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. Ellid

    Sarah Palin needs to go back to Alaska and stay there.

    January 13, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  2. Missourian

    No matter what she does she will be critisized because that is what people like to do. She is damned if she does damned if she don't.

    January 13, 2011 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. Less Scripted - God Help Us

    My God she puts her foot in her mouth up to the knee when she is scripted. Imagine an unscripted Palin! I think Chrisite is trying to bait her.

    January 13, 2011 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. gb

    um no, Palin just needs to go away. Why is a governor giving a FORMER politician advice. Just set her aside and move on with your life. Palin will never become anything more than she is now. I think the American people know she is nothing more than a celebrity and will never hold office again.

    January 13, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  5. mfhpr

    Christie, you do know, don't you, that she doesn't possess the ability, talent, poise, education, information, etc. to do what you call for her to do??? It's Sarah Palin, man! Get real! We all saw what she's capable of when she tried unscripted to conduct an interview with Katie Couric. Hmmmm...perhaps you're ultimately looking to dispose of her by suggesting this method...her handlers won't let it happen...she's to dumb...

    January 13, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  6. th

    He was definitely correct on that one.

    January 13, 2011 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  7. LovesIrony

    "...another popular Republican..."
    Christie is one, whose the other?

    January 13, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Dave

    Palin can't go unscripted, because there's no "there" there. She doesn't even write her own Tweets, much less field questions. This is a woman who's still whining because she thinks that "What magazines do you read?" is a "gotcha" question. If she takes questions and the public finds out how pitifully stupid she really is, she's doomed. Her fans will still like her because the only thing they care about is that she pays lip service to religion – they're never were interested in her intelligence to begin with. But if most voters ever get a peek at how superficial Palin actually is, she'll never be anything but a punch-line. Which, honestly, she already is.

    Nope, you're not going to see a freestyle Palin. She's the most carefully-handled, image-controlled public figure this country's seen in decades... possibly ever. Totally manufactured.

    January 13, 2011 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Mary225

    I really wish people would stop calling her Governor Palin...she quit, remember? Gov. Christie is alone in thinking Sarah will rise up from this...the rest of the country wants her to just go away. He will anger the Establishment Republicans and the East Coast Jewish groups with his support of her...He just put a nail in his own political coffin.

    January 13, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. MaryAngeline

    Christie is so impressive. He is open and honest and has the courage to do what's right even if it is not politically expdedient. Palin only opens her mouth in settings where there is no give and take of ideas (Twitter, Facebook) because she does not have the mentally capacity for debate/discussion. She will never partake in open discussions because it is a no-win situation for her. Really scary that Republicans think of her as Presidentia; material. Kudos to Christie for giving her such good advice. Most Republicans are afraid to say anything constructive or against her.

    January 13, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. Cuso

    Im a D and work in NJ and I have to say Christie is doing a really good job with this cesspool of a state.

    January 13, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  12. dctwmt

    She doesn't have the intellectual capacity to go unscripted...that's the entire problem with her and why she shouild never be allowed to be President...or anything else.

    January 13, 2011 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. JC in SC

    She was chosen as the VP nominee by a handful of people, with John McCain making the final decision. He didn't even know the woman. And this, my friends, is how this journalist from Alaska was able to grab a mic, started talking at it, and hasn't stopped the diatribe since. Again I say, ENOUGH!

    January 13, 2011 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  14. tp1776

    If Sarah Palin had used little blue dots on her election 'target' map, she would not have been accused of contributing to the murders. SHE CHOSE to use gun cross-hairs. She was trying to man up for her Tea Party supporters. Now she's getting all sensitive and defensive. She's worried that the massacre will hurt her presidential plans.

    January 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  15. stonedwhitetrash

    Palin's whole public life is scripted, her private life is "Duh if i only I had a brain" just another unreal reality show.

    January 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. Jeff

    I wish she would get off script. I'm sure if she said whatever goes on in that head of hers the people who support her would be mortified. Say what you feel you wackado! Get off the script so everyone will finally see you for the moron you are!

    January 13, 2011 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  17. James Brooklyn N.Y.

    She could never go unscripted. It would be a disaster. She has a hard enough time while on script. Due mostly in part to the fact her writers are idiots and she is a bigger idiot. She says whatever they tell her to say and most times it ends up as a big negative news story for her. She needs to just go back to being a soccer mom and let smarter people run the country. For now she should still run for president so we get one more election period of great comedy and if she wins the nomination we can have O'Bama for another 4 years

    January 13, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  18. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Advice can only be good if it's received as a learning tool but Palin seems to have a radical disconnect. Palin may need some type of counseling because her problems appear to be deeper than we know.

    January 13, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  19. Ron

    I would say the best advice for Palin would be to go back home and enjoy her money. She is irrelevant and had nothing useful to say. Her handlers have not done a good job of keeping her foot out of her mouth. The worst thing is a person that believes that they are relevant and continues to comment on the news of the day when in reality only a few sad people out there have been swayed by her ignorance.

    January 13, 2011 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  20. Bob from Pittsburgh

    Palin, O’connor, and other jewels of the tea party have dismissed to go and confront critics in the open simply because they do not have the capacity to articulate a cognitive sentence, we have Palin yesterday commented on the Tucson tragedy, only managed to aggravate and offend many.
    Not the sharpest knife in the drawer.

    January 13, 2011 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  21. Bob F.

    She tried going off-script during the 2008 campaign. Remember the Katie Couric interview? If she's learned one thing since then it is that she can't go off-script. Even she knows she's too stupid to handle the media or other, more savvy politicians without a script.

    January 13, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  22. bjk

    Why is Sarah referred to as Governor by Republicans when they talk about her? Who else in politics keeps their previous political title after they have moved on? Better yet who quit after not serving even one full term?

    Better title would be one of the following: Complainer, quitter, whiner, gold digger, airhead, actress, Pied Piper.

    January 13, 2011 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. marie md

    And the rethugs start eating their young. Finally somebody is capitalizing on her stupidity! 🙂 she will never be more of what she already is. . . . A dumb windbag! If she had plans to move to arizona because alaskans don't want her and try to run for office there good luck after she has shown yet again that she is clueless and still playing the victim. After last november ( angle out) and last night I have more faith in the people of arizona

    January 13, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Peace

    I was also puzzled with Sarah going against the media. I find it very difficult how being in "Facebook" and "Twitter" can reach everybody who lives in the suburbs.
    This is the first test for anyone who is looking for how individual thinks and acts. To my opinion she is not the good thinker who can lead more than 300 million people.

    January 13, 2011 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. Pat in IL

    Right on, Christie. The trouble is, though, that she has a marked history of not listening to any good advice. She's going to continue to talk her way into oblivion.

    January 13, 2011 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
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