Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(WASHINGTON) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie continued to bash the media Thursday at the Conservative Political Action Conference, playing into a popular topic among the activists in the crowd, saying “elite folks from the media” cover him “every day.”
“Understand where I come from every day,” Christie told radio talk show host Laura Ingraham in a question-and-answer session in National Harbor, Maryland, after she asked him about the “onslaught” of negative news stories about him recently.
As the governor of New Jersey, Christie told her he has reporters from The New York Times covering him every day, and accused journalists of taking sides on issues he has stood up against.
“When you do things like I’ve done in New Jersey, take on a lot of these special interests that they support they just want to kill you and that’s what they tried to do to me every day and here’s the bad news for them, here I am and I’m still standing,” Christie, 52, said.
The governor added he will “continue to do what matters more,” which is “knowing how to fight for the people for my state and I don’t care what they write about me in the New York Times. I don’t subscribe, by the way,” getting cheers from the audience.
Christie even mentioned the newspaper in a somewhat veiled attack against a possible GOP rival, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Christie said the “reason why the New York Times writes awful things about me is because every time I read something they disagree with I don’t change my mind, I stick with where I’ve been.”
“So when you are pro-life in 2009, you don’t cut a commercial four years later because the New York Times doesn’t like it and say you are less than that,” Christie said, referring to Walker’s anti-abortion rights position, which he softened publicly last year in a gubernatorial re-election ad saying he would leave “the final decision to a woman and her doctor.”
This is the second day in a row Christie has taken on the media, specifically The New York Times, possibly laying out a theme that tends to be popular with the conservative primary voting base and something he can return to in a 2016 stump speech.
On his monthly radio call-in show, Ask the Governor, he was asked Wednesday night about his rough trip to the United Kingdom earlier this month. He blamed the bad headlines on “the national media following you around trying to justify their airfare going over there.”
As for his famously tough-talking style, Ingraham asked him about negative words used to describe him, including “explosive” and a “hothead” and whether that temperament works for the president of the United States. Christie answered “the word they missed is passionate.”
Ingraham countered by asking whether “sit down and shut up” is really necessary, referring to Christie’s famous line he used after being heckled by an activist in October.
Christie didn’t hesitate: “Sometimes people need to be told to sit down and shut up.”
He then said the same sentiment should be directed at the Obama administration.
“Quite frankly Laura, some more of that stuff should be happening in Washington, D.C., because there is so much ridiculous stuff,” Christie said. “Especially out of the White House someone should say it’s time to shut up.”
Ingraham also asked Christie about tough primary competition he is likely to go up against if he gets into the 2016 race for the White House, including former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and Christie said don’t count him out.
“I’ll take my chances on me, I’ve done pretty well so far,” he said.
He even ended his session with another jab at The New York Times when Ingraham asked Christie, a Catholic, what he gave up for Lent. Christie said he went to his priest and told him. “I’m giving the New York Times up for Lent.” He got more cheers from the audience, but told them “don’t cheer, it’s bad news.”
He said his priest answered, “Chris, you have to give up something you’ll actually miss.”
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