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. Vigla

    I have never heard Obama or his campaign tell us to be "angry". If anyone's angry, it's you big boy. I can't wait to vote your butt out of office. I'm ashamed to have you as a Governor.

    January 9, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  2. Common Sense

    What a clown. You don't stand up for me you tool. You stand up for millionaires and multinational corporations.

    January 9, 2012 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  3. chill

    Christie and the GOP invented cynicism and anger as campain tools. The GOP's strategy has long been shooting for 50.1% of the electorate and the heck with anyone else. Beginning with Gingrich in the 90s, dividing America and setting us to fighting with each other has been their game. You expect us not to fight back? Suprise!

    January 9, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  4. skyjmpr

    Really? Love the idea of intelligent discourse around divergent views Governor. Forget that, at least in the case of Romney, that was JOB 1 once Bain Capital acquired a company; reduce workforce or offshore it.

    And of course, it's all Obama's doing

    "Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain...."

    January 9, 2012 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  5. Bill

    Christie gets heckled? This is news? I'm sick of hearing "our" governor giving 'em the "red meat." He ought to stop blasting the state workers, teachers, firemen and cops, and get his large butt back to NJ and try running the state. He spends more time stumping in other states for others (and himself) than is reasonable. He's just a fast-talking bully, trying to out-talk his dismal record.

    January 9, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  6. Willie12345

    Good for Christie. Pelosi's thugs need to put in their place.

    January 9, 2012 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  7. Realist

    Gov. Christie, your record for not missing a meal stands true. As far as standing up for what Americans believes in is far fetched at best. We the 99% know you are full of it!

    January 9, 2012 08:24 am at 8:24 am |
  8. Talmonis

    Aww man Christie, I used to like you a lot.

    January 9, 2012 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  9. Republican who supports President Obama

    I am very happy to hear people are putting these candidates to task. Notice how Willard does not defend, deny, or washover what he has done. Fact is that he live the sweet life on the backs of people he laid off for profit. I find it hard to believe that he will ever be a job creator. He favors the rich and big business to much to make any hard decisions that will benefit the people.

    January 9, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. NJ Voter

    Says it all about Christie In "1998 Christie registered as a lobbyist for the firm of Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, alongside fellow partner and later, gubernatorial campaign fundraiser Bill Palatucci. Between 1999 and 2001, Christie and Palatucci lobbied on behalf of, among others, GPU Energy for deregulation of New Jersey's electric and gas industry; the Securities Industry Association to block the inclusion of securities fraud under the state's Consumer Fraud Act; Hackensack University Medical Center for state grants, and the University of Phoenix for a New Jersey higher education license." Wikpedia

    January 9, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  11. Maine LIberal

    Chirstie looks like a Fat-Cat politician in that picture.

    January 9, 2012 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  12. Republican who supports President Obama

    Corporations are people too! – Mitt Romney

    January 9, 2012 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  13. vatoloke

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

    Would like some cheese with that whine, there Gov?

    January 9, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. Dallas

    Its raining in Dallas – Obama probably caused it!!

    January 9, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  15. GODblessAMERICA77

    Really? Christie?you can't be talking about jobs? All did was layoff since u took office.. I hope mitt pick u as his VP....make it easy for obama to win

    January 9, 2012 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  16. Dennis

    Mitt Romney definitely kills jobs.It appears Chris Christie kills hamburgers,by the dozen.

    January 9, 2012 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  17. Teaparty01

    That's my Governor Tony.
    He's ok though; a lot better than that " I can't find the money " Corzine wimp.
    What I really like is the look on Olympia Snow's face in the background. Kind'a like " Get me Outta Here ... " ; a real "profile in courage" that woman is.

    January 9, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  18. Dan G.

    These supposed protesters are being funded by the DNC, especially the FAKE OWS protesters.

    January 9, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  19. Robert

    People are angry!GOP offering nothing but more of the same!Not acceptable for the strength of this country the middle class! Bush tax cuts killing us while you profit! It is redistribution of wealth which you accuse occupiers of asking for!You must think we're stupid!For the bad news,I'm a Republican and me and my household are voting for Obama!Don't know this GOP!

    January 9, 2012 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  20. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    So, Gov. Christie, I see you learned that Thug Politics doesn't work in the Live Free or Die State. I am not going to make the usual "throwing your weight around" jokes just because you are too easy of a target for them, and I suspect others will do so. I will point out that as a former resident of that state, we never appreciated out-of-state politicos coming in to tell us who to vote for and how to vote for them.

    January 9, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  21. Terry Gloege

    Ya!! That Obama guy is one troublesome dude allright. I'm pretty sure he's caused our drought here in Kansas and is responsible for keeping Sarah Palin from expressing her 1st ammendment rights the past few months.

    January 9, 2012 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  22. bt

    Gov. Christie, do you have any proofs at all to back your claims up or you are just making things up out thin air like your Republican candiates are doing.
    The majority of intelligent people know that the President has been on the record talking about tax relief for the middle class and low income earners, jobs, ending unnecessary wars, taking out those responsible for act of terrors everywhere, bailing out American Car makers and saving thousands of jobs in the process, affordable health care for every American, protecting the environment, consumers protection agency, financial and banking sector reforms, education reforms and so on. No way the President has told his supporters to run a cynical re-election campaign as you are claiming...

    January 9, 2012 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  23. 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 08:43 am at 8:43 am |
  24. The Truth

    "...because we stand up for what America believes in."
    Chris Christie is a joke. I'm from Jersey, born and raised, and can tell you that things have not improved for us one bit since he took office. His only economic idea was to gut the unions and their benefits. The only way to fix the economy, in his eyes, was to strip teachers and laborers of benefits and wages. NOTHING was done about government pensions or wages, just 40-50k/yr jobs.
    As for job creation, what do you call Ocean Spray packing up and leaving the state? Seems like jobs lost, not created. The business climate in Jersey is crap. The taxes are bleeding us dry, and government hasn't done anything but make things worse.
    I guess if this is what America believes in for New Jersey, than Christie is correct.

    January 9, 2012 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  25. ReallY!!?

    Yes protestors. Be angry at the people not in office because you cannot find a job. It would make too much sense to be angry at the HOPE and Change that has been dealt by Obama.

    January 9, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
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