Christie heading back on the trail for Romney
March 15th, 2012
11:56 AM ET
11 years ago

Christie heading back on the trail for Romney

(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is hitting the campaign trail once again for his good friend Mitt Romney.

With a lot riding on next Tuesday's primary in Illinois, where 66 delegates will be at stake, the former Massachusetts governor greets Republican primary voters at a pancake breakfast Friday morning in Rosemont. Following the event, Romney, the GOP front-runner in the battle for delegates, flies to Puerto Rico, which holds its primary on Sunday.

- Follow the Ticker on Twitter: @PoliticalTicker

- Follow Paul Steinhauser on Twitter: @psteinhausercnn

That's when Christie steps in to lend a helping hand. Christie will headline an event Friday afternoon at Elmhurst College in the heavily Republican western suburbs of Chicago.

Christie, who's popular with Republicans across the country for his tough talk and tough actions in taking on Democrats in New Jersey, disappointed many in his party last October when he announced he would not launch his own bid for the GOP presidential nomination. Instead he endorsed Romney and has traveled to a bunch of primary and caucus states to stump for him, including Iowa, New Hampshire and most recently Michigan.

Illinois once looked like an easy contest for Romney but a poll released late last week by the Chicago Tribune indicated a tight contest between Romney and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.

Also see:

When Romney says 'get rid of' Planned Parenthood he means…

Hatch, if reelected, wouldn't run again

Ridge endorses Romney

Poll: Santorum leads in Pennsylvania

Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie • Illinois • Mitt Romney
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. anagram_kid

    If Christie becomes VP, will those on the right refuse to have their tax dollars to pay for the medication he has to take due to being morbidly obese? Why should they pay for his promiscuity with food? Just asking…

    March 15, 2012 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  2. Howard's Daddy

    Is his heart in it? Does it require medication?

    Seriously, NJ folks can't be too happy with having not one, but two fat blowhards ruining the already soiled rep of the state.

    March 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  3. Expat American

    The last thing Butterpants needs is more pancakes...I wonder if Ann Romney thinks that eating pancakes without truffles maker her any less Rich.
    Romney will win the nomination...He will lose in November.
    That is unless Sarah Magdalene Palin pulls a Elinor Burkett at next summer’s GOP Hate Fest.

    March 15, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Squigman

    If he leads the way down the trail, be careful of the elephant droppings you may step in. I'd hate to see anyone step in that pile.

    March 15, 2012 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Taran

    @four and the door,,,,spot on as usual.

    March 15, 2012 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  6. Bill

    Is he taking a bucket of fried chicken with him on the campaign trail? You would think by now that Mr. Brylcreem would realize that these endorsements are not helping him. They certainly are not helping the endorser. Has anyone heard from Tim Pawlenty or Nikki Haley lately?

    March 15, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. Natalie

    @Four: You can "hitch yourself to Christie" and see where that gets you. The metaphor is funny in the first place since Christie's morbid obesity problem would not allow him to "rise". Oh, we hear that Snooki's a big fan of his too...perfect pairing! Christie is a blow hard who's done serious damage to education in NJ. If he's a shining example, that just shows how screwed up the GOP has gotten.

    March 15, 2012 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. Taran

    Such vitriol from the left. The funny thing is, most of the things they accuse the right of, I see in their posts.

    March 15, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Phil in KC

    It doesn't matter what Christie does. Romney will get the population centers and Santorum will pick up most, if not all, of the outlying areas. The only question that remains to be seen is if those population centers can carry the vote for Romney or if Santorum picks up enough votes in those areas to carry the state.

    March 15, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  10. diridi

    just another idiot. NJ has deep deficit. o.k, With lot of Foreigners for cheap labor. did you realize? Nasty idiot.

    March 15, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  11. Expat American

    Christie to Romney: “I’ll endorse you. I’ll campaign for you and sing your praises; and I ask only for two things in return.”
    Romney to Christie: “Anything, Governor. You name it.”
    Christie to Romney: “I want the VP nod when you win the nomination.”
    Romney to Christie: “Done. What’s the other thing?”
    Christie to Romney: “Are you going to finish those pancakes?”

    March 15, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  12. NotFooledByDistractions

    Christie is a pig – and that's in no way, shape or form a reference to his obvious girth. He's a bully, an intellectual weakling that has to resort to using bravado and intimidation instead of trying to win the debate with his brain. That crap may sell well in Jersey, but...Chris Christie would not move me into the Romney camp, in fact, his representation would move me further away.

    March 15, 2012 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  13. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    me thinks one of the reasons Republicans like Chrisite is because he talks and acts like one of the old tough Democrats. If he was a Democrat and acted the he does now with his big bully type persona the right would be on him like white on rice. I find this SO amusing.

    March 15, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  14. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    Wow, the Rmoney camp is so desperate they're rolling out the heavy artillery!

    March 15, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Beverly - NYC

    Aww how cute, Miittens has oursourced his backbone to the Republican bully. Love the adoring bromance look Willard is shooting Christie's way.

    March 15, 2012 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
1 2