Chris Christie, New Jersey’s bombastic, in-your-face governor who will give the RNC keynote speech on Tuesday evening, may not be used to being an opening act but he is perfectly comfortable delivering the red-meat rhetoric that fires up conservative activists.
Republican strategist Rich Galen likened Christie’s speech to the tough-talking and highly praised 2008 debut of vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin: “With Christie, you get all the energy of a Sarah Palin speech without all the side issues,” Galen said. “He’ll blow the roof off the place, and that’s what the Romney people are looking for.”
Christie said he had no intention of softening his signature sarcastic tone, and had not been asked to do so by Romney’s team.
“I don’t think he picked me hoping I would show up and be somebody else,” Christie told reporters in New Jersey. “I don’t think they have any expectation, nor have they requested that I have a personality-economy.”
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Photo credit: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie points from the podium as he tours the stage with television news talk show host Joe Scarborough before the start of the opening session of the RNC in Tampa, Florida, August 27, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Segar