‘Draft Christie’ effort launched in South Carolina
June 10th, 2011
02:16 PM ET
10 years ago

‘Draft Christie’ effort launched in South Carolina

(CNN) - A group of Republican legislators in South Carolina are launching an effort to draft New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie into the 2012 presidential race.

About a dozen lawmakers, led by state Reps. Kris Crawford and Phyllis Henderson, will hold a rally on the steps of the South Carolina state house next Wednesday to let Christie know he has supporters in the key early primary state.

The endeavor comes on the heels of an effort by a group of Iowa businessmen to get Christie out of Trenton and into the Republican race.

The governor met with the Iowa contingent last month but assured them that he plans to remain focused on New Jersey.

Crawford said his group is arranging a call with Christie and his staff to try once again.

"The thing that sets Christie apart is the challenges he has faced being a Republican in a blue state, and anybody who watched the race he went through to be governor makes you realize that here is a guy who has earned his chops," Crawford said. "Can he stand up to the Chicago Obama machine? Yeah, I think he can."

As for the rest of the GOP candidates, Crawford told CNN that he doesn't "see anybody in the field who has been tested and already been proven tough enough to weather the challenge this time."

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Democrat Swamp Inspector - Help Wanted, Now Hiring, Overtime Possibilities

    The Chicago Obama machine? That is funny. Last I checked Obama was voted in by a majority nationwide. Ask those residence if they regret voting in this clown. I believe that there are several polls that have already shown they do. This guy is a hypocrite and has proven to be several times already most recently the chopper to the ball game. People throwing their support behind this guy who's state no longer wants him just make themselves look foolish. Same goes for the jokers try to convince the traitor in Texas to run. There has to be one decent Republican that you all can produce. HA! HA! I just made a funny! Obama/Biden 2012

    June 10, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. David

    They want somebody who is a proven failure in one state to run the whole USA? GOP thinking at its best.

    June 10, 2011 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    I wish they would draft this Christie. He couldn't win his own state in a general election against Obama. I also think he is too smart to "be the beast" that is required to win the Republican nomination. He knows that once you turn into that beast, just like becoming a vampire, you can never go back to normal.

    So please do. Go ahead, draft him. His record speaks for itself. Most of the country does not know about his home state fiascos. From having to refund the federal government nearly $300M for a hgih speed rail tunnel project he cancelled, "...because it will run over budget." After several years of construction, which has gone to waste, it has stayed under budget. To sending an incompetent team of his own handpicked experts to DC to collect a prize from "Race for the Top", They made a fundamental error on their paper work, told about it, given a chance to correct it and didn't. They wound up not getting $400M that was to be used for his tax cut to the wealthy, instead of for state education. Did I mention he cut $800M from NJ Education?

    June 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  4. FM

    I do not mean to offend anyone but this man the way he looks and assign him this heavily killing job, will finish him with no time. This mass body means a lot, ask those who know it very well, (physicians), they will tell you not to engage this man in such a demanding job. It will kill him instantly!

    June 10, 2011 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    Yes. Good idea. Let's elect someone as POTUS who is currently governor of a state for which polling shows growing regret over electing his loudmouthed, beligerent a$$.

    June 10, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  6. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    It will cost taxpayers a "new Airforce One" if Christie gets in and that's not fair to Americans when Airlines charge some passengers the price of an extra seat.

    June 10, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. Jamie from Riverside

    Draft Christie! Why not? We need the Michelin Man to run (in a taxpayer paid-for helecopter?).

    June 10, 2011 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  8. john316

    I guess Archie Bunker wasn't available for the Republicans....darn........

    June 10, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  9. Brandon

    Why not? With one American in four is fat, Christie will be the parfait image of this Country oversea.

    June 10, 2011 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  10. GI Joe

    Taxpayers can't afford to feed that tub of lard. Good Gawd – he's a walking heart attack waiting to happen. He's also a BULLY. NEVER!!

    June 10, 2011 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Rudy NYC

    The governor met with the Iowa contingent last month but assured them that he plans to remain focused on New Jersey.
    If he cut and ran on the problems he has created, his political future is toast.

    June 10, 2011 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. Debbie

    I live in NJ. We wish we could recall Gov. Christie. This guy wants to cut everything, yet he uses the state helicopter to
    travel around in for his personal use. He is the worst of the right wing republicans. He tried to break up unions in NJ.
    That failed here so now he's trying to make us pay 30% more for our health coverage, take a cut in pay, get rid of raises,
    etc... Do some research S.C. before you draft this guy. Only people with his mindset would want him as President.

    June 10, 2011 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  13. Kenny

    Christie can't be drafted because he exceeds the militaries weight limits. To transport that bowl of lard around would require the use of an Abrams tank minus the weight of the ammo.

    June 10, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on America!

    First Haley Babar was supposed to be the GOBPbaggin' heavyweight, then it was Newter the Rich Boy, and now it's the Big Boy statue himself, Gov. Christie. Sadly, none of them have any ideas that are practical and help average working Americans. When things get tough for Christie, he goes on vacation. He's pretty much another quitbull, like Snowflake Snooki.

    June 10, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  15. Jilli

    Have the folks in South Carolina not heard that Christies favorabilityl numbers are in the tank? If he couldn't carry his own state, how could he win on a national scale.

    Call me a fat bigot, I don't really care, but I couldn't vote for that heart attack waiting to happen. He's a bully, and that's a clear sign of intellectual weakness.

    June 10, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. vet in texas

    if Obama is so beatable, then why the push for Christie? Obviously someone knows more that what Fox and Limbaugh are saying, let them tell it, "Elmer Fudd" would be able to beat Obama.

    June 10, 2011 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  17. DA

    LOL...He is not going to run, I mean seriously what has he done in NJ so far? NOTHING!! The State is still a mess and he knows it, so why the GOP thinks he is the best thing since slice bread I don't understand. OH! Then again yes I do "They really don't have nobody to be their nominee". LOL

    June 10, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Nini

    He would be sooooo good.
    He can stand up to the lies Democrats say and he can defeat the class warfare they are creating.
    He reminds me of Reagan.

    June 10, 2011 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |