Conservative Media Turn On Governor Christie Following Romney Defeat

››› ››› ANDY NEWBOLD & THOMAS BISHOP

After President Obama's re-election, conservative media figures attacked New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his praise of the president's leadership following Hurricane Sandy. Their attacks followed News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's pre-election statement that Christie would be to blame if Obama won the election.

Right-Wing Media Launch All-Out Attack On Gov. Christie

Fox's Dick Morris: Christie's "Fawning Promotion Of Obama's Presidential Leadership ... Made All The Difference." Fox News contributor Dick Morris wrote in a November 7 op-ed on Fox News' website that he was wrong about the model that predicted turnout would not be like 2008, but laid much of the blame for Romney's loss on Governor Christie:

But the more proximate cause of my error was that I did not take full account of the impact of hurricane Sandy and of Governor Chris Christie's bipartisan march through New Jersey arm in arm with President Obama. Not to mention Christe's fawning promotion of Obama's presidential leadership. It made all the difference. [FoxNews.com, 11/7/12]

American Spectator Calls Christie "The Gelatinous Clown" For Having "Embraced Obama As The Hero Of Hurricane Sandy." American Spectator's Robert McCain wrote that the "search for scapegoats always attends political defeat, and Republicans have no shortage of candidates for the role":

The list of fools who have brought this disaster upon us certainly also will include New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the gelatinous clown who (a) hogged up a prime time spot at the Republican convention to sing his own praises; (b) embraced Obama as the hero of Hurricane Sandy; and (c) then refused to appear at campaign events in support of Romney's presidential campaign. Good luck with the remainder of your political future, governor. It is unlikely Republicans shall soon forget your perfidious betrayal. [The American Spectator,  11/7/12]

Business Insider: Fox's O'Reilly Ranted About Christie Helping Obama Win The Election. Business Insider reported that Fox News host Bill O'Reilly criticized Christie, claiming:

O'REILLY: There was Chris Christie and President Obama walking down the beach, you know, with a little "Seth in the Moon Glow" music behind them, and it just wiped the governor's campaign off the map for five days. [Business Insider, 11/6/12]

Washington Times Editor Calls On GOP To "Excommunicate Christie." In a column titled "Excommunicating Christie," Washington Times editorial page editor Brett Decker called the New Jersey governor a "Republican in Name Only (RINO)" for his "liberal record on guns, abortion, homosexual marriage and global warming." Decker also criticized Christie for his gratitude to President Obama for his assistance during and after Hurricane Sandy:

As the Obama administration was taking incoming fire for its mismanagement of emergency-relief efforts in response to Hurricane Sandy, Mr. Christie handed Mr. Obama a big gift in the form of photo-ops, public hugs and gratuitously complimentary statements about the job done by the opposing party's standard-bearer. [The Washington Times, 11/7/12]

Fox's Lou Dobbs Criticized Christie For Playing "Cute" After He Called Obama To Congratulate, And Emailed Condolences To Romney. Fox Business host Lou Dobb's tweeted: "Christie plays cute: Christie calls Obama to congratulate, emails Romney condolences."

[Twitter, 11/8/12]

Fox's Laura Ingraham: "It Would Not Surprise Me If Chris Christie At Some Point Became A Democrat." Conservative radio host and Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham claimed that Chris Christie's praise of the president went to the point of "embarrassing himself." She added:

INGRAHAM: You know what, I'm just going to say this: He has a lot more in common with Obama than we thought. It's all about Chris Christie. "My Jersey Shore," "my roller coasters underwater," "my hero Bruce Springsteen," my "I have to pinch myself to go on Air Force One as the son of an Italian immigrant," or whatever he said.

[...]

Let me tell you something, Chris Christie -- it would not surprise me if Chris Christie at some point became a Democrat, doesn't surprise me one bit. It really doesn't, in the end. [The Daily Caller, 11/6/12]

Attacks On Christie Follow Rupert Murdoch's Warning To Christie That He Would "Take Blame" For Romney Loss

Murdoch To Christie: Re-Endorse Romney "Or Take Blame" For Romney Defeat. Rupert Murdoch, CEO of Fox News parent company News Corp., warned Governor Christie on Twitter that after his thanks to the president for assistance during Hurricane Sandy, he must "re-declare for Romney" or "take blame for next four dire years":

[Media Matters, 11/4/12]

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