Christie says Romney still 'upset' after loss
November 16th, 2012
10:03 AM ET
6 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. Wilson

    Obama won because people chose to ignore 16T debt, a smaller work force than at any time since the 1950s, and more people on food stamps than at any other time in history.

    November 16, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  2. glorydays

    The GOP needs more Christis and fewer Romneys.

    November 16, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  3. Bob Saylor

    Gov. Christie could be the answer for the republican party in 2016, He shows compassion, Common cents and he more middle of the road than most republicans, Personally I am an independment, After being a republican for 22 years.

    November 16, 2012 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  4. Bob Farber

    I like Christies style...his no nonsense approach to issues. Governor for your own health and your future PLEASE slim down.

    November 16, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  5. Rick in L.A.

    The best man won and that's what matters. Romney is completely irrelevant and it's time for everyone, EVERYONE to do what's right to get our country running right. You, you and YOU. Stop pointing fingers. Quit waiting. It's up to ALL of us.

    November 16, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. sss

    Obama, I need ma gift, man....

    November 16, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. linda jean

    Its a poor dog that after given help when Mr. Romney needed it then turn around and bite you for your help! Good job Gov Christie! Too bad you're a Reoublican!! Linda jean

    November 16, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  8. Kent

    That's why I like Christie...tells it like it is...because he's in a blue state

    November 16, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  9. Jeff O'Dette

    Good posts. Im just glad the right thing happened. Romney was a disaster waiting to happen. Good job America!!!

    November 16, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  10. Mark12_31

    Can Republicans on this post understand that there are many who support Obama who make decent livings and do not receive any government handouts? We just care about making sure everyone has a fair shot, more than we care about only looking out for ourselves. It's called compassion vs. greed. There comes a point when you recognize that helping someone less fortunate afford healthcare, food, education, etc is more important than buying that extra luxury item that you really don't need. And it is hypocritical to call food stamps or Medicaid a "gift" and not call capital gains tax loop holes a "gift" as well. In fact, if cap gains were taxed at the same rate as income, that would generate more revenue than what is spent on social programs like Medicaid.

    November 16, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  11. greg90814

    Mittens isn't raw... he's overcooked, crispy, burnt out.... time to put him in the trash and forget about him.

    November 16, 2012 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  12. Colleen

    Is this the entitled rich boy attitude? Has he never lost anything before? Is he so nestled in luxury that he cannot understand people aren't happy serfs in his kingdom?

    November 16, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  13. laughingstock

    Tick, tock, tick, tock, republicans.... The clock is ticking down to 2016, and so far you aren't off to a good start. If you want a viable shot at the Oval Office in four years, you need to be willing to admit the mistakes you made this election. If you refuse to give the American People what they want, which is Fiscal Conservativism with moderate stance on social issues, you may as well start working on the concession speech now. Time to have a little "tea party" of your own, and throw those right-wing nuts overboard.

    November 16, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  14. brad

    I think it is pretty sad that they are branding Christi a traitor for saying thanks to Obama when he showed concern and support for his state. I don't care who the president is and who your party is. When someone is there to show support, you say thank you. Also, I know this may come as a shocker, but the President of the United States is SUPPOSED to be Neutral.

    November 16, 2012 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  15. Crooked Bridge

    Whatever reasons someone had for voting for their candidate of choice is their right and must be respected, whether you agree with them or not. The election is over and one can either accept it and move on, or continue to wallow in unproductive bitterness. The manner in which some people are reacting requires an addition to the latest classification system: Makers, Takers and Whiners.

    November 16, 2012 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  16. A little sad

    Romney is still "raw"?

    I'd suggest he put on his big boy pants, but apparently, he doesn't have any.

    November 16, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. IvotedearlyforObama

    Obama won because he is the type of guy who will sit down and eat dinner with me and talk to me. Mitt is the type of guy who will order me to clean his table after he eats dinner.

    November 16, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Patrick in Wisconsin

    The continued whining of Republicans just makes me feel even better about voting for Obama. Thank God none of those hacks made their way into the government.

    November 16, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  19. rs

    AND a flaming fact-free liar apparently.

    November 16, 2012 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  20. John

    His lack of consistent, predictable principles is what did him in...

    November 16, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  21. roscoe00

    Of course he's mad, Obama is already making a mess. Stock market is down, Terrorist attack cover ups, CIA shakeup, Fiscal cliff, and to top it all off Hostess getting the shaft from Obama's labor unions. And its only been a couple of weeks. It's what you get when you try to make a President out of a law lecturer.

    November 16, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. DanW

    So after backpedaling from his 47% remarks, now Romney has flipped again and is back to blaming the 47% (+4%). We are so fortunate that this man did not become president.

    November 16, 2012 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  23. donna

    The Republicans have no future in the WH for the next 12 years.

    They should have opened their tent to RON PAUL.

    November 16, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  24. John

    After all the lies and twisted facts that I had to listen to for the last two years, I'm GLAD he's upset! I hope it hurts real bad! As bad as we'd be hurting if he'd been elected. And I hope it lasts at least as long as he's been running for President.

    November 16, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  25. hypatia

    If you rub your forefinger and thumb together, you can imitate the motion of the wolr's smallest violin bow, pouring out a lament. Poor dear, isn't it nice he can console himself playing with his car elevator?

    November 16, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
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