EXETER, N.H. — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday called President Obama the “most pessimistic man I’ve ever seen” and said he is faking anger to win reelection.
Christie, appearing alongside GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney at a campaign rally at a high school here, accused the president of a cynical effort to redirect the anger of the American people by appearing angry himself.
“I have a suggestion for the president: He doesn’t do angry well,” Christie said. “He understands that the American people are angry and they’re scared and they’re worried about the future. So he’s decided, in the most cynical reelection strategy that you could ever think of, that he doesn’t care if you’re angry, he just wants you to be angry at somebody else.”
As with other New Hampshire gatherings, the Romney-Christie event was marked at least in part by protesters.
The demonstrators began by chanting “Mitt kills jobs” when Romney spoke and then, when the microphone was handed to Christie, shifted to “Christie kills jobs.”
The governor, as he often does with antagonists, happily engaged them.
“Something’s going down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart,” he said.
Christie began singling out one chanter, suggesting that she was the kind of disillusioned voter Obama is attempting to exploit.
“If she wasn’t so disoriented by the loss of hope and change, she’d understand that Mitt Romney is the hope for America’s future,” Christie said, calling Obama a “Chicago ward politician.”
“This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country,” Christie said, referring to Obama. “Bring our country together; stop dividing us.”
Romney, speaking before Christie, at one point suggested that the governor was going to show him “how to win an election New Jersey-style.” Christie recently joked with an audience in Iowa that, if they disappointed him in the state’s caucuses last week, he would be back for retribution, “Jersey-style.”
Romney went on to win by eight votes.
Christie is arguably Romney’s most high-profile endorser, and his appearance here drew thousands.