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. Andrew

    That's nuts, Gurgi. We were headed off the cliff when Obama was voted in. The economy is improving and the right-wing nutters have engaged in war against public institutions across the nation, threatened social security and social programs and become servile toadies to the rich and religiously extreme. Blaming the black guy won't get you where you need to go. Doing something would, but the GOP isn't up for doing things positive. They're trying to crash the economy and destroy democracy. Up yours.

    January 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Tstecknj

    There he goes again, our absentee governor traveling around the country to support the guy that breaks down companies and lays off the workers so that the stock holders get millions while the workers go for broke. Being a resident of NJ and unemployed, his boast of creating jobs is comical. NJs unemployment rate has been in the 9%+ range for over a year. He talks about not raising taxes, but in reality he does. He just calls them something else, "toll increases", blames the previous governor for them, then instead of stopping them from going into effect during his term, he collects the money from them and puts them towards projects they werent intended for to begin with. The 50% toll increases on the NJ Turnpike and Garden State Parkway at the begining of the year were just awesome. In addition to the ones he accepted and agreed with at the Hudson River crossings a few months before. Romney and Christie are bad for the middle class, bad for the poor, and bad for anyone making under $100k a year. Dont b fooled by the flip flopping snake oil salesman or the gluttenous bully from NJ with their lies.

    January 9, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Cedar Rapids

    "Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Christie said"

    Way to keep it classy Christie.
    did he go 'badaboom!' afterwards?

    January 9, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  4. CBR

    The blame game does not help anyone although the politicians play it all the time. The anger comes from the American people and is directed to all politicians, Mr. Christie included. The refusal to move off the dime to find ways to help to bring the economy back is not only aggravating it is just plain mean. You have helped to bring about the anger – now try to do something to ease it instead of blaming the President.

    January 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. America Shrugged

    NH is the live free or die state. That doesn't mean they don't have independents and Democrats living there or GOP voters who can figure out what these guys are all about. I think the GOP bullies need to be very careful about what they are saying these days in the media and on stage. Openly disparaging Americans who are having a hard time finding decent work, having to apply for foodstamps so they can make their mortgage payment because the job they have now doesn't cover all the bills their old jobs use to pay. I agree with Jason...OWS ought to start a nation wide campaign to occupy the ballot boxes this coming November. With all the draconian voter laws now in place, registering to vote is going to be more difficult for the young adults, the old and the poor. The time is now to help that unregistered neighbor to get the documents they need to register to vote.

    January 9, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. Marc

    I'd like to see specifics on the actual jobs he claims to have created. That would be jobs created without tapping any federal funds for starters. I put that challenge to any politician or private industry executive that makes that claim. Show us how you created jobs without using any federal funds or tax cuts as support mechanisms. That would be true job creation. Otherwise, only the federal government can make that claim.

    January 9, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  7. Orchid333

    I'll take "Hope and Change" over the "Party of No" any day.

    January 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  8. excitizen

    "Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Christie said,

    Really? What is really disgusting is the above statement made by Christie is extremely sexually degrading, and no one seems to have picked up on this, why? Why on earth would anyone who runs as a religious man, a moral man allow this pig on the same stage. Making disgusting sexually degrading remarks to protestors exercising their rights! and once again the audience (republicans) cheered instead of being disgusted and outraged as any decent person should have been by his words.

    January 9, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  9. Ack McNak

    Thought I was watching a WWE video there for a minute. All the posturing and yelling by some 4XL looking guy.
    The Moronic Mormon and Buffet Killer.

    Good match!

    January 9, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. John

    Christie in 2016!???? What a joke, with that wasteline he won't be alive in 2015! I would be embarased to admit I was American if he is ever POTUS.

    January 9, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  11. GI Joe

    There he goes again - throwing all that weight around. BULLY

    January 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  12. Tom

    It ain't over 'til the fat man lands the taxpayers' helicopter at his son's baseball game.

    January 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  13. Bill

    So when's it going to go down, tough guy?

    January 9, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  14. yellerdog

    How does he fit in a helicopter?

    January 9, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  15. RKapoor

    America doesn't believe in you Christies/Romney. Speak for yourself.

    January 9, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  16. Rob

    Wow, what an awesome ticket this will be! A lying Mormon running with Humpty Dumpty as his VP candidate!

    January 9, 2012 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  17. 4 More Years!!!

    Sorry Christie. You're dead wrong. The president is NOT encouraging me to be angry and you and Mitt. You and Mitt have provided all the encouragement I need to be angry at the two of you!!!

    January 9, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  18. Tony from Oakland California

    The entire GOP wants continued Coporate tax cuts which did NOT spur economic growth and avoidance of the top 1% in helping to pay down our deficit they caused. Obama wants complete responsibilty from ALL to pay down our deficit......includidng the closed. This is the issue in 2012..................

    No more Coporate Government...........

    January 9, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  19. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lynda no one respects Mittens because he stands on all three sides of the fence on any given issue. He therefore needs the brawn and loudmouth of a bully such as Christie for people to even HEAR what Mittens has to say. God knows that no one is LISTENING to either one of them. It is like the class nerd buying the "friendship" of the school bully in order to be able to walk the halls without being constantly assaulted.
    HOPE and CHANGE in 2012.

    January 9, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  20. Florida425

    Looks as tho Christie got the upper hand. I voted For President Obama last time and I think it's time for another change

    January 9, 2012 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  21. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Dominican mama: God knows that no one is LISTENING to either one of them. It is like the class nerd buying the "friendship" of the school bully in order to be able to walk the halls without being constantly assaulted.
    You hit the nail on the head, my friend. Bravo!

    January 9, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  22. Luke Brown

    This is NOT newsworthy. The media keeps trying to turn Christie into some kind of colorful Tony Soprano-type politico, which he isn't.

    All he did was to offer some meaningless taunt at the hecklers. There was no exchange of ideas, or substance. Obviously, the new media has too much time on its hands.

    January 9, 2012 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  23. Joe B

    Let's keep this real. 200,000 jobs created in December, but 25 million still out of work. I have a better percentage of creating jobs with yard work last summer, than Obama has in 4 years with the country. You can't get credit for 200,000 new jobs if you still have 25 million without work. The Democrates are funny. This is like giving a manager a pat on the back for cleaning up his back log in receivables, when it was the manager who created the mess in the first place. Too funny people !!!!

    January 9, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  24. paul

    Romney's Bain record – also look at workers pensions, there is devastation there with M&A activity. Big layoffs, dilution or downgrading of benefits, insufficient contributions all to fuel increased upper management salaries and bonuses and venture capital exorbitant fees.

    January 9, 2012 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  25. Buster Bloodvessel

    "when it was the manager who created the mess in the first place" Were you in junior high during the Cheney and Dubya administration? It's going to take longer than ten years to recover from Bush bankrupting us, but you go ahead and pretend there's a simple one-hour fix. Simple solutions please simple minds, but rarely work.

    January 9, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
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