Christie says Palin needs to let loose
January 13th, 2011
08:57 AM ET
12 years ago

Christie says Palin needs to let loose

(CNN) – Sarah Palin is getting some unsolicited advice from another popular Republican, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

Christie, who has never expressed particular affection for the former Alaska governor, says Palin needs to engage with the media and voters in settings less staged than those she currently utilizes.

“You have to look at it and see, what are they like when they’re tested, what are they like when they’re not scripted, what are they like when they’re pushed,” Christie told the New York Times Wednesday. He added the former vice presidential nominee “rightfully has been criticized” for her refusal to go less scripted.

Christie - whose no-nonsense and tough-guy governing style has won the hearts of many Republicans - has a communication strategy that differs markedly from that of Palin, often venturing into hostile territories and combating with critics.

“I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she’ll never be president, because people in America won’t countenance that. They just won’t,” Christie added.

Christie’s comments came the same day Palin broke her silence on the Arizona shootings with an eight-minute video posted on her Facebook page that was criticized by Democrats and Republicans for its charged language.

During his 2009 campaign for governor, Christie said point blank he was not interested in having Palin campaign for him, telling reporters that an appearance by her in the traditionally blue state of New Jersey would not “do me, or frankly the state, a whole lot of good.”

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soundoff (168 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Christie was correct in not having Palin come to NJ. Most people in the state recognize that we need to work. Palin doesn't understand that very well; quiting part way through her first and ONLY TERM as governor. I don't like Christie's policies or his dictitorial attitudes, but I don't think he'll leave part way through his term because it is more than half over. He might leave to run for president or be the VP though.

    January 13, 2011 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  2. cfos1023

    I like him!

    January 13, 2011 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  3. Azog

    More rwing hypocrisy....from Sarah Palin's statement given yesterday.

    "Acts of monstrous criminality stand on their own. They begin and end with the criminals who commit them."

    Cool Sarah I agree so why are you so opposed to the Mosque in NYC which happens to be near ground zero?

    January 13, 2011 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  4. Jilli

    Palin is a one-trick pony. She can only play to her base and dispense vitriol – she can't appeal to the other 90% of Americans. She doesn't have the mental maturity required to do so.

    January 13, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  5. LeAnn

    I completely agree with the governor. I am not sure how she can know what Americans want, when she is only willing to listen to her fans.

    January 13, 2011 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  6. GI Joe

    Better yet – just shut up and go away. Christie is a big bullying blob that needs to tone down the physical threats.

    January 13, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  7. CZabala

    I agree with Mr. Cristie. I think Palin's "staged" punditry comes off very naive and insincere.

    January 13, 2011 09:08 am at 9:08 am |
  8. TangledThorns

    Not sure what Christie is getting at. She doesn't live near NY so she can't be on the local pundit shows every night. Doesn't matter, Palin will be an awesome president in 2013!

    January 13, 2011 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Thanks Chris...Counting down the days until we vote YOU out of office!

    January 13, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  10. Damian

    She's not capable of this. You know what the real problem with Palin is? She drives people apart instead of tryiong to bring people together. She is an extremely negative person who only knows how to use scare tactics to entice people. Pathetic.

    January 13, 2011 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  11. tstorm

    Palin represents darkness and loss of hope.

    January 13, 2011 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  12. Indy

    Palin is never going to be Presidential material. Just because she has a Presidential looking office to produce a video and compared herself to Obama, "Presedent Obama and I may not always agree", who cares if Obama agrees with an unelected former mayor of Wasilla. Since she never completed a term as Governor the rules are she is not to be called Governor. She has proved herself a gazillion times she is a very negative person and everything is about Sarah and does not hold accountability of her mistakes. What is Sarah going to say if we learn that Gabby's first waking thoughts were of the crosshairs map Palin had on her web page ? This map was haunting to Gifford's before the shooting and it could well be a very difficult image for Gifford's to ever get out of her mind or any survivor for that matter. There was hundreds of posts on here when the map came out that someone in Palins crosshairs could be killed and now 6 innocent people are dead. Palin did not listen to the people and left the creepy map up.This is not to say Palin intended for this to happen or that the killer even seen the map but you will never ever be able to take away the fact that someone who was in Palins crosshairs was shot and many were killed. Palin should be happy she is rich beyond belief for doing nothing positive and enjoy retirement from politics and leave the people alone liked they asked for in 2008.

    January 13, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. GOP = Greed Over People

    As a blogger that has been fortunate to be published on the international forum of CNN, I pledge and vow to do my part to end the hate in this country.

    I for one, will BOYCOTT and NEVER again click or comment on a Palin story that was given in a forum in which her irresponsible and hate-filled rhetoric cannot be challenged by another human being. I will no longer respond to reporting on her cowardly emails, relayed through her fellow purveyors of hate.

    She will have to “man-up” in the future and face a live human being and not just throw hate bombs from the sidelines. This means of course, missy will never again appear in my “cross hairs”, as she has turned spreading hate-filled, partisan rhetoric WITHOUT accountability into an art form and helped by enablers such as CNN and other media outlets. The narcissistic nitwit will only continue her partisan version of “freedom of speech“.

    I hope enough fellow bloggers join me in this boycott to help “cure the cancer” of hate and send her back to the subterranean nether world in which McCrypt discovered her.

    January 13, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  14. garfie

    Chris, honey, she can't do that and you know it. She would sound like an even bigger idiot than she does when she's scripted.

    January 13, 2011 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  15. vp2

    Even when she HAS a script, Palin manages to put her foot in her mouth. Could you imagine what would happen if she didn't have one?

    January 13, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  16. ATL Guy

    That woman is an IDIOT!!! And this guy too!

    January 13, 2011 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  17. T'sah from Virginia

    Wow – I'm actually being forced to “kinda” like this guy!! Sometimes he rubs me wrong but when you sit back and really listen to him, he makes a lot of sense. NO OTHER RepubliCAN'T is willing to tell the truth about Palin. They all – especially the ones thinking of the Presidential bid – fear if they "CROSS" her – they will end up in her "CROSShairs!!! Sarah Palin is NOT anyone to FEAR – never have been – and once those “men” from the RIGHT realize that, they will be better off. Sarah Palin, along with the Tea Party, is dying a slow death from their own stupidity.

    Let's continue to support our current leader, President Obama, as he MOVES AMERICA FORWARD in a positive direction!!

    January 13, 2011 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  18. Tim

    Voodoo! The looney lefts new argument is that right-wing invective, such as that heard on talk radio, can have an unbalancing effect on non-right-wingers — left-wingers, even — who don’t hear it. That’s how insidious this all is. That’s how dangerous this all is. Right wing chatter can now drive left-wingers who don’t even hear it to kill people.

    January 13, 2011 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  19. Al-NY,NY

    He's right, but she won't. She will only venture into friendly areas (ie Red Meat, down-home yokel states) and Faux Snooze to get her warped message out. Anywhere else is the "lamestream media" that will actually test her limited knowledge of anything past shooting innocent animals from a helicopter, making comments that are not outright calls to arms/guns (but are pretty close to), and making up stupid fantasies (death panels) to satisfy her following of sheep. Since she is incapable of doing anything resembling thinking on her feet, forget it Chris. The half-governer will continue on her fringe campaign and the sheep will eat it up. The thinking people in the US will see it for what it really is

    January 13, 2011 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  20. cel

    she can't do it. she can't do anything without writers and handlers and people to tewll her everything to say and do. she has to have a script to follow. WHY ? because she worls for News Corp and that's the way all of Murdochs people live their lives. they are very much Stepford people.

    January 13, 2011 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  21. JC in SC

    No. No. No.
    No reality show. No stage. No casual venue. No back alley discussions. Nowhere. No time. No place.
    We have heard enough. We have heard too much. Sarah Palin has nothing to offer any discussions or discourse.
    She's careless. She's not thoughtful. She needs to be done. Really folks. Enough.

    January 13, 2011 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  22. Alex

    You mean she's been scripted this whole time? I thought she was winging it! LOL
    When it's all said and done shell be appearing at Carl's Jr Grand Openings.

    January 13, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  23. Kirk

    This is a good idea!

    January 13, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  24. Anonymous

    Totally agree. Palin is just plain weird. And I'm a conservative!

    January 13, 2011 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  25. ABM

    I totally disagree. She needs to keep out of the public arena all together. She has proven time and time again that she does not CARE about the citizens of this country or anywhere in the world. All she wants is attention and power. Yesterday's message was a prime example where she choose to focus on herself. In 2008 she unleashed upon every single friend and supporter of President Obama calling them all sorts of names, labels, etc.

    She should reflect on what she has done and enjoy her time under the spotlight of scrutiny. It is her own immature and toxic rhetoric that has gotten her into the mess she is in.

    Even the student body president at the memorial service yesterday spoke better than Palin has EVER spoken. She (forgot her name) has a solid future ahead of her and has the makings of a good leader. Palin should watch the serivce over and over again and possibly she might LEARN something.

    Christie should temper his words. He too could learn something from last night.

    Respect one another.

    January 13, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
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