Our political Quote of the Day comes from New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie reacting to a report clearly leaked by Romney staffers claiming the New Jersey Governor who has been attacked on talk radio, Fox, and virtually politically threatened by Rupert Murdoch had declined to attend a Romney political rally on Sunday night.

Clearly, a)the Romney staffers tried to bully the wrong guy and b)you truly have to wonder why in a close election the Romney staffers would want to get into this kind of fight with another Republican right before the voting:

“I told Governor Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented,” Christie said. “I said to him, ‘Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it’s going to, I’m off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.’ And he said to me, ‘Chris, of course. That’s what you have to do. Do your job, don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of things.’ So all this other noise, I think, is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the President of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them.”

“He told me last Sunday night that he expected no other political travel or help from me over the course of the remaining time between then and the election, if in fact the storm hit the way it was projected,” Christie continued. “If it missed us, I would have been happy to go out on the road and help him. But it didn’t.”‘

Maybe the Romney staffers are now quoting Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s famous debate line:


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Leave a replyComments (22)
  1. StockBoyLA November 6, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Funny. Romney claims that he will be able to reach across the aisle and work with Dems, but he cannot even work with fellow Republicans who might disagree with him on one minor point. That’s not the way to build consensus and coalitions to get the business if America done.

  2. Carl November 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

    All this Christie business is because of Sandy, the great October surprise. Sandy, the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, clearly was a Democrat plot to re-elect President Obama by Destroying New Jersey and bring the mighty bombastic Republican governor to his knees and make him a lackey-on-a-leash for those dastardly Liberals!

    And just when you thought you’d heard it all.

  3. slamfu November 6, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    I think some Romney staffer is going to be getting a trip to the woodshed for picking this fight.

  4. slamfu November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    ” Romney claims that he will be able to reach across the aisle and work with Dems, but he cannot even work with fellow Republicans who might disagree with him on one minor point.”

    Well from what Christie said, sounds like Romney was perfectly willing to work with Christie, its just someone on his campaign staff doesn’t seem to be in the loop and can’t get off of attack dog mode.

  5. Carl November 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Republicans are constantly looking for a new excuse to blame their political decline on. They just can’t believe it’s voter intellect. Today Governor Christie, next election Rush Limbaugh’s heart attack, next life on mars. It never really ends when you have your head up your patoot.

  6. dduck November 6, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    CC is full of himself and he is a lot of self.

  7. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    This is pretty shoddy reporting from huffington.
    “Chris Christie Denied Mitt Romney Request To Appear At Campaign Event Days Ahead Of 2012 Election”
    “New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.”
    That headline and opening paragraph were based on a staffer griping:
    “You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source told HuffPost.”
    Toi huffington reporters this equates to 1)Romney asked Christie to attend and 2) Christie said no. That’s quite a stretch and indeed false based on Christie’s statement above. What a crock!

  8. sheknows November 6, 2012 at 6:15 pm

    We have to remember Romney’s words to Christie happened BEFORE Sandy hit. He was VERY silent to and about Christie after. I am very sure he wasn’t happy about Christie’s praise. He just let his staffers do the dirty work.

  9. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 6:27 pm

    Their supporting quote was:
    “You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” a Romney campaign source told HuffPost.”
    And the Christie campaign says they weren’t asked.
    UPDATE II: A Christie campaign official denies they were asked
    Read more at http://themoderatevoice.com/166880/report-christ-christie-declined-attending-romney-sunday-event/#hEBV5SthsEV6BuXV.99

    Don’t you think journalism should be based in fact?

  10. sheknows November 6, 2012 at 6:40 pm

    Why does Christie have a campaign official…is he running for something?

  11. Carl November 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm


    He’s taking care of his constituents duck. They don’t come in just one political party you know. It’s a mixed bag. To be a good public servant, right now, the man has to eat humble pie. We ALL know how hard that is a for a Jersey Italian. His career may be out the window, but I have great, great, great, respect for that man. His actions gives me deep hope for an end to Partisan bickering in this country. I hope he comes back politically and I hope it is as a Republican leader giving us Democrats hell at every turn.

    That Man I can trust as having an honest and productive counter opinion.

  12. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    sk, I’m going to assume that was a serious question. It was what I assume to be an inadvertent error made by TMV in that posting. He was actually an adviser.

  13. dduck November 6, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Carl, I apologize for not being clearer. Of course CC’s first priority is his constituency, sorry if that was not clear. CC is of course a product of a father of Irish/Scottish ancestry and a mother with a Sicilian heritage, but who cares, this ain’t the Sopranos, although some politicians are great actors, as we know.
    I wonder if all the Dems on TMV were as “respectful” of CC before Sandy, or were they like me negative about him. Hmmmmmm.

  14. sheknows November 6, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    Ok Z, gotcha. ( a little early to start his campaign I thought) I do believe Joe Gandelman got his information correct, and that Huff WAS told that..by SOMEONE in the Romney ranks. Based on the Rep outcry from so many other sources, its not a real big stretch. At any rate, Christie has been villified enough by his party for expressing gratitude and praise for a job well done by our president don’t you think?

  15. Carl November 6, 2012 at 7:34 pm


    Correction: All politicians are actors. However some have a heart instead of a solid rock found in most Republican’s chest.

    Christie has a heart and obviously, counter to Romney and Rove, he will sacrifice self to do the right thing for the many. Thats a man you can deal with because you don’t automaticly reject his opinion as his mouth opens. You know he has a heart that speaks. What he has to say becomes worth considering.

    He’s now your best weapon duck. Better wise up to it.

  16. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 7:41 pm

    Joe just referenced the huff article. The supporting quote within that article was “You can’t tell me he couldn’t have gone over there for a night rally,” . Pretty lame.

    “Rep outcry from so many other sources’
    That’s the irony of this. Almost all of the reporting I have read about this refer to the huff article. With the exception of a few, there is no outcry. It is the mind of the left.

  17. Carl November 6, 2012 at 8:18 pm


    To answer your question: NO! I thought Christie an Ahole. I thought him just another Rove, Koch, Murdoch mouthpiece on a tight budget. I was wrong. I was wrong and pleasently so because he renews my faith in man over greed.

    Christie is a Republican and should remain so. If his party has any sense at all they’ll keep him!

  18. sheknows November 6, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    LOL Z..Well, I guess the networks must have also been getting their info from Huff.The newspapers…Huff…CNN..Huff…MSNBC…Huff. Wow, Huffungton Post is a very influential paper!! Even my Republican boyfriend doesn’t go so far as to DENY Reps are pissed at Christie.. and he is pretty far right…but not delusional.

  19. dduck November 6, 2012 at 9:01 pm

    Please take him into your big tent.
    He is all heart about himself as Maddow said about his keynote speech during the Rep. Convention: ‘An act of political selfishness’
    Peel the onion and see the real CC.

  20. sheknows November 6, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Hey dd, I never said Christie was a “great Guy”. 2 wks before the storm he was bashing Obama. But I think this crisis revealed some sense of genuine decency about him. The layers below the outer skin of the onion if you prefer.He is a politician, that we know. And so is Obama and Romney. It is how they reveal themselves as people we are most concerned with. Sinc e the article is about how Christie revealed himself to be a “nice guy” in this incident, and how some Reps revealed themselves to be NOT such nice guys,I think that is whats salient here.

  21. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 9:35 pm

    sk, they are left leaning…what do you expect. It helps them to stir the pot.

  22. zusa1 November 6, 2012 at 9:39 pm

    dd, thx for the link.