December 1, 2011

Chris Christie Blasts Newt Gingrich

First Ron Paul, Now Chris Christie. From The Wall Street Journal

“Speaker Gingrich has never run anything,” he told, a Scripps Howard website. “And he’s been a legislator. I have to tell you, I don’t think being a legislator is the best calling card. Look at the guy we have in the White House now. He never ran anything and was a legislator.”

In the Republican primary season, comparing a candidate for the presidential nomination to President Barack Obama is pulling out the big guns, but no one has ever accused Mr. Christie of diplomacy. The New Jersey governor also dismissed Mr. Gingrich as “the newest flavor of the two weeks,” adding, “these Gingrich poll numbers are as solid as the Cain numbers were, as solid as the Perry numbers were, as solid as the Bachmann numbers were,” comparing Mr. Gingrich’s poll numbers to earlier front-runners Herman Cain, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann.

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83 Responses to “Chris Christie Blasts Newt Gingrich”

  1. Abe says:

    The NEWT-A-BUST is coming……..mark my words!!

  2. Smack1968 says:

    Christie is the perfect “Mitt The Cupcake” surrogate.

    Christie and Pawlenty have been working their butts off for Mitt, and will continue to do so.

    They are good men.

  3. Matt Coulter says:

    This is why I just read all the comments of glee and exhilaration from the not-Romney crowd… and just chuckle.

    I remember how joyful and excited everyone was about Rick Perry. I remember the glee surrounding Herman Cain’s rise to the top.

    At one point, Rick Perry led in all the early states except NH (even NV back when it was an early state). At one point, Cain led in IA, SC, and FL. And the not-Romney crowd went nuts. Here comes Newt, and sure as spit, they get all in a tizzy again – only this time, an even larger tizzy since Newt is finally their last not-Romney hope.

    But Gingrich will come crashing down to earth, and that’s what makes me chuckle. He is going to get attacked by Bachmann, Perry, and Paul in Iowa. He’ll get attacked by all of Romney’s endorsers (which is the benefit of having a couple hundred people endorsing you). He’ll get attacked from all sides. And Romney just has to make passing reference to him being a career politician in a few interviews, sit back, watch, and then crack the sparkling grape juice this February.

    It’s fun to watch people get so excited and overplay their hand. It’s what makes schadenfreude so sweet in the end.

  4. Gunlock Bill says:


    Composite Not-Romney Morons hardest hit.

  5. Matt Coulter says:

    (And to be honest, at the other end of the spectrum it is equally amusing to watch all the Romney supporters freak out and get testy and argumentative. Everyone on both sides ought to attempt to moderate their emotions a little more carefully. Heh.)

  6. Boomer says:


    Yep. This and the comments by Gov. Barnstad today telling Newt he better get his message squared away and get his organization together in short order or he isn’t winning Iowa were sweet.

    Polls are fun. Comments by people who know politics are a tad more relevant.

  7. Gunlock Bill says:

    Composite Not-Romney Morons, “Help us Obwanewty, you are our last hope.”

  8. Boomer says:

    From the article:

    >> However, Christie also didn’t shut the door on the idea of joining the ticket. “If it is offered, I’d make the decision I thought was best for me and my family and the country,” he said before adding: “I can not imagine it happening. I think someone else will be running with Governor Romney. Not me.”

    Very interesting.

  9. aspire says:

    I can’t tell you how much I’d like to see Christie in the VP debates.

  10. Smack1968 says:

    Matt Coulter,

    I also laughed and chuckle everytime you said Newt’s Surge wouldn’t get as high as Cain’s.

    This time Mitt’s own numbers are slipping..which didn’t happen in the other surges.

    This time Newt is actually taking away Mitt supporters.

    This time..poll after poll shows “Mitt’s Strong Support” dropping.

    The GOP voters have rejected Mitt Romney.

    Newt vs. Huntsman vs. Brokered Convention.

    Get used to it.

    There is no more “Mitt Option.”

    Newt 2012!!

  11. CF says:


    You’re right, but can you blame the Romney supporters that much for the level of insanity this year? Our one consolation is that we only have one more month of madness to endure.

    Concerning Newt’s crash: it’s going to be epic. Newt Gingrich stands for practically EVERYTHING the Tea Party has stood for over the past four years. The likes of Sarah Palin, Bachmann, Santorum, Ron Paul and Co. aren’t going to stand around and watch all their hard work just go up in smoke. They’re going to pull every knife out they have to carve him up. Not to mention all of the establishment who will go after Newt.

