TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — With a rowdy fist-pump, blunt and brash New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie lit a fire under the Republican National Convention, labeling Democratic President Barack Obama part of the complacent status quo.

“It’s been easy for our leaders to say not us, and not now, in taking on the tough issues. And we’ve stood silently by and let them get away with it,” the first-term Republican governor said with a rock star’s rasp during the keynote address Tuesday night. “But tonight, I say enough.”

His mission was to make the case against Obama and fire up a convention delayed in its start by a tropical storm.

Like a coach before a football game, Christie implored the thousands inside the Tampa Bay Times Forum to rally behind GOP nominee Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan.

“Everybody stand up. There’s no time left to waste,” the outspoken former prosecutor shouted.

Read More at OfficialWire. By Beth Fouhy.

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