Christie handles protesters Jersey-style

EXETER, New Hampshire Sun Jan 8, 2012 7:45pm EST

1 of 3. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (background) greets audience members with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in Exeter, New Hampshire January 8, 2012.

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EXETER, New Hampshire (Reuters) - Mitt Romney might want to take a lesson from Chris Christie on how to handle protesters at his Republican presidential campaign events.

When a gaggle of protesters interrupted Romney's campaign rally speech at an Exeter high school, Romney declared politely that it was "really unfortunate" and urged his supporters to get loud and drown out his opponents' chants.

"I'm happy to have you guys express your views," Romney told them as he campaigned days before the New Hampshire primary. "Next time do it with more courtesy."

The protesters kept on shouting "Mitt kills jobs" and some were escorted out, but the shouts did not stop.

Then it was New Jersey Governor Christie's turn to address the overflow crowd jammed into the school gymnasium.

When a heckler yelled, "Christie kills jobs," Christie was ready with a response - New Jersey style.

"Really?" Christie replied. Something may go down tonight but it's not going to be jobs, sweetheart."

Christie, a potential vice presidential running mate should Romney win the Republican presidential nomination, has emerged as one of Romney's top surrogates on the campaign.

He deftly turned the protesters' complaints into criticism against Democratic President Barack Obama, who will face Romney or another Republican in next November's election.

Obama has "encouraged these people to be angry at Mitt and angry at me because we stand up for what we believe in," he said.

"Mr. President, you're up there in the family quarters of the White House, put your feet up and don't worry about it. Mitt Romney is going to bring people together," said Christie.

The crowd roared its approval.

"He handled them just the way I would expect him too, an intellectual beat-down," said Mike Gianino, 51, of Newton, New Hampshire. "I think Christie is just the right amount of punch."

(Reporting By Steve Holland and Jason McLure; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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Comments (35)
boondog wrote:
It is a real shame that Obamamites believe everything he and the liberals say. They would do well to check the facts. It is Obama that is killing jobs with his overregulation, epa mandates, killing the coal energy sector, picking winners and losers his style instead of letting the free market system work the way it is supposed to. Sign off on the Keystone pipeline and it would have created thousands of jobs but it looks like China gets that energy now. What a shame.Christy and MIt have my vote. In fact, for most people it is ABO.

Jan 08, 2012 9:02pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Eideard wrote:
Sound and fury – signifying nothing!

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doggydaddy wrote:
boondog: Actually, the employment situation has been slowly healing under Obama, after a devastating 8 years under Bush that almost put us into a depression. If Bush had just one more year as President we’d have been in a depression. Obama has been doing a good job considering how hard the Republicans have been working to prevent Obama from accomplishing anything. Obama has managed to get things done anyway. Republicans have just decided that they are no longer going to respect the Constitution. We really can’t afford to have Republicans running our country. They’re destroying both our Middle Class and our democracy (or our representative Republic, for those that don’t understand that a Republic is a form of democracy.) They no longer respect our 2 Party system. They are working at turning this country into a one party authoritarian state.

Jan 09, 2012 1:00am EST  --  Report as abuse
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