    There’s really only one group that actually supports Newt right now – the uninformed electorate and the DNC. The Establishment and Conservative Right will demolish him.

  12. Matthew Kilburn says:

    Here’s one of the big (though only one of many) problems with Gingrich: You can’t look up to him. period.

    Forced to tell my (future) children whether they should emulate Barack Obama or Newt Gingrich in how they conduct their lives, I would honestly have to think on it – and could very well end up advising towards the former. When a liberal, an inexperienced, incompetent, pandering liberal who supports many of the things have created or threaten to create so much extreme difficulty for this country, is an equal or better role model as the man we are poised to nominate to replacement…that’s unacceptable.

    Gingrich cannot even keep his own house in order, yet he’s asking for the keys to our national residence – over a candidate who has lived an unquestionably spotless personal and professional life.

    Character counts – and Gingrich just doesn’t cut it.

  13. aspire says:

    11 I think you have a typo.

  14. CF says:


    Like I said, ONE GROUP. Think about it.

  15. PabloZed says:

    #3 – Differences abound. Unlike Cain and Bachmann Gingrich has a long record. Unlike Perry Gingrich can debate. Also, the holidays are approaching, so the timing of Gingrich’s rise is nearly perfect. Finally, Romney’s horrible last couple weeks have caused his once steady support to drop.

    I’d say this one is not like the others.

  16. aspire says:

    “Newt Gingrich stands for practically EVERYTHING the Tea Party has stood for over the past four years.”

    I thought there might be a typo here – Did you mean against, or am I just reading it wrong?

  17. Smack1968 says:

    Perry – Cain – Bachmann…..never had the turnouts that Newt is getting now everyday.

    This Newt Surge is nothing like the other…nothing.

    Mitt Romney is in the deep weeds and he can’t swim. Just watch his interviews.

    Mitt would have been squashed like a bug against the 1 billion dollar Obama machine.

    Mitt couldn’t even handle a Fox News interview…blwoing up after it was over.

    The GOP voter has rejected Willard Mitt Romney.

    Gingrich vs. Huntsman vs. Brokered Convention.

    Take your pick.

    Option M is not available at yur retail stores.

  18. teledude says:

    Smacks is right again!

    Newt vs. Huntsman vs. Brokered Convention.

    There is no more “Mitt Option.”

  19. Boomer says:

    The leader of the Iowa Tea Party organization joined Bachmann’s team today. She’s going to get a lot of the Tea Party votes.

  20. aspire says:

    Unlike Cain and Bachmann Gingrich has a long record

    Of affairs?

  21. rightgal says:

    Ouch. that had to of hurt!

  22. CF says:


    Oops, yep. “against”.

    Newt stands against everything the Tea Party has stood for the last four years. Tea Party leadership won’t stand idly by and watch this happen.

  23. rightgal says:

    Matthew. I totally agree. Are we bracing ourselves to have ‘that talk’ again with our kids, that we had to have in the 90 when having to explain why the blue dress was important?

  24. aspire says:

    This Newt Surge is nothing like the other…nothing.

    I think it’s different in 3 big ways.
    1) Newt has a Washington background – for better or worse
    2) We are closer to the actual voting
    3) Newt has an unprecedented amount of personal baggage.

    We will see what matters.

  25. Elazar says:

    Hey guys,
    Made a vid about Newt’s loyalty. What do you think?

  26. Craig for Huck says:

    Gingrich Instructs Team Not to Attack Romney

    GOP presidential front-runner Newt Gingrich, anticipating an attack from fellow contender Mitt Romney, has instructed his campaign staff and advisers not to respond in kind to the former Massachusetts governor, RCP has learned.

    According to Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond, “In response to the dynamics over the last 24 hours about the attacks coming our way, his instructions to us were to not say anything bad about Mitt Romney.”


  27. Boomer says:

    Brokered convention. Hee. You guys do know that the primary rules have been changed this year to allow for more proportional delegates from early states, right? Romney has the organization and money to ride out a long campaign.

    Neither Newt or Huntsman do.

    And much to Smack’s dismay, organizations do matter in Iowa. Newt doesn’t have one and Huntsman isn’t even competing. Huntsman’s Rudy 1 state strategy is not going to get him anywhere.

  28. CF says:


    Heh. Even Newt knows he’s still in the running to be Mitt’s VP.

  29. Craig for Huck says:

    Smacks is right again!

