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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soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Energizer Bunny

    @Gimmeabreak!

    Obama blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Romney is great. Obama blah, blah, blah, blah.

    The election is over. Obama won. Romney lost. End of story.

    November 16, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. Carol Johnson

    Romney is a typical republican who thinks that he has all the answers and all the people are behind him in becoming the dictator in perpetuity. He thought that since he is so rich and change his position every position he has ever taken and the fact they the Olympics he ran made money when it was a 400 million in the hole until the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT GAVE HIM 1.5 BILLION AND HE BRAGS ABOUT THE FACT THEY MADE 100 MILLION ON THE OLYMPICS.
    May I ask where did the other 1 billion go-the 500,000 took care of the 400 million deficit and the made the 100 profit, but it does not account for the 1 billion he does not want to mention.....

    November 16, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. sedcMom

    I totally concur Kr55

    November 16, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  4. Canuck

    "Christie, You sir are a turn coat traitor that has lost the respect of the ENTIRE republican party"

    Christie displays way too much humanity to be considered a mainstream Republican.

    November 16, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  5. SOLESUVIVOR

    The man is arrogant and truly believes he should have won despite all the negatives,Swiss bank accounts,Cayman island account,deceptive income tax returns,income tax amnesty,Bain capital,chameleon like political personality and outright lying to the American people.What did he expect?Just because FOX news and all the Rightwingnutjobs tell you you're going to be The POTUS in a landslide does not mean it will happen.Sorry Mitt,you deluded yourself and you lost to a much better man.

    November 16, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  6. freedom

    It's not scapegoating – it's factual, Gov. Christie. Obama is a community organizer and master manipulator and that's how he won. He even manipulated you with the Sandy photo-ops. Romney was a strong candidate and is a stellar man. He has every right to say whatever he deems true after the journey he just embarked on.

    November 16, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  7. rich

    Chris Chrisrie is a truth teller which is refreshing in the GOP....

    November 16, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. myviewis

    Obama won on abortion, raising taxes on the rich, raising taxes on businesses, Obamacare, birth control, auto bailout, stay/work permit for kids of illegals, etc...... I think Jon Stewart's Obama's extraordinary gift bag said it best.

    November 16, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. i'malib

    I just want whats coming to me. I just want my fair share.

    November 16, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. bear

    freedom Mittens could not even win his home town,likewise his running mate.The common theme of the states that he won is you have to be white to get the vote. P.S you can't ignorance.

    November 16, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  11. Jose

    It boggles my mind that Christie is branded a traitor because he dare show some leadership and try to work with Obama. Maybe if Christie went on a diet, got in shape, and embraced marijuana legalization he would have a chance.

    November 16, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  12. Michelle (the good one)

    Why is it that when someone deviates from the republican talking points that he becomes the devil?

    November 16, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  13. CLEpost

    Whatever you may think of Obama, the prospect of Mittens in the White House scared the daylights out of me. His post-election whining just confirms that.

    November 16, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  14. ianmcgruder

    Obviously Romney doesn't want to play by the rules. He failed to be a "mensch".
    When you loose, you pack up your bags and go home.
    Good thing we didn't end up with that cry baby in the White House.

    November 16, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  15. us_1776

    Most sane people who were watching all of the polling for the 4 months prior to the election knew there was no way that the GOP was going to win the election.

    The GOP was living in some type of hallucination.

    .

    November 16, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Wake up People!

    Looks like Willard and McCain are still smarting about losing both elections. I think both candidates thought it was going to be a shoe in for them. But were proven wrong. McCain thought he would win due to his being a POW.

    Willard KNEW he had this in the bag. After all he was a spoiled, rich bully who has never been told NO for anything. Between pandering to the bigots, spending more money than anyone else, thinking the GOP had the citizens fooled by trying to make President Obama look incompetent, voter suppression and intimidation, he just knew he would win. And we can't forget his arrogance. When he was caught in a lie he wouldn't even acknowledge it was a lie he would simply double down on it. His refusal to show his taxes, and the final straw for me was the last debate, where he kept saying, "WHEN I'M PRESIDENT". Sheer arrogance and entitlement. It didn't help that he suffered from a severe case of silver hoof in mouth disease.r

    November 16, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  17. Bill from GA

    President Obama won the election because he has already demonstrated, to anyone paying attention to the facts, and not the fox propaganda network, that he can and did turn around the economy around.

    We were loosing 800,000 jobs a month when Obama took office. GDP went from MINUS 6% or worse (the numbers changed downward) to over 4% PLUS. Stock markets doubled.

    Why would anyone select a republican who promises anything to anyone to get a vote? At least the republican primary loosers, mostly, stuck to their beliefs (other than their support for mitts.)

    November 16, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  18. Debbie

    All the GOP is running from Romney and yet just two weeks ago he was their guy and what he said was true. I was a Republican for 35 years (now Independent) and the problem with the GOP today is not Romney but the GOP platform. They moved too far right (almost off cliff) socially, economically, and religiously. Romney is licking his wounds and his supporters of 2 weeks ago are running from him but the GOP platform remains the same today as it was 2 weeks ago...

    November 16, 2012 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  19. gino

    Romney proved by his nasty, bitter comments that he was (is) unfit to be President of the United States of America.

    November 16, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. Morgiana

    I am an independent. I voted for Obama...and Scott Brown. Why? Romney was flip-flopping, he kept putting his foot in his mouth every time he opened it. Neither Obama nor Romney have good experience with foreign policy..and yet, Obama, is just a tad more careful in the way he stated his positions on everything. Romney could have been a great choice with his business acumen. On the other hand, Scott Brown did not win, nevertheless, I am happy that I gave him my vote...his bipartisan politics were preferable to me over Elizabeth Warren- whose has no skill, nor any desire to be bipartisan. It is time for Romney to stop licking his political wounds and start analyzing where he went "wrong." He knowledge could be of great help to our next candidates race in 2016.

    November 16, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Ed

    Republicans like "gimmeabreak" on this board, speak like Democrats are poor, low-income people all receiving free government handouts, and that's why we like Obama?
    Funny, my household pays more in taxes than the average US citizen makes in a year. We also give plenty to charity.
    We voted for Obama because we saw through the "empty suit" Romney, and couldn't keep track of his positions on anything.
    Seemed like a guy who would say anything to anyone to get elected!

    November 16, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Canuck

    Wow, so Obama won because he appealed to the majority of the electorate. Who knew???

    November 16, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  23. Nsikan

    Chritie, its too late to be nice – Cory is going to take your position. For Mr Romney, these are some of the things that would make us suggest you do community srvice. Nature has a way of humbling people – go ask rich people with ailments they cannot control or cure. Some poor people have two eyes too.

    November 16, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  24. hot air warrior

    If the Republican party says it is so right on so many ideas for our country, how can they get the election polling facts so wrong ?.

    November 16, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  25. BeadlesAz

    Governor Romney is a sore loser – just another indication that he was not (and never will be) suitable to occupy the White House. When is the GOP going to return to normalcy and field a viable candidate? I'm ex-GOP and miss the good old days before the lunatics hijacked the party.

    November 16, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
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