Chris Christie Denies Snubbing Romney, Blasts “Know Nothing, Disgruntled” Romney Staffers

Chris Christie responded to the report I made note of yesterday that he had turned down a request to appear at Mitt Romney’s Sunday night rally in Suburban Philadelphia in a press conference today, and it was vintage Christie:

“I told Governor Romney at that time that if the storm landed as predicted that it was going to be catastrophic to New Jersey and unprecedented,” Christie said. “I said to him, ‘Listen, Mitt, if this storm hits the way I think it’s going to, I’m off the campaign trail from here to Election Day.’ And he said to me, ‘Chris, of course. That’s what you have to do. Do your job, don’t worry about me. I’ll take care of things.’ So all this other noise, I think, is coming from know-nothing, disgruntled Romney staffers who, you know, don’t like the fact that I said nice things about the President of the United States. Well, that’s too bad for them.”

“He told me last Sunday night that he expected no other political travel or help from me over the course of the remaining time between then and the election, if in fact the storm hit the way it was projected,” Christie continued. “If it missed us, I would have been happy to go out on the road and help him. But it didn’t.”

Here’s the audio:

NJ Gov. Christie comments on Romney staffers by Producer Matthew

One of Christie’s advisers also blasted the anonymous leaker(s) in Boston. My theory? Some people on Romney’s team, on their own, decided to try to lay a trap for Christie because they were upset about his praise for the President, and they bungled it.

FILED UNDER: Campaign 2012, Natural Disasters, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Comments

  1. Mr. Replica says:

    Some people on Romney’s team, on their own, decided to try to lay a trap for Christie because they were upset about his praise for the President, and they bungled it.

    I wonder if these are the same staffers that thought the Jeep China ads were a good idea?

    Chrysler Employees Get Day Off to Vote — Salaried as Well as Union

  2. C. Clavin says:

    But Christie was awfully excited about meeting Bruce. in fact he wept. Wept, I tell you.
    http://www.boston.com/politicalintelligence/2012/11/05/chris-christie-moved-tears-hug-from-bruce-springsteen/a22yL38GQlQWzYjqanhXrM/story.html
    So there you have it. Bruce, yes. Romney, not so much.
    I wonder if Bruce keeps his money in the Cayman Islands?

    Seriously though…I’ve gained respect for Christie this past week or so.
    If only all Republicans were so serious about Governing.

  3. ernieyeball says:

    Some people on Romney’s team, on their own, decided to try to lay a trap for Christie because they were upset about his praise for the President, and they bungled it.

    So what do we have to look forward to from a hypothetical President Romney Team?
    More of the same?

  4. Deesaster says:

    He had his face up Obama’s crack. *sorry* He gave him effusive praise and basically gave Mitt a backhand at the same time. I know his kind. I’m not fooled.

  5. Michael Listner says:

    My theory? Some people on Romney’s team, on their own, decided to try to lay a trap for Christie because they were upset about his praise for the President, and they bungled it.
    Like most plaintiffs lawyers I encounter

    Nice how ya’ll leave out the fact that this is Doug’s theory and not a fact.

    You’re from Manassas Doug…do you know David Silek over at Oar and Silek?

  6. mantis says:

    Chris Christie Denies Snubbing Romney, Blasts “Know Nothing, Disgruntled” Romney Staffers

    Now if he could do something about his know nothing, disgruntled party, we might be getting somewhere!

  7. legion says:

    @Deesaster: And what exactly is “his kind”? Do tell. The kind of politician who suddenly realizes his actual job is to support his constituents?

  8. Liberal Capitalist says:

    Notes from an alternate reality / multiverse… March 2013.

    ——————–

    After being made the media scapegoat for Mr Romney’s astounding loss in 2012, Chris Christie anounced on Friday that he would no longer identify himself as a member of the Grand Old Party and stated that he would be running for reelection for Governor of New Jersey as a Democrat.

    Sources close to Gov. Christie said that he had been on the brink of making this anouncement for the last 30 days.

    Local sources in New Jersey praised both the Governor and President Obama for their bipartisan efforts in the aftermath of Huricane Sandy. Restoration plans continue for the battered shore, with plans to rebuild much of the historic resorts.

    Said Governor Christie: “Those morons just didn’t know when to quit. My state, my people are what matters to me. Those idiots on FOX? F’em! ”

    In making this decision, this informally puts Christie into the running as a possible DEM candidate for campaign 2016.

    Christie was quoted in saying: “”Now is not my time, New Jersey, whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me.”

    ……..

    ……..

    Hey… stranger things have happened.

    🙂

  9. LaMont says:

    What concerns me the most about Romney is the fact that he has surrounded himself with these staffers. Romney has shown on almost every level that the job of the POTUS is way over his head!

  10. Fiona says:

    There’s a possibility that what Mitt said to Christie and what he told his staffers are two different things. I’d be willing to bet that Mitt was none to happy about one of his top surrogates hugging it up with Obama. Mitt isn’t used to the peons having minds and agendas of their own.