New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has been active on the campaign trail, stumping on behalf of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney. The politician may be a fan favorite among a large Tea Party section of the Republican party, but is his campaigning really helping Romney out, or simply providing another outlet for controversy?
Christie spent the weekend attacking Democratic President Barack Obama, at one point calling him a pessimist, and at another accusing him of “faking” anger. ”I have a suggestion for the president: He doesn’t do angry well…He understands that the American people are angry and they’re scared and they’re worried about the future. So he’s decided, in the most cynical reelection strategy that you could ever think of, that he doesn’t care if you’re angry, he just wants you to be angry at somebody else.”
Romney quipped that Christie was there to show him how to win an election “Jersey-style.” And “Jersey-style,” it seems, includes making demeaning remarks to a woman who heckled him at the stop. ”‘Somebody’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,’ he said to one woman chanting ‘Christie Kills Jobs’ at the Romney town hall in Exeter.” There’s no consensus on whether the fellatio reference was intended or not.
Christie also took a few jabs at former Governor Jon Huntsman, too, questioning his time in the Obama administration. ”I would be kind of pissed if I were Barack Obama…I mean, I give this guy a job, he’s over in China supposedly representing my administration when you know the whole time — at least part of the time — he’s planning to run for president..My issue is not that he worked for the president, but I understand why Mitt thinks it’s an issue…My bigger issue is, why was he being disloyal to the president while he was working for him? That’s a bigger question.”
Huntsman’s own surrogate, former Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge quickly responded on behalf of the Huntsman campaign. ”Shame on Governor Christie for repeating Mitt Romney’s divisive line of attack on Governor Huntsman’s decision to put country before politics. The responsibility to represent our country in the most important diplomatic position of the 21st century should be applauded — not politicized.This type of divisive attack is exactly what the country is sick and tired of. We deserve better.”
Are Christie’s lightening rod tactics still just a rehearsal for the vice presidential slot? At the rate he’s making enemies, he may find Romney is his only hope.
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