Skip to comments.Chris Christie for President? (No Way)
Posted on 11/11/2013 8:46:22 AM PST by Kaslin
Last week, it came out that New Jerseys Republican Governor Chris Christie refused to campaign for Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governors race, which no doubt contributed to Cuccinellis 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 challengers 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 wasnt perceived as too extreme for Virginias 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 Obamas 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 Institutes 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 partys platform. Conservative commentator Ann Coulter says that Christie is dead to her.
John Nolte writes at Breitbart that Christies refusal to help Cuccinelli could hurt the GOPs 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 Catos 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 millionaires 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 hes 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 Christies record. The GOP establishment is not likely to select him for president. The Romney presidential campaign reportedly looked into Christies 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. Christies 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 arent 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 cant even make the ticket as vice president, he will never make it to president.
Don't you think that would make a winning presidential slogan? < / sarcasm >
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.
Republicans have been running on a slogan of “We Suck Less” for years....how is that working out for them?
Christie believes the media love him and will support him as a presidntial candidate. Rope-a-Dope once again.
If he is the nominee I will not vote for pResident.
Already wasted too many votes on friggin RINO/MARXISTS
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
Democrats were willing to vote for him for Gov but they'll never abandon the 'gimme something for free' party in 2016!
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
He will NEVER carry the South... end of story.
I don’t want another election where I have to vote for the lesser of two evils.
“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?
We must make it clear to the GOP TO FORGET IT