July 15th, 2014
08:44 AM ET
7 years ago

Christie comes under attack as he heads to Iowa

(CNN) - Two days before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to Iowa, a conservative group is launching digital ads that slam the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations.

A top Christie adviser defended the governor's record and criticized the group.

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The Judicial Crisis Network announced that it will go up Tuesday with digital ads that attack Christie for not making the New Jersey Supreme Court more conservative. The group says it will spend $75,000 to run 90 second and 15 second spots.

"Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey's liberal Supreme Court. Five openings later: no change. Instead: a liberal Democrat for chief justice," says the narrator in the ad.

Some conservative activists were mad at Christie for his renomination earlier this year of Democrat Stuart Rabner, the state Supreme Court chief justice. That renomination was part of a deal Christie made with the Democratic dominated state legislature that allowed him fill a court vacancy with a Republican judge.

The narrator in the 90 second digital ad goes on to say that "important issues like Obamacare are at stake in our courts. The next president of the United States may get to appoint as many as three U.S. Supreme Court nominees. A new majority. Call Chris Christie. Tell him to fight for judges who respect the rule of law."

Top Christie political adviser Mike DuHaime said the Judicial Crisis Network "should get their facts straight."

"Gov. Christie has nominated multiple conservatives to the Supreme Court but several have been blocked by the Democrat Senate. Yet, Governor Christie has still been able to get three Republicans on to the state's highest court, making it more conservative. However, this group has been noticeably absent from any judicial fight we've had in New Jersey, showing up only to criticize after the fights are over," DuHaime told CNN.

Christie, a pragmatic conservative who's willing to compromise with state Democrats to get things accomplished, is anything but a crowd favorite among some on the right. But Christie was well received last month when he spoke at the fifth annual Road to the Majority conference, a major social conservative gathering which is organized by Ralph Reed's Faith and Freedom Coalition.

Christie in spotlight at major social conservative gathering

"He's the first pro-life governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade. He's line-item vetoed state funding for Planned Parenthood every year he's been governor. He vetoed a same-sex marriage bill that the Democratic legislature sent him. And he's a faithful Catholic. We don't agree with him on every issue, but we wanted to give him an opportunity to share his story and make his case," Reed told CNN prior to the conference.

Christie's heads to Iowa Thursday in his role as chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Christie will headline a fundraiser for longtime GOP Gov. Terry Branstad, who's running for re-election this year. Christie will also help raise money for the RGA and for Republican Iowa House Speaker Kraig Paulsen.

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The trip will create more buzz about Christie's 2016 intentions, as Iowa's caucuses are the first contest in the race for the White House. Later this month Christie headlines a Republican Party fundraiser in New Hampshire, the state that holds the first primary in the primary and caucus calendar. It's his second trip to the Granite State in the past month.

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Filed under: 2014 • 2016 • Chris Christie • Iowa
soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. a concerned citizen

    His next office may come complete with iron bars, he lied to investors, and is desperately trying to cover his ass, again! No thanks big guy, states that rank among the lowest, should not have a chance to run, can't fix little jersey, how could he run a country?

    July 15, 2014 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  2. an Iowan

    Go back to New Jersey!!

    July 15, 2014 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  3. a concerned citizen

    How long before the citizens of Jersey have to pay for another legal team, to tell us all he did nothing wrong, it's all someone else's fault, now that is typical gop, always the victim, no matter what, we need mature, responsible people in our system, which all but eliminates the gop.

    July 15, 2014 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    -practically speaking none from these republicans party speak sense, nor do they care USA any longer. Had they cared, they would not have blocked Highway Funding. Period. With lee Harvey Bridge scandal–these guys are talking–nonsense. Pathetic.

    July 15, 2014 09:09 am at 9:09 am |
  5. just asking

    one guy can only do so much in a blue state controlled by lunatic left wing democrats hell bent on wrecking and bankrupting the state. it is like trying to reason with coke heads to convince them they really would be better off without the coke.

    July 15, 2014 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
  6. a concerned citizen

    The gop sure can pick em, Jindals state 48th, Christie, and walker are about 40 th, Texas is, well Texas, same for florida, anymore qualified candidates? Their either being or have been investigated for corruption, yet they have nothing else to offer, I'll pass thanks.

    July 15, 2014 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ smith
    That is why I supported the war and why I went willing over there in 2009(Joint Task Force Special Operations FOB Baldwin Mosul, Iraq). The news only shows the negative aspects of war (50%) the postive aspects don't make the news(the other 50%). Both sides of this aurgument of good points. This is my point of view.
    -----------------------------------------------------
    They shut down the Cheney story too soon which is just as well because I don't give a rip about anything that drools out of Cheney's mouth.
    I did however want to thank you and thousands like you for your service to our country my friend.
    Dick Cheney can KMA.

    July 15, 2014 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  8. Tommy G

    hahahaha.... looks like CNN gave up on the bogus bridge stories and is now looking for other things to smear Christie with.

    July 15, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  9. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @an Iowan
    Go back to New Jersey!!

    NO!!!!! WE DON"T WANT HIM EITHER!!!!!

