Say what you want to about Chris Christie’s problematic positions on the issues, when it comes to politics as a street fight, he’s the best the GOP has.
Speaking at a Romney rally in New Hampshire, Christie was heckled by some poor, deluded Occupy protestor and brought the crowd to its feet with his response.
“We can no longer put up with the most pessimistic man I’ve ever seen in the Oval Office,” Christie told the crowd.
Referring to President Obama’s class warfare rhetoric, Christie said that Obama’s solution was to take “pie” from those who had a bigger “piece,” keep the bulk of it, and then give some to those with a smaller piece. In contrast to that, “what Mitt Romney believes that the size of the American piece is infinite,” Christie said.
When he was interrupted during his remarks by Occupy protesters shouting, “Christie kills jobs! Christie kill jobs!” Christie deadpanned, “Really?”
“Somebody’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,” Christie rejoined from the stage as the chanting continued from a cluster in the audience. “There’s this confusion that’s out there because if she was in New Jersey … she would know that we created 60,000 new private sector jobs.”
Saying that the female protester was “blinded” by her enthusiasm for Obama, Christie continued, “And if she wasn’t so disoriented by the loss of hope and change, she’d understand that … Mitt Romney is the hope for America’s future.”
He went on to blast Obama to the clapping and cheering attendees as a “Chicago ward politician.”
Christie had his reasons for not running for president in 2012 – not the least of which was the fact that he had only been in office for two years. There’s also the fact that social conservatives would have found him an anathema .
But give the big guy a microphone and a platform and there is no doubt he can handle himself as well as anyone the GOP can put in the field. He will be a valuable commodity during the general election campaign no matter who wins the nomination.