October 26th, 2009
09:19 PM ET
11 years ago

Corzine rethinks ad about Christie throwing 'his weight around'

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/10/26/art.corzine1026.cnn.jpg caption="Gov. Corzine insisted Monday that a controversial ad was not about his Republican challenger's weight."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine said Monday that a recent ad about his Republican challenger should have used a different expression than "threw his weight around," a turn-of-phrase which some political observers took as an effort to ridicule Chris Christie because of his waistline.

Late last month, the Democratic governor released a campaign ad that focused on what the Corzine campaign views as Republican Christie's track record of using his status as a U.S. attorney to gain special treatment in New Jersey. But the ad measured accusations by "weight."

"If you drove the wrong way down a one-way street, causing an accident and putting the victim in a trauma center...would you get away without a ticket?" the announcer said in the 30-second Corzine television ad. "Chris Christie did...."

"Christie threw his weight around as U.S. attorney and got off easy," the ad said.

In a recent debate and last week on CNN's "Situation Room," Christie directly responded to the ad's implication about his size.

"I'll let all of your audience in on a little secret," Christie told CNN's Wolf Blitzer last Wednesday, "I'm overweight and I've struggled with my weight for the last 30 years on and off and that's the way it is."

Christie also told Blitzer that he thought the Corzine ad was "beneath the office [Corzine] holds," and the New Jersey Republican slammed his opponent for not admitting that the ad was targeted at his weight rather than his conduct.

Appearing on "Situation Room" Monday, Corzine insisted that the controversial ad was meant to highlight Christie's behavior.

"I don't give a hoot about his weight," the New Jersey governor told Blitzer. Echoing themes in the ad, Corzine also said Monday that Christie had a pattern of receiving special treatment.

"How many people can abuse their power, abuse their office by flashing their credentials - throwing their weight around - however you want to say it," Corzine said on CNN.

Asked whether the ad should have used a different phrase than "threw his weight around," Corzine said, "That's probably a good idea," because of the distraction the weight controversy has caused.

Corzine and Christie face off in New Jersey's gubernatorial election in just eight days. A new poll out Monday showed Corzine leading Christie by 9 points.

–CNN's Emily Sherman contributed to this report.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Extra • Jon Corzine • New Jersey • The Situation Room
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. We Won Get Over It

    Throwing his weight around? That was what christie tried to get people to think he was being put upon...what a panty waist I can not believe it. But then you just can't believe the actions of most republicans now a days.

    October 26, 2009 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  2. Chicken Hawk Cheney

    Most NORMAL people know what the Gov. Corzine ad meant with his "threw his weight around" comment about Christie. Most NORMAL people, however, does NOT include MOST republicans. Most right-wing, holier-than-thou, nut cases, will cite ANY reason to oppose a Democrat. As a matter of fact, the "Party of No," does not need a reason to oppose Corzine.
    Interestingly enough, Christie does look like a typical republican "fat cat" to me...!!!!

    October 26, 2009 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  3. Lucky B

    This is totally silly and should be beneath the dignity of any office holder.
    Christie must be pretty desperate for attention if he has to stoop so low (...wait... could that be taken as an insult to his height?) as to whine about this.

    October 26, 2009 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  4. Zago

    Whatever! The Ad was fun though!

    October 26, 2009 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  5. Aaron

    Typical politician...taking a common expression and trying to make it into a comment about abuse of power into one about being overweight to take the heat off.

    October 26, 2009 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  6. wbn

    Liberals say things all the time with hardly a mention by the mainstream media, while conservatives say similar things and are hammered by the same news outlets without the phony format of a "discussion." No wonder CNN keeps spiraling downward in TV viewership.

    October 26, 2009 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  7. phillydan

    People should be focused on what Christie did not on the implication that they were picking on his weight. Another Repub tactical diversion from the real issue.

    October 27, 2009 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Amie

    Christie needs to stop whining. He's making a mountain out of a mole hill. He needs to find SOMETHING to campaign about other than his own fat weight.

    October 27, 2009 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  9. Liberal4Obama

    Will republicans ever STOP playing the victim and STOP whining... will they ever START doing something for a change?

    October 27, 2009 01:20 am at 1:20 am |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Why doesn't Christie see and raise Corzine with an ad about New Jersey being "completely unrestrained by seat belts and unnecessarily damaged by such imprudence, which we have come to expect from Masters of the Banking Universe whose wild risk-taking caused the last Recession."

    October 27, 2009 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  11. Scott Y.

    I've been dismayed and perplexed by Corzine's campaign strategy. Instead of focusing on the essence of the message in that television ad, which is alleges Chrisitie's misuse of his power as a U.S. Attorney for personal gain and advantage, Corzine is instead allowing Christie to define himself as a victim, and deftly using humor to deflect insinuations about his weight to circumscribe Corzine as a typical, Washington politician with money and the sense of entitlement to the governor's office. It's a shame that with the Republicans in disarray across the country, and low favorable ratings, the Democrats aren't able to field marginally better candidates than Corzine in NJ or Deeds in Va.

    October 27, 2009 01:27 am at 1:27 am |
  12. D.

    Yeh Yeh, and "The same OLD politics" in 08 was not about age..... Democrats are sooo... pure and clean and it is only the republican dirt machine, yeh yeh!!! (and if you believe it there is a nice bridge from Manhatten to NJ that I can sell you!)

    October 27, 2009 01:38 am at 1:38 am |
  13. mike

    Just like your President, you are a disgrace.

    October 27, 2009 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  14. Bld

    Christie knows full well that Corzine was talking about his conduct, and use of his position to gain special treatment. Seems that Christie is willing to say pretty much anything to get elected.

    October 27, 2009 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  15. jayh

    Call a spade a spade I say!

    October 27, 2009 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
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