Skip to comments.Chris Christie has problems, but he’s still atop the 2016 GOP presidential field. For now.
Posted on 01/13/2014 7:41:26 PM PST by SeekAndFind
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie just endured the worst week of his five years in elected office, battered by a scandal involving traffic jams as political payback and implicating several top and now former aides.
And yet, Christie still holds down the top spot in our rankings of the 2016 Republican field a sign of both the considerable strengths he retains in the race and the lack of an obvious challenger to his dominance.
Make no mistake: Bridge-gate has hurt Christie and slowed, badly, the considerable momentum he built during a sweeping reelection victory in 2013. But, assuming that no other revelations emerge linking him to the closure of several lanes of traffic in Fort Lee, Christie remains the candidate with the possible exception of former Florida governor Jeb Bush who is best positioned to build the coalition of major donors, party activists and GOP elites necessary to win the nomination.
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He is weakened and ready to take a dive in 2016 for the dims.
I don’t think he’s top pick at all....
Really ? I wasn’t polled. I wouldn’t vote for Tubby for dogcatcher, nevermind Governor or President. The Tea Party base is clear: Ted Cruz in 2016. Accept no substitutes.
He always was. The Socialist RINO Establishment is fine with their Stalinist Democrat allies occupying the White House. Hence why they’ll keep putting up one ringer after another... McQueeg, Willard, Fatass...
Romney/Christie for the GOP in 2016.
with McCain as SOS.
What could be more conservative?
Washington Post will back him all the way to the nomination, then slam him down with a pile driver if he wins it. Its the Liberal press picking the candidates for the GOP with only one goal in mind, to get Hillary Bin Ghazi elected.
Great! ANOTHER f#%king RINO who wants to be president and walk a little slower towards socialism than the Rats.
“Severely” Conservative... *snort*
The RINO Wing of the GOPe refuse to face reality. They are marching in lock-step with their RAT Party Brethren.
We The People will DESTROY them in November.
Christie has ZERO chance of winning the nomination. He’d have a better chance if he changed parties and ran as a Democrat.
Me and You and a dog named “Boo”.
I’m happy that he is #1 now. Whoever is leading now will not be at election time.
He's very upset. Imagine this: he's very upset at Hilary. No reaching across the aisle...
So this is good. Very good.
EVEN Karl Rove mentioned Ted Cruz on BOR's tonight.
This traffic jam thing is bad, but the media bias is worse. Obama was never vetted like this, and he did many things which were far worse.
What ? Did Tokyo Rove mention his Cruz voodoo doll he sticks pins in at home ?
They are trying to knock off *our* number one candidate.
They say he’s the only one who could beat Hillary.
They go after all our good RINOs.
The scenario was that those guys wouldn’t fold like cheap suits ala Romney: that those guys also know how to fight democrats.
Of course, Cruz and Rand Paul also know how to fight the GOP-e.
RE: Obama was never vetted like this, and he did many things which were far worse.
How many people died as a result of the traffic jam compared to Benghazi and Fast and Furious?
You know what’s hilarious.
Christie is a backstabber who made friends with the backstabbing democrats and the backstabbing republicans and now, he’s being stabbed in the back.
Live by the knife in the back, die by the knife in the back.
Have fun, Fat Boy, you deserve everything you get, and so do all of your “friends”.
Why not?.. in 2012 ALL conservative candidates were blocked or rejected... in the primary’s.. (for President)
AND a KNOWN democrat collaborator was chosen..
then swallowed the Obama sausage.. or bent over...
Guess who keeps calling, faxing, emailing, and tweeting Rand Paul about gettin together for a friendly chat over herbal tea and submarine sandwiches? “Hey, Rand old buddy, I’m ready to meet with you now! Oh, you’re gonna be busy until 2017? What a shame. Call me if you......hello?
On top? Says who? I am sick of the progressive media picking our candidates.
O'Reilly and Hume are in a dither. They're very upset about this.
A lot more than when Ted was being raked over the coals for his filibuster. Or when Sarah was being attacked by the media.
They better put some ice on it.
I’d vote for Morris the Cat before I voted for that RINO.
