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Atkins: Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race
Boston Herald ^ | June 17, 2013 | Kimberly Atkins

Posted on 06/17/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi

WASHINGTON — It seems the 2016 presidential race is well under way as buzzed-about White House hopefuls hit convention stages, late-night TV shows and Twitter. All early indications show Hillary Clinton as the Democrat to beat, despite her Benghazi problem. But one Republican is becoming an early favorite by tossing out his party’s old, dusty playbook and playing by his own New Jersey rules.

While other Republicans such as U.S. Sens. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Marco Rubio of Florida gave predictable conservative stump speeches at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Washington last week, Gov. Chris Christie was hanging out with Bill Clinton and slow-jamming the news with Jimmy Fallon. He may irk some conservative core members of his own party by giving President Obama props for his response to Superstorm Sandy and appearing at the Clinton Global Initiative conference in Chicago, but it’s the Democrats who really have something to pout about.

So says a Quinnipiac University poll taking the temperature in the swing state of Colorado, which gives Christie a 3-point edge over Hillary Clinton in a hypothetical matchup. The margin of error makes that potential matchup a dead heat, as is a potential race between Clinton and Rubio.

.But as the GOP continues to struggle to find its groove after last year’s presidential loss, Christie is defining himself as the anti-Mitt Romney: a guy just like you and me, weight struggles, short temper and all. He also has an actual track record of being the kind of bipartisan Republican former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown claimed to be during his recent campaigns, but really wasn’t. Christie’s gravitas has earned him a hefty double-digit lead over his Democratic challenger in the upcoming governor’s race in the traditionally blue state.

And while Massachusetts won’t factor on the Electoral College tally on Election Night 2016, the Bay State can give a boost to Christie in other ways. A March fundraiser in Boston for Christie’s re-election campaign drew the state’s biggest, most deep-pocketed Republican names and helped tighten the bond between Christie and Brown. We certainly can expect to see these two together again if and when Brown makes a bid for the State House and if Christie makes his move for the White House, though certainly Brown needs Christie more than Christie needs him.

Some GOP pundits brush off the notion that Christie is their man, telling me that he is peaking too early and shooting himself in the foot with his photo ops with Clinton and Obama. But perhaps Christie is only starting to get into the swing of things, crafting a persona that will play well in the swing state margins where the next presidential election will be won and lost.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2016gopprimary; christie2016

1 posted on 06/17/2013 8:29:17 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Not a chance.


2 posted on 06/17/2013 8:30:53 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: grobdriver

What the he!! is this woman smoking?


3 posted on 06/17/2013 8:32:49 AM PDT by anoldafvet
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

That’s only because you can’t see anybody else behind him, ha!


4 posted on 06/17/2013 8:34:39 AM PDT by cotton1706
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I don’t know about anyone else out there, but as a former Republican and constant Conservative, I think we all should just go Medieval on their a$$es and go scorched earth.

If the ‘candidate’ (dog catcher to President) isn’t a true conservative, then effem. I honestly don’t think we can work within the current (traditional) political parameters any more.


5 posted on 06/17/2013 8:34:58 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Fat chance.


6 posted on 06/17/2013 8:35:55 AM PDT by rockabyebaby (We are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo screwed!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Misprint...He’s ahead in eating “PEZ’s”, Not “prez”.


7 posted on 06/17/2013 8:37:13 AM PDT by albie
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To: grobdriver

Oh, absolutely there’s a chance. The GOP front-loads the Primaries in the NE, and insists on keeping them “open” so that plenty of ‘rats come in and vote, thus seeing to it that the least palatable candidate wins.

Unless some astounding thing happens, the nominee for 2016 will be either Fat Boy, or the increasingly worthless Jeb.


8 posted on 06/17/2013 8:38:38 AM PDT by BrewingFrog (I brew, therefore I am!)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

He can’t beat a democrat and,if by a freak occurance he DOES you won’t notice the difference!


9 posted on 06/17/2013 8:39:10 AM PDT by ZULU ((See: http://gatesofvienna.net/) Obama, do you hear me?)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I will die before I vote for the New Jersey RINO...no thank you.
Freegards
LEX


10 posted on 06/17/2013 8:39:15 AM PDT by lexington minuteman 1775
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Headline “Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race” reminded me of the scene in Shawshank Redemption:

Heywood:
“Hey, Fat A*#. Fat A*#! Talk to me boy! I know you’re there I can hear you breathin’. Don’t you listen to these nitwits you hear me? This place ain’t so bad. Tell you what, I’ll introduce you around, make you feel right at home. I know a couple of big old bull queers that’d just love to make you’re acquaintance. Especially that big, white, mushy butt of yours.”

