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. badcafe

    Finally, a word of wisdom from the far right....

    January 13, 2011 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  2. doug

    Christie enjoys interacting with a Democrat media who hates him and wishes harm to him and his family, Sarah Palin does not.

    How should she react when millions of Dems wish harm to her daughter, abc got thousands of death threats against Bristol by Democrats for just dancing on a show.

    Palin's purpose is to expose the truth about dems, showing that a majority of them want harm inflicted on her daughter shows the moderate Americans just how sick they really are.

    January 13, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. Laverne

    Palin is a puppet on a string, she can't do it any other way!

    January 13, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Palin is an IDIOT

    No, Palin and the "blood libel" on her hands needs to stay at FOX "news" and spew her vitriol, bigotry and hate and cater to those controlled right-wing Nut lemmings....she DOES NOT belong to mainstream America and NEVER will!

    January 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  5. rusty155

    One other thing Is the Republican party scared of Saran Palin ,because I know most of you know most of the thing she say is spreading hate and is Racist. I'm a Republican have been all my life. The first time I didn't vote was In 2008 ,because John McCain pick the wrong running mate. Knowing If something happen to John McCain Saran Palin would be President and that scared me. She Is not qualified for any PUBLIC OFFICE of any kind. I sure hope the Republican party starting too see the light and do something to this woman so the Republican will have a chance in 2012. Please do something.

    January 13, 2011 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  6. Dave

    Palin should not have broken her silence regarding the Tucson shootings . Public opinion was moving away from the liberal stupid speak, and realizing that it was not a political act.

    January 13, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  7. kd

    My advice is that both Palin and Christie fade away. Both are bad for this country.

    January 13, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. John

    Christie should shut up, the difference between him and other republicans and Sarah Palin is that MANY , not most, republicans are somewhat intelligent. Palin is incapable of not reading off of a script, because when she does that she reverts to her bluegrass Alaskan heritage: shooting things and jumping out of helicopters, etc. No one can relate to that unless you are Bear Grylls

    January 13, 2011 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. tet1953

    The governor makes a good point. If Palin truly does have presidential aspirations for 2012 she is going to have to engage with more than just these staged events, reality shows and internet sound bites. Personally, I believe that many of the people who purportedly support her in this endeavor really just support the idea of her running. I do not think that there are many who can really envision her in the oval office. *shudder*

    January 13, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  10. Tracy W

    I am a conservative, and I agree with Gov. Christie. While I like Sarah Palin's conservative values, I do not think she is doing herself, or the political climate, and favors. She is right up there with the extreme left when it comes to incendiary remarks. There has to be an end to this cycle between the two sides.

    January 13, 2011 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  11. Michael

    Gov. Christie is one of the few acting Republican officials I am able to respect. Unlike most of the GOP, he is a straight talker with the guts and brains to engage in real discourse (as opposed to half-truths, outright lies, and violent rhetoric) and unlike his fellow Republicans, does not appear to be completely in the pockets of Big Industry / Big Money.
    Gov. Christie is a Republican from the time before the GOP lost its honor.

    January 13, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  12. TM

    Sarah the QUITTER should try it unscripted, she's already proven that giving her a script is pointless, since she can't keep even the simplest facts straight. McCain's own people said prepping her was an exercise in futility, since she had the memory retention of a goldfish. She literally has nothing to lose, unless she gets caught writing on her palms AGAIN.

    January 13, 2011 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. Lolo

    Please do not encourage Ms. Palin any further. She is not ready for primetime and that is all there is to it. She should go home and take care of her children and be a decent parent. She has no business on the political stage. She fooled people for so long now it has caught up to her.

    January 13, 2011 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  14. Grundoon

    I'd say that is very sound advice. But Sarah doesn't have what it takes to go unscripted becuase she doens't even do very well when she completely scripted and sequestered. She doesn't want to be called on her BS and is flat out afraid to bechallenged becsuae she knows her lack of understanding regarding anything of import will be exposed. The woman cannot stop with the infalmmed rhetoric doesn't understand what many of the things she says mean, most recently "blood liable."

