Hurricane Sandy: Romney Campaign Continues Focus on Relief Effort

GOP presidential candidate, former MA Governor Mitt Romney takes bags of food as they are donated for victims of Hurricane Sandy at an event held today at James S. Trent Arena in Kettering, OH. Oct 30, 2012
(Photo – Charles Dharapak/ AP)

While weather effects of super storm Hurricane Sandy are not yet over and rescue efforts are underway, the Romney/Ryan storm relief effort continues. Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and Ann Romney have not stopped! Governor Romney was in Kettering, Ohio this morning and will be in Tampa, Florida this evening. Today, Paul Ryan will speak at a stop at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota. He’ll then journey to his home state, Wisconsin for additional events. Ann Romney is in Wisconsin and will be in Iowa later today. All three will thank diligent volunteers who are collecting/delivering items for storm relief from Romney Victory Centers.

Governor Romney today in Ohio:

We have heavy hearts as you know with all the suffering going on in a major part of our country — a lot of people hurting this morning. We’re looking for all the help we can get for all the families that need.” – Mitt Romney



Congressman Paul Ryan today in Wisconsin will also be joined by former Wi Gov. Tommy Thompson in stops at La Crosse and Hudson. Thompson is in a tight U.S. Senate seat race against U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin. (When additional information about Ryan’s events in Minnesota and Wisconsin are available, it will be updated here.)

UPDATE:

Republican VP candidate Congressman Paul Ryan thanks volunteers and supporters at at a campaign office in Hudson, WI, where volunteers were collecting storm relief supplies. Oct 30, 2012 (Photo – Mary Altaffer/AP)

Paul Ryan and Tommy Thompson visit Hudson

Tuesday afternoon, hundreds of men, women, children and students waited for over an hour so see Paul Ryan, vice presidential candidate. Tommy Thompson, the former governor and now Republican candidate for U.S. Senator arrived at the Hudson Victory Center shortly before Ryan.

An effort at Republican Victory Centers throughout Wisconsin to collect food, dog food and other essential supplies for victims of Hurricane Sandy took place in Hudson Tuesday.

Hundreds of people arrived bringing their donations and the hope to see vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

The donations will be going to an organization called Nourish America. They will shipped to Pennsylvannia for distribution to areas of the East Coast hardest hit. Ryan also called for donations to be made to the Red Cross. …

Ann Romney today in Wisconsin:

Whenever there’s a crisis in this country, what do we all do? We put aside party, we come together, we put our arms together and we solve the problems.” – Ann Romney

More:

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s wife encouraged people to donate to the Red Cross at a Green Bay area campaign office.

Ann Romney told a packed room of volunteers and other supporters that this is a time for Americans to unite for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

She also urged people to pray for the storm victims.

Wisconsin first lady Tonette Walker introduced her after urging the crowd to give blood.



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Chris Christie Will Not Receive “A Personality-ectomy” Before Keynote Address

Governor Christie was interviewed yesterday by Peter Haskell on WCBS 880 radio, looking ahead to his keynote address at the Republican National Convention. Christie mentioned that he is currently on his seventh draft:

“I think it’s about the record we’ve established here and I think Gov. Romney is an admirer of that record and I think that’s why he asked me,” Christie told Haskell.

The famously brash governor said he has no plans to tone it down for the national audience.

“I don’t think they have any expectation nor have they requested that I have a personality-ectomy between now and next Tuesday,” Christie told Haskell. “They know what they’re buying,” Christie added.

The governor said he worked on his speech while he was on vacation last week.

The keynote speech is the highest-profile spot for someone not accepting the party’s presidential or vice presidential nomination. The slot has launched many political figures including President Barack Obama, who was the keynote speaker at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Four years later, he won the White House.

Need a little warm-up to Governor Christie’s keynote address in six days? Try this little video montage of Christie’s greatest hits. My favorite quote from these short clips came while Christie was speaking to a teacher who was complaining about tough decisions the governor had to make to cut funding of a library:

“Unlike The United States, New Jersey cannot print money!”



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GOP Natl Convention: Keynote Speaker – Chris Christie, Intro Mitt Romney – Marco Rubio

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, shown campaigning for Governor Mitt Romney, was the first national political figure to endorse him during the GOP primary season. Christie will deliver the keynote address at the Republican National Convention (Aug 27-30, 2012).

Great pick!

The keynote speaker for the Republican National Convention August 27-30 has been selected.

The plum assignment goes to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

Announcement today from Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus:

As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie has proven how bold Republican leadership gets results. He has fearlessly tackled his state’s most difficult challenges, while looking out for hardworking taxpayers. He is a leader of principle and conviction, and I am excited to hear him address the Republican National Convention as our keynote speaker. Governor Christie will make the case for America’s Comeback Team and will rally our party and country in support of the Romney-Ryan ticket,” said Chairman Priebus.

“It is an honor to be able to address our party and our nation in just a few short weeks. The challenges we face as a country are great and require the honesty and boldness of the Romney-Ryan team. We have an opportunity in Tampa to make clear that if we tell each other the hard truths, tackle the big problems, and make bold choices, we will see America’s comeback,” said Governor Christie.

