Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention
August 14th, 2012
12:46 AM ET
10 years ago

Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention

Washington (CNN) - The tough talking governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, a senior GOP official told CNN.

The keynote is one of the highest profile speaking slots during convention week.

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Christie seriously considered running for president himself, a deliberation fueled, in part, by the urging of deep-pocketed Republican donors. He ultimately decided against it and endorsed Mitt Romney in Oct. 2011. Christie's endorsement was a big "political get" for the former Massachusetts governor during a contentious time in the Republican primary.

The New Jersey governor is a favorite among many conservatives for his street fighting style and willingness to challenge his political enemies. At times, Christie's outspokenness has caused controversy, but he is not known for backing down. On the campaign trail, Christie has been a vocal defender and advocate for Romney.

The long rumored decision to have Christie deliver the keynote address was first reported by USA Today early Tuesday. Christie gave the newspaper an interview outlining his speech. The GOP official confirmed to CNN that Christie would deliver the keynote address. An official announcement was expected to be made later in the morning.

Christie was elected in 2009 when he defeated incumbent Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. Previously, Christie served as the U.S. attorney for the district of New Jersey during President George W. Bush's administration.

Several other well known Republicans will also speak at the convention including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

The convention will take place over four days later this month in Tampa, Florida, where Romney will officially receive the GOP presidential nomination and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan the vice presidential nomination.

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soundoff (149 Responses)
  1. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    So they want the "bully talk" of Christie without the long term problem of him out-shining Mitt Romney. Gotta give Christie credit though, he didn`t hitch his wagon to the loosing Romney campaign.

    Meanwhile, the Throwback Team of RYAN-Romney [yes, that`s the proper order] will get all its cues from the specific policies that ultra conservative, Ayn-Rand-discipline, PAUL RYAN wants. Romney isn`t calling the shots, Grover Norquist is.

    Will he [Grover] be speaking at the convention? How about Rove?, the Koch brothers?

    And how will the Birthier-in-Chief be given his "token" involvement?

    August 14, 2012 01:40 am at 1:40 am |
  2. alexpdx

    Meanwhile, former vice president candidate Sarah Palin gets kicked to the curb. It seems they're not so proud of their selection these days.

    August 14, 2012 01:55 am at 1:55 am |
  3. OJ

    What does this mean. Oh yes! Christie will be the 45 president of the United States. Mitt has no hope and he knows it. Anyway, Christie deserve it anyway.

    August 14, 2012 02:15 am at 2:15 am |
  4. bleach

    Setting himself up for 2016

    August 14, 2012 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  5. Big Ron

    Another Republican that makes rich people richer.Why do these idiots give tax breaks to these people that don't need it and take money from people that do need it.If Romney wins I'm moving to Canada.

    August 14, 2012 03:27 am at 3:27 am |
  6. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Christie to deliver keynote at GOP convention◄
    That's right – a BULLY during prime time is the GOP's intention
    Oh, that's right, let us not forget – the RED MEAT is served during that time
    I guess Christie will take his medium well with a side order of mash potatoes and wine!!

    Condelezza = Bush
    Christie = Bully
    Jeb = Bush
    Ryan = Bush in Full Force
    Santorum = Bush on Steroids
    Romney = Wannabe Bush

    Obama = 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    August 14, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  7. Mitt_the_foreign_tax_shelter_guru

    For sure Christie won't expose Mitt's foreign tax shelter issues. Santorum is right that we might as well vote for Obama!

    August 14, 2012 04:48 am at 4:48 am |
  8. maltytasker

    Better not interrupt him or you will pay!

    August 14, 2012 05:18 am at 5:18 am |
  9. Qi

    Tough job. It will be like being a cheerleader at a funeral................Party On

    August 14, 2012 06:57 am at 6:57 am |
  10. Tom

    Make sure you feed him Mittens, he looks hungry.

    August 14, 2012 07:01 am at 7:01 am |
  11. Dennis

    They finally dug up a Republican that didn't call Romney in the primary an out-of-touch rich guy who built his wealth through “vulture capitalism” and was hiding something in his taxes.

    August 14, 2012 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  12. Danile6

    I'm sure he'll echo the "shared prosperity" message of the divisive one-–this will be an energized convention

    August 14, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  13. Vince

    What an odd choice. As a NJ voter and resident, I can assure the GOP...Chris Christie's record looks like a liberal democrat compared to the current conservative ideology.'s your convention...good luck with that.

    August 14, 2012 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  14. talderdyce

    That motha looks like he swallowed the whole chick fil a franchise!

    August 14, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    I hear Bill Ayers will be the keynote speaker at the democratic convention.

    August 14, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  16. kayla

    humpy dumpy sat on a wall

    August 14, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  17. Four and The Door

    Who will the Democrats pick, Barney,,,everyone should be able to get a home mortgage regardless... Frank?

    August 14, 2012 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  18. cali girl

    Quite a slam to say Christie has a big role. What will he say, he didn't want to run for President or be VP for Robmey either.
    Trump says he has a special thing he will do at the convention. Quivering with excitement on that one...not.

    August 14, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. Expat American

    Who will the Democrats pick, Barney,,,everyone should be able to get a home mortgage regardless... Frank?
    Not a single Republican voter bought a home they couldn’t afford. Only Democrats and Independents did this. Does this make me a Republican by default?

    August 14, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. truth hurts

    Chris Christie... the frankness of a Joe Biden, but with a fully functioning brain. I can hardly wait to hear him rip Obama a new one!! That four year record offailure that Obama refuses to acknowledge? Well, I have a feeling he's going to hear all about it, plus a lot more. It is going to be biblical.

    August 14, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. GI Joe

    What a loud-mouthed, rude, crude, blog.

    I won't watch him - may listen from another room, but he bounces around limpball (whom I detest). They are both hate-filled.

    I don't know a single independent voter that will be swayed by hate, fear, and lies.

    August 14, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. Expat American

    I hope someone kept Taft’s bathtub – for President Christie.

    August 14, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  23. Beverly - NYC

    Which one of Mitt's son's will tell The Donald he did not get the gig?

    August 14, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. GI Joe


    He will eat the whole cow, and there's no need to cook it. Just Duct tape it's mouth and feet.

    August 14, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    cowering lackie–"Governer Christie, you've got BBQ sauce on your shirt. Don't you think you should clean it first before your speech?"
    Tubby the Governer–"GET LOST. WHAT ARE YOU STUPID??"

    August 14, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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