Christie keeps up appearances
September 26th, 2011
12:08 PM ET
12 years ago

Christie keeps up appearances

(CNN) – For someone who has worked to keep his name out of GOP presidential chatter, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is keeping up a high profile similar to that of current presidential candidates these days.

And Monday he'll begin a trip not unlike a campaign swing through three states.

The popular Republican will headline an annual event for the Missouri Republican Party Monday evening –the party's largest fundraiser of the year– which will be preceded and followed by two more fundraisers in the state.

Christie was invited to speak at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library by the former first lady, Nancy Reagan, herself. He will travel to California Tuesday to deliver remarks at the $75 per person Perspectives on Leadership Forum.

Thursday the bombastic chief executive will attend a rally with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in Baton Rouge, followed by a fundraiser.

Christie has vehemently denied any desire to jump into the 2012 race for the GOP presidential nomination, but was named to the number two post in the Republican Governors Association in early September, and is regularly employed by the GOP for his money-raising prowess.

Though he said the "person that picked me as vice president would have to be sedated," as recently as June, Christie's persistent refusals haven't squashed pressure for him to jump in the race.


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  1. Rudy NYC

    "But I understand, he has a very big Democrat mess to clean up in NJ and is doing quite well."
    That mess was created by Christie Whitman(R), who became GWB's Director of EPA. She's the one who declared the air at ground zero "safe" and resigned a couple of months later.

    Whitman cut taxes, didn't pay into teachers' pensions, but rather deferred payment until higher revenues came in. In other words, instead of funding pensions, she gave it away as tax cut for the wealthy. Additional budget cuts and tax cuts, lead to higher property taxes throughout the state. NJ was hit very hard by the banking crisis in 2008, and saw an already unbalanced budget get worse.

    So, they elected a Republican to revive the destruction, which Christie has done to a tee. He cut education to fund a wealthy tax cut. He lays claim to hundreds of millions spent on new schools, but fails to mention that it is Stimulus money. He killed thousands of jobs when he cancelled the NJ portion of a multi-state high speed rail project, which the Feds back charged NJ for hundreds of millions already spent. The project was entering its' final phase after several years of work. Christie cancelled it because he felt it would go over budget, despite the fact the project had never once been over budget.

    September 26, 2011 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  2. Sal

    Is Christie related to GOODYEAR by any chance? 

    September 26, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. ted

    The right wing lunatics are out in force this year as they all think they can be president and take on what is the most difficult job on earth. Thing is, none of them have a clue, not even the ones you might think have a clue. So there is only one thing to do.


    September 26, 2011 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  4. dinak

    Run, please!!!! Herman Caine is close to what we need, but you have it all. Our country is wasting so much precious money, throwing it overseas, paying hundreds of millions in pensions to dead people, paying off unions with tax-payer money, Medicaid and Medicare fraud, the list goes on. With all that money thrown away so recklessly, the answer is not taxing people more to maintain that profligate waste, but to drastically streamline and clean up the wasteful mess and reduce taxes. There is very little the gov't should be responsible for. Clean up your act before putting your hands back in our pockets. Christie, pls clean this mess up! Run for President!

    September 26, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Republican Robber Baron

    Go for it. Good luck with that.

    September 26, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. jilli

    The big fat bully schtick doesn't play well nationwide. From polling I've seen, Christie couldn't even beat Obama in NJ.

    September 26, 2011 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  7. Marie MD

    Too fat and when it really comes down to it too republican!

    September 26, 2011 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  8. thomas

    More and more the GOP is looking like an all you can eat cheep buffet restaurant !

    Perry / Enron

    September 26, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Beverly - NYC

    Don't bellieve the hype Governor Christie. You should't run for a Big Mac much less tghe Presidency. You're the next GOP flavor of the month, who will be soo disguarded by your fickle party. A month ago they were drooling over Governor cowboy, one bad debate and they're ready to quit him. One shot of you on stage sweating or riding in a golf cart while the other candidates walk and you'll be back in Jersey, with no chances for 2016.

    September 26, 2011 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  10. Dee

    I don't think Christie will run this is a stressful job and he is overweight and suffers from asthma sometimes stress will bring on an attack. He keeps saying no and the Republicans are still trying to push him he knows how he struggles with his weight. He has to be in good shape to walk the corridors of the White House and walk/run up the stairs of Air Force One and also the rigors of campaigning. I believe all of this is in the back of his mind and is embarrassing to him.

