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  5. Anonymous

    Yeah, Romney lost. All the smirking in the world wasn't going to win him this election. That he thought he could BS his way to the White House speaks more about him then it does all that "free stuff" he's been pout raging about this past week. Romney was offering free stuff, too. Unfortunately for him, he was offering it to CEO's, millionaires, and billionaires. He thought that voter suppression would seal the deal for him. It didn't. Now he's blaming the voters for actually getting out and voting. In lines 2 hours, 3 hours, 4 hours, 5 hours, 6 hours long. And all the while pretending he was going to be president of all the people; black, brown, old, young, female. What an arrogant fool.

    November 16, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  6. Manuel Levine

    I believe that Romney's loss can be the best thing that could happen to him for his future. I think his self image is extremely poor and that his image of others is poor. He needs others ,that he doesn't respect, to validate him while he isn't able to do it himself.
    So he is in bad shape as he cannot get others to validate him, and he can't validate himself.
    Romney needs to reevaluate himself based upon the godd he does for others and not on money he amasses.

    November 16, 2012 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  7. Critical Thinking

    Gov Christie you lost my respect but more important than that my support. Time for you to start writing your book and going on talk shows, there will be no White House for you.

    November 16, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  8. Zenger Folkman

    " Do I wish he hadn't said those things? Of course not. " Christie, did you misspeak here, or do you also support Mitt's assertion that we voted for Obama because he gave us "gifts"?

    November 16, 2012 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  9. Boo

    So Mitt Romney's feelings are hurt....my heart bleeds for him....NOT!!!!!

    November 16, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  10. GEN. BETRAYUS..WHOOPS....PETREUS

    Translation: Willard, you're a sore loser. Just like McCain is.

    November 16, 2012 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  11. Marv Crawford

    Romney just is so out of touch with mainstream America. The American populous is way too smart when they see idiots like Ann Coulter, Glen Beck and Donald Trump supporting him. These people are nothing short of hate mongers and thank God the American people saw through this.

    November 16, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  12. Babyboomer

    Not a fan of Christie but his responses on Morning Joe were very well crafted. Obviously he can be a bully when he wants to be and benevolent when he chooses. The problem I have with Romney is his assumption that everyone who voted for President Obama got some big gifts or hand outs. That he believes that, in and of itself, makes him unfit to be the leader of the "Free World". He is a pure capitalist at his core and he honestly cares nothing for people who either don't have his financial status, don't look like him, aren't of the same gender, etc., etc., etc. Because of that, I find it very difficult to see how Chris Cristie can be benevolent to some one like Mitt Romney. Despite all I can see the Republicans are going to try and put President Obama thru for the next 4 years, I couldn't be happier that he won and not that jerk Romney...

    November 16, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  13. Expat American

    Upset over the loss?
    Yet Romney continues to insult the majority of the electorate. Does Romney realize that many of these ‘Gifts’ of which he speaks will also benefit many of the poor whites who vote Republican?
    So in essence, Romney is also insulting poor white Republicans too.

    November 16, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  14. Eli

    Barack Hussein Obama: the most qualified man EVER ever to become president; supremely able to rid this nation of debt and secure full employment for all Americans Barack Hussein Obama: Mmmm...mmmm...mmmm.

    November 16, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  15. Randy, San Francisco

    Time for Romney to leave the political stage with dignity and grace. He needs to suck it up and show some character and pride.

    November 16, 2012 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  16. bb

    Romney and McCain should get together and cry into their warm beers over the shellacking that President Obama gave them both, accept defeat, and move on.

    November 16, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. mike electrician

    Especially since MITTENS has been running for eight years. He had eight years of campaigning and still people didn't buy his shinola. Sore Loser!

    November 16, 2012 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  18. paul.c

    Its typical of republicans to go away from a defeat all angry and wanting revenge,look at mcain and palin,since 2008 they are bitter,horrible little people.Romney is the same.They will blame everyone but themselves for the loss,everything will be a conspiracy as to why they didnt win.Romney gave america a gift,the gift of not being the president and turning this country into a mormon theocracy,and mitt i thank you for that.

    November 16, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  19. pappy

    Im sure he is said, unemp up, layoffs up, deficet up, new york without power or leadership and the worst of all due to bammy NO TWINKIES, you jerks enjoy the last days of America, your big shot loser will coolaspe it, unemp just went up in Pa and Ohio, what a shock !!!!

    November 16, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  20. Disgusted with Christie

    Christie,

    You sir are a turn coat traitor that has lost the respect of the ENTIRE republican party.I will NEVER listen to anything you say again and will continue to remind individuals of the cancerous virus you really are.

    November 16, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  21. Hillcrester

    The RomneyBain meltdown continues,

    Maybe he can turn to the construction of his La Jolla car elevator for solace.

    November 16, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  22. Commonsensepk.

    Examining Mitts psychology, I cant help but say; The AMERICAN MINORITIES escaped "DEATH" by a whisker!!

    November 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  23. Terrance

    LOL so now the excuse as to why Obama won is the fact that he gave "gifts"? The GOP is so out of touch with reality. Go back and look at a Romney rally and then compare that to an Obama rally. The Romney rally looks much like a KKK rally with nothing but whites.

    November 16, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. joe

    poor mittens . He used other peoples money to run his campaign so he still has like 250 mill and several houses and a yacht. Poor baby. He can go back to his looney church and tell women they can'ts have abortions even if rapeed him and his yes dear wife have it so rough. He is a mean nasty looser. I guess he thinks he can buy anything.

    November 16, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. FactCheck

    Chris, Chris, Chris... declare yourself an Independent and run as a moderate during the 2016 election. You have a real shot at it once you have exorcised yourself from the Blunt/Rubio amendment followers, and Norquist pledge signers.

    November 16, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
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