ASBURY PARK – Presenting himself as a robust Jersey Shore-grounded tough guy alternative to Democrats, Gov. Chris Christie oratorically belted President Barack Obama repeatedly when he took the stage at his national fundraising kickoff tonight.
“This liberal scheme we’ve been on for the last seven years,” Christie fulminated when he at last appeared here in Convention Hall. “Seven years ago Barack Obama sold us a story.
“We’ve been that specific and detailed [in his campaign] for a reason,” the governor said. “A majority of American people were sold a bumper sticker. ‘Hope and change.’ I think the American people knew hope and change meant more government spending. We’re going to kick hope and change out in 2016.”
Christie doubled down in his speech on a major campaign theme: Obama has been a weak and wrong leader for the country, the vanguard of failed leadership – in Christie’s view – best exemplified by the nuclear agreement with Iran.
“We need our Congress to stand up and say no to this deal,” said Christie.
When he’s elected president, he said, his first phone call will be to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I’m going to say, ‘Mr. Prime Minister, there’s a new sheriff in town and help is on the way,'” Christie said.