    People need to respect his decision he has a family with young children and he needs to take care of himself and that family without the pressures of the Presidential office it is not like the Governors' office.

    September 26, 2011 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. GOP Failed America

    Christie seems like the big "flavor of the month" for the GOP. They are desperate for someone who can beat Obama next year. Once they get a better look at him and his failed policies in New Jersey, independents will move over to Obama. The GOP is just out of touch with this country and it's current issues. It's aparty of old, failed ideas and scary politicians.

    September 26, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    How can he possibly run? He can't even walk 1000 feet.
    GI Joe you're killing me!

    September 26, 2011 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He has been a bully here in NJ. The problem is that he is so use to being a prosecutor that he never forgot that. He doesn't seem to understand that he needs to work with people and can't demand things without it coming back to bite him in the... Well, he won't win election for president if he does it and not here in NJ as governor. He hasn't been 100% honest or cooperative.

    September 26, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  14. Bill

    Christie may as well jump in. He has just as little of a chance of winning a general election as any of the others.

    September 26, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  15. cigarman

    Christie is the largest person in the republican Party. Please, Please enter the presidential race, the people who are in the race at this time are getting a little stagnet, they are not as strange as they were in the very beginning. Remember cheering at executions, cheering at LET HIM DIE, BOOING at an american soldier, Yelling NOONE should pay any taxes, everyone should keep one hundred percent of there money earned. Christie could enter the race and possibly be the first FAT SLOB to have a heartattack on the stage. What a party lol lol.

    September 26, 2011 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  16. cigarman

    Hey FM, I will answer your question of whos fault it will be if Christie does not hold up to his end of the bargain, it is a standard answer, here it is. It is OBAMAS fault of course.

    September 26, 2011 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  17. ED FL

    If Christie runs it will be because he wants the FREE Government health insurance the President gets . Judging by his present physical condition that alone would put the country in a precarious financial situation that would force a government shutdown.

    September 26, 2011 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. Max


    Give me a break!!! There's absolutely NOTHING presidential about Chris Christie. The Republican party is in such a maze that at this point they 'shoot at anything that moves' The trouncing of Perry (Trump's man) by Herman Cain (a black man) immediately sent Trump 'reeling' towards Romney. I guess he will be prompting Romney to request Cain's birth certificate, since the Republican party is now seen as a RACIST party, and the racist extremist tea wing of the party isn't helping anyway.

    Actually, Herman Cain is the candidate with the best of policies to match Obama. It would be interesting to see Cain and Obama going head to head in the presidential race, wouldn't it?

    All Cain needs to do now is keep pressing his message to the American people,,,they know what they want, don't they? His speech in Orlando on Saturday has propelled him in a way similar to Obama's speech at the Democratic convention which propelled him straight in the White House at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    Herman Cain, in winning the IMPORTANT Florida straw poll put the other racist bigots like Perry, Romney, Bachmann and Palin to an awaful shame. The Republican party actually don't want a right wing religious conservative to be their nominee. The Party is realizing the extremist agenda of the far right and now the base is running away from them.

    Cain is the BEST MAN for the party right now if they are serious about challenging Obama. Republicans need to put their racist train aside and throw their weight behind Herman Cain. This obviously will, at least, guarantee a strong opposition to Obama, even if the Party ends up losing the election next November.

    Republicans: Heed the signals and follow your nostrils....things smell better with Cain than with any of the other potential candidates, including Chris Christie from the most corrupt state in the land.

    September 26, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    Why did they have to shoot him in profile? Not very flattering, regardless of how you feel about his beliefs.

    September 26, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    He's still a party guy, even when he isn't actually running.

    September 26, 2011 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. Drogo, who bit the dust

    The perfect picture of what we desire in a president, a big, fat slob with a big fat mouth!

    September 26, 2011 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. RINO Bil

    Hey CNN, nice picture of Christie. Maybe he can get a guest shot on Mike and Molly, as Mike's dad!

    September 26, 2011 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  23. bluedogboy

    America is not ready for a fat president. Neither is the White House chef.

    September 26, 2011 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. crose

    "But then Christie, by popular account, is better than all of them put together."

    I thought he WAS all of them put together.

    September 26, 2011 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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