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New Jersey governor coming to North Idaho

Chris Christie to appear at rally for Gov. Otter

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Posted: Saturday, November 9, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 9:18 am, Mon Nov 11, 2013.

COEUR d'ALENE - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was courted as a Republican presidential candidate in 2012, will be here in December for a public rally to raise funds for Gov. Butch Otter.

"We are real excited that Gov. Christie is coming to support Gov. Otter," said Jayson Ronk, Otter's campaign manager.

Christie won his bid for governor of New Jersey on Tuesday with a record-setting 60 percent of the vote against his Democratic challenger, state Sen. Barbara Buono.

In doing so, Christie won over his own party base, overcame a backlash from the tea party, won a majority of the women's vote, and did very well among minorities. He also took more than 30 percent of the Democratic voters of New Jersey.

Ronk said the Otter campaign would like to take credit for securing one of the most popular Republican figures in the nation this week, but he said the reality is that the campaign has been working on the Coeur d'Alene event for a number of months.

"We were really excited for Gov. Christie's historic win," he said, adding they received confirmation on Friday that he would be able to attend.

Members of the committee working to secure the governor said that Coeur d'Alene was selected because of the turnout they experienced during a similar rally Republicans held with former Vice President Dick Cheney on Nov. 2, 2008.

The Christie rally will be held at The Coeur d'Alene Resort on Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. The cost is $50 per person. There will be a separate VIP reception with both governors at 6 p.m. at cost of $1,000 per couple.

Tickets will be available online at as soon as they can update the campaign website, Ronk said.

Christie has taken on the extremists on both sides of the aisle, and went head-to-head with many of the tea party's presidential hopefuls, who are expected to run in the 2016 Republican primaries. Christie is also expected to make a primary run.

After his win on Tuesday, Christie had a message for Washington, D.C.

"I know that if we can do this in Trenton, N.J., maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TVs right now, see how it's done," the governor said in his victory speech.

"I know that tonight a dispirited America, angry with their dysfunctional government in Washington, looks to New Jersey to say, 'is what I think's happening really happening? Are people really coming together? Are we really working, African Americans and Hispanics, suburbanites and city-dwellers, farmers and teachers, are we really all working together?'" Christie said. "Let me give the answer to everyone who is watching tonight - under this government, our first job is to get the job done. And as long as I am governor, that job will always, always be finished."

Christie has been criticized for praising President Barrack Obama, and even hugging him thankfully, for helping his state in the dark days after Hurricane Sandy. He has taken stands against the Republican Party platform on gun control and Obamacare. Among the tea party contingent of the GOP, he is considered a heretic and many of them downplayed his 60 percent win Tuesday night.

"I like and respect Chris Christie. I congratulate him on his big win last night. I think it is terrific that he is brash, that he is outspoken and that he won his race," U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told the Politico newspaper this week. "We need more leaders in Washington with the courage to stand for principle. And in particular, Obamacare is not working."

Cruz, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, and U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, have publicly criticized Christie's position on a number of issues recently, but the governor has stood his ground.

Organizers of the rally said that Otter met Christie at the national governor's conference and that is what started the process of bringing the Garden State governor to Idaho.

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  • Unapologeticdemocrat posted at 9:39 pm on Mon, Nov 11, 2013.

    Unapologeticdemocrat Posts: 9

    This old Democrat could vote for Christie, but if it came down to it I'd vote for Hillary. Thankfully the right wing ideological nonsense so prevalent in this blog and in this part of the country is irrelevant to the rest of the country. They want someone who can govern and Christie has shown that he can be effective in a blue state.

  • TooOldToFight posted at 5:50 pm on Mon, Nov 11, 2013.

    TooOldToFight Posts: 1

    Christie is anti 2nd Amendment. Butch is forgetting this is Idaho. Deciding Idaho should put up it's own Obamacare exchange was curious but now it's making more sense. Butch is being seduced by the dark side. Too bad, I kinda liked him. Labrador for gov!

  • notapressfan posted at 11:38 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    notapressfan Posts: 11

    Christi loses to Hillary in his home state in exit polls just a few nights ago. Get used to saying President Clinton again if this fat fraud is the rep candidate.

