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. demsrule

    ...and I'm sure those are just some of the racist remarks Romney has made. I'm just happy he's not out on the campaign trail, and that me and my family can watch t.v. without seeing an image of Romney. It is so obvious now, he was getting "paid" to be a yes man for Trump, Rove, Adelson and the Koch's- to name a few!

    November 16, 2012 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |

    Mitt Romney was offering the wrong "gifts" to the 53% voters, it supposed be for the 100%......................

    Sorry, If he is so Smart that was so simple to work in the formula (53% + 47% ) = 100%, just do the arithmetic as Biil said.

    November 16, 2012 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. Thomas

    I voted for obama because he gave me a phone.

    What kind of phone ?
    He only gave me an Xbox and an easy go chair !

    Wana trade ?

    November 16, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |

    The Magic Formula to be President in the United Stateds of America:

    It's so simple (53% + 47% ) = 100% of the Voter Population, just do the arithmetic as Biil said.

    November 16, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  5. Barry In Las Vegas

    Romney is telling the truth. I would like to know how many e-mails and text messages went out from the Obama campaign to all of the people who got FREE cell phones got. The bottom line is that Obama bought the election by coming out for gays, breaking the law by giving amnesty to illegal immigrants, and giving free cell phones.

    November 16, 2012 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  6. Facts don't Lie

    Of course you right wingers realize that most of the people on welfare and such live in red states.........look it up.

    November 16, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. snowdogg

    Mitt, it is time to get "closure" and move on.

    November 16, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  8. get over it

    It sure seems like Robmey is still figuring out how to pay back Adelson, Koch Bros, Trump and so on.
    Saying it was the big gifts that President Obama gave to minorities is why he lost.
    Tsk, Tsk Tsk, sore loser.

    November 16, 2012 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  9. Maeve

    I can't help but think Anne Romney is not much help to Mitt in dealing with his loss of the presidency, aka his rejection by the electorate. "America, why didn't YOU PEOPLE vote for my husband? Those Obamas had their chance; it was OUR TURN to live in the White House!" I have to admit I feel a little sorry for these two. I mean, what do they do all day? Whine and grumble? Glare down upon the voting peasants from the windows of the ivory tower? Mitt ventures out to diss major portions of the electorate again? Anne grabs her riding crop and whips a horse into a sweaty gallop? It must suck to be them.

    November 16, 2012 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Smeagel4T

    Mitt is just demonstrated that emotional instability that Ann warned us about. It'll be okay. Ann will give Mitt his blankie.

    November 16, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. Rick

    Mitt Rawmney. Bye bye. See ya, wouldn't want to be ya.

    November 16, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  12. beevee

    Romney may be still raw from the crushing defeat in the presidential election, but it is no way to talk about the winner's strategy as bribing. That just reflects he is sore loser and a very jealous person. I am glad he lost, he would not be representing our values well to the global community.

    November 16, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  13. freedom

    @ Nathan Superiority? Obama goes way beyond that – it's called narcissism. Much more dangerous. And you actually voted on the basis of a high school prank? In that case, Obama was being mentored around that that age by anti-American radicals like Saul Alinsky and Bill Ayers. Those radical view are in our White House right now – and I don't think many Americans realize what's ahead.

    November 16, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  14. Malory Archer

    Thank the goddess the American people were smart enough to send the sore loser and his snotty wife packing! The thought of her looking down her nose and pointing her crooked finger at "you people" while mittens cackeled with that maniacal grin plastered on his face for the next four years would have been mighty nauseating to say the least.

    November 16, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  15. Expat American

    It’s time for forget about Romney. His 6-year candidacy for President was a hopeless, laughable farce, and that is becoming clearer every day; as Romney's 'grace in defeat' is proving to be quite obnoxious (i.e.: gifts).

    The Republican Party will never bring in new voters as long as it continues to consider minorities, gays, women and the poor and the middle class as lower caste human beings.

    Unfortunately, this will be very difficult. As the Republican Party’s agenda, coupled with the outdated beliefs and bigotry of its Tea Party base, is solely based on its shared prejudice towards and exclusion of minorities, gays, women and the poor and the middle class.

    November 16, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  16. ljjm

    Frankly, I don't understand Romney's reasoning about Obama "giving gifts" to certain sections of the electorate. Isn't that what every politician does? Romney promised gifts to big business, high-income people, etc. Given his reasoning, we are so fortunate that Mitt wasn't successful in his bid for the presidency. He could never have taken the conflict he would have faced inside and outside his country. Poor Mitt!

    November 16, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  17. freedom

    @ Mysterious Obama is still a community organizer. And half of America wanted Mitt Romney for president. That half is still out here, alive and well.

    November 16, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  18. Romney is NOT My Hero

    OH PLEASE!!!! Lil Mitsy is still crying on Mama Annie's lap... Please give him some pills to calm his nerves and make him go away.

    November 16, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  19. Woman In California

    Just in case someone is wondering: I DON'T REGRET MY VOTE FOR THE PRESIDENT. Given the chance, I would do it all again.

    November 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  20. ChristopherM

    Awwwww...are his widdle feewings hurt? Well too bad. Man up and show a little class, Money Boo Boo, instead of acting like a big cry baby. This is what happens when someone is in his 50s before anyone ever tells him no.

    November 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  21. JohnRJohnson

    Mitt Romney has been the most graceless loser in a presidential election in the modern era.

    Romney thinks giving middle and lower income families and minorities what they need to live is a "gift", while giving the wealthy tax cuts they don't need at all is essential.

    November 16, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Kef14

    GOP needs to realize that if it wasn't for the Karl Rove's of the world that can trick people into voting against their own interests, the GOP would be completely done as a party in their current state. The reason Mitt lost is because he simply did not appeal to the majority of Americans, and no amount of tricks and lies crafted using hundreds of millions of dollars from the super rich trying to get more tax breaks so they can hide more of their money and not invest it in the USA can change that anymore.

    November 16, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. Decker

    Move on. Romney lost and protracted celebration or whining is not going to get much good will. Christie needs to focus on the disaster, the victims, rebuilding, and invest 45 minutes a day on some serious cardio.

    November 16, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  24. The Film Professor

    It should be eminently clear that Romney is really lacking in the character department, particularly next to someone like Chris Christie. All this sore loser talk from Romney, FOX News, and some of the same old characters on this board .... get over it already! You had a terrible candidate!

    November 16, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. gotmercury

    With this "gift giving for votes" comment, has Mitt just diss all the people that voted for Obama? Insulting people, maybe its a business strategy. I don't know. It certainly does not appear to win elections.

    November 16, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
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