Gov Christie Campaigns in Melrose for Charlie

Governor Christie was in Melrose for Charlie Baker today. While Christie's diet isn't going well, just about everything else is - maybe the Karma will wear off.

With New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie cheerleading at his side, Republican Charles D. Baker brought 800 cheering supporters to their feet this morning with promises to challenge the Democratic Legislature to cut taxes and spending, as Christie has done in his state.

In one of Baker’s most enthusiastic events to date, Christie regaled the crowd of partisans at Melrose City Memorial Hall with stories of his victory over an incumbent in a three-way race last year and the confrontations with the Democratic Legislature that followed, recounting it with all the gusto of a storyteller at a tavern. He playfully threatened the crowd to “go Jersey on you” and even offered an imitation of former Governor Jon Corzine at one point.

It was a boost for Charlie after an awkward GOP gathering on the cape in which he was trying to shake Jeff Perry's hand so fast that no one saw.

Baker’s floor-stomping event showcased the enthusiasm his supporters have been promising since he entered the election more than a year ago. The candidate shed some of his usual policy-laden stump speech in favor of a punchier delivery and reeled off a quick list of problems for which he blames Patrick, including higher taxes and a looming budget deficit.

“You got nine more days to solve this one folks,” Baker said.

I wish they would confront stuff like the Perry situation and put an end to it, instead of magnifying it by being wimpy. The same thing they did with Bill Hudak. Have some friggin' balls and say "this is what we're doing."

Protesters, meanwhile, formed a wall on the sides of Bass River Road and Route 6A. Their signs, which included "Silence is not a virtue" and "Would Jeff's wrong be OK if Lisa were your daughter?" referred to state Rep. Jeffrey Perry's role as a supervisor of a Wareham police officer who pleaded guilty in 1993 of illegally strip-searching a 14-year-old girl.