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‘Combat Ready’ Christie Rips Media, Insists He Will Rebound

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‘Combat Ready’ Christie Rips Media, Insists He Will Rebound

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By David Lightman, McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS)

WASHINGTON — A defiant Chris Christie on Monday declared himself “combat ready” for the presidential campaign, painting himself as the victim of relentless, unfair media attacks.

Christie, the governor of New Jersey, last week announced his bid for the Republican nomination. His poll numbers are low in his state and in the presidential sweepstakes.

Christie has been battered by controversy over the 2013 closing of access roads to the George Washington Bridge, which links New Jersey with New York City. Officials close to the governor had a role in closing some of the lanes, a payback to a local mayor who refused to help Christie. Two former top Christie aides were indicted last month on federal charges they conspired to disrupt the traffic. They pleaded not guilty.

Christie, speaking Monday on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, said again he not only had nothing to do with the closing, but was unfairly tarnished.

“Remember the beginning, it was ‘He did this. He directed it. He’s this kind of guy.’ Then all of a sudden, you’re not. Then they say OK. Now what do we do?

“So instead of just standing up and saying what they should say, which is we’re sorry, governor, for having jumped to conclusions. We’re sorry for having prejudged this. We’re sorry for having not only accused you, but convicted you. They say, oh, well, all right, now it’s a culture,” Christie said.

“It wasn’t a culture, because if it was … there would have been a lot of these incidents.”

Christie ripped the media. “How about nightly specials on this network for five months calling me Attila the Hun? How about, you know, relentless attacks from The New York Times and the media?” he asked.

He noted that other governors seeking the White House, such as Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Louisiana’s Bobby Jindal, have also seen their popularity fall recently.

In his case, Christie said, “the bridge stuff is part of it for certain. And the relentless negativity that I was subjected to. And then combine that with the idea that you’ve got a guy that going to run for president. When that happens, the combination of the two brings your numbers down.”

“The numbers are going to go back up. They all do.”

(c)2015 McClatchy Washington Bureau. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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  1. Independent1 July 7, 2015

    Christie has absolutely no moral compass whatsoever. Like Romney, who he likes to pal around with, he can stand on national TV and with a straight face, spew one lie after another about just how great he is; what a wonderful politician he is; an just how great a president he will be even though as governor of New Jersey for the past 5 yeears – All he’s done is virtually trash the state he’s supposed to be governing in good faith.

    Below are some excerpts from a ThinkProgress article on just how he has lied as governor and done little but trash NJ:

    New Jersey’s economy has taken a hit since Christie assumed office. The current 6.5 percent unemployment rate in New Jersey is worse than the national average and the state’s long-term unemployed rate is worse than 48 states. In his five years in the governor’s mansion, the state’s credit rating fell nine times, making it the second worst among the states.

    He also reduced the earned income tax credit and vetoed legislation that would raise theminimum wage to $8.50 per hour, calling the legislation “truly ridiculous” before voters approved an increase in November.

    Christie has also driven the state to the brink of a pension disaster. Although the state Supreme Court recently ruled in his favor and let him off the hook for $1.57 billion in payments, the state’s public sector unions continue to insist that he make the promised pension payments to 800,000 of the state’s working and retired public sector employees. New Jersey’s pension system is currently $80 billion in the red, but the governor proposed even more cuts in his most recent budget.

    For more on Christie’s nefarious actions as NJ governor go here:

    Governor Chris Christie Wants To Be President. Here’s How He Hurt New Jersey.

    http://thinkprogress.org/election/2015/06/30/3616056/christie-announcement/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tptop3

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  2. charleo1 July 7, 2015

    First of all, if Chris Christy wants to run for President, he’ll need to have a hide as thick as a RINOsceros. And if he should become President, he’d better get used to people unfairly tarnishing, bashing, blaming, and maligning, him, his team, his judgement, and even his down time, for all kinds of things he had nothing whatsoever to do with. And if he can take it half as well as the man currently holding that vaunted post. Then, he can call himself ready to lead this rocking rolling ship of a Country. But I don’t believe he’s got the self control in him to President of a Kiwanis Club. I think it’s his turn now to quit whining, to sit down, and to shut up!

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    1. Joan July 9, 2015

      I agree with you that President Obama has demonstrated a level of grace under fire seldom seen and he has done so since his first inauguration.

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  3. Dominick Vila July 7, 2015

    The problem for Christie is not the media, but his record and the image of corruption, immorality, and abrasiveness that he projects.

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    1. booker25 July 7, 2015

      I like what one media person said yesterday about Christie, the head of the fish rots first. That would describe Christie and his administration.

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  4. booker25 July 7, 2015

    Christie isn’t in the clear, and he won’t be getting an apology from the media. What a clown!

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  5. FT66 July 7, 2015

    Christie is not smart at all. A smart person never attack the media. They will finish him completely in a matter of seconds. He is alone and they are many with big microphones and many keyboards every corner they move to.

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  6. ococoob July 7, 2015

    The guy’s totally immature!

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  7. Bob Eddy July 8, 2015

    I think maybe the real problem is that so many of the Republicans are thouroughly unlikeable people. Its going to be just like 2011 where each new candidate gets a run at top dog only to fade quickly as people get to know him. I’m a little suprised Christie isn’t doing better because, if nothing else, Republicans do like their bullies! Of course he may still be damaged goods in the eyes of many Republicans because he did work with the President during the Hurricane Sandy recovery.

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  8. Joan July 9, 2015

    I do not believe that anyone so proudly and defiantly unlikeable should be running for President. He has proven himself over and over as unworthy of our trust.

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