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Chris Christie for President? (No Way)
Townhall.com ^ | November 11, 2013 | Rachel Alexander

Posted on 11/11/2013 8:46:22 AM PST by Kaslin

Last week, it came out that New Jersey‘s Republican Governor Chris Christie refused to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor’s race, which no doubt contributed to Cuccinelli’s loss. The jovial, fun-loving, charismatic Christie is wildly popular, with the second highest approval rating of Republican governors. He won re-election in Democratic-stronghold New Jersey by a landslide last week, with 60 percent of the vote to his Democrat challenger’s 39 percent.

Christie and the Republican establishment wrote the Virginia gubernatorial race off; the RNC spent only one-third as much money on the race than it did in 2009. Even so, Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Cuccinelli by just over two percentage points. Cucinelli won the Independent vote by 9 points, evidence his message was resonating and he wasn’t perceived as too extreme for Virginia’s swing voters. A Libertarian candidate contributed to his defeat, taking 6.8 percent of the vote. The Libertarian candidate was able to get on the ballot due to a sleazy donation from a billionaire Obama campaign bundler in Texas. Democratic pollster Celinda Lake brazenly admitted the Libertarian candidate would take away votes from Cuccinelli, not the Democrat, saying the day before the election, “I am hopeful for the Libertarian to do well tomorrow.”

The morning of his re-election, Christie told a CNN news anchor that he is a conservative. This comes as a surprise to many, since Christie has done numerous things to cast doubt that he is a conservative. He first irritated conservatives on a national scale by appearing with Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, praising him for his leadership and giving him a hug. Only days before the presidential election, the gesture of support hurt Mitt Romney. In May of this year, Christie was back at it, playing a football toss boardwalk game with Obama on the Jersey Shore, ostensibly to promote tourism.

Christie has a history of flip-flopping on issues, or saying one thing but doing another. He went along with the Obamacare Medicaid expansion, after criticizing Obamacare out of the other side of his month. He proposed a package of gun control laws last year after the Sandy Hook shooting, but later backed off and vetoed three gun control bills. He publicly attacked the NRA for one of its ads that mentioned Obama’s children.

He endorsed the New Jersey DREAM Act which will provide in-state tuition for illegal immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. He is fond of sayings like “Compromise is not a dirty word.” Christie is a popular guest on the MSNBC show Morning Joe, a show unfriendly to conservatives as host Joe Scarborough has moved away from his conservative roots.

Christie places near the bottom of Republican governors in the Cato Institute’s 2012 rankings of governors on fiscal policy, achieving only a 58. He barely beat out the Democratic governor of Massachusetts, Deval Patrick, who ranked 54. The New York Times writer Nate Silver put together a conservative ranking of Republican governors, based on their fundraising and public issue statements. Christie received the lowest rating of all Republican governors, a nine. The next closest score was Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, with a 15.

As a result of his dubious conservative record, Christie was not invited to CPAC in 2013. A recent editor of The Washington Times calls him a RINO, and advises, “Republicans would do better to build up a leader who actually agrees with the party’s platform.” Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says that Christie is “dead” to her.

John Nolte writes at Breitbart that Christie’s refusal to help Cuccinelli could hurt the GOP’s presidential chances, “If Christie wins the 2016 Republican nomination but loses Virginia, and with it the general election, last night should be remembered as the most short-sighted and spiteful cutting off of the nose to spite the Tea Party in years.”

To be fair, Christie scored higher on Cato’s rankings than several Republican governors considered conservatives, including Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, Texas Governor Rick Perry and Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Christie has cut taxes, vetoed gay marriage, rejected state funding for abortion, gone after the unions, expanded charter schools, ended a “millionaire’s tax,” and cut the Earned Income Tax Credit.

It would be extremely difficult for Christie to be elected governor as a Republican in liberal New Jersey if he were outspokenly conservative. Perhaps he’s in the same situation Mitt Romney was as governor of a very liberal state, forced to be more moderate in order to be electable. Christie is one of few Republicans who have broken through the gender and minority voting gaps. Women voted for him over his female Democrat challenger by 15 points. He won the Hispanic vote by a 6-point margin, and Independents by a whopping 31-point margin.

Most astonishing of all, he won 31 percent of Democratic voters. In fact, polling finds that Christie is more popular with Democrats than Republicans - although this may not really be a good thing. One way Christie might be made more palatable to conservatives is if he were to choose a running mate like Rand Paul, or run as vice president alongside someone like Ted Cruz, as conservative author David Frum has suggested. If Christie genuinely moves to the right, as Reagan did, and Romney would have done if elected, only then should conservatives even begin to consider him as an acceptable candidate. His ability to bring in traditionally Democratic demographics is appealing, but only if he can combine it with a commitment to core conservative principles.

