Chris Christie joined New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney on stage Sunday, responding swiftly to hecklers shouting 'Mitt kills jobs.' He added Jersey-style charisma to the button-down Romney.
Any New Hampshire voters pining away for a more charismatic contender in their Republican primary may have had a few pangs Sunday night if they were in Exeter.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who resisted repeated entreaties to jump into the 2012 presidential race, joined New Hampshire front-runner Mitt Romney on stage at Exeter High School – and was soon competing for attention with hecklers shouting “Mitt kills jobs.”
Without missing a beat, Governor Christie defanged the protesters, Jersey style.
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When the hecklers switched from “Mitt kills jobs” to “Christie kills jobs,” the larger-than-life governor stopped in his tracks. “Really?” The packed gymnasium erupted in laughter. “You know, something may go down tonight but it ain’t gonna be jobs, sweetheart,” Governor Christie shot back. The crowd roared.
Christie 1, Hecklers 0.
See for yourself in this video from the Exeter Patch: