“Sit down and shut up!”: Governor Christie lashes out at criticsPosted by Mona Salama on February 26, 2015
Governor Chris Christie joined the crowded field of potential Republican presidential candidates in the first day at CPAC 2015 at National Harbor, Maryland. Joining the stage this afternoon with Governor Christie, radio talk show host Laura Ingraham moderated the 20-minute question and answer session, the first at this year’s CPAC. Jeb Bush will be doing the same thing tomorrow afternoon, with Sean Hannity acting as moderator.
Beginning the session, Ingraham mentioned the bad press Governor Christie has gotten in the media the past few months. He brushed off the media critics, proclaiming, “I have The New York Times in my media gaggle every day and when you do things like I have done in New Jersey, they just want to kill ya, and that is what they are trying to do to me every day.”
Touting his record as governor throughout the session, Christie cited his efforts to get the state pension system back on track. He stressed that he takes a stand for conservative principles even as he “wakes up every morning with a Democratic legislature.” The governor, who is a social Conservative, mentioned his anti-abortion record. Christie was the first governor to speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the capitol. He also vetoed Planned Parenthood funding from the budget over five times.
On Common Core, an issue Governor Christie once supported, he spoke of his “implementation regrets.” He now prefers a system designed by teachers and parents.
Ingraham again mentioned the media’s seeming dislike of the governor, citing several unfavorable descriptors including, “supermodel, explosive, short-tempered, hot-headed, and impatient.” Christie added the word “passion” to describe himself as he fights for the people of New Jersey. “If you really care about something, then you have to go all in. I care about fighting the fights worth fighting.”
The packed ballroom erupted with applause when Metallica’s Enter Sandman played. It was then Governor Christie recalled an incident where he told a reporter to ‘sit down and shut up’, “Yeah well, sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up.”
With 2016 looming, the governor dismissed the low polls in his home state as well as lagging presidential poll numbers. “Is the election next week?”, the governor responded as Ingraham questioned his place in the polls. Last year he was seen as a front runner, but this year he is near the bottom with even Dr. Ben Carson ahead. Governor Christie stated if he runs for president, he will “run a hard fighting campaign where I will fight for the taxpayers…In 2007, it was going to be Rudy Giuliani versus Hillary Clinton, so I feel good about 2016.”
NOTE: Story has been edited for content after publication.
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