Lebanon Reporter

Community News Network

January 17, 2014

Five myths about Chris Christie

(Continued)

4. His shtick doesn't play well outside New Jersey.

No one in Iowa will vote for Tony Soprano for president.

So goes the conventional wisdom about how a foul-mouthed tough guy from Jersey just doesn't have the right personality to appeal to Middle American voters. But my experience watching Christie beyond New Jersey tells the opposite story.

After announcing in October 2011 that he wasn't running for president, Christie endorsed Mitt Romney and then flew to New Hampshire to become Romney's most high-profile surrogate. At their first rally together, two female hecklers started yelling about Christie killing jobs. The crowd roared, knowing what was coming. "Something may go down tonight," Christie said, "but it ain't going to be jobs, sweetheart." The comment shocked some pundits who thought it was sexist. But I was in the crowd, and that line got more applause than any other. Several Republicans told me afterward that they wished Christie had been running instead of Romney.

The following summer at the Republican convention, Christie spoke at a breakfast for the North Carolina GOP. In persuading the crowd to work hard for Romney, Christie didn't get folksy - he got Jersey. "Now I don't want to get all nasty this early in the morning," he said. But "you don't want an angry Chris Christie coming back to North Carolina." He then referred to the Mafia: If North Carolina doesn't go Romney, he said, "we're going to give you some Jersey-style treatment. You don't want that now." So many North Carolinians got up from their scrambled eggs to mob Christie at the door on his way out that the rest of the breakfast program had to be delayed.

Text Only
Community News Network
Featured items
Click below to browse and order photos


Photos from June 2014

Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide