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Christie doesn’t disappoint as he rips into liberals

‚??There are times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected,‚?Ě said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as he drew wild cheers during his speech to 2012 RNC Convention.

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.

It was a performance that lived up to the expectations of enthusiasts like Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) who exclaimed to Human Events early Tuesday night, “He’s the most charismatic speaker we have — the right person to be the convention keynote speaker.”

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

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John Gizzi has come to be known as ‚??the man who knows everyone in Washington‚?Ě and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on what‚??s going on in the nation‚??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as ‚??Gizzi on Politics‚?Ě and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of ‚??Gizzi‚??s America,‚?Ě video interviews that appear on Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. John‚??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com