Ultimately, Republicans are probably needlessly fretting about Christie’s record. The GOP establishment is not likely to select him for president. The Romney presidential campaign reportedly looked into Christie’s background when they were considering him for vice president, and found it “littered with potential land mines." According to a new book, Double Down: Game Change 2012, the Romney campaign discovered "unanswered questions on a defamation lawsuit against the governor from earlier in his political career, on a Securities and Exchange Commission settlement involving Mr. Christie’s brother, on names and documentation of his household help, on information from his time as a securities industry lobbyist, and on his medical history."

In this hypercritical era of 24/7 media scrutiny of those in the public eye, Republicans aren’t going to get a break. Any candidate they put up for president must have a squeaky clean background, or the left with the help of the complicit and biased media will destroy them. The left-leaning media is fawning all over Christie now, but if he were to make it past a presidential primary, they would turn on him overnight. If Christie can’t even make the ticket as vice president, he will never make it to president.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: New Jersey
KEYWORDS: 2016; 2016gopprimary; christie2016; concetrateon2014; conservatives; rino

1 posted on 11/11/2013 8:46:22 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
Christie can make one claim that most Democrat governors can not: While New Jersey is no better off since he took office, at least it is no worse off either.

Don't you think that would make a winning presidential slogan? < / sarcasm >

2 posted on 11/11/2013 8:49:52 AM PST by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: Kaslin
No way in hell.

If you thought Dole was a non-starter, McCain was a windbag and Romney a loser...Just wait until this blimp gets off the ground.

3 posted on 11/11/2013 8:53:18 AM PST by Wyrd bi ful ard (Gone Galt, 11/07/12----No king but Christ! Don't tread on me!)
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To: Vigilanteman

Republicans have been running on a slogan of “We Suck Less” for years....how is that working out for them?


4 posted on 11/11/2013 8:55:45 AM PST by dfwgator (Fire Muschamp.)
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To: Kaslin

Christie believes the media love him and will support him as a presidntial candidate. Rope-a-Dope once again.


5 posted on 11/11/2013 8:58:34 AM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

If he is the nominee I will not vote for pResident.

Already wasted too many votes on friggin RINO/MARXISTS


6 posted on 11/11/2013 9:01:24 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Kaslin

We should let the liberal media select our next Presidential nominee. What could go wrong?

This RINO looks like he’s got more skeletons in his closet than a cemetery. As soon as he takes the nomination, they’ll march every last one of them out.


7 posted on 11/11/2013 9:02:39 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: unixfox

If he is the nominee I will vote for the Constitution Party Candidate. That will send a definite message that I am conservative and am done with voting for RINOs.


8 posted on 11/11/2013 9:03:49 AM PST by rcofdayton (.)
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To: Vigilanteman

LOL!!!! He will have to convince MORE Deomcrats to vote for him than all of the CONSERVATIVESS who will be staying home again if he is the nominee. Yeah, in that case he can win.


9 posted on 11/11/2013 9:10:55 AM PST by LeonardFMason (LanceyHoward would AGREE)
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To: Kaslin
Chris, congratulations on winning the GOP-E seal of approval.
10 posted on 11/11/2013 9:14:49 AM PST by JPG (Yes We Can morphs into Make It Hurt.)
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To: Kaslin

I watched a couple of hours of Fox News this weekend as I was wasn’t feeling well and just wanted to lay on the couch and watch TV. The GOP should just cancel their primaries. Britt Hume, George Will, Juan Williams, Paul Gigot et al ahve coronated Christie and have declared him unbeatable.


11 posted on 11/11/2013 9:17:10 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: Kaslin
George Will on FOX Sunday went over the math of the tremendous electoral lock the RATs have with the NE. This means RATS can focus all its attention on three states. If Christie can flip one NE state, it puts the Rats on their heels.

Mathematically, I agree, but I thought the NE flip was the Romney argument. And when we learned he could not carry his home state of Massachusetts, the idea was that since we was from the NE he'd play better with independents and swing states.

Also, the elites went into the NJ to help Christie get Hispanic and Black votes. This was to set him up as a more appealing candidate. GW did in Texas in 1998- made a play with Blacks and Hispanics for the Governor race. He did pretty good but in the national election in 2000 his results with minorities was about the same as other previous GOP contenders.

