N.J. Governor delivers "Jersey Tough" style to national audience
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went on the attack in his keynote address at the Republican National Convention. While talking up his Garden State roots, Christie also took on teachers' unions, social programs and President Barack Obama. Zack Fink filed the following report.
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The governor from neighboring New Jersey wasted no time reminding the red-state crowd exactly where he comes from.
"This stage and this moment are very improbable for me," he said. "A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans."
Christie took aim at President Barack Obama, speaking to him directly from the stage.
"There is only one thing missing now. Leadership," Christie said. "It takes leadership that you don't get from reading a poll. You see, Mr. President, real leaders don't follow polls. Real leaders change polls."
The governor took time during the speech to compare Democratic policies to those favored by Republicans. He did so in his signature voice of no-nonsense tough love.
"I know this simple truth and I'm not afraid to say it: our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America," he said.
And it wouldn't be a Christie-themed speech without pointing out the connection between Democrats and the teachers' unions.
"They believe in teachers' unions," he said. "We believe in teachers."
Finally, Christie echoed the theme Republicans have been hitting since Obama took office.
"Tonight, we choose respect over love," he said. "We are not afraid. We are taking our country back."