Christie takes on protesters chanting at Romney rally
January 8th, 2012
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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. Pat

    Can Mitt show us his tax returns.

    January 9, 2012 10:14 am at 10:14 am |
  2. Roger

    Brow beating voters is not a good strategy under existing circumstances. Romney should have never stated "corporations are people" regardless of the intent. Class ware fare is brought on for a reason when we see our middle class way of life leaving for cheap labor countries and corporations developing new foreign markets further diminishing our worth as workers and consumers. Christie or Romney would not get my vote. Is Christie trying to be a tough guy with voters? Bad move.

    January 9, 2012 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  3. Colorodan

    Mr. Obama's record: We have now had 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth. After 8 years of Republican presidential leadership we were losing over a half million jobs a month. A month.

    January 9, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  4. Joe citizen abroad

    The president isn't running a "cynical" campaign. He's giving voice to the frustration of the nation. And that frustration is with his own party, too. Better to have a president who understands how we feel and challenges Congress to act, than a president who tells us, "If you'd only give rich people more money, things will get better."

    January 9, 2012 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Loren, Keene NH wrote:

    I am an independant from NH and I think Obama has reneged on all of his promises!
    Another cheerleader who cannot tell you what their actual complaints are all about. No facts. No examples. No substance.

    January 9, 2012 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  6. carl

    It would appear Romney needs Christie otherwise he'd actually have to answer a real question and rich folk get so confused talking to the lower class.

    January 9, 2012 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  7. Marcus

    Catzie53 – 'Christie sounds just like Obama when he was running'...
    Are you serious?
    Remember Joe the Plumber, the guy that tried to make the (then) candidate Obama looks bad and jumped in front of him with a 'tricky' question?
    I don't know what Christie would have done in such a situation, but Obama answered the question the most polite way possible.
    The word is 'polite', something rare to see in Christie's behavior BTW.

    January 9, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  8. Joi Gibson

    Chris Christie is a bully. The man has no class. And Willard has no convictions. He has flipped-flopped on his so-called Republican ideals so many times it's hard to keep count. I live in South Florida and if I see that Mitt Romney commercial – about how he is a man of constancy and conviction – I am going to end up buying a new television set because I launched a rock through the old one. If there is ONE Republican I could deal with, it would be Jon Huntsman. But apparently integrity, civility and intelligence are not wanted in the Republican party. And blaming President Obama for hecklers is just childish.

    January 9, 2012 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  9. NJ Chris

    Being from NJ it is sad when Snookie and Tony Soprano are the lesser of embarrrasing individuals to show up on TV...

    January 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  10. simp

    Romney needs to be careful who he let endorse him, this loud mouth bully thinks the american people are afraid of him,
    get real. christie head got blow up when everybody was telling him to run that's why he thinks he can threaten people, what a joke he is

    January 9, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    Christie should stay in his own jurisdiction, and take care of business in New Jersey,.. and let Mitt fight his own battles. Christie is a bully,.. he refused to run, so he should keep his big yap shut.

    January 9, 2012 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  12. The Real Tom Paine

    What jobs has Christie created? Virtually every time I contact my clients in NJ, the news is bad. No one pointed to Christie as any sort of a bright spot, so why is Willard even bothering to use this goon as a surrogate? Aside from arrogance, Christie offers nothing. His so-called accomplishments with the budget in NJ came after he used his line-item veto to get rid of items he previously had agreed to give to the unions there. In other words, he lied. He has unemployment that is higher than the national average, so how can he talk about job creation? As a Repblican, I thought the government was not supposed to create jobs, yet, here is Christie, touting Romeny 49th out of 50 ranking as though that is something to get excited about, and promising that Romney would do the same for the country. The arrogance of these 2 is breathtaking, but, considering that Romney has never uffered any real deprivation in his life and Christie is a poster child for conservative over-indulgence, no one should be surprised.

    January 9, 2012 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Sooner or later people will learn Government can't create jobs. But they can sure eliminate them. Look at the housing mess. Big Government Progressives I think they call themselves now, forced the Banks to make loans to anyone that wanted one, wheather they could make the payments or not. See how well that worked out?

    January 9, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    The GOP has NOTHING to offer our country, no track record of accomplishments, just all the same-old, same-old FAILED POLICIES. So of course they resort to bullying, so of course they resort to stirring up people, encouraging them to blame their problems on President Obama, when every person with a working brain knows that it was the Republican de-regulation of the financial industry, the Republican tax cuts for the rich during wartime, the Republican shareholders' bottomline uber alles, the Republicans cynical calls to patriotism while shipping all our manufacturing overseas that have created are economic woes.

