‘It’s all garbage,’ Christie on criticism he isn’t popular outside N.J.
June 9th, 2014
12:36 PM ET
4 months ago

‘It’s all garbage,’ Christie on criticism he isn’t popular outside N.J.

(CNN) - Known for his blunt, tough-talking disposition, Gov. Chris Christie said he’s confident his personality can take root in places beyond New Jersey–that is if his political aspirations expand nationwide someday.

“I hear people say all the time, ‘Oh you know, you wouldn’t play well in the South, or you wouldn’t play well in Iowa.’ It’s all garbage. People are people,” the Republican governor said Monday on Sports Radio 94WIP Philadelphia.

“Yeah there are some ... regional differences in our country. But in the end, people like people who are genuine, who are real,” he continued. “People who are real do well. And they’re happy, too.”

Christie, who’s thinking about running for president in 2016, is frank about politics and his favorite sports teams. One of them, the Dallas Cowboys, is a turnoff to many his home state where the New York Jets and Giants play. Christie said he’s paid a political price for his football devotion, but added that he could care less.

“If you waste too much time pretending to be somebody else, you’re wasting your life. This is who I am, and people either like it or they don’t,” he said. “And believe me, there are plenty of people, as you know, who can’t stand me. And that’s OK. That’s just the way it is, but I’d rather be that way.”

“I would rather lose than try to pretend to be somebody else,” he added.

An Iowa poll over the weekend indicated that Christie is one of the least-liked potential GOP presidential candidates in the Hawkeye State, which holds the first nominating contest in presidential election years. But voters still consider him the most likely to defeat the Democratic nominee, according to the Des Moines Register survey.

Christie was also asked on the radio program who he’d rather have dinner with: President Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, or Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.

For the governor–a well-known Springsteen super fan–the answer way easy.

"Springsteen. We’ve met each other a number of times and we get along well,” he said, adding that he’s been to 132 concerts since he was a teenager. “I’ve had dinner with the President, I’ve never had dinner with Bruce.”

“By the way, the President came in third,” he added. “I’d go with Romo before the President...I’ve never had dinner with Romo, so you got to broaden your horizons here."


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  1. Gurgyl

    --this Lee Harvey Bridge guy speaking, nonsense. Does he know as to what he says.

    June 9, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  2. just asking

    wow... a christie story that doesn't involve the bogus bridge witch hunt??? come cnn, you're messing up here. but of course, it just gets lost in the 20-30 hillary puff piece stories.

    June 9, 2014 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "It’s all garbage."

    Hmm. Should I laugh or should I smirk?

    Chris Christie: the genuine article ... 2016

    Rah. Rah.

    June 9, 2014 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    I for one know mr christie will do well outside the state of NJ as their is a whole block of voters out there who like big fat bullies who think the rules do not apply to them and who misuse taxpayer monies to punish people from 'a certain political persuasion' and to enrich themsleves and thier cronies... and let's not forget- throw their staff under the bus to save their own arses.
    That block of voters is called republicants.
    As long as he is running against a Dem, he will get the vote of the fat cat oil companies, the foodstamp nascar crowd, evangical bible thumpers, and most of those takers in the red states because they don't have, and have not had a clue, since they started drinking the republicant tax cuts to the rich kool aid.

    June 9, 2014 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Marie MD

    Come on CNN. A picture of this guy at lunch time?
    He's toast and I don't mean part of the garbage he throws out every day.

    June 9, 2014 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Ol' Yeller
    I for one know mr christie will do well outside the state of NJ
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    Time will tell. This man is nauseating in more ways than I care to count. I wish GOPerville the best of luck promoting him as the next President of the United States.

    June 9, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Christie's showing one his conservative values, denial mode.

    June 9, 2014 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  8. emskadittle

    lol, another rhino

    June 9, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. emskadittle

    well at least this time, they have a candidate that really does like cheesy grits

    June 9, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  10. salty dog

    Bogus bridge witch hunt, seldom can one say do much of themselves with so few words, congrads just asking, you removed any question of an unbiased opinion, all in one sentence, your good.

    June 9, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    just asking

    wow... a christie story that doesn't involve the bogus bridge witch hunt??? come cnn, you're messing up here. but of course, it just gets lost in the 20-30 hillary puff piece stories.
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    Tread carefully, now. Consider the fact as to why there are so many "hillary puff piece stories" out there to be told. Because there no actual scandal stories to be told. Although, I think the article about Clinton defending her income from speaking engagements is scandalous. The article itself is scandalous. Figured I had to spell out for someone.

    June 9, 2014 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    emskadittle

    well at least this time, they have a candidate that really does like cheesy grits
    ----------------------------–
    I think it was shrimp and grits. Remember him saying this?

    "I ate some grits for breakfast this morning that I had some stuff in it. Now I feel strange."

    June 9, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    Well, I suppose there's some consolation if he was ever to manage a win: "President Staypuft" has a nice ring to it for commenting. What did he do with all his earnings from Ghostbusters, anyway? There is no Bridgegate, only Zuul.....

    June 9, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  14. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    Wow! How easily they dismiss hard evidence, in the quest to keep the people befuddled. Man, if this crumb thinks he's so popular, let him run. The results are going to be eyeopening for him, and many of his contemporaries.

    June 9, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Thomas

    The federal investigations into Bridgegate and the alleged shakedown of Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer haven't yet been released to the public.

    Who bought off the city of Hoboken ? Who paid to smooth things out ?

    June 9, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  16. The Democrat Party are Thieves to Me

    You mean to tell me the tens of millions of dollars the NJ Democrats have spent trying to smear Chris Christie hasn't hurt him? Why isn't he in jail like they claimed he would be? Just more lies from the Democrats yet again.

    June 9, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Christie won't even carry New Jersey if he is the Republican nominee...

    June 9, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  18. Silence DoGood

    @The Republican Party Is Dead To Me
    Wow! How easily they dismiss hard evidence, in the quest to keep the people befuddled. Man, if this crumb thinks he's so popular, let him run. The results are going to be eyeopening for him, and many of his contemporaries.
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    The GOP has shown it can dismiss science. After that you can probably dismiss anything you don't like.

    June 9, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Can you imagine the outrage by many in this country if President Obama acted anything like Crispy??? He wouldn't be referred to with so much respect and called tough talking. He'd be referred to as angry, arrogant and many other nasty adjectives. He definitely wouldn't have gotten a 2nd term, maybe not even a first because many would have been afraid of him. The double standard in this country sickens me.

    June 9, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. Tom

    You mean he's still popular in New Jersey? I think the governor ought to check on that one.

    June 9, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Rick McDaniel

    Christie is basically a Dem, wearing a GOP label. He should switch parties..........he is NOT a true conservative.

    June 9, 2014 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Isn't it ironic that it's ok that Christy didn't know what was going on directly under his nose, in the next office, but President Obama is supposed to know everything every government employee in this country is doing??

    As usual, WE can't be the same as the melanin challenged, WE have to be twice as good....

    June 9, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  23. Tampa Tim

    The Democrat Party are Thieves to Me
    You mean to tell me the tens of millions of dollars the NJ Democrats have spent trying to smear Chris Christie hasn't hurt him? Why isn't he in jail like they claimed he would be? Just more lies from the Democrats yet again.
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    Fox lied to you, it was a bipartisan committee that is trying to discern the big guy's incompetence. Krispy did spend millions of taxpayer money to get an attorney to say he had no idea what his staff was doing.

    June 9, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  24. with a grain of salt

    Tells us what lies the Democrats have told regarding the bridge fiasco? Crickets son, crickets.

    June 9, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    How will a large republican who hugged President Obama ever win in the south? Krispy is just fat in a can, irresponsible, and a person who does not like the middle class. The Kochs have already chosen the candidate, and it isn't Krispy.

    June 9, 2014 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
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