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. M Houston

    Christie is right. I'm glad to see that there is at least one Republican left for whom I can think well of.
    Romney is a sore loser and he – along with most of the whacko right wing – is busy demonstrating
    exactly why they should not hold elective office.

    November 16, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. Jeff O'Dette

    This was a double win. We got rid of Ann also. Two horrible people. Good-bye and good ridance.

    November 16, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Why won't you post the fact that what's eating at Romney and McCain, deep inside their greedy little hearts, is that they can't stomach the fact that America, with an overwhelming majority elected and re-elcted THAT ONE over them.

    Get over it.
    It's a new and wonderful and more representative America.
    Forward.

    November 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  4. jim

    It must be said....How about doing some real research instead of repeating fox news. You do know congress created most of the issue you listed in your above rant. Did you forget how the credit rating was downgraded? Don't even try to blame it on the President. I don't agree with the way things are going, but I also know who made the mess. You are the only one on here looking stupid!!

    November 16, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  5. Whiteman Sayeth

    Romney’s just angry because his mormon formula for success didn’t work on the American people. It’s our fault he lost because we failed to see the light, not his because he’s a dork.

    November 16, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    This is the First Time since I can ever remember – that people like Trump / Romney / Adelson / the Cokes / & the list goes on – it's the First Time In the History of this Country that MONEY did not Buy the election – The PEOPLE ACTUALLY HAD THEIR SAY, AND VOTED.

    I can Now say that From Here ON – The People will VOTE AGAIN, and elections won't be decided by the Big Money People !!

    November 16, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  7. jim

    Most americans can't wait to vote out all the obstructionist in congress. Then what will be the excuse?

    November 16, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. lilred

    Romney has nothing to feel "raw'" about. It's the people who are raw about being betrayed by our teaparty driven congress. So much could have been done if they had not stood in the way. They are still trying to continue this obstinence. Romney lives a lifestyle, substidized by the tax payer, that must of us could not even envision.

    November 16, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  9. Let's Move Forward

    Romney has the nerve talking about gifts. He promised Queen Ann The White House as a Christmas gift. But seriously my fellow Americans did Romney really think we were stupid and could not see what kind of person he is. What works in corporate America does not work for your average American. Most of us want the same thing for our families and we are just average but good hardworking people. We decided we did not want a few billionaires controlling our lives it is as simple that. You will always lose when you use racism because we are used to people that may look different but are really the same as we are.

    November 16, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. QS

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

    First – conservatives shouldn't be bragging about how people are seeing them "getting things done" because it's just a reminder to a majority of the population that for the last 4 years you've done nothing.

    Second – Seriously? Anybody who can say with a straight face that this party doesn't need a complete reevaluation of its platform, agenda and ideology should never expect to win another election again!

    November 16, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  11. todd

    After all the shenanigans during the nomination process in Iowa and New Hampshire toward Dr. Paul. Then the bus fiasco with the delegates at the Convention. What could have been a lively and substantial discussion at the Convention turned into a funeral like coronation is stark contrast to Wild Bill at the Democratic convention. You don't have to look far Willard. Just look in the mirror.

    November 16, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  12. Ed in Reno, Nevada

    K-Y Gel will keep that "raw" feeling away. Just a thought for next time Mitt.

    November 16, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. just sayin

    >Wilson
    >Entire districts in Ohio, Philadelphia and Pennsylvania with 0 votes for Romney, not one. Things that make you >go....hmmmmmmm. One, maybe, but 59 in Pennsylvania alone???? Yeah right.

    they must have had those voting machines that registered all votes for obama. and don't forget the places with 108% and 140% turnout. yeah, our elections are becoming real jokes thanks to the democrats an dtheir demands that elections not have any integrity.

    November 16, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  14. russ

    geezum, the tea party sour grapes here is unbelievable. Even I got over GW Bush's "victories". And those were very likely stolen. But hey, you gotta move on. Too bad the country was screwed forever by his eight years on the throne.

    November 16, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  15. pprty

    What the Republican leaders don't understand is that the world is changing. It's not like it was 60 years ago, or even 10 years ago. Many of the Republican policies don't apply to normal people anymore. Their idea of freedom is only for a select few on the top so they can lord it over everyone else – not going to happen!

    November 16, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  16. marilyn

    Romney is an egotistical, unrealistic fathead!

    November 16, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  17. rs

    it must be said-

    You know, Mr. Obama won the election fair and square. That was despite Republican Governors and Legislatures changing voting rules this year. That was despite obvious gerrymandering (as was done in Texas), and that was despite dump trucks of money given by the Kochs and Adelson.
    Mr. Romney simply blew it. He lied in his teeth every chance he got, and I think conviced enough voters he was just some plutocrat who deserved the job, but was not capable of carrying it out. He had all of the advantages, and he still just blew it.

    Spouting Limbaugh-esque nonsense about what's to come- and calling 51.5% of Americans who voted for Mr. Obama stupid (several times) graphically shows why your side will continue to shrink- you have no respect. Not for the President, not for your fellow citizens- and you spout nonsense. Pretty much- you are just like Romney.

    November 16, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Orchid333

    Lots of sore losers here with their Fox News talking points! Go back to prepping for whatever doomsday you're dreaming up. Obama won HANDILY – it wasn't even close! So quit thinking it was just the poor people with colored skin who depend solely on the government - there are plenty of us middle-class white folk who DO NOT agree with the old, outdated, "rich white guy" mentality of the GOP. Republicans made it clear this election on how they feel about women's rights, gay rights, healthcare, immigration and the elderly. It's all of those people you've alienated and you're gonna have a heck of a time getting their trust back.

    November 16, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. ss

    51% of the country voted for the POLITICAN ; Obama who tells you what you WANT to hear
    49% voted for the GROWN UP who tells you what you NEED to hear.
    Children voted for Obama; Adults voted for Romney.
    As far as those repub's throwing Romney under the bus, they are politiicans just like Obama who now are looking to 2016. Jindal and the likes, I will not vote for you either. Oh lets not forget Biden; the joke.
    Fiscal cliff: lets go off now. Might as well-its going to happen eventually anyway.

    November 16, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  20. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Can't you just about hear it? "You want have Mitt Romney to kick around anymore..."

    November 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    @ss: "51% of the country voted for the POLITICAN ; Obama who tells you what you WANT to hear
    49% voted for the GROWN UP who tells you what you NEED to hear.
    Children voted for Obama; Adults voted for Romney."

    This is laughable! Mittens changed what he said more often than most folks change their socks. Just yesterday, after saying 47% of Americans are leeches, then saying he didn't mean that, he again said that yes, he did mean that.

    You're pathetic!

    November 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. MasterWooten

    As goes conservatives and Republicans, as goes America. American can never be nor will it ever be a great nation if it plays to its worst efforts and abilities and if it slouches towards a society of takers. Romney's loss was America's loss and years down the road Americans and other would look back at 2012 as an opportunity for revival missed and the era when the inmates began to run the asylum. The producers and innovators are becoming fewer and farther between and one day they'd either stop innovating when it becmes pointless to do so or they'll just leave the country alltogether for Canada or Australia.

    Fact is "Barry" Obama will BURY America!

    November 16, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  23. Barry

    As a white 53 year old, male member of the 53%, I am more happy than ever that I voted for Obama. Romney's horrible statements were not because "he was still smarting". They were a crystal clear look at his soul, as well as an indication of how he views Americans. His version of America is nothing that I want to be a part of.

    November 16, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. jim

    I guess seniors are children then, because there were plenty that voted for Obama

    November 16, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  25. ThrowMeaBone

    Just goes to show that Romney wasn't the leader he said he was. True leaders don't voice "sour grapes" opinions when things don't go their way. The may think it, but they certainly don't say it to the national media.

    I'm sure it does suck to lose the most powerful position in the free world, if one is in for that sort of thing. But what really sucks is Romney will just have to go back to being a run-of-the-mill multi-millionaire... Boo Hoo... Life just isn't fair sometimes...

    November 16, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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