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. Matthew Reynolds

    Riiiight. The president put her up to that. He's also having the CIA read your thoughts, so you might as well invest in a tin foil hat there, Chris.

    January 9, 2012 04:27 am at 4:27 am |
  2. Oscar

    Hmmm, where have we seen that before?
    Tea anyone?
    Talk about a dose of your own medicine!

    January 9, 2012 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  3. jkeef

    If you, "...stand up for what Americans believe in," then why are Americans yelling out negative chants?

    January 9, 2012 05:14 am at 5:14 am |
  4. Joe Smith

    Standing up for wha Americ beleives in?????? Bigotry???? Not educating ou children?????? Attacking firefighters, police and teachers as enemies???????? Protecting millionaires while letting people starve?????????handing our resources to big business and letting the "little people" pay the health cost of the pollution those industries cause???????

    chrstie, romney, and the whole republicons party is the party of greed, selfishness, the rich uber alles, and stick it oto the middle class.

    If that is their idea of America, no thanks.

    January 9, 2012 05:28 am at 5:28 am |
  5. Terry

    Sorry, Governor Christie is the wrong poster boy for Romney to be throwing in front of the crowd. It might work when the room is filled with Republicans, however Romney must take his show on the National Road if he gets the Republican Nomination. Romney will need to prove that he has created jobs, and not merged or sold companies, which in turn created layoffs, which his record suggests. If Christie is so great, why didn't he run?

    January 9, 2012 05:31 am at 5:31 am |
  6. Dale

    "On Sunday, he accused the president of running a re-election campaign based on cynicism and anger". It is so funny to hear Republicans blame everyone else for the actions that they themselves instigate. What's funnier is the folks that actually believe them.

    January 9, 2012 05:32 am at 5:32 am |
  7. Dee

    He is a great big bully and one thing he cannot do is bully these young Americans. It seems that Mitt Romney is standing by like a little child, now is that what you call a leader?

    January 9, 2012 05:37 am at 5:37 am |
  8. Pacific Rim

    Mr. Christy- I can't wait for you to lose weight so you RUN for president.

    January 9, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  9. john wright

    Disrupt, divide, heckle and yell. Obama followers being more than uncivil. This does not help the unemployed or the creation of jobs. Obama is a shame on America. We need someone to bring us together.

    January 9, 2012 05:41 am at 5:41 am |
  10. Fat Chance

    "Really? You know something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs sweetheart," Christie said, "it's gonna be a dozen Crispy Creme donuts."

    January 9, 2012 05:51 am at 5:51 am |
  11. John Horzine

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

    As "FAT" as that there Governor Christie is, I am suprised he is able to stand period!!!

    January 9, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  12. george

    Christie has no discipline. Bad character quality for a public servant. If he does not care about his own waistline, what makes people think he cares about his constituents.

    January 9, 2012 06:03 am at 6:03 am |
  13. sick of republican phonies

    The PRESIDENT is responsible for the anger???? How about the tea party repubs that have done nothing but scream and rave and lie, like you're doing? Remember the birther crap, or Obama depicted as Hitler, Stalin, a witch doctor, ad nauseum? What did Obama ever do or say "encouraging people to be angry" with you? You LIED when Schundler blew the multi- million dollar education grant, saying it was Obama's fault; when the video surfaced, showing it was YOUR man's fault, you never retracted your lies... the republicans are the party of hate.

    January 9, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  14. Debra

    If Americans agree with you big boy, why are they heckling you?

    January 9, 2012 06:10 am at 6:10 am |
  15. sick of republican phonies

    As a NJ resident, I am SO tired of this bloated thug and his phony "tough Jersey bigmouth" act. He feeds into a ridiculous stereotype, just like the "jersey Shore" cast. WHAT A PHONY!

    January 9, 2012 06:12 am at 6:12 am |
  16. Preacherguy

    What? Obama is running a campaign based on "cynicism and anger?" Seems to me like we've been hearing an awful lot of cynicism and anger out of the GOP for the last three years. Amazing how some of these guys always want to misdirect the attention of the public away from their own behaviors.

    January 9, 2012 06:27 am at 6:27 am |
  17. search for sanity

    Just because those are the tactics the GOP use, it does not mean Obama encouraged anything. That logic is why the GOP does not get the fact that most Americans do not think the upper 1% should get more tax breaks. We need to go back to the tax rate during Eisenhower!

    January 9, 2012 06:42 am at 6:42 am |
  18. Me 3

    Someone needs to call the GOP on just how they are going to create jobs. It is all talk and no action or plan for action. The fact is Mitt DID kill jobs. Show me where he ever CREATED jobs. If it were up to hiim, the US auto industry would be out of business.

    January 9, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  19. ksmary

    So if the president is encouraging people to be angry at Romney and Christie, who do we blame for the angry protesters at the town hall meetings in 2009? Over and over we heard that these were grass roots people, who wanted government to 'keep out of their health care'. Protesting speakers of opposing views has been the American way since the 1800's, it is called exercising the freedom your freedom of speech.

    January 9, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  20. EdSantaFe

    How many jobs have Bain / Romney outsourced? Romney still rakes in millions per year from Bain.

    January 9, 2012 06:46 am at 6:46 am |
  21. T'sah From Virginia

    Just look at Romney in the photo above – he admires the fact that CRUSTY is a bully!!! Just like Romney "bullied" thousands of people out of jobs. The Abbott and Costello act is sure enuf funny, but it will not last.... We're trying to fight BULLIES in our school system and we teach children NOT to be "BULLIES" and this man has not learned!!!

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

    Yep – and it AIN'T gonna be your WEIGHT either!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are giving LARGE people a bad name and you through your mouth around like your WEIGHT, Crusty!! Bullies need nicknames like Bubba or Tank... I'll stick with CRUSTY!!!

    HOPE and CHANGE is still alive "Romney Team" – You better CHANGE your mind about being President and I HOPE you do it quickly!!!

    Obama 2012!!!

    January 9, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  22. HenryB

    Oh, cry me a river, Christie. You talk about a campaign against you and Mitt. Do you forget conveniently the endless campaign you and you clown party has waged against the President. I am convinced that Republicans are evil, every one of them.

    January 9, 2012 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  23. R.L.

    Is this loud mouth oaf gearing up to be the Vice Presidential nominee for Mitt ? He is an arrogant nasty man. He would be a polarizing figure in the White House. I am a democrat and would be tempted for Mitt Romney but not with Christie as his running mate.

    January 9, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  24. LEK

    Chris Christie "acts" like a bully in every letter of the word; He's loud and attempts to be intimidating by talking down to people. He was all smiles when President Obama visited the state of New Jersey what a flip flopper. He (Christie) has his money on the wrong horse (Willard) this time.

    January 9, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  25. Ed

    Christie can dish it, but he sure can't take it. He doesn't have the decorum that a governor should have. He's nasty, rude and puts people down on a regular basis, but the minute someone says something negative about him – he gets all flustered.

    January 9, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
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