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. Just make it up

    Yep, that is right Mr Christy... all I ever hear out of Obama's mouth is how bad you are... oh wait... my bad, I guess he could really care less about what a failing governor has to say about him. He has more important things to do.

    January 8, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  2. Mark1

    Nobody needs to encourage the anger at Romney or Christie. They bring it on themselves.

    January 8, 2012 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  3. ct2012SD

    Its funny how when the shoe is on the other side...they start to squeam! Democrats have put up with this for the 11 years! Most Republicans are elitist, arrogant, conceited, and want to take us back to the fifties when they were in control. They're also the most hypocritcal people I know... they be straight during the day and have a gay relationship at night.

    January 8, 2012 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  4. Joshua Ludd

    Newsflash, Christie.. WE don't believe in handing even more money to the wealthiest and large corporations that are making huge profits but are unwilling to provide living wages... which is all the GOP has on offer and all they have really had on offer for the last 30 years.

    January 8, 2012 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  5. roro

    Yeah, I'm sure Obama has nothing better to do, so he sent out his minions to heckle you. That's rather narcissistic. You're rude, crude, and a disgrace to New Jersey. Exactly what have you done about jobs in NJ, other than losing the ones in the public sector you vilify every chance you get? Mitt sent jobs overseas, and you're sending them out of NJ. BTW, what have you done about the outrageous property taxes in NJ? They're STILL the highest in the country.

    January 8, 2012 11:10 pm at 11:10 pm |
  6. Tomis

    Obama spends half his time defending himself against the half truths and outright lies the republican candidates are saying about him. He doesnt have time to encourage the voters to exercise their free speech.

    January 8, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  7. neogeo

    Blaming Obama? Really? These two have not been paying attention.

    January 8, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  8. Sirned

    I had to laugh at his threats to the hecklers. Just look at the fat man acting all tough and asking for a fight. The only thing to fear from Christie is after you give him a punch he might fall on you.....what a blow hard!

    January 8, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  9. James Ruston

    Obama's angry at you; you're angry at Obama. There's a difference?

    January 8, 2012 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  10. BeverlyNC

    It's true. Romney's career was buying companies and breaking them up and seling the pieces for profit. Many people lost their jobs while Romney and his partners made millions. I am so tired of Republicans lies and misinformation. Tell the truth if you want anyone to trust or respect you. Until then you will remain a joke and non-credible as a leader.

    January 8, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  11. Christie is a phony

    Christie should get heckled. He is an awful governor here in NJ. Teachers and public workers have lost jobs after taking massive cuts in pay, health, and pension after being told they would keep their jobs if they helped out. What did NJ taxpayers get? Even higher taxes, less services, and huge increases in the size of our kids classrooms. And the media is punch-drunk in love with this idiot and ignoring the facts. America... better learn the true facts about this bonehead and be very suspicious of who HE endorses!!

    January 8, 2012 11:38 pm at 11:38 pm |
  12. steve

    These two look like political comedians Stan and Ollie. It's a fine mess you have gotten us into, Willard.

    January 8, 2012 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  13. AK_steve

    Did he say Obama is encourage people to be angry?

    1. I don't need to be encouraged to be angry at the "do nothing" GOP.
    2. The GOTea party pouts off more anger and negative comments than anyone.
    3. What the heck does "something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs" mean?

    Bully talk from a bully GOP party.

    January 8, 2012 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  14. Teena

    Really?! The POTUS is encouraging the hecklers to be angry? The hecklers are angry because of YOU and the rest of the anti- middle class policies of our republican brethren ou idiot!

    January 8, 2012 11:57 pm at 11:57 pm |
  15. Peace

    Oh! boy, yes I believe someone who said 2012 will be a year full of dramas (during campaigns). Christie, you better give it up already. How many times are you going to confront people until we reach Nov.? Freedom of speech is always tricky!

    January 8, 2012 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  16. Schwarzey

    He's better than Mitt, but not that great.

    January 9, 2012 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  17. Balls McGhee

    i guess non republicans dont stand up for what Americans believe in. my bad.

    January 9, 2012 12:02 am at 12:02 am |
  18. Morpunkt

    Sock it to 'em Chris!

    January 9, 2012 12:06 am at 12:06 am |
  19. josephine

    What did that overweight guy mean by saying "somethings coming down tonight and it ain't jobs, sweetheart? And also I didn't realize that the President has alighned himself with the protesters or is it just an assumption on Christie's part?

    January 9, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  20. Z

    I had to laugh at this one:
    "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

    We've had 30 years of 'conservatism' cuts, trickle down..look around you..our health care system is overpriced and nonexistant for half of Americans, our education system bottom of the pile...lack of oversight and regulation allows the same people to steal and demolish the economy time and time again. And all we can get out of the GOP is the mantra of 'lets give more-socialism for the rich'. Don't blame Obama for the resentment, their behavior and complete disrespect for the office, covered with contempt for the middle class sank that ship.

    January 9, 2012 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  21. Stan

    "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt..." Can he quote a speech or source on this? Look at it this way, Chris... remember a few weeks ago when your party did not want to extend the tax break for middle America but finally relented? So we're not supposed to not be angry about that and go on our merry way and let your party stick up for tax breaks for the rich, but not the middle-class? Hey.. it's all good... no anger from us. It's Obama's fault as usual, right? Okay, folks... nothing new here. And to middle-class Republicans... you might want to look a little closer at Huntsman. Just saying.

    January 9, 2012 12:16 am at 12:16 am |
  22. Ozzie

    LOL, comical....they look like Laurel and Hardy,,,Christie will never be VP for that reason....

    January 9, 2012 12:24 am at 12:24 am |
  23. Ozzie

    what did he mean by that comment? THat's low class...

    January 9, 2012 12:26 am at 12:26 am |
  24. M1983

    Christ Christie you are the one who encourage kids in schools to bully each other, because that is what you have
    done every since you been Governor of New Jersey. My God man put on a coat to cover all that gut.

    January 9, 2012 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  25. JJC

    What did the president have to do with these protesters? It was the far right, not the left who hate Romney. Christies argument makes no sense.

    January 9, 2012 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
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