12 posted on 11/11/2013 9:21:43 AM PST by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: Kaslin

“The morning of his re-election, Christie told a CNN news anchor that he is a conservative.” Ah, let’s see... Hitler declared himself a Christian, Obama has declared himself a Christian, and now Christie declares himself a conservative. Why of course everyone believes the statements of politicians over their actual voting records, right?


13 posted on 11/11/2013 9:25:19 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: 11th Commandment
Yep...plus exit polling on election day showed that even though Christie won NJ 60-40...those numbers would flip (nearly) if he went head to head against Hillary.

Democrats were willing to vote for him for Gov but they'll never abandon the 'gimme something for free' party in 2016!

14 posted on 11/11/2013 9:25:32 AM PST by pgkdan
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To: pgkdan
Yeah, I know, I saw it too. It was sickening

First of all it is way to early to think about the 2016 presidential election and the way he carried on with that arrogant, lazy, lying pos occupant of the Spite House, he's lucky if he'll get 10,000 votes countrywide in the primaries.

We need to concentrate on the midterm election first

15 posted on 11/11/2013 9:26:07 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

He will NEVER carry the South... end of story.


16 posted on 11/11/2013 9:26:45 AM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Kaslin

I don’t want another election where I have to vote for the lesser of two evils.


17 posted on 11/11/2013 9:27:13 AM PST by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Kaslin

“If Christie genuinely moves to the right, as Reagan did, and Romney would have done if elected, only then should conservatives even begin to consider him as an acceptable candidate.” Here is the money statement. Well Kaslin, wouldn’t it be a little late at that point? And... do you really believe Romney would have “moved to the right” after he was elected? Where is the barf alert for this article?


18 posted on 11/11/2013 9:29:39 AM PST by Lake Living
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To: South Hawthorne; All
It is the liberals and the lame stream media who are trying to tell the GOP he is the man.

We must make it clear to the GOP TO FORGET IT

19 posted on 11/11/2013 9:30:22 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Lake Living
I am sure he used to be a conservative, but he switched over to being a RINO after this


20 posted on 11/11/2013 9:37:58 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Lake Living

Since there is a question mark after the title, no barf alert is necessary imo


21 posted on 11/11/2013 9:41:45 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: South Hawthorne
Correct. The media chose McCain. The media chose Romney. Now, the media has chosen Christie. That should tell every Republican he is a double agent, more than happy to help 0bama against Romney and abandon Cuccinelli against McAwful.

It's time to awaken the Republican voter, or this continued cycle of failure will continue to haunt us.

You heard it here FIRST! Christie is a
RepubliCON!

22 posted on 11/11/2013 9:47:00 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Kaslin

23 posted on 11/11/2013 9:51:25 AM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (If Americans were as concerned for their country as Egyptians are, Obama would be ousted!)
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To: Kaslin; All

I’m thinking of making this a thread, but will say it here...

ANYONE who receives ANY information from their State GOP and the RNC, or other National RINO organizations generally asking for money....send them back with this written on the material:

NO CHRISTIE.....NO AMNESTY....NO OBAMACARE. Will NOT vote GOP if CHRISTIE is the nomninee!


24 posted on 11/11/2013 9:52:23 AM PST by goodnesswins (R.I.P. Doherty, Smith, Stevens, Woods.)
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To: Kaslin

Some choice - Hillary or the Fat Man


25 posted on 11/11/2013 10:54:32 AM PST by onona (The Earth is the insane asylum for the universe (yup, I belong))
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To: Robe

He is despised in Mississippi almost as much as obama himself.


26 posted on 11/11/2013 10:55:56 AM PST by LibLieSlayer (FROM MY COLD, DEAD HANDS! BETTER DEAD THAN RED!)
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To: Huskrrrr

He is the patsy for the MSM—they will do all they can to make him look “electable” Like Mittens was, like McInsane, Like Dull Dole. Then once he gets the nod—they will tear him to pieces as a lobbist—rich man’s hack—corrupt—anti woman, anti union etc... and he beats his dog too! The an Obama Clone will get the Democrats pick (Hillary, Holder, Biden, Boxer, or ?) the election will be about the womderful Democrat who loves the poor and the hateful evil Republican who wants to enslave the black and brown people and legalize the KKK. It will be a replay of 2008 and 2012.


27 posted on 11/11/2013 1:31:58 PM PST by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Forward the Light Brigade

Well said!


28 posted on 11/11/2013 4:45:48 PM PST by Huskrrrr
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To: Kaslin

Christie is not a conservative but might make a decent president,however, conservatism wins national elections every time it is competently conveyed.


30 posted on 11/11/2013 4:56:27 PM PST by cornfedcowboy
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