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. RDav

    Yeah, why not throw out wild accusations. Because it doesn't happen on both sides. Because both sides aren't "killing jobs."

    It would be nice if Politicians had to act like six-year-olds during election, and say a nice thing and a bad thing about the people they, "don't like." Maybe they'd lie a bit less then, and stop being terrible human beings.

    January 9, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
  2. Yeah right

    Don't speak for me Mr. Christie. You and Mr. Romney are not what I believe in for America. NO thanks!!!

    January 9, 2012 07:07 am at 7:07 am |
  3. scott

    Or just perhaps the people think you're a Putz Mr Christie.

    January 9, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Monday's Star Ledger has quoted Christie as saying there were 60,000 new private sector jobs created in NJ. The problem is that we don't know what kind of jobs those were. Those could have been some seasonal jobs. In the mean time, Christie is looking to gut anything and everything that in normal to jobs for state workers. If he wants the state to work better, he has failed to actually look inside the state at how the different departments work (or don't work) together. This is failure of vision and leadership. I wonder if that reflects on Romney.

    January 9, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  5. zanny

    Truth hurts!!!!!

    January 9, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  6. Jay

    Fly off on your helicopter Mr. Governor – as for Mitt – – I planned on voting for him but if he is in cahoots with somebody like NJ's Gov – I am voting for NONE OF THE ABOVE!

    January 9, 2012 07:15 am at 7:15 am |
  7. Lynn

    And this man was actually under consideration as a presidential contender?

    January 9, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
  8. Jacquie

    Really? It's all the President's fault and he is telling people to go protest? Like we are some sort of sheep or automotons? How about you and Mitt are tone deaf and the reality has sunk in that the Republicans don't care about the 99 percent they care about spreading their lies about what creates jobs and healthcare in this country, and we don't need a President or anyone else to tell us how we feel. We want effective government. It isn't about small versis large government it's about EFFECTIVE government, and the Republicans can squeal all they want about Obama failed, but he is on the upswing and the economy is getting better in spite of the Republicans attempts to obstruct the President to make it better. At least some of us are not sheep and some of us don't have STOOPID tatooed to our foreheads.

    January 9, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  9. JOE

    What's outrageous is these Republicans created the worst economic crisis in America since the Great Depression yet they want to lay blame on the Obama administration for trying to fix the problem. Unfortunately that's how rich people think. Screw the majority and then turn around and blame them for what's imposed upon them.

    January 9, 2012 07:25 am at 7:25 am |
  10. Jason B.

    "You're disoriented by the ways of hope and change," As opposed to being disoriented by their ways of maintaining a bullheadedly steady course regardless of whatever's going on around them.

    January 9, 2012 07:26 am at 7:26 am |
  11. some guy in New Hampshire

    Yeah, yeah, blah, blah. Having watched Romney as governor next door and seen him up close for six years as a prssidential candidate, I'm confident that he deeply and sincerely believes only one thing: that he should be in charge. His convictions are overhauled depending on who he's talking to; I've seen it and so have you: he railed against the auto bailout and then, when the bailout worked, his campaign claimed it was his idea. He claims to be a reluctant politician but he's been running relentlessly for the presidency since before he became governor of Massachusetts. There are dozens of instances. When things go off-script, he's flummoxed and doesn't respond well - we've seen it several times now in debates - but the presidency doesn't come with an assurance that every day can be planned in advance. To borrow a phrase, Romney's a nice guy but he's in over his head - already.

    January 9, 2012 07:28 am at 7:28 am |
  12. Mike D

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

    Riiiight. The President is encouraging it.

    January 9, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  13. Juan Carlos de Burbon

    2012 will be a good year, it'll be Obama's last.

    January 9, 2012 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  14. Tad Pole

    I think it is fair for him to confront the chanters, as it is his rally.. but I don't understand his claims of how Obama is supporting this?

    January 9, 2012 07:43 am at 7:43 am |
  15. maggie

    As well he should. Romney comes across with the slime of a used car salesman and has other people do his dirty work for him, including this slovenly pit bull of his.

    January 9, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. Sandy

    Doesn't he sound stupid telling the protesters that Obama sent them there, when most people already know that that isn't true. You can tell the people there knew this was an outright lie by the lack of applause they were getting.

    January 9, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  17. rkt210

    Too bad Christie isn't running this year – he'd be a slam dunk for the nomination, but he still has work to do in NJ and so far he has done everything he said he was going to do when elected governor. If Obama gets a second term, we'll see him in 2016. If the Republicans can unseat him, he'll probably have to wait until 2020.

    January 9, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
  18. Tony in Maine

    Christie is thinkin' cement overshoes for dose who dare to insult his "family."

    Whadda maroon – he's watched too many tv shows that romanticized the mob.

    January 9, 2012 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
  19. Buster Bloodvessel

    They aren'r lying, you know.

    January 9, 2012 08:03 am at 8:03 am |
  20. xavier

    Christie is a a bully, and bullies dont end well. By this time next year he will be seen for the joke he is.

    January 9, 2012 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  21. Harry Baxter

    Christie may protest until the cows come home, but facts are facts. When you buy two companies that each employ 2000 employees, combine them, and eliminate common functions, and you end up with 3000 people employed, you're cutting jobs, not creating jobs. That's what corporate vultures like Romney do.

    January 9, 2012 08:10 am at 8:10 am |

    The President is not encouraging us to do anything of the sort Gov. Lard Butt. However, back during the 2008 campaign, he did say that "we are the change that we've been waiting for." He was absolutely correct. That's what we're out in the streets protesting. We DEMAND change.

    January 9, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  23. Sean C.

    Right Christie. Because Barack Obama has nothing better to do these days than coordinate the heckling of his opponents. He's bored. Nothing to do. So he has secret meetings with hecklers. OH. And he doesn't believe in America either. Good grief.

    January 9, 2012 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  24. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    Christie you LIE, you don't stand up for what America believes in, you stand up for your POLITICAL PARTY first and foremost!!

    January 9, 2012 08:15 am at 8:15 am |
  25. Mayr

    give me a break! blaming Obama for EVERYTHING anyone does! seriously!? this guy is such an idiot! stop giving him any attention please, ignore him, and maybe he'll go away!

    January 9, 2012 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
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