Fat A#*:
“God! I don’t belong here! I want to go home!”

Inmates:
“We have a winner!”

Heywood:
“And it’s Fat A*# by a nose!”


11 posted on 06/17/2013 8:41:32 AM PDT by areukiddingme1 (areukiddingme1 is a synonym for a Retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and tired of liberal BS.))
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

“Atkins: Chris Christie out front in 2016 prez race”

Are they talking about his stomach again?


12 posted on 06/17/2013 8:42:51 AM PDT by Mashood
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I guess it’s never too early for the mainstream media to come out and start their promotion of “moderate” candidate(s) for the Republican presidential nomination. Don’t believe their propaganda—they want yet another “moderate” to be nominated so that the Democrat candidate can win in another cake walk.


13 posted on 06/17/2013 8:43:00 AM PDT by House Atreides
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
I suspect that eight years ago, there was a column that read something like this:

Atkins: Rudy Giuliani out front in 2008 prez race
Boston Herald | June 17, 2005 | Kimberly Atkins



it means just about as much.
14 posted on 06/17/2013 8:43:03 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There's no salvation in politics.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I wonder if he can beat Hillary in the primary.


15 posted on 06/17/2013 8:43:28 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: Gaffer
I don’t know about anyone else out there, but as a former Republican and constant Conservative, I think we all should just go Medieval on their a$$es and go scorched earth.

If the ‘candidate’ (dog catcher to President) isn’t a true conservative, then effem. I honestly don’t think we can work within the current (traditional) political parameters any more.

I agree. The GOPe and RINOs have shown they are not to be trusted. I'd sooner empower a 'rat than a RINO Judas.

16 posted on 06/17/2013 8:45:12 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

He will always be out front. A different Atkins would help.


17 posted on 06/17/2013 8:46:02 AM PDT by libertyrepublic
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Is that because of his extended waistline?


18 posted on 06/17/2013 8:47:51 AM PDT by moovova
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

That’s his pot belly out in front. He appears to be best buddies with Obummer and is anti-2nd amendment. That man will never get a dime or a vote from me for the 2016 election cycle.


19 posted on 06/17/2013 8:48:59 AM PDT by tony549 (Stuck in SoCal)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Yeah, let’s run Mr. Creosote; the GOP seems to be in the business of making democrat wetdreams come true.


20 posted on 06/17/2013 8:49:09 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Well, it's candidate season and the media has picked another east-coast liberal RINO for us.

Yep, the sun came up in the east and water is still wet...

21 posted on 06/17/2013 8:51:55 AM PDT by ZOOKER (Until further notice the /s is implied...)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

As always, the liberal left MSM is picking the Republican Presidential candidate for the Republicans, and, as always, they’re picking a candidate the Democrats can easily beat, and, as always, the Republicans will go along with it.

There’s no hope here in Obama Land.


22 posted on 06/17/2013 8:52:09 AM PDT by DJ Taylor (Once again our country is at war, and once again the Democrats have sided with our enemy.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Whatta choice!!
A FAT, nasty quintessential characature of an arrogant RINO establishment republican.
Did I mention FAT? He’s FAT.
Let’s call him a “Spector” Republican to be accurate.
Besides, Ann Coulter wuvvves him. What could go wrong?


23 posted on 06/17/2013 8:54:30 AM PDT by Flintlock
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

I won’t vote for this butt licking turdball.


24 posted on 06/17/2013 8:56:25 AM PDT by dforest (I have now entered the Twilight Zone.)
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To: Iron Munro

Reagan, strong conservative-landslide winner (twice) 1980, 1984.

Bush 1, barely a conservative-loser 1992.

Bush 2, barely a conservative-loses popular vote 2000. Narrow victory 2008.

McCain, RINO-loser 2008.

Romney, RINO-loser 2012

Class, what has this lesson taught us today?


25 posted on 06/17/2013 8:57:09 AM PDT by Signalman
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To: Gaffer

I’m with you...I say run a conservative or let the whole thing crash and burn...starting with fat boy’s reelection in NJ...I know I won’t be voting for his fat ass.


26 posted on 06/17/2013 8:57:37 AM PDT by rightwingextremist1776
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
Once again:

Dear GOP Leftist Establishment;

I WILL NOT vote for your anointed leftist puke. "He's not Hillary!" or whatever simply isn't enough. The GOP will either nominate an actual conservative, or the GOP will not get my vote.

-A. Bustard

27 posted on 06/17/2013 9:00:21 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Is this one of those semi-news/ semi-satire things?