    Newt vs. Huntsman vs. Brokered Convention.

    There is no more “Mitt Option.”

    Ok, then..

    Huck/Newt ’12

  30. Matthew Kilburn says:

    anyone else see the entire website “centered”


  31. teledude says:

    Be careful Newt.

    Humility can be a good thing sometimes.

  32. aspire says:

    30 Try using FireFox

  33. Smack1968 says:




    Investment skeletons hiding inside Mitt’s closets

    I thought Mitt has been vetted?

    “Romney was governor, the state handed out $4.5 million in loans to two firms run by his campaign donors that have since defaulted, leaving taxpayers holding the bag.

    The two companies — Acusphere and Spherics Inc. — stiffed the state on nearly $2.1 million in loans provided through the state’s Emerging Technology Fund, a $25 million investment program created while Romney was governor in 2003 that benefitted 13 local firms.

    Acusphere, a biotechnology firm headed by a Romney campaign donor, got $2 million in 2004 that it was supposed to put toward a $20 million manufacturing facility in Tewksbury, which never became fully operational. Calls to Acusphere’s headquarters in Lexington were not returned.”

    …ahhhhhhh, but this is the best part…

    The Romney presidential campaign responded that although his appointees administered the program, he had initially opposed it.

    “This specific funding was part of a stimulus package that Gov. Romney opposed on the grounds that government should not play venture capitalist,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said.

    “Because of his concerns, he vetoed half the funding, but the veto was overridden by the Legislature.”

    Mitt was against it before his appointees administered it….and Mitt did veto half the funding..


    Again, I ask you all…

    Is it real, or is it a Romney?

  34. Booyeah says:




    This is legitimately racist, bigoted, and flat-out false. His mouth is unbelievable.

  35. Teemu says:

    Also one of the main things people are frustrated with is the lack of solid leadership from the White House. No one has worse leadership record than Newt Gingrich on the field, some might have lacking, but they don’t have negative one. Putting tough language in stopgap bill to cause the government shutdown because you were not happy with the Air Force One seating arrangements, being one of the only speakers driven out by his own party because of crappy leadership, ethical problems and liberalism doesn’t look good.

  36. teledude says:

    30. Switch to Firefox…it’s an IE glitch of some kind.

  37. Boomer says:

    >>Be careful Newt.
    Humility can be a good thing sometimes.

    Come on, Smack. Dole out some of that campaign advice and tell Newt not to build up expectations!

    I warned you Newt would start going rogue. He always does. It’s who Newt is.

  38. aspire says:

    “They are not going to be the nominee. I don’t have to go around and point out the inconsistencies of people who are not going to be the nominee. They are not going to be the nominee.”

    How would this go over here if Romney said it (after leading for 1 month)?

  39. Max Twain says:

    “Republicans see Newt Gingrich being rude to liberals and reporters, and they mistake that for a sign that he is a principled conservative.” – J. Barro

    Talk about dead-on.

  40. Katechon says:

    3. – agreed, Matt

    It’s also incredibly fun to sell short Gingrich at crazy prices on Intrade


  41. teledude says:

    33. THIS is Crony Capitalism

    …lobbying isn’t, necessarily.

  42. Keith Price says:


    This Newt Surge is nothing like the other…nothing.

    Smack, you mean because THIS surge candidate has

    * Way more history of stupid and liberal (same thing) statements?

    * Way more people who’ve worked with him in the past that hate him?

    * More serious problems than unsubstantiated accusations and a few debate and interview gaffes?

    * Much more likelihood of shooting himself in the foot by saying something stupid after saying something smart?

    * Had many more changes of positions than any other candidate — and WAY more recently?

    * Had Anti-endorsements from key legislatures?

    * Is far more polarizing than any other candidate?

    If THAT’s why you’re saying this surge is different, I have to agree!

  43. Max Twain says:


    Welcome to the Christine O’Donnell universe.

  44. aspire says:

    33 You understand there’s 3 branches of Government right?

  45. Matt Coulter says:

    Smack, you’re right – I did predict Newt’s surge wouldn’t get as high as Cain’s.

    As Rick Perry would say, “Oops.” :)

    Nobody rises this meteorically in a campaign without crashing down equally as hard. Take that to the bank.

    Huckabee’s rise was slow, and began in September, picked up a little in October with the crash of Thompson, and then accelerated in Nov and Dec. Gingrich’s rise came out of nowhere, only after Cain collapsed, which tells any informed politico that his support is uber-soft and uber-uninformed.

