Christie comes under attack as he heads to New Hampshire
July 30th, 2014
12:01 AM ET
4 months ago

Christie comes under attack as he heads to New Hampshire

(CNN) - On the eve of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's visit to New Hampshire, a conservative group is launching a television commercial that criticizes the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations.

The Judicial Crisis Network announced that it will go up starting Wednesday with a 30 second TV spot – as well as digital and radio ads – that attack Christie for not making the New Jersey Supreme Court more conservative. The group says the TV ad will run statewide for three days.

"Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey's liberal Supreme Court. Over and over he broke his promise. The court remains liberal. Call Chris Christie. Tell him to fight for judges who respect the rule of law," says the narrator in the commercial.

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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 the governor fill a court vacancy with a Republican judge.

The group ran similar ads in Iowa prior to Christie's visit to the Hawkeye State earlier this month.

Reacting to the spots in Iowa, 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 New Jersey 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.

"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 New Hampshire Thursday in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Christie will headline a fundraiser for the state GOP as well as for Walt Havenstein, the leading GOP gubernatorial candidate in New Hampshire.

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The trip will create more buzz about Christie's 2016 intentions, as New Hampshire holds the first primary in the race for the White House. This is Christie's second trip to the Granite State in the past month.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. rs

    There's that nonexistent GOP civil war they keep telling us isn't happening rearing it's ugly head again.

    July 30, 2014 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  2. Rogue351

    The only GOP candidate that could make a difference is hated so badly by his own party he will never be given the support. Instead they would rather run Mitt, Palin or McCain again if they could. But instead they will run Ryan with his puppy dog eyes and a racist heart. The GOP needs and 100% makeover. The only way for them to jump into the 21 century is to dump god, adopt science and family. Strengthen the middle class and start working together to fix the things they have in a large part broken by their inactions in congress. Oh, and they can throw out the KKK and Arian Brotherhood along with the NRA and start siding with the real people of American apposed to the people that choose to do nothing other than hate. Also an apologies from Cheney and Bush would be nice.

    July 30, 2014 12:34 am at 12:34 am |
  3. Thomas

    New Jersey judicial nominations ?

    Chris Christie Mob connections and mafia ties revealed.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the guy who looked the other way for his paisan mob boys ripping off in Atlantic City Casinos.

    Chris Christie's (R) family has ties to the Genovese crime family, The New York Times reported

    Tony Soprano has nothing on Chris Christie, or so says a former New Jersey prosecutor who tangled with the New Jersey governor.

    Once upon a time in America

    July 30, 2014 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. GOP = Greed Over People

    Hate to "say I told you so", but I have always said Christy Creme would never make it past the GOP primaries!

    I do still believe he is the best GOP great WHITE hope for 2016.

    July 30, 2014 06:02 am at 6:02 am |
  5. Marie MD

    Ouch, there go more of your chances of dumbing down a state court. Make it old, white, catholic/"christian" and bible thumping.

    July 30, 2014 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  6. Marie MD

    See donut boy? Even being bipartisan (to a point you are still a repug) gets you in trouble.
    I hope the people of NJ wake up when voting and get rid of anything that even stinks of repug.

    July 30, 2014 06:34 am at 6:34 am |
  7. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Christie, a pragmatic conservative who’s willing to compromise with New Jersey 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.

    “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.

    Nothing about his economic record just social issues are important? Typical GOPer. Worrying about people's bedrooms but not their wallets. Well at least not the average persons wallet. Millionaires are fine, regular people, not so much.

    July 30, 2014 07:02 am at 7:02 am |