Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally
January 8th, 2012
07:33 PM ET
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Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally

Exeter, New Hampshire (CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie fired back at protesters at a rally Sunday for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.

The brash Republican governor - speaking on behalf of Romney, whom he has endorsed, ahead of Tuesday's first-in-the-nation primary - responded to chants from a group of attendees yelling "Mitt kills jobs, Christie kills jobs."

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"Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Christie said, before pointing to his record of job creation in the Garden State and predicting the economic growth possible in a future Romney administration.

Christie blamed President Barack Obama for encouraging the actions of such protesters, who continued to chant sporadically throughout the rally.

"You're disoriented by the ways of hope and change," the first-term New Jersey governor said, referencing the president's famous 2008 campaign mantra.

Christie has frequented the campaign trail in support of Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential frontrunner. On Sunday, he accused the president of running a re-election campaign based on cynicism and anger.

"It is the most cynical re-election strategy you could ever think of," Christie said. "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

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Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Mitt Romney • New Hampshire
soundoff (377 Responses)
  1. mrrationalhbg

    Is this what NJ wanted? Their governor is constantly campaigning. Does he ever work?

    January 9, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  2. Becksmann

    "Something's going to go DOWN tonight." REALLY? "Sweetheart." REALLY?? What a crass idiot! Could Gov Slim Jim BE anymore vulgar and condescending to women? Of course, I guess one need only look at the cast of "Jersey Shore" to see where HIS roots lie. The really funny thing is that Mittens had to lean over and ask the nice Lady in Red what exactly "Going DOWN" means. He then gets that uncomfortable, "oh my goodness!" look on his face while Slim tries to talk himself out of the first comment with some serious BS. Thanks for the endorsement, Gov!

    January 9, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  3. jdean

    As a New Jersey resident I can state equivacally Christie has reduced jobs in NJ. This guy is worse than Romney as he actually lies rather than just flip flop. Check his short term record on truthful statements and when he is called on it he says its none of your business. This a politician who you simply cannot trust and is so ethically challenged one has to wonder how he has gotten as far as he has and is in the pocket of wall street to boot. He is a complete media creation just because he grabs headlines.

    January 9, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  4. Skitownrefugee

    "Christie blamed President Barack Obama for encouraging the actions of such protesters, who continued to chant sporadically throughout the rally."

    Yeah OK – The protest was encouraged by Barack Obama – Right Christie! And the president is responsible for the Bush/Cheney economic bust, the earthquate and sunami in Japan, for Mitt being such a nervous guy and for Christi being way way way overweight. Right on dude!

    January 9, 2012 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  5. hwy911

    Christie hallucinates that Obama is encouraging citizen backlash to GOP job-killing acts. He apparently believes that we can't see what's happening for ourselves. How stupid does he think we are?

    January 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  6. give it to me straight

    I worked at a Mitt company. What kinds of jobs does he create? One where you can expect to lost it! 8000 were laid off and the company closed. Guess we weren't good enough for Mitt's portfolio.

    January 9, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Lost in Texas FOREVER and EVER

    responding to a woman and calling her "sweetheart" then saying "something may be going DOWN" sounds very tacky to me and could be taken as a sexual insult referring to a slang for a sexual act. Christie should know better and I think he does but just doesn't care

    January 9, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  8. Loren, Keene NH

    I am an independant from NH and I think Obama has reneged on all of his promises! I am unlike the bloggers who find nothing better to do than bash someone who is trying to come up with ideas to make my life better. I voted for Obama last time and can honestly say he doesn't deserve my vote this time around. I have no "hope and certainly no change". All he did for the first three years is blame Bush and campaign. No governing! Is Romney right about everything, no! I like some of each plan.

    January 9, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  9. Alina1

    The President didn't even started Christie, maybe you angry that he is ignoring you guys?

    January 9, 2012 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  10. Rudy NYC

    Doesn't the mere fact that Romney is using an unpopular personality like Gov. Christie as attack dog show how out of touch that Romney is with middle class America? Most of NJ cannot stand Christie and he stands a slim to none chance of re-eleciton. So, why shouldn't Christie bail out on NJ and join a Romney administration?

    January 9, 2012 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  11. larrysanders

    Romney-christie would make a GREAT team of elegance and grit!!

    January 9, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  12. Donovan

    Romney made his money as an OUTSOURCER .... how is he fit to be called a "job creator"?

    January 9, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. Catzie53

    Christie sounds just like Obama when he was running, but I'd take a governor Christi over a so called community organizer Obama! Obama has made Americans suffer longer than they had to because the democrats will do anything to keep power. And after reading some of these comments, the near-minded children are out in full force on a Monday morning. I did get my morning laugh, thanks again!

    January 9, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  14. qubee25

    I have to admit that the GOPotty has so many elements "floating around", that no matter how many times you jiggle the handle, they refuse to go under. Hmmmmmmm, just might have to replace the whole throne.

    January 9, 2012 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. steve harnack

    What was that supposed to mean?" Something's going down tonight", the way I've always heard it used, means something is going to happen, then "but not jobs" would then mean that no jobs are going to be created. Is that what he was tying to say? Proves again that Republikans shouldn't try humor, they just don't get it.

    January 9, 2012 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  16. Puddin

    Appearance is not everything, but when the appearance is not quite up to par, it would be good to watch the behavior. In Christi's case, his mouth is more offensive than his girth. He really has no class (my opinion). Anyone with just one ounce of brain power, has been able to figure out that Obama is, indeed, the best leader he can be considering every move he makes to benefit the American people is obstructed by the likes of McConnell, Boehner, Cantor, etc. Check out the smirk on Eric Cantor's mouth everytime he speaks. McConnell's words after the Repubs won the House...."Our main priority is to keep Obama from serving a second term." Therefore, they are seeing to it that they obstruct everything that might make Obama look successfull. The Repubs do not care one tinkers darn about the American people. They all need to be fired!!!!

    January 9, 2012 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  17. MJ

    Jeffrey ,Will could not agree with you more.
    My question to Christie – Are you using NJ state money to campaign for Mitt or others

    January 9, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  18. taffy

    Yes, the reason I believe you are a gruff bully is because Obama told me to think that about you. There is something seriously wrong with this guy.

    January 9, 2012 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  19. willie floyd

    What a disgusting sight–the countrys' greatest liar and the worst bully-all in the same photo!!

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 9, 2012 09:56 am at 9:56 am |
  20. Kathy

    Are women going to allow this pig to get away with this sexist comment to a teenage girl exercising her right to free speech? Isn't the republican party the ones who shouts about free speech all the time? This has infuriated me and I plan to write to everyone I can think of so he's called on his BJ comment. Is that the way we want our politicians to act and will the republican party accept it?

    January 9, 2012 09:59 am at 9:59 am |
  21. Gurgi

    I love how all the liberals on here do their typical thing,,,,,resorting to name calling and insults because they don't have a factual political leg to stand on. Since this is a republican primary, liberal opinions are irrelevant. Hmmm, liberal opinions are pretty much irrelevant normally, not just during a republican primary.

    January 9, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  22. Jersey Joe

    Coming from NJ and having to deal with this guy for two years, I can tell you all that the best thing for NJ would be a Romney-Christie ticket because it would get this guy out of here. He's done nothing for NJ except create a hostile environment where the citizens are angry but he deflects his anger onto others, stating that it's not his fault, it's the other guy, or teachers, or cops, or EMS workers, or Obama. The only thing he takes credit for is claiming to be a no-nonsense guy – the truth is , he's a do-nothing guy who blames NJ's economic woes on the people who take care of the people that live here. A loss of companies who abandon NJ, hundreds of teachers who lost their jobs when Christie tightened the noose, hundreds of millions of dollars lost in Race to the Top funding and the theft of $271 million he took for an unfinished tunnel project and refused to give back. This is the criminal who wants to be VP...

    January 9, 2012 10:05 am at 10:05 am |
  23. DJH

    This guy is Tony Soprano. Seems to spend a lot of time out of his State getting in the face of people from other States who don't agree with r support the politician he is currently "promoting." If you don't agreee with him, and voice that, he threatens you. I guess it comes down to that he is for freedom of speech as long it is speech he agrees with.

    January 9, 2012 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  24. Alger Dave

    Unfortunately for Romney, he's only solidly a one-topic candidate. If the economy isn't still in the dumper come this fall, he's sure to lose. While I'm a die hard Republican, Obama is more likeable than Romney, less affiliated with Wall Street and generally less weird. Social conservatives are going to be about as excited about Romney as they were about McCain. Tepid. While Romney will probably win the primaries and be the candidate, he better hope for a lousy or worsening economy, or he's toast.

    January 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  25. Tom

    Isn't it interesting that 2 people who claim to be in positions of leadership in a party that only 22% of the public identifies with propose top speak for "all Americans". They certainly do not speak for me or the majority.

    January 9, 2012 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
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