Christie says Romney still 'upset' after loss
November 16th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
2 years 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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  1. ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES

    Interesting facts about Mittens' campaign money:

    21 SuperPACs contributed.
    His campaign raised $384,901,892. Of that:
    Small Individual Contributions = $70,851,796 (18%)
    Large Individual Contributions = $384,901,892 (81%)

    Compare that to President Obama:
    15 SuperPACs contributed.
    His campaign raised $$631,650,564. Of that:
    Small Individual Contributions = $214,314,215 (34%)
    Large Individual Contributions = $423,360,831 (67%)

    Hmmmm .... looks like President Obama is more a man of the people ... surprise (not!)

    November 16, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Not a Fan

    Mitt Romney is a sore loser. What a whiner! He STILL doesn't get it - the American people don't like you, your "you people" wife or your cult church. Shut up already and go away now!

    November 16, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    The statesman won. The salesman lost. End of story.

    November 16, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  4. JohnK

    Romney's whining demonstrates his lack of character. Its amazing that he has the gall to complain about "gifts" from Obama while calling for more tax cuts for the rich and getting rid of the estate tax.

    As he did throughout his political career, he flipped his position on several issues to get the nomination and then tried to portray himself as a centrist during the presidential campaign.

    I just love hearing the whining from Romney and all the Republican right wingers. Boo hoo, boo hoo!

    November 16, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  5. neken7

    I'd love to have a sane GOP nominee who is more interested in bringing people together than dividing them up based on religion and wealth. For our Democracy to work, we need credible candidates from both parties. Hopefully we're done with the Michelle Bachmans and Rick Santorums of the party.

    November 16, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  6. Wilson

    @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!!
    ----------------------------------------------
    Ummm, wrong, that poster is one of the few on these blogs that has a even any credibility. He/she gets dogged for "spouting fox news" talking points, naahh, if you will bother to research what is posted, it is correct, unlike so many posters on here from the left that have no credibility left, due to a little research on their posts prove them to either be entirely false, or the same as "myths and legends," a small basis of fact surrounded by made up stories.

    November 16, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  7. jkane sfl gop mascots the blubbering slobs allen west rover nitwitquest rick scott ,carl rove and donald dump ??????

    Romney, the failed gov of mass,should go away ,we don't like you or Ann !!!!

    November 16, 2012 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Wilson,

    Paul Ryan lost his home town and his home state. Mitt Riomney lost his home town and home state at least three times. John McCain won more votes in 2008 than either candidate in 2012. Democrats won more votes in the House than Republicans.

    Elections are about choices, and the majority chose conservative ideology as the wrong choice. Time to face the reality of Four More Years.

    November 16, 2012 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Larry in Houston

    @ neken 7 @ 4:04 pm – – They HAD ONE – His name was Jon Huntsman – he didn't have the "capitol" like Robme has.

    November 16, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  10. Mick

    We will see how far our current leader if you can call him that will take us in the fiscal cliff negotiations. I am expecting a failure and huge concessions to his mob boss union buddies and thats about it. Between the serial slacker Reid and the campaigner results are never good unless you are a ward of the state.

    November 16, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  11. sidb1980

    And Christie you are still fat. "Oh thank you Mr. Pres for money" Photo op. Um, why didn't you stop the unions from kicking out non-union workers trying to help? Hum? In the union pocket? Go Democrat, because I will never vote for you for Pres. You are a hack.

    November 16, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  12. AmericanZeus

    ThinkAgain: All of the GOP's policies are PROVEN FAILURES
    Interesting facts about Mittens' campaign money:

    21 SuperPACs contributed.
    His campaign raised $384,901,892. Of that:
    Small Individual Contributions = $70,851,796 (18%)
    Large Individual Contributions = $384,901,892 (81%)

    Compare that to President Obama:
    15 SuperPACs contributed.
    His campaign raised $$631,650,564. Of that:
    Small Individual Contributions = $214,314,215 (34%)
    Large Individual Contributions = $423,360,831 (67%)

    Hmmmm .... looks like President Obama is more a man of the people ... surprise (not!)
    ______________________________________

    It shows he has support, but it also shows how wasteful campains are for politics. That money could have went to education, healthcare, restoring NY/NJ, etc.

