Christie Sheathed His `Zingers’

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie addresses the 2012 Republican National Convention.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, keynoter at the Republican National Convention this year, has fielded some criticism for not taking his famously combative game to the national television audience watching his party’s show. He’ll get another keynote assignment in Washington this month.

He defended himself today against critics looking for more red meat in Tampa.

With a packed auditorium and millions of television viewers, Christie said, he wanted to pitch a “positive case” to voters for why his party has the stronger vision for the presidency.

“Believe me, I had plenty of zingers against the president of the United States,” Christie said today of that “second American Century” speech he delivered. “But I really felt like, when I had those 22 million people watching me, that what mattered much more was not making a case against Barack Obama, but making a case for Republican governance.”

He’s not finished on the national speaking circuit, though. On Sept. 21., the Newark Star-Ledger notes, the governor will headline the National Republican Congressional Committee’s 2012 Battle Ground Fall Event with House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. The event at the Capitol Hill Club will offer plenty of talk about the presidential and other race. Suggested contributions range from $1,000 to $38,500, with the big tickets buying a “private dinner reception with members of Congress,” according to the invitation.

Meanwhile, it’s back to business at home for Christie, conducting his 90th town hall meeting today.

His “Endless Summer Tax Tour,” prodding Jersey lawmakers to adopt his tax cuts, already had supplanted his “Jersey Comeback Has Begun.” Today, the first-term governor opened his town hall in Howell with an unfurled banner: “Christie Middle-Class Reform Agenda.”


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