Christie stumps for Tillis in Wilmington; duo avoids protestors

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie stopped in Wilmington this morning to campaign for North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis in his race for the US Senate against incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan.

Film supporters anxiously waited for Speaker Tillis and Gov. Christie outside the Dixie Grille.

Location coordinator for Under the Dome Christopher Courter says there is one reason he came out to protest Tillis’s campaign.

“Frankly, because I don’t have a job right now,” Courter said.

Inside, though, there was a much different scene. Tillis supporters were waiting to shake hands and take pictures with the two politicians. Christie took the floor first for just a couple of comments.

“You know what the sign is when you have protesters outside,” Christie said. “It means you’re doing something. That’s fine. Let them yell and protest and yell and scream all they want. I love it. I can’t wait to go outside and shake hands with all of them.”

Then Tillis spoke about his strategy against Hagan.

“This election is about broken promises,” Tillis said. “Kay Hagan said she was going to Washington and be different. She’s been nothing but. She’s become a part of the Washington establishment. She’s been rubber-stamped for Harry Reid and Barack Obama. That’s what this election is about.”

The protesters outside waited to ask their own questions, but never got the opportunity.

“I just wanted to let you guys know,” film supporter Sheila Brothers said, “they’re not going to face us. They’re not going to talk to us.”

“It would have been really nice if Tillis had actually decided to come out and speak with us or to at least give us the time of day, but unfortunately he snuck out the back door,” Courter said.

Before he left, Christie was asked if he will run for president in 2016.

“I am going to make sure that we get Thom Tillis elected to the US Senate,” Christie said. “Elect as many Republican governors across the country that we can, and then we’ll deal with 2016 when it comes.”

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