    November 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  13. SafeJourney

    Romney and McCain are still going through the five stages of grief. But they are still in denial. It appears Gov. Christi has moved on and is still focusing on his States recovery

    November 16, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  14. Pearl

    After his defeat last week, I actually felt sorry for the guy. He must have been surrounded by morons who kept telling him until the 11th hour that he could still pull it off. See what happens when you ignore facts? But for Mr. Romney to now come out and make these awful comments makes him look like a terribly sore loser, mean-spirited, looking to put blame everywhere except where it needs to be, and actually makes us reasonable people feel even better about choosing as we did. I never thought I would agree with Haley Barbour on anything, but have to agree that the GOP need to consult a proctologist - I'm sure they would find most GOPS' heads up in there!

    November 16, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. myfault

    RudyNYC...Statesman???????? Now that's just simply funny! Hey Rudy, wake up.

    November 16, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. magnum12

    Romney is right. How are you going to convince people who depend on government handouts to vote for someone who wants to make people take responsibility for their lives. It is why it is never a good idea to feed wild animals because they keep coming back for more and then they eventually stop fending for themselves

    November 16, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. kmac

    The Rep party is the party of Seccession, the Confedercy, and the gun states. Can't carry the nation that way. Not sure we aren't headed for another civil war. It will be a nasty one.

    November 16, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  18. myfault

    neken
    I'd love to have a sane GOP nominee who is more interested in bringing people together than dividing them up based on religion and wealth.
    SERIOUSLY? And the Dems don't divide based upon religion and wealth???? The posts here are a hoot. I had no idea this was comedy central. I'll be back more often knowing that.

    November 16, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  19. Steve From NH

    Merit pay for teachers – now THAT is big news. It would be a wonderful thing and have an incredibly positive long-term effect (IMHO) if that were to spread.

    November 16, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And poor (so to speak) Ann had to call the designers and cancel all that new stuff she ordered.
    -------------------------------------------------
    Oh yes, and then there was Ann the night of her husband's self-induced political holocaust looking like she'd been having bouts of uncontrollable hysteria backstage at learning that the Whit House would not be hers like MIttens told her it would after all.
    The sight of her Damnesty shuffling on stage, dragging behind her husband, bleached-blonde hair all disheveled, eyes looking all askew with that "where-the hell-am-I" look on her face, and not a trace of the smugness, air of superiority let alone that famous "You People are not Us People" look about her just quite frankly made the two-hour wait for the Biggest Sore Loser's concession speech well worth the freakin' wait!!!

    Yes I said it and I meant it.

    November 16, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  21. Dr Matrix

    At least Christie understands that some of those "gifts" come from FEMA and will help his state recover. Maybe a conservative is just someone who hasn't faced a personal or natural disaster.

    November 16, 2012 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  22. djdjdjs

    I wouldn't vote for him, but I've gained a lot of respect for christie.

    November 16, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    After his defeat last week, I actually felt sorry for the guy. He must have been surrounded by morons who kept telling him until the 11th hour that he could still pull it off.
    -------------------------------------------------
    No me. I didn't feel sorry for him one little Mormon bit. I was too scared for America, and too relieved when it was spared.
    He surrounded himself with morons because he's a freakin' lying moron himself.
    Obama is intelligent, honest, and a statesman. Look who he surrounds himself with for his campaigns. They have been touted as the most flawless campaigns EVER.
    You surround yourself with what you are.

    November 16, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  24. Cap'n Rita

    Good Lord! Who would have thought Chris Christie would be the voice of reason? When is going to break out into a chrous of Kumbaya? I find myself respecting him more each day in spite of myself.
    That said: Romney is showing his truest colors. He clearly lacks the emotional and mental maturity to hold the office of POTUS. All of this whining and lashing out is very juvenile. Turn out the lights, the pity party is over. Move on like the rest of us have to

    November 16, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  25. KC Yankee

    Shake that etch-a-sketch why doncha, Former Governor Mitt Romney.

    November 16, 2012 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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