    July 15, 2014 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  10. a concerned citizen

    JA, too funny, but, let me guess, Obama's situation is different, he still managed to clean up your mess, and your still not happy . What about Michigan, he's got a Republican house control, our state sucks, how about Louisiana, Wisconsin, Texas, wake up sport, your party is spinning down the crapper, good riddance! You just won't admit your gop policies are nothing but nanny states giving their pals some kickbacks, your just pathetic.

    July 15, 2014 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  11. Larry Mondello

    @just asking
    one guy can only do so much in a blue state controlled by lunatic left wing democrats hell bent on wrecking and bankrupting the state. it is like trying to reason with coke heads to convince them they really would be better off without the coke.

    Thanks for sharing. Now go take another nap.

    July 15, 2014 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  12. a concerned citizen

    Over 40% of your nanny states (red states) income comes from the federal government, but their so stupid, they still vote for the party trying to eliminate their government checks, give it to the needy rich don't ya know.

    July 15, 2014 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  13. my10cents

    "The Judicial Crisis Network" I wonder how much the "non-profit" political superpacs pay the "liberal" Madison Ave guys to come up with these names? They are so astonishingly funny that I'm sure the Ad guys are ROTFLTAO that these groups can't see that they are being mocked.

    July 15, 2014 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Read the article closely, folks. The group critical of Christie is upset because he made a deal that appointed one liberal judge and one conservative judge. This group feels that all judicial appointees should be conservatives, and they probably want only "serious conservatives." Those people are not interested in Democracy, folks, only the power to impose their views on everyone else through legislation. Isn't that what communists do?

    July 15, 2014 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  15. Beth

    Stop it now you guys. Republicans fall in line and we need to be cohesive and focused. This is not the way to win in 2016. We out here are screaming, we want the current administration gone, and you are hindering the process. Haven't you learned anything from all these obama years? The rest of us have. Get your act together.

    July 15, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  16. Susan

    Half-truths. The Dem legislature refused to hold hearings on these appointees. It's a political stand-off in NJ right now, with the Dems acting like spoiled children. It's embarrassing.

    July 15, 2014 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  17. Dr Richard

    He looks to be in poor physical condition, is considered too liberal by the Republicans, too conservative by the Democrats, and is thoroughly mistrusted by everybody. I hope he seriously doesn't consider a run for the presidency since that would be a waste of time and money. Unfortunately "humility" and "shame" are not words that many American politicians are familiar with today.

    July 15, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  18. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oh Gawd I love the GOP!!!!! They are a Democratic w&t dream....😍😍

    But I thought their favorite saying is Dems have to tow the line.....

    If you want the nomination Crispy, you're going to have to capitulate so far too the right, you might get dizzy.

    Keep up the good work GOP....

    A happy Democrat.😍😍

    July 15, 2014 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  19. Tony

    It is amazing how we get all the press reporting about a bridge closing yet hear very little about all the scandals and deaths caused by Hillary and Obama-No wonder we have people responding the way the do with only what the Dem. press cares to feedf them.Get rid of the press and have non partisan reporting if that is possible-report all the news or none at all.

    July 15, 2014 09:57 am at 9:57 am |
  20. Ryan

    @Smith
    "The news only shows the negative aspects of war (50%) the postive aspects don't make the news(the other 50%). Both sides of this aurgument of good points."

    There are no positive aspects to war. War is about killing and nothing more. What did you do for JSOTF in 2009?

    July 15, 2014 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  21. Malory Archer

    Tommy G
    hahahaha.... looks like CNN gave up on the bogus bridge stories and is now looking for other things to smear Christie with.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    (sigh) Another example of why reading IS fundamental. From the article: Two days before New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie heads to Iowa, a conservative group is launching digital ads that slam the potential 2016 Republican presidential contender over his Garden State record on judicial nominations.

    Go that tommy g? The Judicial Crisis Network is a CONSERVATIVE group – and they're whining because they don't think the big guy is conservative enough!

    July 15, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  22. MarieEricksson

    Sharks eating their own. Not at all surprising.

    July 15, 2014 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  23. Malory Archer

    just asking

    one guy can only do so much in a centrist nation being held hostage by lunatic right wing tp'ers hell bent on wrecking and bankrupting the nation. it is like trying to reason with coke heads to convince them they really would be better off without the coke.

    ++++++++

    FIFY

    July 15, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  24. AJ in NJ

    Neo cons are crazy not to want this guy. He is electable, period. Repubs can hit the restart button and the government can get moving again and become the logical force it once was in government. He has good intentions for all the people of NJ. As a NJ resident and lifelong dem, I voted for him as he really wants to make it work. He counterbalanaces the crooneyism on the dem side and he has balanced the budget and kept my property tax from going up yet again.

    July 15, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  25. ART

    This "Gov" of New Jersey is embarrassing.Some how he has convinced the sheeple of NJ that all is good but if you dissect his performance , the state is in terrible shape, he is corrupt and his decisions which he thinks make sense don't but only to him.I connot wait till he's booted from office and my state can be all it truly can be.

    July 15, 2014 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
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