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.

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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.

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

    Campaigning for Willard doesn't speak much of your future candidacy governor. Being chained to Willard will only bring you down in 2016 as most people will remember you stood by a pathological LIAR whose only claim to fame is off the backs of hard working Americans whom he stomped all over for personal gain. Not a pretty picture and not a winning strategy. My advice – get away from Willard while you still can. Whatever your faults are – you have showed you do take a stand on some issues and going down the road with Willard will make you appear just as weak as he is.

    Obama 2012 for continued sanity.

    March 15, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  2. Timothy

    Who cares who is Christie?

    March 15, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. GOP = Greed Over People

    Hope all you NJ taxpayers like paying for all that helicopter fuel for this flying the fat flake all over to campaign for Mr. 1%!

    March 15, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  4. Dick Cheney is the smegma of mankind!

    Who knew the NJ governor's job description included campaigning for his other rich buds?

    March 15, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  5. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Way to go Christie! We love you! Now can we talk to you abount that VP spot?! Romney/Christie 2012!! Now THAT would be a kickarse team!!!

    March 15, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. Fair is Fair

    Call it a hunch, but there's your VP candidate, methinks.

    March 15, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. Four and The Door

    Governor Christie is a smart man. Hitch yourself to a rising star and it can only be good for you. Mitt Romney is going to get the Republican nomination and then gladly take the General Election which Obama has been working for 3 years to give away. The contrast in capabilities between Mitt Romney and Obama will give the Republicans a huge win in November. I look forward to responsible and effective federal government management for a change. This political horseplay we have been watching for 3 years is very sad. We can do better.

    March 15, 2012 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Debbie

    Christie the US Seal hater campaigning for Mitt. Mitt is a weakling that uses others to bully for him. Passive agressive. So if elected and we go to war with Iran, Mitt can send in Christie to bully the Ayatolla and if that doesn't work Mitt can always post baptize Iranians.

    March 15, 2012 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    Color me shocked. Two words I never expected to see in an article about Christie: PANCAKE BREAKFAST. Astonishing.

    March 15, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Bruce Springsteen has weighed in again on politics, this time in a slap to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's Policies on education and health care .

    The Governor is not the Boss .

    March 15, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  11. B

    Make a great team don’t they? An overinflated blowhard and mean-spirited mouth, and "Romney the Robot", they complement each other, kind of like Laurel and Hardy..

    March 15, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  12. Rudy NYC

    " 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. "
    They were not half as disappointed as the New Jersey Teacher of the Year winner who Christie yelled at for pointing out to the governer that his budget cuts were going to lay him off. Most of the Christie bully stories do not make national headlines.

    March 15, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  13. Doug

    It is amazing that Chritie won in Lib Jersey, however only a Democat could vote for one the biggest crooks in the history of the state, Corozine. Still, all the Snooki, Situation, lib Democrat how u doin counties still voted for Corozine, for those Democrats being corrupt or part of the mon is a positive, these Democrats would rather their child grow up to run organized crime than be a doctor. Remember in Novmeber what you really are supporting with a Democat vote, MTV's show on Jersey is a perfect reminder, but they are far far worse than that show portrays.

    March 15, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  14. Senor Ed

    Will Christie leave any pancakes for anyone else?

    March 15, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  15. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    If Christie agrees to the VP spot, the debate with Biden will be a MUST WATCH event. Just thinking about it, makes me almost feel bad for Crazy Joe, but I'll get over it.

    March 15, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  16. Jules

    Oh good, the Mouth That Roared is back on the trail. More fun videos coming up.

    March 15, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. Dave

    No question about it, he is Mr Personalitys running mate.

    March 15, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  18. Oliviaspap

    Romney is introducing Christie to the country. In a brokered convention, Christie may be the nominee.

    March 15, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  19. Dave

    Debbie, thats funny!

    March 15, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  20. MTATL67

    Can not stand the man.

    March 15, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  21. Joi Gibson

    It will interesting to see who the lucky person is Gov. Christie will insult and/or shriek at. The man needs to take anger management. I just don't see how having someone so brazenly rude helps his cause. I get the feeling a lot of folks do not like Christie's bullying attitude. Willard may regret this because he just does not seem like the type of person who would engage in the type of loudmouthed bullying which Gov. Christie seems to relish.


    March 15, 2012 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "In a brokered convention, Christie may be the nominee."
    And if there's an electoral tie, the house of representatives will elect the president.
    And if the mayans are right, there could be a magnetic pole reversal.
    And if if's and buts were candies and nuts, we'd all have a wonderful Christmas.

    There ain't going to be a brokered convention.

    March 15, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    Hate to break it to you doug, but snookie has openly delcared that she is a rethugliban. In fact, she and the 2008 also-ran candidate were twitter buds!

    March 15, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  24. Marie MD

    @four LOL!!!
    First of all, the only hitching super fats would be good for is if one of the flip flopper's many cars breaks down and this governor, who should be in NJ they have enough problems, is around to pull it and anything that he tries to help rise while christie is holding on to it won't fly!!! The man can hardly walk 100 yards!!
    Second, the $250M and counting man is not a rising star. He is also closer to the President and his thinking, or atbleast was until he became a conservative by name only.

    March 15, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Christie will not accept a VP nomination this time around. Nope. His record in New Jersey is a shining example of Republican politics at its' best. Fox News has mislead you into believing Christie is something that he is not.

    Christie ruled out entering the presidential race for good reasons. Those same good reasons will keep him from running as a VP on a ticket. Remember, I'm just the messenger. You Christie cheerleaders need to stop, think and reason. He's out.

    March 15, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
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