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. PaulC

    These 2 are the last ones I would listen to or put in any position of authority.

    January 9, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  2. N@TuRn3r

    What America believes is that politicians on both sides are corrupt.

    January 9, 2012 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  3. Jewels

    All I can say is - Ugh.

    January 9, 2012 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  4. Indy

    With a name like Mitts or Willard you can't expect tough talk so Romney sends in McCain and Christie to do the dirty work, you know leading from behind. Mr Christie makes good cookies but his foul mouth is not going to appeal to the majority.

    January 9, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Gov. Christie is showing NH his rude and crazy side.
    Gov. Romney is nothing more than a private investment bank. [not banker, bank]

    January 9, 2012 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  6. jaj

    Everytime christie takes on a protester I cheer. He doesn't take no BS lies and confronts them. This is a guy that is as transparent as Obama's "umm,uhh, ah ah ah". Good for christie and thank you for taking on the greedy unions. How can anyone retire at 50 and collect millions in pension paid by the tax payers. Can't wait to have president downgrade/job killer voted out in 2012.

    January 9, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  7. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    to paraphrase the late Ann Richards "Gov Romney was born with a silver boot in his mouth" he is NOT connecting with the average working American, sorry

    January 9, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  8. MJ Taylor

    Christie should get his face up and out of his plate and take look around at who's party comrades have really set the tone for disrespectful heckling. Hint: Joe Wilson

    January 9, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Reading this article brings to mind Gov. Huntsman's rebuke of Gov. Romney at the debate. Huntsman pointed out that Romney represented everything that is wrong with America. And, Christie represents everything that is currently wrong with our politics inside and outside of Washington DC.

    January 9, 2012 08:57 am at 8:57 am |
  10. Len Smith

    Christie can blame the President of the United States all he wants, but it is the President that wants to move this country forward and he has been working very hard to make it happen. It is difficult for him when he has to bump up against people like Christie and Lemon Ass Mc Connell and the babies in the Republican House of Representatives.

    January 9, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  11. Coloradan

    Bush's last month in office we lost 700,000 jobs. In a single month. Under Obama we have now had 22 consecutive months of private sector job growth. And yet the Republicans keep saying we can't stant another 4 years of Obama. It was the Republicans that were killing capitalism, looks to me like Obama is saving it.

    January 9, 2012 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  12. Andrew

    "You're disoriented by the ways of hope and change"

    I guess he thinks we should be satisfied with the status quo. The Republicans have a strikingly similar slogan to the elderly, change is bad.

    January 9, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  13. Jersey Proud

    As a resident of New Jersey I can assure you that things are not better here since Christie took office. Unemployment is 9% (higher than the national average). Local municipalities have had to cut thousands of jobs and have no way of funding the increasing demands. Mr. Christie you can keep shouting to hide the fact that you are failing New Jersey but at least do it at home so you can pretend you are working. Oh and stop using the terms "Jersey tough", "Going Jersey" and "Jersey girl" to make your points. We get it. Your from New Jersey. We are trying to forget that fact.

    January 9, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  14. Jason

    "Something's going down tonight..." What does that even mean exactly? It seems like he's either referring to a beating or um... you know. That other thing. Because he certainly can't mean the President, being as the election's not till November. Although I think the Republicans may be in for a surprise that day. I think the Tea Party and Occupy movement are two sides of the same coin. The loonies on the right and left do their thing while the average American goes about their day and speaks when it matters most – in the voting booth. Those that do vote that is. It'd be nice if all the 20-somethings I walked by in Zuccotti Park actually voted instead of kidding themselves that apathy and rebellion are the same thing.

    January 9, 2012 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  15. fedupwithGOP

    This coming from Gov. Christie who bailed on a tunnel to NY because "NJ is not in the tunnel building business" but bailed out Atlantic City and the Xanadu mall (an affront to all sense and senses).

    January 9, 2012 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  16. Mark2

    Chris Christie you rock!! Keep it going. Romney 2012!

    January 9, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  17. ReallY!!?

    If Romney & Christie r job killers what exactly is Obama? Job creator? (cue the laughter!)

    January 9, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  18. Major

    Wow. Wall Street and fat cat.

    They just haven't figured out that they are the physical, mental and political embodiment (a little more embodiment for Christie) of everything that went wrong in the economy under the Cheney administration and they want to yank the country out of recovery and back into economic ruin.

    January 9, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  19. 2+2=5

    Yep Obama 2012 simply out of default. How bad is that? lol. Going to be A LOT of hurt feelings this election. That is for sure. Uneducated hopes are a tad too high, and for most its their first rodeo, or so it would seem. Going be in for quite a shock when the hate propaganda falls short and nobody falls for this crap.

    January 9, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  20. Norm

    Angry and desperate is how I would describe the GOP.
    Maybe with a little bit of "sensitive" mixed in there for good measure.
    These clowns know the millions they put in to their campaigns are completely wasted.
    Obama doesn't need to do a thing to get re-elected.

    January 9, 2012 09:14 am at 9:14 am |
  21. Thinkergal

    Make that a wise-guy wannabe. Laughable.

    January 9, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  22. Jack

    Listen, Obama was heckled many times but he has the manners to deal with it in a polite, gracious way. Christie & Newt & Santorum are angry little boys who can't stand being heckled. This is not a Obama conspiracy. These guys look for conspiracies under every rock. They will never get that anger, and losing control doesn't poll well.

    January 9, 2012 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  23. jnpa

    Christie sure likes to flatter himself! I am sure the President couldn't care less what the NJ governor says.

    January 9, 2012 09:19 am at 9:19 am |
  24. Mayor_McCheese

    That stupid "Sweetheart" comment is going to come back to haunt him when he runs against Hillary in 2016.

    January 9, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  25. DJ in Texas

    Governor Christie – what about the Republicans who were at the Capital "encouraging" Tea Party to yell and shout at Congressman. It is caught on tape. What about the GOP who encouraged the Tea Party to yell and shout at town halls. Now it is the Dem's turn and you want to cry foul??? No, it shouldn't happen on EITHER side, but ever since President Obama was elected, this has been happening. And what did he do to get this going.........he got elected. You have a GOP Congressman during a state of the union, yelling "you lie" disgracing himself and the the Congress. BTW – what they were saying about Mitt is a little "TRUE". Anyway, if you want it to stop against you, then you need to ask for it to stop on the other side as well.

    January 9, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
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