Chris Christie Lays Out Argument For 2016

In a well-received speech, the New Jersey governor makes his case and has harsh words for potential rivals

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks to fellow Republicans

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie laid out his ideas for saving the Republican Party at a gathering of the Republican National Committee on Thursday, in remarks that offered sharp criticism of rival Republicans and a window into his own potential 2016 platform.

Christie spoke at length about his record in New Jersey, emphasizing accomplishments like teacher benefit reform and bringing down the Garden State’s budget deficit. Christie’s remarks were closed press, but multiple guests provided quotes and recordings.

“He was highlighting his record in New Jersey, what he has next for his campaign, and his plans for his second term,” said former Romney strategist Russ Schriefer.

According to several sources, Christie’s remarks included jabs at least two other potential 2016 candidates.

“I’m not going to be one of these people who goes and calls our party stupid,” he said in a rebuke to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, the chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Jindal made the charge in November and again to the RNC in January, when he encouraged the party to overhaul its messaging and tactics after the 2012 defeat. “We need to stop navel gazing,” Christie said. “There’s nothing wrong with our principles. We need to focus on winning again. There’s too much at stake for this to be an academic exercise. We need to win and govern with authority and courage.”

Christie also appeared to slam Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, with whom he publicly battled last month over the GOP’s foreign policy direction.

“We are not a debating society,” Christie told the 168 members of the committee and other Republican operatives gathered for lunch in a Boston hotel ballroom — a remark received as a continuation of their feud. “We are a political operation that needs to win.”

“See I’m in this business to win,” he continued. “I’m in it to win. I think that we have some folks who believe that our job is to be college professors. College professors are fine I guess. Being a college professor is — they basically spout out ideas but nobody ever does anything about them. For our ideas to matter we have to win. Because if we don’t win, we don’t govern. And if we don’t govern, all we do is shout into the wind.”

Christie’s remarks repeatedly drew loud applause from the audience; the cheers were audible outside the room. “He connects with this group,” said Massachusetts committeeman Ron Kaufman. “This is his team.”

Even frequent critics loved the remarks. Iowa GOP chair A.J. Spiker, a former backer of Ron Paul, called Christie’s performance “really great.”

Christie told an oft-repeated story about the source of his brash and outspoken personality: that on her deathbed his mother said to leave nothing unsaid. The tale that has become something of an origin story for him. He also outlined his electoral success in New Jersey, where he is expected to coast to re-election this fall. Christie reminded members of the RNC that he captures 35% of the vote in New Jersey and has the support of a majority of women in the traditionally Democratic state.

“The emphasis was on electability,” said Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri. “And he made the case that he is electable, so I think you saw a foreshadowing of 2016.”

“His whole pitch was: as a party all you should be thinking about is winning, and look I’ve got the winning formula,” Munisteri recounted.  “I took all that to mean: I’m going to be a candidate in 2016. If you want to win…I’m your candidate.”

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877 comments
dld_music
dld_music

You are no more a republican than Obama. take your, "Win at the expense of giving up our Republican and Constitutional rights,"  and send it to a New Jersey garbage dump !  

dld_music
dld_music

Hey Christy
       We don't need your salvation. You're a moral coward catering to lobbiests and special interest groups and activst groups. You switched parties after the big storm just ot get a few dollars of Federal Aid. 
You talk tough but carry a little stick of moral courage. Your true colors have been exposed and you are the biggest flip flopping politician I've seen in a long time. 

atavales
atavales

"In a well-received speech, the New Jersey governor makes his case and has harsh words for potential rivals"... like any bully out there. This is not about using "harsh words"; is about "showing what you are made of" (and I am not implying donuts here). I personally have little respect for someone who talks so loud and "harshly", wanting everyone to apply themselves, to be responsible, and do better for them and their families, when Christie himself has no self-control and is incapable of taking care of his own health. About his comment: "We are a political operation that needs to win."... the only "operation" that Christie needs to worry about is his "lap band" surgery!!

fitty_three
fitty_three

You GOP idiots all forgot just why Christie is happier with Obama than Teh House:

Sandy.

lorded13
lorded13

Fat boy was a Federal employee for what? 20 years.....received free health care, a pension, vacation time, sick leave time etc..... did he once tell his boss, well this year I don't want you to pay for my medical I'll pay for it.  Matter of a fact I don't want any raises or time off either.......... I think not! 

SilenceNobody
SilenceNobody

Christie is nothing more than a plus-size RINO who follows the Alinsky model.He has been a pawn for the Obama dog and phony show.

FA_Mitchell
FA_Mitchell

Nobody in the GOP base supports Governor Krispy Kreme. He will fold like a cheap accordion in the race just like he does every time Obama comes to town.

oldwhiteguy
oldwhiteguy

Christie is the only viable candidate the GOP has going for them right now. They, of course, will continue their intramural brawl and the jury is out on whether Christie can weather the storm of the Republican debates where the game is "how far right can you go?" If Christie gets the nomination, it will mean that the tea party crackpots have finally run out of steam. If Christie does not get the nomination and the rightwingnuts put forward "their" candidate (whomever that may be), that person will carry Kansas and Texas only. In either event, if Hillary runs, the GOP could nominate Abraham Lincoln and they'd still lose because their party membership and platform are pretty much out of touch with reality. (Not that Abe would have anything to do with this gang of big money mouthpieces and aging, white paranoids).

Trap12
Trap12

He is fun to listen to, he has demonstrated political courage in his relationship and work with the present administration, and he has energy. 

He needs to explain and demand that it is the Republican PARTY and force anentire review and restatement about what that means in America, but today's platform must reflect what the PARTY stands for really, and forcefully suggest the extremists shut the hell up an start thinking about only themselves.  

He must somehow convince the public that the back rooms won't roll this country into another economic help home.  He will have to spin the Obama Administration's success in forcing the bottoming out and starting a return to a recovery, while all the while, the Republican Party say on their hands putting in corners and spring only criticism without alternatives.  Good luck with that.

Then he will have to demonstrate he has a grip on foreign policy, although he cannot see the Middle East from his home in New Jersey and that his promise in this area can overcome any skills demonstrated by the Democratic candidate.  Good luck with that.

On the other hand, he too can accept only his own personal choices, and the other 78 year old supporters clamoring religiously about the odds for.

KaiHolland
KaiHolland

So a politician's job is to WIN. WIN!!! (Not to govern or fix problems.) And a college professor sprouts ideas no body does anything with. Not teaches. Yikes.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Where did everyone go?  Did the IRS put a block against us?

ginterparkguy
ginterparkguy

Christie might not even make it to 2016 b/c of his health !  Have you actually seen the SIZE of that guy ?  I mostly vote GOP, but could not in good faith vote him in as "president' if he chooses to run just for the fact he may not make it past the first 6 months!  You don't take of your own body, how in the hell are you supposed to take care of all the things the POTUS is supposed to do? 

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Q: What do you get when you offer a Liberal a penny for his thoughts? 
A: Change.

Q: How do you confuse a Liberal? 
A: You don't. They're born that way.

Q: What's the difference between Elvis and a smart Liberal? 
A: Elvis has been sighted.

Q: Why is it good to have a Democrat passenger? 
A: You can park in the handicap zone.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Christie would be just another RINO like Mitt Romney that would lose to Obongo.  The only real candidate that could stop the liberals from ruining this country further in 2016 is Rand Paul.  He, at least, respects the Constitution!

krogers58
krogers58

If Christie actually believes he has a chance to win the Republican presidential nomination he is deluded.  He is so deluded it should automatically make him ineligible for the presidency.  More wishful thinking by the press.  They will not choose our candidate, ever again.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Christie would back a bill to take our guns away.  We all know it but nobody wants to talk about it.

rattstone
rattstone

I will not vote for this RINO,   'Amnesty'  is just around the corner for Christie.

christlong1980
christlong1980

I'd rather America collapse than for it to become the party of RINO types like McCain and Christie.

notsacredh
notsacredh

Tell me this. How come there are so many liberals posting here/ I'm at work posting because business is slow due to all the regulations DEMOCRAPS have forced on us. Is worker's comp paying for your computers and internet?

dld_music
dld_music

@oldwhiteguy  Christy is not the only viable candidate. There are plenty of others who have a real backbone and show it with action not just loud braggadocious insults. He's not a Republican and his actions prove it. I thought he was great up until he started kissing the letter O for a fistful of dollars. 

We need men who are not afraid to fight for the preservation of our Constitution, and treat as the law of the land instead of a living document subject to change. And we do have men and women with that kind of courage and tenacity.

atavales
atavales

What about Marco Rubio??

mantisdragon91
mantisdragon91

@DonQuixotic Its lunchtime. The hard working real Amuricans are no longer working and thus can't waste their employers money posting about lazy do nothings.

fitty_three
fitty_three

@DonQuixotic  

I think you went so far to your right it scared 'em.  They think the world has ended.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic 

Maybe they realized we are actually making fun of their dumb arses.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Q: How do you keep a Liberal busy all day? 
A: Put him in a round room and tell him to wait in the corner.

Q: What do you call a Democrat with an IQ of 130? 
A: A foursome

Q: How do you get a one-armed Liberal out of a tree? 
A: Wave to him.

Q: What do you call a basement full of Liberals? 
A: A whine cellar.

MikeVasilove
MikeVasilove

@DonQuixotic Yes he does and I believe in Mr. Paul but he is too new at this to be electable. Christie, though I have come to belees supportive of him in the last year, is electable. He may want Rand as his VP running mate.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@DonQuixotic 

I'd vote for Palin. The only way to win back the women's votes is with another woman. McCain tried to prove that when he picked his running mate. Palin / Bachmann Sweet '16!

fitty_three
fitty_three

@krogers58  

Have you noticed that the press doesn't choose your candidates for you?

The insane do.

Tero
Tero

@DonQuixotic 

If you talk about it you may end up in a FEMA death camp.

JohnsonGrande
JohnsonGrande

@sacredh Democrats will kill your business.  I hope in your case they fail to do so but they are intent on destroying business all over the country.  Democrats seem to have a deep seated hatred for business and capitalism.

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

Q: What is the definition of gross ignorance? 
A: 144 Democrats.

Q: What is foreplay for a Democrat? 
A: Thirty minutes of begging.

Q: What is the Democrat doing when he holds his hands tightly over his ears? 
A: Trying to hold on to a thought.

Q: Why did the Liberal have blisters on his lips? 
A: From trying to blow out lightbulbs.

Q: Why do Liberals work seven days a week? 
A: So you don't have to retrain them on Monday.

deconstructiva
deconstructiva

@Tero @DonQuixotic @terryclifton1 

Like dividing by zero, there is no correct answer - unions would not allow it as a violation of work rules. Therefore, there are no working lightbulbs in unionized societies.

JohnsonGrande
JohnsonGrande

@mantisdragon91   @JohnsonGrande    LOL, the Chinese were FORCED to admit that Communism is a FAIL and they had to adopt capitalism to survive.


Too bad the American Marxist-Crat party hasn't learned that lesson yet.  Instead the Dems are trying to take America even further Left!


Why don't you Dems move to North Korea where you can be with your kind.

JohnsonGrande
JohnsonGrande

@mantisdragon91   @JohnsonGrande    LOL, where's all those "shovel ready jobs" you Dem LIARS!

Yeah, America's REAL excited about all these crappy low wage jobs under the Marxist-Crats as Obama kicks back in Martha's Vineyard golfing.  That's when he's not taking one hundred million dollar African Safari Vacations while Americans suffer and veterans get screwed under Zero.