Christie says Romney still 'upset' after loss
November 16th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
5 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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soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Data Driven

    "He's a good man. He will find his level."

    The ultimate political epitaph.

    November 16, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. tony

    How anyone can think that his wife saying "he can't disclose his TAX returns, because they will be used against him", won't cost him ANY election for public office is a completely self-deluded fool.

    November 16, 2012 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Bill


    Sounds like a little sour grapes there. Get over it – the more competent and respected man won and that is the end of it.

    November 16, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  4. Laverne

    These are his real feelings as was when he said what he said about the 47%. Well Mr. Governor, the 47% denied you the presidency and the other 4% you needed to win did not vote or voted for someone else. You are not as good as you thought you were and the comment Ann Romney made during the campaign that "you people have seen all the taxes you need to see" did not sit well with the ahhh people you were asking to give you the highest job of the land. So Romney's take your taxes, your hidden agenda, your hate and division and go back to Massechusett, New Hampshire, Michagan or California. On another note, It must be awfully embarrassing to lose all of your so called home states, all of them, WOW!!!

    November 16, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  5. Kr55

    Mitt thinks the elections was stolen from him by the, what he considers to be, parasitic 47% he despises so heavily. He will never get over that. Hopefully it keeps him from ever trying to run again.

    November 16, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Colorado Voter

    Too bad Romney didn't make his "gift" comment before the election...He would have lost by a bigger margin. Unfortunately, sometimes being born with a multitude of priveleges makes you clueless about those who arent born under the same circumstances.

    November 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. Facts don't Lie

    if this is indeed the case then John McCain is also still upset after his loss the way he's been acting lately. GOP and many on the right seem to feel they are entitled to the office of POTUS and to lost it twice and especially to a man they feel is really "not one of them" is just too much for some to bear.

    November 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  8. anonoymous

    After capmpaigning for months and getting caught up in people vying for positions in his admin. The attention paid to every detail of his life. The bounce from the debates breathed new breath in a dying campaign. More people showing up at rallies. Every news outlet asking his opinion about current affairs. I really think Mr Romney thought he was president. The election was only formality for him. But when he didnt win and surrogates knowing he wont run again. At five passed the election was called for Mr Obama his supporters dropped him. Waiting now to align themselves with the next one. I guess finding out his supporters are only that if you win would be hard. I just hope he goes away and stays away.

    November 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  9. Kristine

    @FactCheck – not a bad idea for Christie to run as an independent. He's a plain-speaking, Old School Republican and I (a lifelong Dem) would like to see both parties be shaken up and forced to get rid of the deadwood.

    November 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I always hate this kind of scapegoating after elections. When you lose, you lost," Christie said.
    E-mail that to Romney....AND McCain. They are both acting like children, the wose kinds of losers. Make sure you inform them that they look even worse going on the way they have been because it wasn't just a loss as a total and complete BEATDOWN by the President and the electorate that soundly rejected them and whatever they were selling.

    November 16, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  11. vic , nashville ,tn

    GOP arithmetic is defend 2 % to win election. never work
    Obama arithmetic is defend 98 % to win election, always work

    November 16, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  12. Laurie in Spokane

    Boy, talk about sour grapes on Romney's part! Can't own up to the fact he lost the election because of his wishy-washiness, insincerity, insulting comments, and the GOP's kowtowing to ultra right conservatives? Not to mention he's so totally out of contact with main-stream America and has no concept of day-to-day life for the majority of us. He can go away now.

    November 16, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  13. stan

    I imagine Gore is still upset about his election-at least he had something to be upset about-he won.

    November 16, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  14. plain&simple

    You're only as good as you are at your worst moment!!! Not at your best.....humility hurts.

    November 16, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Gimmeabreak!

    So you complain about Romney "sour grapes?" And WHO has been blaming the former administration during ALL the failures of HIS administration? Obama! And who keeps spitting hatred and divisiveness just as he has the past four years and during the campaign (totally disgusting was the garbage from him!) Obama! And who refuses to compromise and plays the race card over and over? Obama! And you liberal morons just can't stand the idea that anyone can become successful in America and make lots of money, eh? YOU honestly think YOU deserve other people's money? WHY? What makes YOU so special? BTW, Romney was absolutely correct about Obama "buying" the election this time, just as he did last time! Gimmeabreak!

    November 16, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  16. TheVoice2

    The spoiled rich kid is pouting because he didn't get his way.

    To say that Obama offered gifts to minorities is exactly the kind of man Mitt Phony is, lack of integrity. What about the big gift he offered to the rich. More massive tax cuts. The problem was that 99% is more than 1%.

    November 16, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  17. Anonymous

    Good men can move on from a loss with dignity and class. His comments further prove Aerica made the right decision. As for Allen West in Florida; he;s another jerk who just can't let it go.

    November 16, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  18. Ancient Texan

    Odds are really good that the 47 million on food stamps and those on rent subsidies didn't vote for Romney but for the party that intends to keep those folks on the welfare rolls for politicals reasons. So there is merit to what Romney said.

    November 16, 2012 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  19. nvtncs

    No quarters for this guy. He ruthlessly carpet bombed his opponents in the primaries with super PACs money.

    November 16, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  20. MesaMom

    My son acts the same way when he doesn't get dessert. Grow up Mitt!! You're acting like a spoiled brat.

    November 16, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  21. nvtncs

    Give this guy no quarters. He ruthlessly carpet bombed his opponents in the primaries with super PACs money.
    In the general, in the debates, his manners are disrestpectful.

    November 16, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  22. Mete Krop

    After the last comment by Mitt, Obama would say I would never ever see him. Sorry for me to say I would contact him and ask something we can do together during my victory speech. .

    November 16, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. TamarS

    Romney is simply showing who he is. Unfortuantely for him that's what lost the election. He sunk himself, no one else did.

    November 16, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  24. BLKMANinAmerica

    Well robo Romney needs to REALLY (if blame is required) BLAME him self. He was the one who FLIP-n-FLOPPED all over every where then FLIPED again. He was the one who did NOT have plane to help American's other then the 1%. He was also the one who basically told 47% of Americans they don't matter. WORSE he was the one who actually believes in nothing but $$. PLEASE.................I suggest he move all of homes and $$ to the Caman Islands and leave us 47% ALONE already.

    November 16, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  25. TexaSAM

    I find it amusing that Romney is whining since he believes that he lost because President gave "gifts" to people. Excuse me? What did Romney run on? Giving the gift of tax cuts for his 1% friends if he's elected. His wealthy base spent tens of millions trying to elect Mitt, some forced workers to attend Romney stump speeches, and some threatened their workers that they would lose their jobs if President Obama was re-elected.

    So why is Mitt Romney really whining? Probably because no one ever told him "NO' before. He's used to getting everything he ever wanted just like a spoiled child. Perhaps he'll learn an important lesson in all this – The American people don't like liars, cheaters and bullies. Not to mention "those people" who hide income offshore to avoid paying their fair share of taxes while our troops are dying in wars.

    November 16, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
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