“Chris Christie is a national leader in the Republican Party. His leadership proves how the common-sense principles of reducing spending and cutting taxes works in New Jersey and will work for America,” said Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.

Christie’s Bio:

Chris Christie was sworn in as governor of New Jersey on January 19, 2010.

Since taking office, Governor Christie has taken action on an aggressive reform agenda to restore fiscal integrity and accountability to state and local government, combat New Jersey’s highest in the nation property taxes, institute historic reform of the state’s pension and health benefits system, and bring about necessary changes to public education in order to identify and turn around failing schools and give every child access to a quality education.

Under Governor Christie, New Jersey has drawn national attention for taking on the biggest, toughest challenges facing the state with real solutions and bipartisan cooperation.

A lifelong New Jerseyan, Governor Chris Christie, 49, has a deep affection for and strong commitment to the state in which he has spent his entire life.

Governor Christie has been a strong vocal defender of Romney and knows how to deliver a grand slam speech. I’m so looking forward to hearing him!


More convention news…

The nod has been given to Florida Senator Marco Rubio to introduce Governor Mitt Romney when he officially accepts the GOP presidential nomination:

Rubio, who campaigned with Romney in Florida on Monday, told CNN that he thinks the former Massachusetts governor made the right choice in choosing Ryan.

Rubio, who was elected in 2010, is well regarded by conservatives and tea party activists.

From the Sunshine State News:

Republican National Chairman Reince Priebus announced Tuesday morning that freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, 41-year-old son of Cuban immigrants, one of the party’s brightest stars, has been chosen to introduce presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney at the Republican National Convention in Tampa.

This will firmly establish Marco as the man to watch in the GOP,” said political consultant Joel Endelman. “He gets a chance to shine in his own state, a state Romney has to have to win the White House. The boy is on his way.”

On Monday Rubio warmly and enthusiastically introduced Romney, who in turn spent as much time promoting Rubio as his choice for running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin.

Marco Rubio symbolizes the greatness of the American dream. He is the perfect leader to introduce Mitt Romney when he accepts his nomination. We are an extraordinary country because we have fought to preserve individual liberties that are the heartbeat of opportunity and achievement. Senator Rubio has experienced this in his own life, which will help him bring tremendous focus to how Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan’s agenda will lead the way to a better tomorrow,” said Republican National Convention Chief Executive Officer William Harris.

Rubio will be in Texas tomorrow to help raise money for Romney.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio is pictured campaigning with Governor Mitt Romney in Pennsylvania.
April 24, 2012

Governor Romney’s acceptance address is sure to be knock-your-socks-off powerful and inspiring. More Americans will tune in to watch it than any other GOP election event besides the debates in October. In 2008, more than 38 million Americans watched McCain and Obama deliver their acceptance speeches.

Can’t wait!

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Gov Chris Christie Speaks at NJ Townhall Meeting: The Time for Reform is Now


Ready for a little political refreshment?

I posted an article on July 12th about Mitt Romney’s endorsement of New Jersey candidates that also mentioned Governor Romney’s backing of now-Governor Chris Christie way back when – in May 2009 – when Christie was an unknown and needed encouragement and money. Romney provided both. So, it’s very satisfying to observe the great things Christie is doing in New Jersey. Take yesterday for example…

September 8, 2010 – In Case You Missed It: Governor Chris Christie – “The Time For Reform Is Now…”

On The Urgent Need For A Bold Reform Agenda To Rebuild New Jersey, “We Can’t Wait Any Longer For These Reforms To Be Done”

“We can’t wait any longer for these reforms to be done,” Christie told about 250 people at the Packanack Lake Country Club in Wayne. “We are in a crisis and we can no longer afford to keep digging this hole deeper and deeper or we’ll never get out of it.” (Matt Friedman, “Gov. Christie pushes reform agenda for N.J. ethics rules, pension and health benefits,” NJ.com, 9/8/2010)

“The time for reform is now,” said Christie, who established the 107 days remaining in the legislative session as his deadline. (Rob Jennings, “Gov. Chris Christie kicks off town hall meetings in Wayne, NJ; plans pension reforms,” Daily Record, 9/8/2010)

The Governor added “there is a sense in New Jersey that the time for reform is now- that we are in a crisis, and we can no longer afford to keep digging this hole deeper and deeper, or we may never get out of it…I’m going to do what needs to be done- I’m going to break the eggs that need to be broken, I’m going to step on the toes that need to be stepped on, and I’m going to make the tough decisions that need to be made…it’s about fixing the problems that need to be fixed, and I’m not going to miss this opportunity by playing Mr. Nice Guy.” (David Matthau, “Gov Christie Begins Reform Campaign in Wayne,” NJ 101.5 FM, 9/8/2010)

The governor said he wants education and ethics reforms voted on by the legislature before Christmas. (“Christie Slams N.J. Teacher Union, Calls For Ed. Reform,” CBS-2 New York, 9/7/2010)

The video below was recorded at no-shrinking-violet Gov Chris Christie’s town hall meeting yesterday in Raritan, NJ. Watch as a school teacher begins to question Christie’s necessary paring of New Jersey’s education dollars. The longer she speaks, the more she revs up. Then, stand back! Governor Christie tells it like it is…

With America’s strangling entitlement mentality, burgeoning deficit and debts, along with 47 states operating in the red budget-wise, more legislators need to emulate Chris Christie; pragmatic, forthright, unbowing, and gentlemanly.