    January 9, 2012 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  15. westward

    Look at the visual. Romney still lost in a HUGE way.

    Man, is this guy WEAK!

    January 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  16. OutWithNorv

    Why are supposedly good Democrats calling someone a "bully" for answering back after they scream at him? Why are members of my party showing up at opposition rallies to scream at candidates? I will never vote Republican. But how can I vote for Democrats when we use these kinds of tactics (which really ARE bullying) and then call someone a bully for hitting back? That is just so DISHONEST and HYPOCRITICAL. Dont know why this upsets me as much as it does. But I am now seriously considering staying home this November. Just cannot endorse that kind of behavior. We used to be better than this. Hate to say it but I think it is the influx of younger voters.

    January 9, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  17. Gurgi

    ""Better to have a president who understands how we feel and challenges Congress to act, than a president who tells us, "If you'd only give rich people more money, things will get better.""

    No, it would be better to have a president that does not violate the constitution every time he turns around, just because he wants to. It is not a "do nothing congress" just because they are trying to limit the damage caused by Obama, until he can be voted out of office.

    January 9, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  18. Lizzie

    Wow all that name calling, is that all you have left, he did do a good job in NJ but then you don't want to hear about that, all you can resort to is calling people names and repeating the liberals point of view.

    January 9, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. Annie, Atlanta

    You know, these guys win elections by claiming they're going to create jobs, but look at what they do instead – kill jobs. Look at all the governors on up to house representatives in DC who won last year on jobs jobs jobs. And what is the first thing they did in office? Work towards killing jobs. Look at Walker in Wisconsin. How many jobs have been lost there because the first thing he did was go after public unions, give tax breaks to millionaires, kill high speed rail. Good grief, when are we going to learn that the GOP will tell us what they think we want to hear, and then do the exact opposite when we give them our precious votes? We're voting against our best interests when we put such extremists in power. They have the same plan they've had for decades, and we keep voting for them. Why?

    January 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Mitt Romney is up in the polls in New Hampshire. Mitt Romney will win New Hampshire. So, why then does he feel the need to pull Christie into New Hampshire politics as Romney's Foaming At The Mouth Body Guard? Must be the respect factor. When Mitt speaks, Mitt wants everyone to acknowledge his intelligence... his charisma... his I'm telling you, therefore believe in and acknowledge my greatness because I HAVE SPOKEN . Apparently, big man Christie's there to get Mitt some respect - blubber and all.

    January 9, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. nhjs

    Just a reminder: Democrats in NH need to vote on Tuesday!

    January 9, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. Gurgi

    @Joe citizen, it would be better to have a president that did not violate the constitution just because he doesn't think it should apply to him.

    January 9, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  23. derp

    Chris Christie's budget cuts has resulted in 1000's of layoffs here in NJ. Whether or not you agree with his spending plans, he really has no ground to stand on when it comes to jobs. He hasn't actually done anything to create jobs here in NJ. My municipality had to lay off 14 police officers and firemen because of cuts from the state. I don't see how laying off policemen helps the economy, or helps our communities.

    January 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  24. Cyrus

    Your "job creation" came at the cost of cutting funding for essential services (schools, fire department, police, etc.). Christie withheld funds from these services and began to fund projects that only he wanted. So you did create jobs, but your actions also cost NJ thousands of jobs in those public service areas. It's not job creation. It's budget allocation games to kill jobs that you don't see worthy of funds. I challenge you to tout your job creation record in front of NJPD departments.

    January 9, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  25. Annie, Atlanta

    Ray E. (Georgia). There's more to it than your simple explanation. Eliminating the Glass Steagall act and replacing it with the Gramm Bliley act, which Clinton did in 1999, got rid of the separation in the financial industry between banking and investing. When the push came to give all those people mortgages, knowing full well by the industry pushing them that these people didn't understand the small print, Wall Street made investments based on these mortgages failing. They created a bubble which had no option but to eventually burst, garnering them billions of dollars in winnings, and leaving us taxpayers to pick up the pieces and cover the resulting losses. Google CDOs and inform yourself.

    As far as the goverment creating jobs, there is no corporation in the world large enough to handle a downturn in the economy like our governments. That's why all of them, across the globe, pumped money into the governments to make sure they didn't sink. There's isn't a larger job creator on the planet capable of doing that. You start working to update our infrastructure and you create tax paying citizens who in turn pay that money back. Our corporations aren't going to do that. Why is this so hard to understand?

    January 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
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