August 29th, 2013
02:51 PM ET
8 years ago

Christie: 'I kicked the president's ass'

(CNN) - Maybe Gov. Chris Christie was striking back at President Obama for the grief Republicans gave him over their post-Sandy photo-op.

Or maybe he developed his throwing arm summer after summer on the Jersey Shore.

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Either way, when the governor and president went head-to-head on the boardwalk in May, Christie bested Obama at the football throw arcade game.

"I kicked the president's ass in the football throw," he said Wednesday on his regular "Ask the Governor" radio program.

The question came when he was asked to name his favorite boardwalk game, which Christie said was "obviously" the one where he beat Obama.

In case there was any doubt as to Christie's prowess, reporters covering the event noted Christie's accomplishment.

"The party then moved to an arcade called 'TouchDown Fever' to try and win a stuffed bear by tossing a football through a tire," a reporter whose notes were pooled wrote. "Obama tried and missed a few times. Christie then threw the ball through the tire, on his first and only try.

"Obama gave him a high five ending in a clasp. And said, 'That's because he's running for office,'" the note continued. "The guy behind the counter gave Obama a 'Chicago' bear."

In the Wednesday interview, Christie described the event similarly.

"He threw like three or four times, the president, poor guy, never got it through the tire," the governor said. "I, on the other hand, on the Point Pleasant boardwalk, threw one, put it through the tire, declared victory, and gave the president my prize, which was a Chicago stuffed bear."

The May event touted recovery efforts from the late October storm. Just days before the election, Christie - a top surrogate for GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney - and Obama were touring the battered coastline, and Christie was criticized by some in his party - though not Romney - for being too close to the Democratic incumbent.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report

Filed under: Chris Christie • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. michael

    These neocon rightwing nutjobs, always play both sides against the middle, so the president is Dang if you do and Dang if you don't! That's the repuglican brand for getting things done nowadays! Mr. President send us a jobs bill, immigration bill, budget, etc...then don't pass it! They have voted against their own interest these last almost five years and have gotten a pass from the media!

    August 29, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I can see why Christie declined to be the VP nominee. He's too uncouth for the job. He's too much to be a governor.

    August 29, 2013 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -just saying

    Even then, what precisely did you want the President to do after the attack, carpet bomb the place?
    you mean as opposed to the absolutely nothing he has done in year?

    actually i would have preferred that both he and hillary had been competent in doing their job. but since they were not, i am forced to settle for less, and unfortuantely that includes 4 dead americans, including our ambassador, and the hope that someday he will actually do something and stop lying about the whole fiasco.
    Yes, and I'm sure you hate the fact that after all the time Issa has wasted going after non-existant issues you still have nothing to offer in terms of proof to convince anyone outside of your 12-step program. This article is, after all, about the one man who could win the WH for the GOP in 2016: strange that you don't mention him at all, but engage in yet another tangential attack on an issue that barely registers for most people, except for the paranoid propagandists like yourself who dole out useless commentary from their intellectual Pez dispensers.

    August 29, 2013 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  4. MaryM

    Gov Christie is the only hope for the Republicans, but the TPers and the rwnjs wont let him have the nomination for Pres.

    August 29, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    ""People are paid commensurate with their education, experience and value added to a company"

    Is that why all those CEOs and executives, brokers, financial "wizards," etc., got massive bonuses after blowing up the economy and regularly leave corporations they take into bankruptcy with golden parachutes worth 8 figures? If you truly believe the filth I just quoted you as spewing, then you are in need of serious help.

    August 29, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. Rick McDaniel

    So glad they had so many serious things to discuss.

    August 29, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  7. California Gary

    How about stepping onto the basketball court with him fat boy........lets see who would win that one!

    August 29, 2013 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
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