  46. aspire says:

    33 You’re literally criticizing Romney for a position he opposed. How deranged against Romney can you get.

  47. aspire says:

    42 Also none of the other proclaimed themselves the nominee.

  48. Ryan60657 says:

    “Look at the guy we have in the White House now. He never ran anything and was a legislator”


    True, Obama never ran anything, but…
    Nixon never ran anything,
    LBJ never ran anything,
    JFK never ran anything

    We could go on and on and on…

    Newt is in my “will vote 3rd party before voting for any of these clowns” category, along with Romney, Obama and several others. However, I don’t think never having *run* anything is a disqualifying characteristic.

  49. Matthew Kilburn says:

    sorry, I’m a bit confused here –

    But are you really attacking Romney because state funding went to people who supported him OVER HIS OWN VETO?

    No comprendo.

  50. teledude says:

    43. Keep insulting the base and threatening to leave the party, that’s working out great for you guys.

    …the 17 percenters (and dropping)

  51. Matthew Kilburn says:

    “Newt is in my “will vote 3rd party before voting for any of these clowns” category, along with Romney, Obama and several others. ”

    Anyone who won’t give you the thumbs up to go get high, right?

  52. aspire says:

    48 It is funny that you list 4 presidents who most people here would consider bad.

  53. Booyeah says:

    When is the far right going to wake up and realize they need us waaaaay more than we need them?

  54. Jman says:

    Christie says is straight. Newt is a joke, just a great and smart debater. Every other legit FOTM has fallen, Newt is the last, but will fall and fall hard. For this reason, he is not going after Romney.

    Romney is the man who will turn this economy around and will beat Obama. I am proud to stand with Romney. I am almost sick to my stomach to think of all that Newt spews- it may sound good, but it is laced with stink.

  55. Booyeah says:

    And, 52, Nixon and LBJ were VPs, and JFK was a once-in-a-generation figure whose brief presidency wasn’t exactly a model of efficient governance.

  56. Bill says:


    The 17 percenters, that’s fine, beats the hell out of being in the Christine O’Donnell wing.

  57. Keith Price says:


    33 You’re literally criticizing Romney for a position he opposed. How deranged against Romney can you get.

    Aspire, the only thing a desperate person who’s wrong has remaining is their ability to lie and call names.

    Smack is better than most RomNots, here. He doesn’t call names. And, really, he doesn’t lie. But, it’s REALLY close when he posts a fact and then claims it proves something entirely different.

    It’s frustrating to see the misinformation about Mitt, but it’s also heartening. If they had something real to attack him on, they wouldn’t have to make stuff up.

  58. Craig for Huck says:

    Christie in Iowa? LOL!

    What planet did Christie ever have conservative cred on? He talks a good game on some items but at his core he is full-on NJ RINO.

  59. Tim says:

    Christie is almost laughing at how huge a joke Gingrich is. Love Christie.

  60. Bill says:


    And what is Newt? A self-confessed Rockefeller Republican. Ouch.

  61. Spenza says:

    #37. Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill are nervous about Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls, with one member saying, “Newt’s hand is always six inches from the self-destruct button.”

  62. Katechon says:

    57 – Keith, you know we’re joking with the *cupcake*/rombotic things, right?
    In the incredibly unlikely scenario where Romney would crash, would you support Huntsman?

    *eats a cupcake for dessert*

  63. Craig for Huck says:

    Chris Christie is not showing any class as a sitting Governor getting getting directly involved in throwing verbal bombs between candidates for a national office in his own party.

    Although I encourage him to continue….while I enjoy the backfire :)

  64. Keith Price says:

    61. Another great quote from that article…

    “Any time you throw a thousand ideas out there, you got a great likelihood that a great majority of them are not very good,” he said.

    “He was the right person to flip the U.S. House. He was not the long-term manager you needed to run the agenda,” Burr said, adding that Gingrich in the White House “might be a tough fit.”

    Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), who served in the House from 1995 through 2004

    So, essentially, Newt’s good ideas do not translate into the ability to implement and manage them.

  65. Keith Price says:

    62. Kate, I’m not sure to what you’re referring. I didn’t comment on the cupcake post.

  66. Craig for Huck says:

    Christie the Romney Attack Dog in Iowa:

  67. Booyeah says:

    Can you Newters tell me how he wins in a general spouting racist garbage like this?

