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. Uncontrived

    The PRESIDENT is running a campaign based on cynicism and anger? The Republicans have NOTHING BUT cynicism and anger!

    January 8, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  2. Frank

    What nonsense. President Obama has never encouraged anyone to be discourteous or disrespectful, unlike many GOP condidates. Christie knows this, but goes ahead and says protesters are being encouraged by the President. He must be confused about the whole Free Speech thing in the First Amendment.

    January 8, 2012 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  3. ufadoof

    Them's fighting words.
    Threatening violence? How stately of you Christie.

    January 8, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  4. JohnReedjr

    Christy and Mitt...It is the philosophy you espouse which has driven this country over the cliff. A world of 6 billion people(and counting) needs more than laissey-faire capitalism.

    January 8, 2012 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  5. carrotroot

    So let me get this right Mr. Christie, you fired hundreds of teachers and other public works and you blamed the unions. Now these same people who you fired are rightfully angry at you, and all you can do is blame the President for the mess you made? How about you grow a thicker skin Mr. Christie?

    January 8, 2012 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm |
  6. MAC

    That is what I like about Gov. Christie,. he is blunt with the truth when cinfronted by the delusional lemmings of the left and their union task masters.

    January 8, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  7. Dan, TX

    Figures Christie and Romney blame Obama for this. LOL!

    January 8, 2012 10:15 pm at 10:15 pm |
  8. Welcome to Reality

    GO CHRISTIE! This is the man we need in the white house. No "hope and changey" obama. Obama is a joke.

    January 8, 2012 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  9. JohnRJ08

    Christie's political ambition is almost a big as his waistline. His endorsement of Romney makes him look foolish.

    January 8, 2012 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  10. Lee

    Romney can bridge the gap between nations and in politics

    Mitt Rmoney speaks fluent French, being there on a religious deferment during the Vietnam draft

    Romney's dad was the first Mexican-American (born Chihuahua Mexico polygamous community) to run for President of the United States (1968, look it up, undisputed)

    Finally, Mitt Rmoney can bridge the political gap. He ran to the left of Ted Kennedy in MA and now he is the ultra conservative to be the republican nominee, 2012

    Flexibility and just belief in oneself is the hallmark of a man born to be President. And some cash money doesn't hurt.

    January 8, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  11. sayitisn'tso

    Christie is the one to talk. Whose going to vote for any stupid selfish out of touch candidate and the one who endorse them.
    only masochistic insane low self esteem will..

    January 8, 2012 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  12. BlueTexan

    "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."

    Wow. That's the most cynical statement I've heard coming from a Republican, and that's saying something. You guys really just don't get it do you? You've been manipulating fools for so long you've forgotten that many people aren't fools. You'll find out in November.

    January 8, 2012 10:20 pm at 10:20 pm |
  13. Laverne

    Really fat boy? the POTUS did not start this ugliyness, the republicans have been begging for a fight and damnit they are getting one. You blame President Obama because you refuse to take responsibly for your own actions that is leading people to respond in such a way. Here lately every time I see and hear Christie, he is becoming less and less attractive as a candidate for anything. I made my mind up, I don't like him!

    January 8, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  14. smallBizOwnerOC


    Mitt needs to make him the VP, and get a Cardiologist in the cabinet to make sure his ticker works! Love this guy!!!!

    January 8, 2012 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  15. Pete

    isn't that just a classic man-crush look from Romney– "Chris, I'd love to hug you but I can't get my arms around you."

    January 8, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  16. Tyler Durden

    Paranoid, angry, and dangerously overweight is no way to go through life.

    January 8, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  17. Andrew Zurick

    I wonder if they are kidding? The president inspired them to be angry? All Romney and the rest of the republicans have done is bash Obama and block anything he tries to accomplish... even if they agree with him! People are angry because the Republicans don't do anything besides protect the rich. Every tax reform that has come out from these candidates benefits the rich tremendously more than the average person... but yeah, Obama inspired the average person to be angry with republicans. Give me a break.

    January 8, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  18. Marcus

    "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."

    Oh the poor boy! The VICTIM!!!
    (lame) Sarcasm aside, did he pointed the money he received specifically in order to build a project, said that such project was unnecessary/too costly (or something like that), shut it down and tried to keep the money (just 271 million dollars) to other purposes?
    And when the federal govt said 'No' (as if there was even a choice to say 'yes' to start with) what happened?
    Budget problems (he was alrerady counting on the money as if it was not federal but state money!), and a lot of jobs that were supposed to be there but he shoved them aside made a lot of difference!

    January 8, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  19. Retired Army in San Antonio what exactly has Obama said to encourage protesters to be "angry at" Christie and Romney?

    January 8, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  20. John

    Is that all you Republican do Is Blame President Obama for everything any American People say that you don't agree to. That what wrong with you Republican Is you just don't listen to what the American people are saying. If you don't have over a Million dollars you Republican just don't care about the rest of the American People. In NOV.6 2012 You Republican will Listen to the American People that don't have a Million dollars and you will hear us nice and loud.

    January 8, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  21. bkgrandma

    Sounds like Christie is looking to be VP so he is working hard to get his buddy elected. Neither on of these 2 men can come close to the integrity of Obama,

    January 8, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  22. FiveAcre65

    The President isn't encouraging protest. It's easy to read up on Bain Capital and realize that Romney is what working class people hate most about America right now.

    January 8, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  23. paulbark

    Just what we need. A paranoid politician. Christie thinks that Obama encouraged the hecklers? Get real. All politicians are heckled. The good ones can take it without looking for a conspiracy theory.

    Just remember Christie, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you!!! A few more comments like this and he'll be qualified to run for the GOP presidential nomination!!!

    January 8, 2012 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm |
  24. American

    "Sweatheart?" Wow, talk about cynical (and hypocritical) Christie.

    Christie and Romney may not care for the truth, but the fact remains that Romney's Bain Capital directly eliminated several thousands of American jobs and sent work overseas.

    President Obama wants to close the tax loopholes and bring jobs back to America.

    Obama 2012

    January 8, 2012 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  25. Justin

    A GOPer is claiming the President is running a campaign on cynicism and anger?? Hasn't he seen a Tea Party rally or even his own party member's campaign speeches or debates? Talk about out of touch and blame shifting.

    January 8, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
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