Christie dismantles protesters at Romney rally [video]

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EXETER, N.H. — Like spectators in the Roman Colosseum, the Republican faithful screamed for their favorite gladiator as he stood poised for the kill.

It had been, up to that point, a standard-fare, even tame, political rally. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the front-runner in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, quoted, as he often does, from “America The Beautiful.” New Jersey Gov. Christie repeated material he has used before about the need to expand, not divide, the American pie.

But then two young women yelled at Christie while he was speaking: “Christie kills jobs! Christie kills jobs!”

Christie paused. He had one hand on the microphone and the other in his pocket.

“Really?” he asked.

The crowd roared; they knew what was coming.

And that’s when he delivered a line destined for YouTube fame: “Something may go down tonight, but it ain’t going to be jobs, sweetheart.”

As the protesters were removed, the Garden State governor pivoted off the women’s chants to blast President Obama and boast about his own success in New Jersey.

“See it’s this confusion that’s out there, because if [the protester] was in New Jersey...she would know that we created 60,000 private sector jobs!” Christie roared.

He continued: “And if she wasn’t so blinded by her Barack Obama-induced anger, she would know that American jobs are coming back when Mitt Romney is the president of the United States!”

And finally: “If she wasn’t so disoriented by the loss of ‘hope and change,’ she’d understand that Mr. Romney is the hope for America’s future!”

For rally-goers who said they were more familiar with Christie’s “rough around the edges” personality than his his positions on the issues, they had gotten the red meat they had come for.