  68. Ben (One of those MittWitts) says:

    Smack is better than most RomNots, here. He doesn’t call names. And, really, he doesn’t lie. But, it’s REALLY close when he posts a fact and then claims it proves something entirely different.

    That’s because he’s not a true RomNot – he’s just a RomNotYet. 😛

  69. Rob says:

    The only thing Newt really has going for him is that his rise has come late in the process. Because of that, it is foolish to write him off. He has come in late enough that he may not fall in the next 33 days, and if he wins Iowa, this will be a long and protracted primary.

    Romney will not go down without a fight. He has put a lot of time and serious effort into this. The writing on the wall for Gingrich is beginning to show up. There are a lot of people out there, establishment and base, who are starting to sound the warning signs on Newt.

    If he had risen in the polls 2 months ago, I wouldn’t be worried. I hope that 33 days is enough for him to drop back down.

    Seriously, can you imagine having to choose between him and Obama? I’ll be looking back at 2008 as the good old days when I could at least stomach the republican I was voting for.

  70. Gunlock Bill says:

    57 “Aspire, the only thing a desperate person who’s wrong has remaining is their ability to lie and call names.

    Smack is better than most RomNots, here. He doesn’t call names. And, really, he doesn’t lie. But, it’s REALLY close when he posts a fact and then claims it proves something entirely different.

    It’s frustrating to see the misinformation about Mitt, but it’s also heartening. If they had something real to attack him on, they wouldn’t have to make stuff up.
    Craig for Huck Says: ”


  71. Craig for Huck says:

    GINGRICH: “I’m going to be the nominee. It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee. And by the way I don’t object if people want to attack me, that’s their right. All I’m suggesting that it’s not going to be very effective and that people are going to get sick of it very fast.

    And the guys who attacked each other in the debates up to now, every single one of them have lost ground by attacking. So they should do what they and their consultants want to do.

    I will focus on being substantive and I will focus on Barack Obama.”

  72. CF says:

    McCain is far more Conservative than Gingrich. At least he had some personal honor to go on. Newt’s rotten from head to toe.

  73. Watchinitall says:

    A sizable portion of the base does not want a temperate nominee . . . yet. They want the incendiary, the bombastic, the high passion, the hyperbole spitting, fire-breathing, set the world on its ear candidate who can mix it up with Obama in a way that makes the election a fight between Good vs. Evil.

    But the closer the election comes into focus, the closer the voting, the more temperate and sober voters become, as a rule. This is less true in the Primaries, where the most passionate voters are more likely to participate. It is extremely true of the general election. As voters become more temperate and sober, I have to wonder whether Newt will hold up.

    Go, Christie, go!

  74. Craig for Huck says:

    None of the other candidates have a wise fatherly tone that is resonating in any way with voters.

    Newt’s record against the slickest media-backed pol in history (Billy Clinton) is AMAZING, and it consists of classic Tea Party red meat:

    He successfully impeached Clinton for perjury in the House
    He successfully passed welfare reform
    He successfully launched the Contract With America
    He successfully challenged Clinton to a budget showdown by shutting down the government

    RED MEAT!!!!

    Newt has delivered in the past and has had time to grow wise with age. He will kick butt and make a great conservative leader..

    As Huck’s VP :)

    Huck/Newt ’12 (Brokered Convention)

  75. Sojourner Truth says:

    McCain is far more Conservative than Gingrich. At least he had some personal honor to go on.

    The same McCain who called his wife a c*nt?

  76. Boomer says:


    He also was successfully bounced by Republicans for being a terrible manager of the House.

    Lots of success.

  77. Keith Price says:

    67. Booyeah, How is that racist? Is being poor limited to a particular race?

  78. Boomer says:


    I’m not sure comparing the treatment of how McCain treated his wives versus how Newt treated his is a winning tack for either.

    Pretty funny, Romney is the Mormon but he’s the only one with one wife.

  79. Craig for Huck says:


    No one’s perfect.

  80. Keith Price says:

    69. Rob, good point about it getting close. A normal fall would happen in time, but the anti-Mitt voters may stick with Newt because they know there’s no time for another FOTM.

    I still have hope, bordering on confidence.

  81. Craig for Huck says:


    I’m going to need to see some original documentation on that.

  82. Keith Price says:

    75. SoJo, he said SOME honor, not complete honor. It says something that Newt’s honor is BELOW somewhat who said that.

  83. MPC says:


    Ron Paul has only had one wife. 😉

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