    January 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  15. Amanda

    As someone who finds herself voting more and more Democrat, I am really starting to like this guy the more I see/hear from him.

    January 13, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  16. Mark_PA

    Probably the only intelligent remark Christie has made:
    “I would contend to you that if Governor Palin never does any of those things, she’ll never be president,"
    But it needs some correction.
    Just cut out everything before the comma, Cap the S and you're right on the money.
    now if someone w0ould give him the same advice and tell him to put down the bullhorn and start TALKING to the Public Workers and their representatives, maybe he'd have a half a chance of getting something productive done.

    January 13, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  17. lejaune

    Yeah, if she engages with the media, there will be endless supply of materials for SNL and late night comedians.

    January 13, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  18. Terry

    I like Governor Christie. He walked into a room that was filled with horse pellets, top to bottom, and he rolled up his sleeves and went to work. When asked what he was doing, he replied "I am clearing all of these horse pellets because I know there is a pony in here". Everyone else walked away from that room because they thought it was nothing more than a dumping site for horse pellets. Folks may not like him, but the man is working hard for the people of New Jersey.

    January 13, 2011 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  19. informed voter

    I think the best advice anyone can give the unfortunate Mrs. Palin, is to simply remain quiet, lest she open her mouth and prove, once again, how foolish and ignorant she is. It is sad that this is the best the Republicans have to offer the country. I believe, strongly, that a healthy democracy has strong debates, with opposing views.

    January 13, 2011 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  20. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - John Boehner "The Weeper of the House"

    Christie needs to be concerned about governing his own state and keep his opinion to himself. He has no place in the national debate or should be giving anyone advice. Mr. I lost 400 million dollars of taxpayers money.

    January 13, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  21. jon

    Like how Christie addressed NJ during the blizzard from Florida? His popularity is failing quick in this state, not sure if he is in a position to be giving advice.

    January 13, 2011 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  22. chris

    His advice to her should've been to SHUT UP.

    January 13, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  23. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    I don't know about the rest of you, but watching the video clip that Palin made the other day, the following things were obvious:
    1. Based on the intensity of her stare, you could tell she was using either a teleprompter or the good old standby of "cue cards". Like I said, Obvious.
    2. Based on her precise pronunciation of everything, the script was written phonetically. America is familiar enough with Palin's speech patterns to tell this was not delivered in her usual comfortable style, but with strict formality.
    3. She did not review the script nor did she ask what certain terms meant, otherwise she would not have used terms that have caused so much dissension.
    Regular readers and posters know I am no Sarah Palin fan, but like Governor Christie said, if she wants better acceptance of more than just the Reactionary Right base of both the Tea Party and the Republican party, she really needs to go off script and open herself more to the general media, not just offer tidbits to those select few she feels comfortable with. I watched her interview with Katie Couric back when she was running for VP, and Couric did everything but hand her the answers, and she still blew most of the questions!

    January 13, 2011 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  24. Texas Doc

    Yeah, I agree. The whole world needs to see Sarah for who she really is. Stop gpoing to Glenn Beck and FOX. Let the lamestream media have it. They are scared of you and you need to go full bore Sarah! The whole country needs you. Bring it on lest the Republic fail. Sarah Palin for GOP Presidential nominee, the party needs you!

    January 13, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  25. Jaywing

    No... what Sarah Palin needs to do is GO AWAY. We are tired of her violence-laced rhetoric, her lies, her half-hearted efforts at governing, her barely-hidden racism, her self-agrandizment at the expense of less-than-bright Americans, her snarky attitude, her fake patrioitism, her pouty tantrums when she doesn't get her way, and her inability to get it when her time is done. And HER TIME IS, LIKE WAY OVER, DUDES (and by "dudes", I mean you CNN - stop parading Palin out eevry time she vomits).

    January 13, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
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