ATKINSON — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie pumped up Republicans along the campaign trail in Derry, Hudson and Atkinson yesterday.
He was in the Granite State to encouraging people to volunteer their time to help Ovide Lamontagne into the governor’s office.
But he also got in a few digs at President Obama.
Christie got a warm welcome from about 200 people at an afternoon rally at Sen. Chuck Morse’s Freshwater Farms off Route 111. Some believe he will spend a lot more time in the state in the future — as a possible candidate for the GOP presidential nomination in 2016.
But Christie’s main focus was on Lamontagne and r
allying support for his gubernatorial campaign.
Christie asked Republicans to go home, get out their calendars and figure out how much time they can give to the campaign in the next six weeks.
“If you think this ends it, you are sadly mistaken,” he said.
Christie, alluding to his reputation for feistiness, said he is coming back next month and will check up on their efforts for Lamontagne.
“Don’t make me come back to New Hampshire in a bad mood,” he said.
He promised Republicans if they commit time to the cause, Lamontagne will be
“You are going to make the difference,” Christie said.
They will be that difference through their conversations with friends who haven’t decided how to vote, he assured them.
“No one sho
uld be immune from seeing these Ovide buttons,” Christie said.
New Hampshire can’t afford to elect Democrat Maggie Hassan, in Christie’s view.
“See, in New Jersey, we already did the Maggie Hassan experiment,” he said. “We already tried it. So let me give you a preview of what it looks like, ‘cause it’s not pretty.
“For the eight years before I became governor, we raised taxes and fees on the people of New Jersey 115 times,” Christie said. “In eight years, that’s a tax or fee increase every 25 days for eight years.”