Christie: Cain fumbled response to scandals
November 30th, 2011
05:34 PM ET
10 years ago

Christie: Cain fumbled response to scandals

Orlando, Florida (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie suggested Wednesday that embattled Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain mishandled the multiple scandals engulfing his once-soaring campaign.

But Christie, a leading voice in the Republican Party who is backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the presidential race, said Cain has to decide on his own whether or not to abandon his White House bid.

"In terms of how he's handled it, I'm sure he'd like to have a couple of shots at handling it differently," Christie told reporters at the Republican Governors Association annual meeting in Orlando. "It doesn't seem it's been all that successful. But that doesn't get to the core question, which is what he is going to do, and that's going to be his call."

Multiple women, some still anonymous, have come forward in recent weeks alleging that Cain sexually harassed them a decade ago while chairing the National Restaurant Association.

And this week, a Georgia woman came forward claiming that she and Cain carried on a 14-year sexual affair, a charge Cain adamantly denied – even as his attorney described the allegation as "consensual conduct between adults."

Cain told his staff Tuesday that he is "re-assessing" his campaign and told CNN Wednesday that he will make a decision about the race "in the next several days."

Christie did not venture to offer Cain advice.

"That's such a personal decision," Christie said. "I wouldn't want anybody telling me what to do … In the end that's going to be his call. He has got to make the call."

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Translation: "I'm going to handle it much better if/when I run and my cheating and harassment scandals hit."

    November 30, 2011 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I don't care what Christie thinks.

    November 30, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    In his defense, though, Cain probably doesn't fumble with zippers quite as much, given how he can see his and Christie can't see his own.

    November 30, 2011 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. jackleand

    Now it's tiem for Mr. Cain to saw thinking with the head above his shoulder because it appears as though the head below his waist has gottem him into a great deal of trouble. Just get out of the race and stop being so selfish. This has apparently begun to ake a toll on your wife and family members. Your big ego may be able to allow you to continue but I suggest and/or advise that your family should come first at this point and time....

    November 30, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |

    It's Obama's fault.

    November 30, 2011 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  6. Jamie from Riverside

    One thing Chris Christie can never be accused of is fumbling while passing the butter.

    November 30, 2011 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  7. Jess

    Yup, it's Cain's call all right. Though he'll probably dial 999 instead of 911.

    November 30, 2011 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  8. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    If he would have been Christie, Herb would have yelled at the media, and belly bumped anyone who questioned him.

    November 30, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  9. RINO Bil

    It just shows that Cain is incompetent during a crisis. He has handled this episode in the absolutely worst way possible. He ain't presidential material and Obama would have him for breakfast without breaking a sweat. The GOP needs someone with a lot more to offer than Herman Cain.

    November 30, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Christie does make a point. Cain didn't come out forcefully enough to deny this or disapate the problem. It will haunt him for a while if not forever. It will be his taint.

    November 30, 2011 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |