TAMPA, Fla. —¬†Chris Christie did not disappoint — the governor of New Jersey, with his signature “in-your-face” style, tore into the Obama record and hailed the Romney-Ryan team as if they were his beloved New York Mets.
Nunes was just one of many Christie enthusiasts we spoke to before the New Jersey governor took to the stage at the Republican National Convention. Following a string of speakers and taking the podium after Ann Romney — and husband Mitt‚??s surprise cameo — Christie surpassed every expectation.
Christie drew wild cheers as he lit into the teachers‚?? unions he fought and liberals in general. In one of his memorable phrases, he declared ‚??our policies are right for America and their policies have failed America.‚?Ě
‚??Improbable,‚?Ě is how the governor characterized his moment in the national spotlight. ‚??A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address at the Republican National Convention.‚?Ě Like Santorum, he invoked the image of his working class parents and particularly focused on his mother (‚??the enforcer‚?Ě) and added: ‚??I‚??m her son.‚?Ě
‚??There are times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected,‚?Ě Christie said, quoting his mother and saying it also applied to leadership.
The audience loved it and gave the Garden State governor an ovation worthy of his favorite entertainer Bruce Springsteen.
Inevitably, the talk of Christie-for-president that was heard so much in 2011 until the governor said “no” was heard again in Tampa.
‚??When he was a federal prosecutor, Gov. Christie saw more than 100 cases to completion,‚?Ě recalled David Norcross, former state party chairman and GOP National Committeeman from New Jersey, ‚??He‚??s someone who doesn‚??t start a job he won‚??t finish. The job he wanted most is the one he has now. I would guess he would run for re-election and finish out two terms (by 2017). After that, we‚??ll see.‚?Ě