Chris Christie RNC Keynote Highlights Success, Leadership (Oh, and Mitt Romney Too)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivered the keynote address Tuesday at the Republican National Convention, talking leadership and emphasizing change.

He eventually mentioned presidential hopeful Mitt Romney, too.

Christie took his sweet time getting around to mentioning the nominee, but treated the crowd to a warmer, homier version than his traditional caricature.

Following a heartfelt speech by Ann Romney, which gave him a friendly audience already riding on a high, he more or less kept them on it with his "we did it" theme:

An unabashedly brash, pugnacious politician unafraid to tangle with hecklers at town hall meetings - or on vacation at the Jersey Shore - Christie instead started out with a gentle touch, evoking warm images of his mother and his family.

He never mentioned President Obama, and took 16 minutes until he said Mitt Romney's name, focusing most of the time on his own story and track record.

He cited New Jersey’s success - under his leadership, of course - as an example of winning the ideological battle between Republicans and Democrats.

“When I came into office, I could continue on the same path that led to wealth, jobs and people leaving the state, or I could do the job the people elected me to do - to do the important things,” he said, noting that he hails from a heavily Democratic state.

“There were those who said it couldn’t be done. The problems were too big, too broken to fix. But we were on a path we could no longer afford to follow.”

“We did it," he crowed more than once. "We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey. Now it’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.”

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Like I'm following themjudgement of someone who is leading himself into cardiac disability.

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Those of you who believed in Obama's hope and change speech, 2008, were lied to. Anyone can be swayed by a con man, once. If you vote for him, this November, you're either against the American way of life, or just plain stupid.

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Yes Lily. Thank you.

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Obama is only for Obama/

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Anyone who thinks Pres. Obama is for the middle class is dreaming. Who do you think he intends to fund his "subsidy" programs to all the "poor" people and illegals in this country? That's right. The middle class. And, he is willing to downgrade the already pitiful standard of living for the middle class in order to do it. At least the Republicans plan to focus on creating jobs so that there are more people working in the middle class and less people lining up for all the subsidies. At least Mitt Romney wants to develop the private sector and lessen the need to carry so many Americans and illegals from cradle to grave with complete funding of their lives.

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Anyone who thinks that America needs Romney must belong to the millionaire/billionaire class. The man, like most like him doesn't give a damn about average people. They ignore the middle class and the poor, in policy, in their convention and in their lying speeches.

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Just another racist liberal.. Ho hum..

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AMERICA NEEDS PAUL RYAN AND MITT ROMNEY! AND ...A M E R I C A NEEDS THEM RIGHT NOW !

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Obama is a failure - Romney 2012

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I can NOT for the life of me understand why the ONE THING all media outlets seem to want to focus on is how long CC took to mention MR's name. IS that all the liberal media got from the speech? Did you even listen to what he said? Give me a break. Idiots.