July 15th, 2014
08:44 AM ET
2 weeks ago

Christie comes under attack as he heads to Iowa

(CNN) - Two days before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to Iowa, a conservative group is launching digital ads that slam the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations.

A top Christie adviser defended the governor's record and criticized the group.

The Judicial Crisis Network announced that it will go up Tuesday with digital ads that attack Christie for not making the New Jersey Supreme Court more conservative. The group says it will spend $75,000 to run 90 second and 15 second spots.

"Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey's liberal Supreme Court. Five openings later: no change. Instead: a liberal Democrat for chief justice," says the narrator in the ad.

Some conservative activists were mad at Christie for his renomination earlier this year of Democrat Stuart Rabner, the state Supreme Court chief justice. That renomination was part of a deal Christie made with the Democratic dominated state legislature that allowed him fill a court vacancy with a Republican judge.

The narrator in the 90 second digital ad goes on to say that "important issues like Obamacare are at stake in our courts. The next president of the United States may get to appoint as many as three U.S. Supreme Court nominees. A new majority. Call Chris Christie. Tell him to fight for judges who respect the rule of law."

Top Christie political adviser Mike DuHaime said the Judicial Crisis Network "should get their facts straight."

"Gov. Christie has nominated multiple conservatives to the Supreme Court but several have been blocked by the Democrat Senate. Yet, Governor Christie has still been able to get three Republicans on to the state's highest court, making it more conservative. However, this group has been noticeably absent from any judicial fight we've had in New Jersey, showing up only to criticize after the fights are over," DuHaime told CNN.

Christie, a pragmatic conservative who's willing to compromise with state Democrats to get things accomplished, is anything but a crowd favorite among some on the right. But Christie was well received last month when he spoke at the fifth annual Road to the Majority conference, a major social conservative gathering which is organized by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Christie in spotlight at major social conservative gathering

"He's the first pro-life governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade. He's line-item vetoed state funding for Planned Parenthood every year he's been governor. He vetoed a same-sex marriage bill that the Democratic legislature sent him. And he's a faithful Catholic. We don't agree with him on every issue, but we wanted to give him an opportunity to share his story and make his case," Reed told CNN prior to the conference.

Christie's heads to Iowa Thursday in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Christie will headline a fundraiser for longtime GOP Gov. Terry Branstad, who's running for re-election this year. Christie will also help raise money for the RGA and for Republican Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

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The trip will create more buzz about Christie's 2016 intentions, as Iowa's caucuses are the first contest in the race for the White House. Later this month Christie headlines a Republican Party fundraiser in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the primary and caucus calendar. It's his second trip to the Granite State in the past month.

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soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. rs

    Nope, no civil war in the GOP. Christie might be their best shot at the White House- and they are actually more damaging to his political future than his own bridge-gaff and Democratic-lead investigation.

    July 15, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. rs

    Tony

    It is amazing how we get all the press reporting about a bridge closing yet hear very little about all the scandals and deaths caused by Hillary and Obama-
    _____________________
    Probably because they are fictional? Say how about the 125,000 civilian deaths Mr. Bush caused, or the 2 million refugees he made out of Iraqis- or for that matter the 61 State Department employees killed on his watch, never mind the 8,000 American military deaths and 45,000 catastrophic injuries?

    Get it now? You're worried about angels dancing on the head of pin compared to what the last President perpetrated.

    July 15, 2014 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  3. rs

    @just asking
    one guy can only do so much in a blue state controlled by lunatic left wing democrats hell bent on wrecking and bankrupting the state. it is like trying to reason with coke heads to convince them they really would be better off without the coke.
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    You should love the looney left of NJ- they make keeping Red state cesspools afloat possible with their tax revenues and incomes.

    July 15, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Tommy G

    I guess Democrats are pining for the good old days when the state was spinning down the toilet with incompetent and corrupt John Corzine at the helm. John Corzine then went on to head a company that ended up stealing $2 BILLION from investors and nobody has been prosecuted to this day. Another case of Eric Holder protecting a member of the Democrat Crime Party family.

    July 15, 2014 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    "He's the first pro-life governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade. He's line-item vetoed state funding for Planned Parenthood every year he's been governor. He vetoed a same-sex marriage bill that the Democratic legislature sent him. And he's a faithful Catholic. We don't agree with him on every issue, but we wanted to give him an opportunity to share his story and make his case,"
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    No problem GOPerville. Christie fooled Democrats as well into voting for him. Not going to happen nationally though. For either the GOP party or the Democratic party. He cashed in his last political chip in 2013.

    July 15, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Rosslaw

    Christie has all the conservative credentials one needs today: stopped an infrastructure project linking NYC to NJ and transferred those funds to the NJ Port Authority which Christie turned into his own political machine;
    screams at and physically intimidates women who dare to ask questions at town hall meetings;
    takes mementoes from 9/11 and gives them to mayors who endorse him;
    uses taxpayer funds to pay his own attorneys to "investigate' him and find him clean as the driven snow;
    is in charge and in control except when his minions get caught in which case he don't know nuttin', a cherished conservative value.
    The man is a qualified conservative.

    July 15, 2014 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  7. yeahright

    Tommy G
    I guess Democrats are pining for the good old days when the state was spinning down the toilet with incompetent and corrupt John Corzine at the helm. John Corzine then went on to head a company that ended up stealing $2 BILLION from investors and nobody has been prosecuted to this day. Another case of Eric Holder protecting a member of the Democrat Crime Party family.
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    Charges were filed over a year ago. If the guy had an R after his name, he'd be the governor of Florida.

    July 15, 2014 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  8. Tony D

    rs
    You should love the looney left of NJ- they make keeping Red state cesspools
    afloat possible with their tax revenues and incomes.
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    Red state voters! Please take note of what the leftist Democrats think of you (above) and this includes Democrat Senators in your state. Vote for your best interests and vote them OUT. You are being lied to and used to push Obama's far left agenda and that is NOT in your best interest or the best interest of the country.

    Please save your state and your country, NO MORE DEMOCRAT SENATORS!

    July 15, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Carol

    You know you're doing something right if you are being bashed by the right.

    July 15, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  10. Yakobi

    "Christie, a pragmatic conservative who's willing to compromise with state Democrats to get things accomplished"
    God forbid we elect someone who can get things done. These extremist conservatives have got to realize the Republican party needs BROAD support in order to beat Hillary in '16.

    July 15, 2014 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    Tony D
    rs
    You should love the looney left of NJ- they make keeping Red state cesspools
    afloat possible with their tax revenues and incomes.
    ---

    Red state voters! Please take note of what the leftist Democrats think of you (above) and this includes Democrat Senators in your state. Vote for your best interests and vote them OUT. You are being lied to and used to push Obama's far left agenda and that is NOT in your best interest or the best interest of the country.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++

    The truth hurts tony d, but it is what it is. If the red welfare queen states floated themselves instead of relying on blue states, taxes paid by those in blue states would decrease exponentially.

    July 15, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  12. Sniffit

    "I guess Democrats are pining for the good old days when the state was spinning down the toilet with incompetent and corrupt John Corzine at the helm. "

    Bull. He gave massive tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations just so he could create a massive $2.75B budget deficit...and he did it to manufacture a "justification" for doing things like he's threatening to do now: eviscerating the public employees pension funds by $2.75B...after already having slashed public education and other things that benefit the middle class and poor. His refusal to fund the pension will undermine it being able to stay solvent..and that's what he wants...because in his conservative ideologue fantasy world, it's better for the wealthy to pay low taxes than for low-pay public employees to have a financially stable retirement. This is not "fiscal responsibility." No...it's a deliberate, organized attack on the middle class and poor in pursuit of ideology and checking off the boxes on his 2016 campaign's pandering-to the base conservative credentials checklist. He's literally created budget problems on purpose so he could have an excuse to enact the GOP/Teatroll agenda of gutting public education and programs to shrink the middle class, punish the poor and attempt to create a labor class that is entirely beholden and beaten into submission to their wealthy employers. Even Moody's and other financial outfits are saying it's irresponsible. What's more, it's in direct contravention of pension reforms HE HIMSELF SIGNED in 2011. He's a liar, a cheat and a goal post mover.

    As for your comparison to Corzine: Christie will have deposited only $2.21B into the pension funds, while Corzine deposited $2.175B. Would you like to howl at Christie for depositing a tiny bit more than a Dem (*shock and dismay*) into a pension fund you obviously think shouldn't even exist in the first place OR would you like to just admit that both of them screwed the pension fund and acted irresponsibly by shirking their responsibility to fund it to solvency?

    July 15, 2014 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  13. yeahright

    Red state voters! Please take note of what the leftist Democrats think of you (above) and this includes Democrat Senators in your state. Vote for your best interests and vote them OUT
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    Yes YOU TOO can be like Mississippi, Arkansas, West Virginia, Alabama,Kentucky,New Mexico, Tennessee, Louisiana, South Carolina, Oklahoma, the poorest, unhealthiest states in the country. ... and what the heck let's throw in up and comer Kansas in there for good measure. All you have to do is vote GOP

    July 15, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  14. humtake

    Yep, this is the new American Way. It doesn't matter who is better for the job, instead let's hire them based on their political affiliation. It's sad that so many people understand this as being a major problem in American politics yet so many people STILL only want positions filled based on political leanings.

    July 15, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  15. Sniffit

    And BTW...Corzine paid 25% of the actuarially required payments to fund the pension funds, while Christie has only paid 16% so guess who that makes the less "fiscally responsible" person. Guess.

    July 15, 2014 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  16. wylie

    The Republicans are their own worst enemy as long as they cater to the right-wing extremists and Tea party. They are unelectable in the present day USA but fail to acknowledge that. (BTW, I am a registered Republican)

    Romney was electable until they forced him too far to the right and he lost the moderate Democrat votes.

    Christie could win the election if they let him be Christie. But the Republican extremists with their scorched-Earth approach to politics will not compromise on anything. As a result, instead of being able to get some of what they want in the next President, they will get nothing of what they want and all of what they hate. They bite their own nose to spite their face.

    We need to get back to the days when politicians were allowed to be statesman, put country over party and made compromise deals and were actually social after hours in the pubs of DC.

    July 15, 2014 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Brian

    @a concerned citizen – What investors did he lie to? Are you confusing Christie with past Gov. Corzine (D)? Or pehaps McGreevy (D).
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    You need to be quiet. Even your misinformation is uninformed.

    July 15, 2014 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  18. kobrakai7474

    Christie is already damaged goods anyway, and that is a good thing for Democrats. Republicans can continue to bury their head in the sand, but the fact remains that, in order to win the presidency, they are going to need a moderate candidate who can win a couple of moderate East Coast or Midwest states. Winning Texas and the flyover states ain't gonna get it done. I am no Christie supporter (and, in fact, I voted against him in his first election before moving out of New Jersey), but I am smart enough to know that, pre-Bridgegate, he was the kind of guy who could garner votes in moderate states. He is conservative on spending and fairly moderate on social issues, which is what gets votes in states like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, Maryland, etc., etc. The electoral votes in one or two of those states along with the usual Red States would be enough, but Republicans are unwilling to admit that.

    July 15, 2014 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  19. Con Servatives

    Christy will never please the far right wing of party. They are irrational, ignorant, and narrow minded. He should take that as a compliment.

    July 15, 2014 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    ""Christie, a pragmatic conservative who's willing to compromise with state Democrats to get things accomplished""

    No, he just pretends to. For example, in 2011, he signed the bipartisan legislation designed to fund the public employees pension fund properly. Today, he's totally ignoring it and slashing the funding of the pension fund because his tax cuts to the wealthy and corporations have created a giant budget deficit, despite all the cuts he already made to public education and other programs for the middle class. It's all just more of the bait and switch GOPers/Teatrolls are willing to engage in to perpetuate their cycle of gutting revenue and then claiming that spending needs to be cut to address the predictable deficit...then cutting taxes again when the spending cuts create a semi-balanced budget.

    July 15, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  21. Right as Always

    "The Judicial Crisis Network announced ...ads that attack Christie for not making the New Jersey Supreme Court more conservative."

    If the name of the group didn't identify them as right-wing crackpots, these ads sure did. If they don't like Christie, then he's suddenly got my interest...

    July 15, 2014 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  22. sly

    Republicans are not intelligent enough to realize that "too conservative" is no longer electable in America.

    This is OUR nation now, and we need President's who can relate to the people and implement moderate policies that are representative of most Americans – the 99%.

    President Obama is right in the middle – moderately conservative but with moderately progressive social policies.

    And America is enjoying the most success in over 40 years. Good times for America. Bad times for Republicans.

    (Oh, and how is the Obese Crook still in the news – this cheap Jerzey mobster wanna be would get about 4% of the national vote).

    July 15, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  23. Rockymtnhi

    Christie is classic right winger. Lie and hopefully dont get caught......typical 1% right winger!!

    July 15, 2014 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  24. Tommy G

    yeahright
    Charges were filed over a year ago. If the guy had an R after his name, he'd be the governor of Florida.
    --

    "There will be no criminal charges for former New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine over the use of customer funds leading up to collapse of MF Global."

    Thanks for posting more obvious, easily proven lies. Seems like that is all the lefties got these days. I guess they learn well from the Liar of the Year.

    July 15, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  25. Lynda/Minnesota

    Uh-oh. We've got us some Christie staff giving us their "he's not a GOPerville fanatic? ... well, then he's got MY attention" (etc. etc.) rhetoric going.

    Silly GOPers.

    July 15, 2014 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
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