Skip to comments.Christie presidential rumblings have NJ politicos thinking about life after governor
Posted on 06/29/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
TRENTON Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney has been traveling all over the state, pitching his "Sandy Bill of Rights" bill a tour many see as laying the groundwork for a run for governor.
Republican lawmakers who never dared challenge Gov. Chris Christie this month openly opposed a series of tax and fee hikes in his budget, including a tax on e-cigarettes first proposed by the governor.
Nobody knows if the Republican governor will prepare a White House run in the next year. But already, lawmakers from both parties have been staking claims and thinking of a post-Christie New Jersey.
Political observers and those in the governors camp dismiss talk of an early Christie exit, which could set up a shotgun election for New Jerseys most powerful political job. They say Christie, who is in the first year of his second term, would benefit by staying at the Statehouse even if he decides to launch a run for president.
Yet its clear that many in the Statehouse are already looking past Christie, whether it is because of possible national political aspirations, or the George Washington Bridge scandal that has some openly speculating about criminal indictments against some in his administration.
"I do think were seeing behavior that suggests that they feel its a possibility that they feel Christie might not serve out the end," said Patrick Murray, director of Monmouth University Polling Institute. "Theres an unknown that it may be before 2017. I dont think anybody realistically expects that Christie will resign, but theres the old Boy Scout motto of being prepared."
Indeed, even without the questions about Christies future and the investigations that have engulfed the administration, there is always an element of getting ready for the next game....
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Save your money, Krispie. We ain’t voting for you.
Yep, DOA as far as I am concerned. Same for a number of others.
Is the idea to syphon votes so that the RINO slips in? Don’t divide the vote!