Before an energetic crowd at a high school gymnasium, he described President Barack Obama as “ the most pessimistic man I have ever seen in the Oval Office.”
“When you listen to the man, he sounds angry. I have a suggestion for the president: He doesn’t do angry well,” Mr. Christie added. “He understands that the American people are angry and they’re scared and they’re worried about the future. So he’s decided, in the most cynical reelection strategy that you could ever think of, that he doesn’t care if you’re angry, he just wants you to be angry at somebody else.”
Earlier, Mitt Romney, the man whom the New Jersey governor was there to stump for, had been interrupted by a number of protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement, who chanted, “Mitt Kills Jobs,” and Mr. Christie said that “Those folks we have here tonight they are an example of that.”
But he cautioned the protesters, ”He doesn’t care that you’re angry. He just wants you to get angry at somebody else. The president’s encouraged these people to be angry at Mitt and be angry at me because we stand up for what we believe in. That’s wrong. That’s not America.”
But just then the chant started up again in earnest, only this time the protesters yelled, “Christie Kills Jobs! Christie Kills Jobs!”
Mr. Christie, in a moment of trademark combativeness that New Jersey has come to know, stopped and said, “Really?”
“Something’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,” he said.
Mr. Christie then launched into a scathing attack of his hecklers, telling them that they had been misled by President Obama as the rest of the audience egged him on.
“And if she wasn’t so blinded by her Barack Obama-induced anger, she’d know that American jobs are coming back when Mitt Romney is the next president of the United States, and if she wasn’t so disorientated by the loss of hope and change she’d understand that Mitt Romney is the hope for America’s future,” he said.
He added that Mr. Obama was responsible for “the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country,” and labeled the president “a Chicago ward politician.”
“I hope the president’s watching. I have a message for you Mr. President. This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country. Bring our country together, stop dividing it, Mr. President,” Mr. Christie said, as the hecklers eventually quieted down.
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