You’re right on all counts.
BOR and Hume are media guys and from the East Coast so they love Christie.
He’s “their guy”.
Thank you so much!!!
He needs to get off then before he crushes them to death.
That says something about GOP candidates... Heck, I think *I* would be a better candidate.
Yeah. The Dems wish.
Of course he’d throw in some unacceptable candidates. Rubio went native before he had a year in office (and I look forward to seeing Allen West beat him in ‘16) and Kasich has been thoroughly subpar as Ohio Governor (and in a worse political climate, would likely be a one-termer this year).
Rand Paul is an Amnesty pusher like Rubio.
Christie is not NEXT.
Next is Geb Bush, Romney, Ryan or Santorum.
As representative of GOPe, I know us. We will pick someone who is next as in next Bush, next run (romney), next in line (vp candidate) or 2nd in 2012 primaries (santorum).
I heard somebody on the radio today talking about “front runners at this point in the race” going back decades. In neither party do they get the nod. It was interesting, really, to think how we never had Presidents Humphrey, Giuliani; H. Clinton and yet somehow we ended up with Presidents Nixon, Obama, B. Clinton.
Agreed it’s too early to make a call, on either side (I don’t think HRC gets the free ride she seems to think she deserves, either).
Assuming he can beat Crist in November, not sure why FL Governor Rick Scott isn’t mentioned—more relevant in all but name than Jeb, hasn’t made the lapses in judgment Rubio has. Yeah, I’m in Orlando so biased I guess, but the two-term GOP governor of the third largest state, who has never lost a race, seems like a fairly obvious contender.
“Yeah, Im in Orlando so biased I guess, but the two-term GOP governor of the third largest state, who has never lost a race, seems like a fairly obvious contender.”
You’ve highlighted it well. This is yet another problem with the MSM, they are so NY/DC/LA biased. Even today Florida is a hinterland to them. It may as well be as it’s portrayed in “Boardwalk Empire”, even though they actually go there all the time in real life.
You see, not only do they lie to us, on a regular basis, they lie to themselves, daily.
According to election returns the town carried Christie. The reason being cited for doing this don’t make any sence.Except maybe this. The tolls from that bridge $13 bucks a car @ 100,000 vehicles a day bring in according the report I heard was a $1 million a day. How much went to the town Fort Lee ? That might have been the reason.
Forget Rick Scott... with Black KKK on George Zimmerman...is giving out EBT and SNAP like it’s Christmas everyday...Scott is no conservative
Far too long the GOP has hosed me in to voting for RINO crappola like McLame,dull Dole, Romney? And both Bush’s.
I will not vote again for anything cept a real conservative.
I will write in or leave blank any and all areas where a real conservative is not running.
Hey GOP, up yours
I happened to catch part of O’Reilly last night, when he was discussing this with Hume. They certainly had their knickers in a twist, bending over backwards to make excuses for Kristie Kreme. They were visibly upset.
Compare this to their “defense” of Palin and Cruz.
Too bad, so sad.
I’m still trying to figure out how Obama won.....twice.
Yep, and we get blamed when they lose. It’s a lot easier and more emotionally satisfying than to do the hard work of blaming their crappy candidates. But then, whoever said that RINOs use their brains?
“why FL Governor Rick Scott isnt mentionedmore relevant in all but name than Jeb”
Jeb Bush has been around the white house for 20 years (his dad was vp for 8, potus for 4 and brother was potus for 8).
That means Jeb knows DC, he knows how presidential campaigns are run, he knows a lot of big money donors and he knows the staffers who are good and who are bad and the staffers know him and want to work with him. Bushes have connections, friends, volunteers and donors in all 50 states.
Scott has none of the above and neither does Kasich of Ohio who also wants to run.
Scott, Kasich and Christie will not be the next nominee. But if they run, they will all be in the running for the title of “NEXT”. To be next, you need to be former nominee, former vp or vp nominee or 2nd in the primaries the election beforehand or a prominent Bush.
for 2016, NEXT means Bush, Romney, Santorum, or Ryan.
Ben Carson has a better chance than Rick Santorum.