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Christie: Expect ‘mean’ Obama

Published: Wed, October 10, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

By David Skolnick



New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Mitt Romney presidential surrogate, said he expects President Barack Obama to get “pretty mean” and “pretty angry” in the final weeks of the election in an effort to get re-elected.

Obama “is going to take whatever shots he can at Mitt Romney in the next four weeks, and we’ve got to be ready for it,” Christie, a Republican, said to a crowd of about 250 people Tuesday during a 19-minute speech at a campaign rally for Romney, a fellow Republican, at the Lordstown Village Park.

“The president’s got to make up a story in the next four weeks to convince you that he deserves another four years,” Christie said of Obama, a Democrat.

In an exclusive interview after the rally with The Vindicator, Christie said Romney’s “background and his experience” make him the superior presidential candidate.

“You need someone who understands our economy and understands how the private-sector economy works, and will use the government in a way” to help businesses expand, Christie said. “You don’t need somebody who is a community organizer and a law professor — both perfectly fine professions, but not for getting the country out of an economic crisis. I think [Obama] has shown that over the last four years.”

Rather than getting a Democratic-controlled Congress to pass the $800-billion-plus stimulus package and the “Obamacare” health overhaul bill, Obama should “have been creating jobs for the American people,” Christie said. “He chose, instead, to pursue an ideological path” with health care. “It was the wrong thing for him to do and he’s paying the price now for not working on jobs earlier in his administration.”

When asked if his state should be a model for the nation, Christie said, “We confront a lot of problems in New Jersey that the whole nation is confronting: Taxes are too high, debt is too great, making promises that we can’t afford to keep, and we’re working our way through that so it’s going to take some time for us.”

The national unemployment rate for September was 7.8 percent while it is at 9.9 percent in New Jersey.

Also, the Tax Foundation, a research organization, ranked New Jersey as having the second-worst tax climate for business in the nation with New York in last place. In 2011, the group ranked New Jersey last and Christie, governor since January 2010, had vowed to make an improvement in this ranking.

“We’re making progress,” Christie said. “Seriously, it tells me how bad off New Jersey was. The fact that we moved from 50th to 49th is a testimony that we’re moving in the right direction. We’re not staying put.”

New York dropped from 49th to last place after imposing an income-tax surcharge on its richest residents, Christie said, adding he vetoed a similar tax three times.

“Believe me, I’m not popping any champagne to say, ‘Hey, look at us, we’re 49th,’ but it beats 50,” he said. “I’ll take my progress in slow steps and small bites.”

Lordstown was the first of four campaign stops in the key battleground state of Ohio for Christie. It was also the only event in Ohio for Christie without Romney.

“Mitt Romney’s absence in the Valley and Chris Christie’s silence on the return of the auto industry while he was in Lordstown [Tuesday] speaks volumes,” said Jessica Kershaw, an Obama spokeswoman. “But it’s no surprise Christie managed to avoid talking about the single largest economic success for the area since [General Motors] announced earlier this week it’s creating 2,000 more jobs.”

When asked why Romney didn’t join Christie in Lordstown, Christopher Maloney, a Romney spokesman, said, “Our campaign’s commitment to voters in the Mahoning Valley is evidenced by the fact that, unlike President Obama and [Vice President] Joe Biden who shy away from actually answering questions on their failed economic record, Gov. Romney and [his vice presidential running mate Paul] Ryan routinely engage in Youngstown television and newspaper interviews.”


1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'm sick of hearing about the great G.M. success story.
Reason # 1 ,until every cent of those loans have been repaid with interest G.M.is not a success .

Reason # 2 While G..M was crying poor mouth and demanding concessions from American workers they were investing billions in new plants in both Russia and China.

If G.M. had mutiple billions to invest in new plants overseas why was the American taxpayer forced to bail them out while they were closing plants here and putting Americans out of work ?

One thing is certain.....
G.M. has proven that they are exactly what the rank and file have been saying they are for years.

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2Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Chris Christie, Rob Portman, and Mitt Romney were all personally told in Cuyahoga Falls last night that the Delphi pension issue must be fixed. Thousands of Ohio & swing states votes are waiting to see which Party will fix this. Obama, the candidate who caused it and is covering it up, or Romney, the candidate who needs the Delphi votes to win.

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3BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


Your facts about this GM situation are just plain inaccurate.

Firstly, GM did invest millions in plants overseas, but those plants build cars for use in the those countries not here in the United States.

Secondly, overseas car sales are what kept GM in the game for years, so it makes sense to increase production, and hopefully sales, in a market that has been profitable while trying to sure up sales at home.

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4MzVirgoLuv(158 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

FACT: GM has paid back the money that president Obama has given them with interest....if you knew anything and I mean anything at all, look it up. The only monies that weren't paid back were the monies that were given by Bush. Also, contrary to popular reporting, the TARP money has been mostly paid back also. But you won't see or hear of those success stories in the news, only some fast ticker running across shows like Morning Joe. Can't let the real success of Obama out or of course, it's a conspiracy! So long as the numbers are so-called in favor of Republican thinking and views, they have to be accurate, but as soon as the numbers look to be in the president's favor, then we hear you all screaming about numbers being cooked. Deal with it....I am a severe Liberal with severe Liberal views but I know what I stand for and I will not fall for anything! This president has done plenty and if you go on the White House's website, you find out all the accomplishments of this administration. I am tired of hearing the groaning from the likes of you about GM. Just ask the GM employees if the stimulus was a bad idea. Ask all those small to medium companies that depend on GM's business if the stimulus was a bad idea! I was a contracted worker for GM when all the crap went down and the company I worked for survived GM's downfall and although I don't work for that company now, if it weren't for the bailout, that company would have lost over 5,000 employees....just think of how many lives that would have effected....negatively! YOU may not be reaping the rewards of the GM bailout, but there are Democrats as well as Republicans enjoying the fact that the bailout did work!

