The governor dedicated a short block of his keynote to the Romney-Ryan ticket, saying “we have a nominee who will tell us the truth and who will lead with conviction, and now he has a running mate who will do the same.”
But the bulk of Christie’s speech was the GOP superstar’s game plan to reform business as usual.
“There’s only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don’t get from reading a poll,” he said. “You see, Mr. President – real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls.”
“Now it’s our time to answer history’s call. For make no mistake, every generation will be judged and so will we,” Christie said. “What will our children and grandchildren say of us? Will they say we buried our heads in the sand, we assuaged ourselves with the creature comforts we’ve acquired, that our problems were too big and we were too small, that someone else should make a difference because we can’t? Or will they say we stood up and made the tough choices needed to preserve our way of life?”
“I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American Century,” he continued. “…Standing strong for freedom will make the next century as great an American century as the last one.”
As Christie wrapped up his speech, he urged the crowd to jump to its feet.
“If you’re willing to stand up with me for America’s future, I will stand up with you,” he said. “If you’re willing to fight with me for Mitt Romney, I will fight with you.”
“Tonight, we finally and firmly answer the call that so many generations have had the courage to answer before us,” Christie said. “…And, together, we stand up once again for American greatness.”