28 posted on 06/17/2013 9:01:38 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: Signalman
Reagan, strong conservative-landslide winner (twice) 1980, 1984. Bush 1, barely a conservative-loser 1992. Bush 2, barely a conservative-loses popular vote 2000. Narrow victory 2008. McCain, RINO-loser 2008. Romney, RINO-loser 2012 Class, what has this lesson taught us today?

I agree with you that a Conservative candidate fares better than a RINO because if given the option of a Democrat or Democrat-Lite (a RINO), people will opt for the true Democrat.

Those election results, though, also speak of America's shifting demographics. A solid Republican like Reagan could dominate in the 80s because since the 60s the white working class vote was going toward the GOP. Even in the 80s, the voting populace was still overwhelminly white. Since then the white voting populace (percentage-wise) has continued to dwindle while the minority vote continues to rise. That's the biggest factor in why the Democrats have won the peopular vote in five of the past six Presidential elections. This will only continue to get worse.

29 posted on 06/17/2013 9:04:46 AM PDT by NotYourAverageDhimmi
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To: Signalman
Let me clarify my Post #15:

"I wonder if he can beat Hillary in the DEMOCRAT primary."


30 posted on 06/17/2013 9:05:18 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Obama-Ville - Land of The Free Stuff, Home of the Enslaved)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

If the GOP once again puts a RINO on the ticket, I will once again vote GOP down ticket and someone else at the top.


31 posted on 06/17/2013 9:06:01 AM PDT by taxcontrol
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

According to Lindsey Graham all the illegals will vote for him after amnesty.


32 posted on 06/17/2013 9:18:11 AM PDT by Lake Living
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

With our Nation coming unglued socially, economically and militarily,the 2 candidates to save our Nation at this point are Hillary Clinton and Chris Christie?????
WE ARE SCREWED...............


33 posted on 06/17/2013 9:19:09 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I go to sign up for the American Revolution 2013 and the Crusades 2013?)
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To: taxcontrol

I have already made my 2014 and 2016 decision. Yesterday this conservative switched his party registration from Republican to Independent.


34 posted on 06/17/2013 9:20:36 AM PDT by conservativehistorian (civilizational suicide continues)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi
mygosh, the ptb are playing that game again of "we choose your candidate".

I have a modest proposal. Why doesn't Christie just join the dems, have a hillary-christie ticket that looks lke it can't lose.

And then maybe an honest constitutional conservative could oppose them. If our issues were adhered to and articulated, resentment of NY and NJ elitism would give us a chance.

A girl can dream, can't she....

35 posted on 06/17/2013 9:22:27 AM PDT by grania
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Christi or Jeb Bush. Truthfully, I have never seen a more self destructive organization.


36 posted on 06/17/2013 9:24:01 AM PDT by Xenophon450 (Profit tells the entrepreneur that the consumers approve of his ventures; loss, that they disapprove)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Dhimmicrats and MSM need to STFU this coming presidential election cycle. RINOs too.


37 posted on 06/17/2013 9:24:18 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: grobdriver

The press is telling us who to vote for already.


38 posted on 06/17/2013 9:25:26 AM PDT by bmwcyle (People who do not study history are destine to believe really ignorant statements.)
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To: SECURE AMERICA

Do you want more spending and oppression, or more spending and oppression with an R twist?

I can barely decide...


39 posted on 06/17/2013 9:25:54 AM PDT by Xenophon450 (Profit tells the entrepreneur that the consumers approve of his ventures; loss, that they disapprove)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Good. The front-runner this far out almost invariably doesn’t go very far. Let Christie peak now and get it over with before things get serious.


40 posted on 06/17/2013 9:26:45 AM PDT by kevkrom (Obama: less class than Bill Clinton)
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To: kevkrom

Where’s Lucy and Charlie Brown with that football?


41 posted on 06/17/2013 9:37:05 AM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

The left is trying to McCain us again.


42 posted on 06/17/2013 9:42:52 AM PDT by pallis
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Somebody needs to get off crack. :-)


43 posted on 06/17/2013 9:47:22 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

And why do I care what a Boston columnist says about anything....particularly one I have never heard of and who’s other columns (with a quick check) leave me saying liberals are soooo stoopid


44 posted on 06/17/2013 9:58:43 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

No chance this whale fits through our primary.


45 posted on 06/17/2013 10:08:40 AM PDT by Viennacon
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To: NotYourAverageDhimmi

Gotta do better than that. Christie looks out for Christie. His ego is bigger than his ambition.

I WILL NOT vote for this guy.


46 posted on 06/17/2013 10:12:51 AM PDT by I want the USA back (If I Pi$$ed off just one liberal today my mission has been accomplished.)
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To: BrewingFrog

And we’ll lose again, even if they put up Joe Biden against us.


47 posted on 06/17/2013 11:57:11 AM PDT by Boogieman
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