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December 07, 2011

Christie: Protesters "believed in this hope and change garbage"

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie spoke in West Des Moines Wednesday to promote Mitt Romney's presidential bid--but he found himself drowned out for awhile by protesters.

"Chris Christie and Mitt Romney serve the corporate 1 percent," they chanted. Some stood on the stage behind him. Some were in the balcony, and others were on the main floor.

Security personnel escorted them out, and Christie offered protesters an angry reply.

"Their anger," he said of the protesters, "is rooted not at me or Mitt Romney. Their anger is rooted in the fact that they believed in this hope and change garbage that they were sold three years ago..."

And, he said, "they're not mature enough to know they should be angry with themselves."

Christie was in Iowa to urge voters to back Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, for the Republican presidential nomiation.


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