Thanks, Governor Romney, for helping to bring us Governor Chris Christie.

Refreshing!

► Jayde Wyatt

New Jersey Candidates Endorsed by Mitt Romney


Sailing along New Jersey Shore

Besides lending crucial support to New Jersey’s now-Governor Chris Christie back in May 2009, when Christie really needed it in a primary run against Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan, Mitt Romney re-visits The Garden State to give the nod to more New Jersey candidates. Take a few moments to click on their links to learn more about them:

Mitt Romney Announces New Jersey Endorsements

Today, Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC announced the endorsement of the following New Jersey candidates:

Congressman Leonard Lance: Leonard Lance currently represents the 7th Congressional District of New Jersey and is running for reelection. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.lanceforcongress.com.

Mayor Anna Little: Anna Little currently serves as the Mayor of the Borough of Highlands, New Jersey and is now running to represent New Jersey’s 6th Congressional District. For more information about her and her campaign, visit www.annalittleforcongress.com.

Jon Runyan: Jon Runyan, a former professional football player, is now running to represent New Jersey’s 3rd Congressional District. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.runyanforcongress.com.

Scott Sipprelle: Scott Sipprelle, a successful businessman, is now running to represent the 12th Congressional District of New Jersey. For more information about him and his campaign, visit www.supportscott2010.com.

The PAC also announced that is sending Lance, Little, Runyan, and Sipprelle each a $2,500 contribution toward their respective Congressional campaigns.

“Rather than working to enact policies that will restore our economy and put people back to work, too many of our elected officials are instead enacting policies that are stalling our economic recovery. New Jersey – and our nation – needs leaders like Lance, Little, Runyan, and Sipprelle who will stand up to the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes, and higher debt, and focus on turning our economy around,” said Romney.

Good luck to the candidates! Thanks, Governor Romney!

Did you know New Jersey became America’s 3rd state back on December 18, 1787?

MUST SEE: Newly Elected, Republican Governor of New Jersey Rips Into ‘Thin-Skinned’ Liberal Columnist

Romney & Christie

Remember that special election New Jersey had a few months back? Remember that our man Mitt went to battle for a certain Republican candidate some deemed ‘too hefty‘ to win? Remember when President Obama dropped into Newark as the election drew near to make certain this ‘hefty’ fellow had no chance of being elected?

Does the name Chris Christie ring a bell?

Just a few months have passed since Christie’s victory and subsequent inauguration, and the freshman Governor is already causing tumultuous tides in the once placid waters of Jersey’s shore. His budget-cutting proposals have Unions up in arms and the death threats are already arriving at his desk.

In the ‘must see’ video posted below, we catch a glimpse of Christie’s fiery attitude and Romney-like backbone:

Gov. Christie Calls S-L Columnist Thin-Skinned for Inquiring About His ‘Confrontational Tone’

Video from The Save Jersey Blog

Its small moments of liberal smack-down like these that make me proud to be a supporter of Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC, knowing of course, that all my donations are going directly to the promotion of candidates like Chris Christie, Bob McDonnell, Marco Rubio and many others who dare to stand up against the (liberal) media machine.

Romney/Christie 2012, anyone?

Governor Christie, (R)-New Jersey

Tom Moran - Thin-Skinned, Liberal Columnist

Mitt Romney Continues His Golden Streak

From GOPToast

Over the three major elections since the 2008 presidential election, Mitt Romney has a 3-0 record against Barack Obama when it comes to endorsing candidates that Obama has campaigned for personally.

As he builds political capital, Romney is setting himself up to be a formidable opponent in 2012.

From looking at the exit polls, it might be fair to say “Romneycare defeats Obamacare!”

So if anyone has video of Romney’s introduction of Scott Brown on Tuesday night, we’d love to post it.

Addendum by Ross
In an attempt to sort through the Massachusetts fallout, Politico offers its list of special election winners and losers:

WINNERS: Romney Inc.

While the former governor and presidential candidate himself was mostly absent from the campaign trail, Romney’s advisers were responsible for the strategic vision and execution that helped propel a little-known state senator to a historic upset victory.

The Romney loyalists, now part of the Boston-based consulting shop The Shawmut Group, crafted a series of memorable ads that underscored Brown’s everyday image, including a spot of him driving an old beat-up pickup that’s already an instant political classic. Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom, a former reporter, deserves special kudos for his ad imagery and media management, as do aides Beth Myers, Peter Flaherty and Rob Gray.

SCOTT BROWN, MITT ROMNEY, AND THE CONSERVATIVE MOVEMENT

Also, great analysis at Romney Wins! Romney Wins! Romney Wins! . . . Sort Of

Finally, Ronald Reagan: “You Can Accomplish Much if you don’t care who gets the credit.”