  • Rogue Cop posted at 9:53 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Rogue Cop Posts: 2272

    Or how bout someone who knows we don't have 58 states. If you like your Socialism, you can keep your Socialism. Period. End of story.

  • Flash Gordon posted at 9:27 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1238

    Excellent idea Bob. By the way, that's how Bill Clinton was originally elected his first term. I'm with you:)

  • Keven Johnson posted at 9:23 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1274

    How 'bout - - for a change - - putting aside the false 'right / left' paradigm and electing a president who has read, understands, and actually believes in the Constitution of the United States, for starters. Maybe even someone who will take his / her oath to said Constitution seriously instead of treating it as a mere formality that doesn't mean anything.

    Perhaps even someone who realizes that in order to continue to have any sort of social safety net (i.e. social security, medicare, etc) that we have to stop squandering our resources starting wars all over the world and introducing new social welfare programs that cannot be paid for and thus cannot be sustained. It's worked so far - - but even the mighty U.S. cannot print money forever. It will end when the rest of the world stops accepting our monopoly money. When that happens and the whole house of cards collapses, do you think there will be any social security? Sure, checks may go out, but will they purchase anything?

    Wouldn't it be easier to restore sanity now, rather than rebuild from scratch later?

  • Bob Loblaw posted at 9:11 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    Bob Loblaw Posts: 375

    Sorry - I'm done holding my nose and voting for the lesser of two evils. That is what got us Obama. 3rd party, anyone?

  • jmowreader posted at 3:30 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    jmowreader Posts: 1160

    Christie isn't far enough to the right to get the approval of the tea party. I think it will be either Rand Paul, Scott Walker or Rick Scott...lose Rand because of his plagiarism issues and Rick Scott over some ethics problems related to his welfare recipient drug test program (his wife owns a chain of drug test labs) and Scott Walker is the candidate.

    On the Democratic side, look at Brian Schweitzer (who is at this point as well known as Obama was in 2005) or Mass governor Deval Patrick. Hillary is getting too old.

  • MixMart posted at 1:10 am on Sun, Nov 10, 2013.

    MixMart Posts: 1014

    Christie's temper and NewJersey manner will alienate a lot of voters. He won't get the nomination.

    One thing is for sure: the all you can eat brunch at the CDA Resort will look like it got hit by a typhoon when he passes through there.

  • Kirby posted at 8:29 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    Kirby Posts: 955

    @Keven... Verdad.

  • oneanddoner posted at 5:05 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    oneanddoner Posts: 8

    Right!! Elect some whack job right winger who's first order of business in DC would be to end social security, eliminate medicaid and medicare, set minimum wage at $0, turn Wall Street loose to impose their will, and give H1B visas to anyone and everyone.

  • Keven Johnson posted at 4:23 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    Keven Johnson Posts: 1274

    If the republicans nominate Christie, we might as well go ahead and elect Hillary in 2016. They will be virtually indistinguishable from one another on important issues like what the proper role for the government is, and whether or not the united States should be interfering in the affairs of sovereign nations. Differences in style only. Oh and the all important letter after their name.

  • 986crazy posted at 4:09 pm on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    986crazy Posts: 404


  • Flash Gordon posted at 9:43 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    Flash Gordon Posts: 1238

    What do you mean "if he doesn't screw it up"? What's likely to screw things up is the right wing tea party base of the republican party that apparently controls the primary process that chooses "the candidate". Christie is the ONLY viable republican that can challenge Hillary in 2016. If the republican party chooses anyone else they will get clobbered again in the national campaign.

    My hope is the republican party continues to shoot themselves in the brain. There is nothing to suggest otherwise........

  • oscar posted at 9:00 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    oscar Posts: 1026

    If he doesn't screw it up, Christie could easily become the next president. From what I have seen of him, he seems to be someone who works hard, can compromise, and doesn't put party politics before common sense.

  • ancientemplar posted at 8:16 am on Sat, Nov 9, 2013.

    ancientemplar Posts: 1144


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