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5Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

The Obama Administration continues to hide in a Nixon-like coverup the TRUTH about his discriminatory actions against the Delphi Salaried retirees...


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6Delphisalariedretirees(76 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Delphi Salaried retirees will NOT give up until our earned pensions are fully restored. Thousands of Ohio & other swing state votes rest on upon resolution of our issue. Sign our petition demanding that President Obama FIX this!



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7redeye1(5612 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

MzVirgo:Luv Maybe you are he one who should checks 1) No -one really knows if Lordstown or any other GM would have closed, but they do know that BO selectively choose to close vast numbers of car dealerships. But with your way of thinking that must have been okay. Those people lost their jobs do to BO making the rules of GM's bankruptcy. But once again that doesn't seem to matter to you because it didn't affect you. And now on to gas prices, they have doubled under BO, That has raised the costs of everything we use, but you being a liberal , thats' okay too I guess. You are a typical liberal who wears the rose color glasses who probably lives off the Government's money every month

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8IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

A Neo-Con speaking at Lorstown is like a German speaking in Jerusalem.

Obama saved GM and over a million jobs by doing so.


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9Attis(1128 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Christie, who was about three hours late, is the poster child for the Fat Cat Government a Romney Administration would be. Defend America: Defeat Romney.

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10DwightK(1535 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Chris Christie is going to lose his next election to Corey Booker.

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11greatgadbsy(1 comment)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Ohio Voters have more sense than to believe Romney is the answer. He doesn't know what he believes in. He says whatever he has to, depending on who he’s talking to and where he is, to get votes then attempts to explain it away by saying he “misspoke”, “wasn't as clear as he should have been” or simply “it was a mistake”. A man that compares a women's decision making about insurance coverage (if it does or does not cover contraceptives) to a 'painting the car' decision; that does not get the reality of mathematics, that believes 47% of the people are moochers and the other 53% are stupid (as evidenced by his flip-flopping, childish condescending explanations and thinking he can get elected without telling voters what his plans are for us and the country), insulting other countries, making statements that sound like war threats (not statements of our Nations strength and determination for preservation of our freedom and rights) etc., etc.: just does not seem like a person Ohio voters (or any other state) would want to elect. Obama has run into brick walls built by bullheadedness. We elected him with and for the hope of change. Change that he can NOT do by himself. We, the voters, are the ones that have the power to make the change in Washington. (Remember, there’s this little document gives us that power. It goes like this: “We, the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union…” ) VOTE! Give President Obama more time to get us further out of this enormous mess that took eight years to make. VOTE! Help him by voting out the bull-headed change blockers.

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12jojuggie(1701 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Hey GG, did you watch the Presidential Debate?

I don't think you did.

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13ELJenkins(9 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

I'll start by saying Romney isn't my first choice and I Kerry campaigned in the rain and cold for weeks. Obama isn't a democrat, however, and is screwing the middle class and the unions this area loves.

For the comment on overseas production saving gm, maybe, but not a penny of that money will ever see US soil, due to obamas corporate tax laws (highest in the world). GM and delphi retirees lost their pensions due to the bailout. If GM would have continued their traditional bankruptcy and restructured, the middle class workers would see their pensions and GM exectutives may have not received unprecedented bonuses.

Obamas flipped on more stances historically than Romney (gay marriage, abortion, etc). Romney HAS given plans, just not in the buzz worthy 90 minute debate. Google them.

Obama insults the us and the apologizes for its actions. He also doesn't know Egypt is an ally. He is the reason out embassies are being attacked. Start reading the guardian instead of youngstown papers alone and you will see this.

Many of obamas brick walls are from republicans AND democrats who understand our constitution from which you quote. Check out the number of unconstitutional bills and acts obama has passed (Obamacare).

47% of our country is on some type of government assistanc. 47 million people are on food stamps, up from 17 million in 2000.

Obama hasn't passed a budget in four years. Why do you believe this is?

This enormous mess that took eight years to make? If you look at the departmet of educations website you will see that obama had cut educational funding in half! it was 100 million down to 43 million! His educational increases dont even come close to putting the numbers back to where we started. We had a deficit of 3 trillion when he took office. Obama has added 13 trillion to create a unfathomable 16 trillion dollar deficit.
At least with Romney comes a VERY strong finance guy (Ryan), as opposed to the joke that is joe Biden.
It's not that people supporting Obama are unintelligent, it's that we have been under and misinformed for four years.

I am not posing this to be inflammatory, I just hope that people can do their own research rather than listen to attack ads and mainstream media. Please. Think outside the box and educate yourselves, rather than allowing others to do that for you. Our country's future depends on it.

And Christie is a joke. Poor New Jersey.

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14IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago

Christie ATE New Jersey.

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15WilliamSwinger(341 comments)posted 3 years, 8 months ago


Real tolerant of you to poke fun at the appearance of another human being. I have to thank you for being the poster child of the intolerant, uneducated and ugly liberal left- which has been such an asset to drive voters to the civilized ranks of Romney voters. Thanks again!

Under King O-Blame-Ya

-Al Qaeda is ALIVE
-US Ambassador is DEAD
-47 million on FOOD STAMPS
-16.2 trillion dollars in DEBT
-Gasoline prices up 250%
-Grocery prices up 15%
-Income down 8.2%
-MILLIONS left the labor force
-43 months of 8%+ unemployment
-Are YOU better off now than four years ago?


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