Jersey Shore reunion for Obama, Christie
August 29th, 2013
02:51 PM ET
8 months ago

Christie: 'I kicked the president's ass'

(CNN) - Maybe Gov. Chris Christie was striking back at President Obama for the grief Republicans gave him over their post-Sandy photo-op.

Or maybe he developed his throwing arm summer after summer on the Jersey Shore.

Either way, when the governor and president went head-to-head on the boardwalk in May, Christie bested Obama at the football throw arcade game.

"I kicked the president's ass in the football throw," he said Wednesday on his regular "Ask the Governor" radio program.

The question came when he was asked to name his favorite boardwalk game, which Christie said was "obviously" the one where he beat Obama.

In case there was any doubt as to Christie's prowess, reporters covering the event noted Christie's accomplishment.

"The party then moved to an arcade called 'TouchDown Fever' to try and win a stuffed bear by tossing a football through a tire," a reporter whose notes were pooled wrote. "Obama tried and missed a few times. Christie then threw the ball through the tire, on his first and only try.

"Obama gave him a high five ending in a clasp. And said, 'That's because he's running for office,'" the note continued. "The guy behind the counter gave Obama a 'Chicago' bear."

In the Wednesday interview, Christie described the event similarly.

"He threw like three or four times, the president, poor guy, never got it through the tire," the governor said. "I, on the other hand, on the Point Pleasant boardwalk, threw one, put it through the tire, declared victory, and gave the president my prize, which was a Chicago stuffed bear."

The May event touted recovery efforts from the late October storm. Just days before the election, Christie - a top surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney - and Obama were touring the battered coastline, and Christie was criticized by some in his party - though not Romney - for being too close to the Democratic incumbent.

– CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report


Filed under: Chris Christie • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    looks like the great white dope & the community organizer......amazing, isn't it ? The U.S. has the smartest people on the globe, and this is what we've got, running our country. Why am I not impressed ?

    August 29, 2013 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. just saying

    i wouldn't brag too much about kickin' obama's azz christie. everybody is doing it these days! putin, assad, al quaeda in libya, the chinese, north korea,... everybody knows obama is the weakest paper tiger in our history.

    August 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Christie has a sense of humor, something most Republicans no nothing about!

    August 29, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Revolution

    So cool to have our first openly gay president. Go Obama !

    August 29, 2013 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  5. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    That's all that Christie will ever beat President Obama at because the GOBP tea potty wingnuts call him a rino and they will give him the John Huntsman treatment.

    August 29, 2013 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  6. O'drama ya Mama

    This is how members of both parties should act, always.

    August 29, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    Saying stuff like that'll get you lotsa $ from Repubs.

    August 29, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Dar

    WOW, What a great story, Almost brought tears to my eye's. NOT

    August 29, 2013 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  9. Lynda/Minnesota

    "Either way, when the governor and president went head-to-head on the boardwalk in May, Christie bested Obama at the football throw arcade game."

    In May, huh? Slow reporting or rehashing old events?

    August 29, 2013 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Fair is Fair

    Larry in Houston

    looks like the great white dope & the community organizer......amazing, isn't it ? The U.S. has the smartest people on the globe, and this is what we've got, running our country. Why am I not impressed ?
    ------–
    Well, probably because they're not that impressive.

    August 29, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Ya gotta love Christi , all the Obama haters most be happy even though they lose every national election!!!!

    August 29, 2013 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Just saying forgot to include bin Laden, Somali pirates, Ghaddafi, al Qaida, as examples of a right wingnut being wrong again.

    August 29, 2013 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. patNY

    Try kicking his a$$ on the basketball court Crispie Creme! You would probably have a heart attack in the first 30 seconds of playing a game against the POTUS.

    August 29, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. ProudDem

    just saying
    i wouldn't brag too much about kickin' obama's azz christie. everybody is doing it these days! putin, assad, al quaeda in libya, the chinese, north korea,... everybody knows obama is the weakest paper tiger in our history.
    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    Chuckle...I note you limit al quaeda (sic) to Libya...I wonder why? Even then, what precisely did you want the President to do after the attack, carpet bomb the place?

    August 29, 2013 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    If only this was the biggest news of the day. I still remember when one of the local papers had the Farmer's Market tent sale as front page news 50 some years ago.

    August 29, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  16. kayla

    imagine , the weakest paper tiger and he kicked ben ladin ass. wonder what you would call bush?

    August 29, 2013 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Norma Vessels

    Great white dope? Community organizer, Larry In Houston? You need to read up on those two men, instead of spouting your empty intellect. President Obama turned down a prestigious corporate law firm position to take the lesser job, because he didn't want to be tied down to an office and a courtroom .. he wanted to get out and actually help people, as he is trying to do now. The shame is the Republicans in Congress trying to stop him in every way. Governor Christie is no slouch, either. He could tie rings around you in the intelligence department. So next time, try not to let your ignorance show when you make a comment. I know you hate those two leaders, but at least know what you're talking about next time.

    August 29, 2013 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  18. ThinkAgain

    @Larry in Houston: Pretty funny coming from a guy from a state that gave us the W the Drunken Wonder and wants to foist "Oops" Parry on us ...

    August 29, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  19. Delos

    Larry in Houston and none of those smart people come from Texas, look at the loon you nut elect and keep electing.

    August 29, 2013 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  20. Tony D

    Obama was totally humiliated in that football toss. Did we expect anything else from the guy who wears soccer mom jeans to throw out a first pitch? Obama tries to act manly but just can't quite pull it off.

    August 29, 2013 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    "People are paid commensurate with their education, experience and value added to a company. If you drop out of high school, have little or no marketable skill you cannot expect to be earning a six figure salary."

    Donna, I offer you my sympathy. It must be difficult for you to live in a world filled with imperfection.

    August 29, 2013 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Fair is Fair and Larry in Houston are not "impressed" ... *yawn* You two do nothing more than spout RWNJ lies and talking points, never able to back up your statements with anything remotely resembling facts ...

    August 29, 2013 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. just saying

    ProudDem
    Even then, what precisely did you want the President to do after the attack, carpet bomb the place?
    -–
    you mean as opposed to the absolutely nothing he has done in year?

    actually i would have preferred that both he and hillary had been competent in doing their job. but since they were not, i am forced to settle for less, and unfortuantely that includes 4 dead americans, including our ambassador, and the hope that someday he will actually do something and stop lying about the whole fiasco.

    August 29, 2013 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  24. Gary

    Must be all that practice chucking donut holes into his mouth, althouth that target is bigger than the tire.

    August 29, 2013 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  25. Wake up People!

    Great way for someone wanting to be POTUS to talk. I guess he's going to be attending Charm School from now until election 2016???

    August 29, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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