Many Republicans wished Chris Christie were giving a nomination acceptance speech this year rather than the keynote convention address. And at times Tuesday night, it seemed like that’s what the New Jersey governor thought he was giving.
The crowd listened to 16 minutes of Governor Christie giving his usual flamboyant oration talking about his upbringing and New Jersey, before he first mentioned Mitt Romney’s name.
Moreover, coming directly after Ann “I want to talk to you about love” Romney, his statement that you should pick respect over love was awkward.
“This speech not only was a bad speech. I think this was one of the most remarkable acts of political selfishness I have ever seen,” opined Rachel Maddow on MSNBC Tuesday night. “He waited 1,800 words into a 2,600-word speech to even bring [Romney] up.”
Chris Wallace at Fox News remarked, “For a moment, I forgot who was the nominee of the party.”