Christie turns protestor's chant into anti-Obama tirade

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens at left during a campaign rally in Exeter, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012. AP Photo/Elise Amendola

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, listens at left during a campaign rally in Exeter, N.H., Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012.
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

EXETER, N.H. - After protestors interrupted his rally on Sunday, Mitt Romney got help from an ally who doesn't mind going toe-to-toe with demonstrators - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

After a handful of "Christie kills jobs!" chants could be heard rippling through the jam-packed Exeter High School gym, the famously combative Christie immediately retorted, "Really? You know, something may go down tonight, but it ain't gonna be jobs, sweetheart."

The governor said that 60,000 new jobs had been created under his administration, and quickly sought to turn the disruption to his friend's political advantage by tying her remarks to President Obama.

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"If she wasn't so blinded by her Barack Obama-induced anger," he shouted, referencing the heckler, "she'd know that American jobs are coming back when Mitt Romney is the next president of the United States, and if she wasn't so disorientated by the loss of hope and change, she'd understand that Mitt Romney is the hope for America's future!"

As the crowd erupted, Christie continued in the forceful manner that made many Republicans wish he had entered the race.

"See, beware -- this is a warning, this is a cautionary tale to be inspired by someone who has built a life that America can be proud of, not by a Chicago ward politician," he said. "I doubt he is, but I hope the president's watching. I have a message for you, Mr. President: This is the type of disoriented anger your cynicism and your division is causing in our country. Bring our country together -- stop dividing it, Mr. President."

Romney, for his part, opted for humor over anger at the disruption. "Oh," he told the audience, "this is our regular crowd here."

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