Christie: I was not criticizing Palin
January 16th, 2011
11:18 AM ET
12 years ago

Christie: I was not criticizing Palin

(CNN) - Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie insisted Sunday that he was not criticizing former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin when he told The New York Times that she "rightfully has been criticized" for consistently following a script.

"It wasn't a criticism of her. It was an observation," Christie said on "Fox News Sunday." "If you avoid those unscripted moments, I don't think the American people will trust their instincts about whether you would make a good president or not."

Christie said voters learn the most about how candidates will govern through the campaign process "when you're not being handled or told what to say but you have to react to situations like this."

The former 2008 Republican vice presidential nominee and potential 2012 candidate said she was the subject of a "blood libel" by those who suggested her comments and actions contributed to the shooting of Democratic Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Filed under: Chris Christie • Sarah Palin
soundoff (101 Responses)
  1. johnRJ08

    This is all the proof we need that Christie will run for President in '12. He's afraid to alienate Palin because he doesn't want to alienate her fans. That's why he's walking back his criticism of her.

    January 16, 2011 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. German,IrishAmerican

    Reading the hate speech on this site just reaffirms the stupidity of the Obama sheeple. I didn't think people could be so stupidly full of hate and violence, but I see they haven't changed from the hatred and intolerance they spewed during the Bush years.

    January 16, 2011 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Monster Zero

    Riiiiigght, go with the flow for Sara Palin is impossible, no matter what she would say or do the liberal left mullet wrapper so called journalists (lib activists) would crucify her for every word and spin every meaning. Blood Libel was used in a Wall Street Journal commentary a few days before Sara Palin spoke up, now removing the biblical definition of the phrase the term could easily be applied to what the left mullet wrapper journalists (CNN included) attempted to do with pinning blame on Palin and the right for the Arizona shooting through use of the media. I could easily see how the term blood libel would apply, I know that would be a quantum leap in thought for most libtard's but anyone with any intellect understands the application of her use of the phrase and exactly what she meant.

    January 16, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  4. annie s

    Heck, I'll criticize Palin then. This lady is shrewd about the media, shrewd about her "base" and shrewd enough to have turned mediocrity into rousing successes. But she is not Presidential material, and that horrible video performance, blaming everyone but herself for the angry tone of American politics, proved it once again. She is important only because the media insists on making her so.

    January 16, 2011 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    She lies about others and what they say and do - and gets angry when the truth is spoken about her.

    tsk tsk tsk tsk tsk

    January 16, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  6. Bassackwards

    iluvpizza says: "She has not accepted her limitations, and can hurt the country if she runs for President. And hurt it worse if she wins. She needs to defer to a Republican candidate more qualified for the job, and campaign for that person."

    Not to worry, Pizza, when the primaries start in earnest, all the Republican wannabes, Pawlenty, Gingrich, Romney, Huckabee, et al, who've all said what a viable voice for the GOP she is, will all trash her as well as each other in their attempt to win the nomination. As per her usual reaction, which is to attack anyone who says anything disparaging about her rather than to offer solid discourse to prove them wrong, she will disenfranchise herself from the both GOP and Tea Party. Let's hope she does run. Maybe this final put-down by her own party will make her finally go away.

    January 16, 2011 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Shannon

    What kind of person defends the things $arah Palin has said and done. Not anyone I would ever support if they decided to run for office. Shame on you Governor, defending a woman who's words divide this nation, is really indefensible..

    January 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  8. deb

    Finally! Republicans are starting to actually see Sarah Palin for what she is! This woman has done more to divide our country than Rush, Sean and Ann all put together. She is mean spirited, hateful, self-centered beyond anything I've ever seen and a greedy money grubber. The sooner we all quit giving her any credibility the better.

    January 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  9. Christie is Just a little jealous of Sarah

    But he would make a good "vice-president".

    January 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  10. Joe

    I don't know what's more disgusting about this man. His heinous opinions or his grossly-overweight form.

    January 16, 2011 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. joe blow

    wow, chrissy christie faced down by palin. dude, man up. what did they do - threaten to take the donuts away from you?

    January 16, 2011 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  12. Shannon

    Monster Zero your ignorance is really showing, and using the word "libtard" tells me a lot about the kind of person you are. It's no wonder you support $arah Palin, decency is beyond you.

    January 16, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  13. bewhiskered

    "He added the former vice presidential nominee (Palin) “rightfully has been criticized” for her refusal to go less scripted." And now, that big bully Christie must back peddle, because he's terrified of the ass whupping Limbaugh will give him for criticizing that mental arthritic Palin. He's back peddling just like Rove back peddled after he said that Palin lacked the gravitas to be President. Next time Rove spoke, he said it was very smart of a Presidential candidate like Plain to do all those book signings. Turkeys!

    January 16, 2011 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  14. ABM

    Why is everyone in the GOP so afraid of this nitwit to call her OUT on her stupid & uneducated comments. PLEASE!!!! Christie can surely berate the common citizen but does not use the same attitude toward people in his own party – especially when they are WRONG.

    Grow a spine GOP and stop the insanity.

    January 16, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  15. jim

    he should have criticized her ... she's done more to earn criticism than not.

    January 16, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  16. Palin AGain!!!

    Come on ppl, the woman was on a losing ticket, can we drop her from the news??? she is not that damn good looking.

    January 16, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  17. Sven

    Palin is not an authority on anything. She couldn't even finish her gov term in Alaska. She is a reality show personality at best. And that show has been canceled. Shows how weak the republican party is. This women palin "queen of the idiots" is simply a sick joke that we must endure for god knows how long.

    January 16, 2011 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  18. Mercfan

    I'm not a Christie fan by any means, he needs to stop traveling around making speeches and DO SOMETHING for NJ.
    However, this was advice not criticism. A good example of what he was trying to say is the time when "W" visited the rubble pile at the World Trade Center. His advisors didn't want him making remarks off the cuff. But it was those remarks that helped bring the Democrats and Republicans together (until the Iraq war started at least). The problem is Palin can't go off script because she sounds like a blithering idiot when she does.

    January 16, 2011 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  19. Stan the Man

    I thought Republicans were required make "clarifications" on Limbaugh's show first?

    January 16, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  20. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    I hope Christie doesn't allow Palin to distance himself from Democrats who like him and would support him. Palin has no chance of getting Democrats as well as many Republicans or Independents to support her but Christie does.

    January 16, 2011 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Christie needs to sit in the corner and be quiet until Rush tells him to speak.

    January 16, 2011 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  22. ThinkAgain

    Monster Zero: You say that "blood libel" was used in the Wall Street Journal a "few days before" Palin used it; cite your source. I did a quick check and saw that the term appeared in the WSJ after she said it ...

    Some facts, please.

    January 16, 2011 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  23. GOP Hate America and are violent

    are we talking about this woman being president some day?

    January 16, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  24. Lee 257887

    I dont know why anyone listens to either one, they both have shown their true colors
    Christie taxes the poor takes away from the needy and gives to the Rich, talks about teachers and Unions taking away their pensions then turns around and give the Rich a huge Tax cut.
    Hes a Republican for the Rich Big Business Wall Street bankers, Big Oil
    He's a big bag of air just like Palin and their 15 minutes are up

    January 16, 2011 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  25. Observer

    One of the most pitiful back-tracking ever. It was even worse than listening to Michael Steele after Limbaugh gave him orders.

    January 16, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
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