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The Christie Spin on Romney – Do You Buy It? [POLL]

Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media
Annette Petriccione, Townsquare Media

The 47 percent remark made by Governor Mitt Romney to a group of wealthy political donors is having its much anticipated fallout.

And Governor Christie is not shy about coming to the defense of his GOP pal.

This morning on the Jim Gearhart show, Governor Christie implored us to not take our eye off the ball and instead pointed a finger at the media for fanning the flames over the remark.

According to this

Christie indicated that some members of the press are in the bag for Obama.

“Some people in the media should just turn in their media credential and get an Obama for President credential the way they focus on things that people said back last May.”

Christie also defended Romney’s stance on what America should look like.

“Listen here’s what I know because I’ve spoken to Governor Romney over the last number of years about what he believes. He believes that everybody in America should have skin in the game. Everybody should be part of the fair shared sacrifice. And he wants everybody to be able to have the opportunity to be able to lift themselves up and their families up and have economic opportunity to do that,” Christie told Gearhart. “He doesn’t believe that happens by making a bigger, more expensive, more bloated government which is what the president has done by adding 6 trillion dollars in debt over the last four years.”

Christie also criticized the Obama campaign for focusing on the video rather than policy.

“And I have to ask you this Jim, I mean I don’t understand how people are looking at the president saying he’s got a plan for the next four years,” Christie said. “I mean I’ve heard Governor Romney’s plan. I don’t know what the president’s plan and that’s why you see the president and his friends in the press jumping on stuff like this because it’s another two days when they’re not talking about the president’s poor performance, the president’s lack of a plan for the next four years and the fact that Governor Romney does have a plan moving forward. So it’s another one of those distractions that happens I think you’ve got to keep your eye on the ball and talk about people’s futures, how we’re going to get people back to work in this country.”

If you missed that part of the interview, you can listen to it in the audio player below:

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Given all that, and surely these are words one would expect to hear from one of Governor Romney’s biggest surrogates, do you buy it? If we break it down and analyze it, here is some reaction about each of Christie’s comments:

The part about the media being in the bag for Obama, I could buy that one.

The part about everyone should be “having skin in the game,” It sure didn’t sound that way when he made his infamous “47 percent” comment.

The part about “Governor Romney does have a plan moving forward” I’ve heard mention of having a plan, but never articulating a specific plan.

And isn’t that all we want, just plain facts about how to get this country moving again.

And, by the way, the “47 percent” comment to me sounds as though he’s totally given up on almost half the electorate.

Last night I made the comment that the attitude conveyed in the comments display a distain for that portion of the electorate; and his job, or as he stated,”my job is not to worry about those people.”…IS actually to worry about those people.

Worry, or at least concern himself with them by changing their mindset from one of entitlement to one of self empowerment.

In other words, change the paradigm and channel his inner “President Reagan”.
A daunting challenge to be sure.


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