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. A former republican

    I thought Christie might be OK but he seems to have turned into a typical republican by blaming everything on someone else. He is acting like a girly-man as Arnold would say.

    January 9, 2012 12:41 am at 12:41 am |
  2. Yikes!

    I just don't see why this guy is thought of as a star of the republican party, he is just another loud mouth thug.

    I guess I can see why he fits in so well.

    January 9, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  3. Sue

    He is one very very rude man....who thinks quite highly of himself....can't stand him.

    January 9, 2012 12:42 am at 12:42 am |
  4. M.K.

    Christie looks like Oliver Hardy, maybe he will go to Hollywood and make a movie with an monkey ala Bonzo Reagan and then he can run for the Republican nominee for President.

    January 9, 2012 12:51 am at 12:51 am |
  5. SFC Mike

    "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in."

    What a clown. The only thing Christie stands up for is thirds at the buffet line. I'm sure he has actual evidence somewher that the President of the US is orchestrating hecklers. After all, nobody would independently disagree with Capn' America there.

    January 9, 2012 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. Augie

    Geez, now the hecklers are Obama's fault too. It's after dark, why haven't called Christie's parents called him in?

    January 9, 2012 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  7. Ron

    The President encouraged the protesters????? sometimes the crap coming out of these polititions mouth make the sound like car salesfolk (no disrespect toe car salesmen)

    January 9, 2012 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  8. Sushant


    The power has gone to your head.

    January 9, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  9. kat

    I like Christy, but this is ridiculous, We already have one Chicago thug to deal with, we don't need a New Jersey Thug on top of that. This is America, we have freedom of speech. I don't like these disrespectful thugs anymore than the next person, but we shouldn't be threatend by people in office to keep us quite.

    January 9, 2012 01:22 am at 1:22 am |
  10. korkea aika

    Obama did not endorse this message: I
    Hey Mr Romney, when did you last see a video of Osama bin Laden mocking and threatening America? Or a news report on the US Auto Industry imploding.
    Mitt Romney knows how the economy works -- for the richest 1% that is. Signed, one of the Great American Middle Class

    January 9, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  11. SNAPPA

    Running a campaign on cyinism and anger? SO, it's how the country feels right now with the republicans blocking evey attempt to make the economy better than the republcans left it. Is it me or does Chrisite look ill?

    January 9, 2012 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  12. Clayton

    Well, if Mitt doesn't get elected I guess Christie will see what American's really believe in.

    January 9, 2012 02:11 am at 2:11 am |
  13. SixDegrees

    There's nothing more American than shouting down someone you disagree with and not allowing them to speak.

    [end sarcasm]

    January 9, 2012 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  14. conoclast

    You're losing it, Gov. Christie. Playing the politics game is fine but doing so at the expense of your own credibility makes one wonder how thoroughly you think issues through. '...Disoriented by the ways of hope & change', eh? Are we to understand by that that you LIKE the status quo? And as far as poo-pooing hope, what do you offer as an alternative, hmm? (or didn't you think about that one either?) Watch yourself Guv, you're starting to sound like all the rest of them - and that would be too bad.

    January 9, 2012 02:37 am at 2:37 am |
  15. pmn

    Mitt time two equals Christie who sits on them. Unless you are suggesting that it's not the larger guy's fault. In which case no one obese is at fault. It's God's will or an accident of history.

    January 9, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  16. Prairie Doc

    Please Governor Christie, don't try to sell B.S. as room freshener. You know very well that your buddy Mitt hasn't ever created jobs except for some folks on Wall Street. Your idea of creating jobs is encouraging people to accept minimum wage situations so they can become the working poor who pay taxes. Do yourself a favor and look for another "friend" instead of Romney. He has a tendency to forget or ignore things.

    January 9, 2012 02:40 am at 2:40 am |
  17. Iamnotfooled

    I would take that as a threat.( to protestor) Who does this guy think he is? Unemployment is 9.4 % in New Jersey, so what job creation is he referring to?

    January 9, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  18. frag

    Anyone with a microphone has an advantage over someone who doesn't. Romney and Mr. Big are going to have a problem when they have to "discuss" our problems with someone who has also been given a microphone.

    January 9, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |
  19. John J. Puccio

    Remember at the N.H. debate, when the moderator asked Romney how he might spend stimulus money to get more people back to work, he said he would NOT use it to hire unemployed people to rebuild the infrastructure. Instead, he said he'd give the money to the rich because they were the job creators. Pretty much sums up his philosophy: Help the rich get richer; keep the middle-class in its place.

    January 9, 2012 02:45 am at 2:45 am |

    Boy, that Christie knows how to fire back!! I was literally beside myself when I saw how he responded. Powerful. Lest we forget it was Obama who proudly voted to bailout Wall Street in 2008.

    January 9, 2012 02:55 am at 2:55 am |
  21. bob

    Christie said. "The president is encouraging people to be angry at me, angry at Mitt, because we stand up for what America believes in" Hhmm...I guess NJ doesn't get the news. It comes in print, on TV and on the internet.

    January 9, 2012 03:13 am at 3:13 am |
  22. pishaw

    I don't think Obama cares about the governor of New Jersey, and more than he cares about insects on the ground. He's a time-traveling supernatural terrorist space alien from the future, who also happens to be the Anti-Christ!

    January 9, 2012 03:50 am at 3:50 am |
  23. Tzckrl

    Waa-waa, another crybaby Republican. I feel so sorry for these sensitive, earnest, self-sacrificing public servants. They don't get no respect. Chris, Mitt, come on over for a beer and a good cry on my shoulders. We can watch "Rio Bravo" or something.

    January 9, 2012 03:53 am at 3:53 am |
  24. jack johnson

    Why don't they make all canidates take lie dictor tests. Once they are elected sue them for breach of contract every time the fail to do what they promised (this might stop all the lyeing)

    January 9, 2012 04:03 am at 4:03 am |
  25. Bob Ramos

    Christie knows better. Obama had nothing to do with the hecklers.

    January 9, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
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