President Christie?

By Alan Caruba

Governor Chris Christie
Governor Chris Christie
Alan Caruba
Column by Alan Caruba

New Jersey –-( I was born, raised and have lived in New Jersey most of my life. That does not, however, make me an expert on Chris Christie, our Governor and currently one of the contenders for the Republican nomination to run for President in 2016.

His major claim to fame is that he has been twice elected in a very Democratic state and has had to deal with a very Democratic legislature. What is rarely mentioned is that the way he has done this is to issue several hundred vetoes to a point where, if the Democrats want anything passed, they have to make sure he likes it. This is also not to say that they haven’t worked with him to rein in the public service unions and address pension reform. To his credit he has vetoed countless liberal measures from gay marriage to a ban on hog gestation crates.

That said, New Jersey still has lots of taxes, lots of regulations, and lots of people who retire and move to Florida. It also, so I am told, has an “attitude.” Texans may say “Don’t mess with Texas”, but in New Jersey we don’t even have to issue such a warning. It is, after all, the home of the fictional Tony Soprano of HBO fame. In truth, it is a place filled with friendly, happy people, so long as you mind your manners.

In a curious fashion, Chris Christie embodies that attitude. He is a skilled orator when he wants to be. As a former U.S. Attorney he “made his bones” by putting a lot of Mafia guys in jail and doing the same for some high ranked Garden State politicians. That was so refreshing the voters decided to elect him Governor. In 2013 he was re-elected with 60% of the vote.

Christie Loves Obama
Christie was being a political pragmatist, knowing that the state was going to need a lot of federal funding to help rebuild from the devastation that had incurred. Even so, he has not been forgiven for it.

In the wake of 2012’s Hurricane Sandy, Christie’s embrace of President Obama when he came to New Jersey for a photo op caused a lot of Republicans to criticize him, but Christie was being a political pragmatist, knowing that the state was going to need a lot of federal funding to help rebuild from the devastation that had incurred. Even so, he has not been forgiven for it.

The Democrats have been desperate to find something that would reduce his popularity and “Bridgegate” became the vehicle when one of his staff stupidly messed with the traffic to the George Washington Bridge, presumably for political reasons. He called a press conference and for more than an hour answered every question he was asked, denying any personal knowledge and participation. The staffer was fired.

Despite that, the non-event was engineered to fester through lengthy legislative investigations that proved he was telling the truth. In addition, Christie has faced a largely hostile state press, led by the largest daily [liberal rag], the Star-Ledger that pathetically derides him in some fashion in every issue, usually on page one.

Beyond New Jersey I suspect that few voters really have any idea who he is despite his efforts to fashion the national recognition he will need to have a shot at the GOP nomination. Unlike Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker whose reputation is based on his solid conservative values in a largely liberal state, Christie is mostly known for his public personality; entertaining, but combative.

For hardcore conservatives, Christie is not conservative enough even though he is pro-life, against assisted suicide, and opposed to equal-pay laws, et cetera. He did secure a property-tax cap, but was unable to get the Democratic legislature to cut income tax rates. He has been criticized on Second Amendment issues favoring a continued ban on concealed carry. Significantly, he vetoed a state exchange to implement ObamaCare.

Christie is now a national political celebrity and proceeding with a campaign to be the Party’s nominee. We shall see his name among the polls as his rankings rise or fall. That doesn’t mean voters have any real idea who he is or what he stands for.

That was the theme of Wall Street Journal columnist, Kimberly A. Strassel’s “What’s the Big Idea, Christie?” on February 5 2015. She opined that “His best shot is therefore to look forward and wow conservatives with a full-throated economic and tax-reform agenda—especially since nobody has much of an idea what a Christie agenda would encompass.”

“Conservatives are vaguely aware that he has done useful things in the Garden State. Some like his style. But they also know he’s from, well, New Jersey, and that’s made them open to rumors they’ve heard about his positions on climate change, gun control, and social issues. Some wonder if he’s a big-business, Northeast Republican.”

Politically I think the nation has been moving more into the conservative political zone and we can thank President Obama for that, but Strassel is right when she says Christie has to select a few major issues and hammer them to gain the kind of support he will need to secure the nomination.

As Strassel notes “The measure of a Christie run won’t be whether he can outtalk or outglitter his putative Republican primary competitors. It will come entirely down to whether he can outmatch them on substance.”

I like him, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.

c Alan Caruba

Alan Caruba’s commentaries are posted daily at “Warning Signs” his popular blog and thereafter on dozens of other websites and blogs. If you love to read, visit his monthly report on new books at Bookviews.

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How could he even be considered for president and him managing this country, when he can’t even manage his own weight. I would never vote for this clown !

Dave Cv

After seeing him chum up with BO and turn his back on the Republican Pres. contender I will Not vote for the douche bag. He is NOT conservative enough (if at all) for me. and many others. Just ssay NO.


I would not vote for this man for dog catcher! President? I’d vote Dem first!

Al Schmidt

He swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, not just the parts he likes. He has violated that oath by not supporting the 2nd Amendment. If he becomes the Republican candidate, we will have another Democrat for President.


Just say No, just like the last two letters in RINO!


I would sooner vote Obama into a third term than vote for such a RINO as Christie. This man is bad news and a big-government goon. Please, NO Christie as President!!!!

Jim larsen

What a pice of sh1*.


And we should vote for Christie why? I am a single issue voter and that issue is the Second Amendment. Oh, I should look at the broader picture? I do, I look at why the Second Amendment exists and why we should cut to the chase with all politicians when discussing it. The Second Amendment is not about hunting, target shooting or protecting ourselves in our homes Mr. & Ms. Politician. It is about protecting ourselves against YOU! That’s what we fought a war over and that is why it was put in the Constitution. Let’s not sugar coat it… Read more »


@Vanns40 I totally agree it’s 2nd amendment issues first then all other positions that candidates take that follow in my determining who I shall cast my vote for. That seems to be whomever runs as a Republican candidate as the Democratic party seems bent on ignoring the 2nd or removing it entirely. Until this policy changes the Democrats will never get another vote from me for a national office candidate. I’m sure they won’t miss me, but if enough other voters feel the same as me and vote the same as me then we make a difference.


@ Vanns40 I completely agree with you Vanns40. Christie is a RINO, plain and simple. He will never get my vote. I tried that crap with Romney, and we all know the outcome. We need a real candidate to take the next election, along with keeping both houses of congress. Maybe then we can get our freedoms back. Christie is a NO-GO.


Christie is an absolute progressive in every sense of the descriptor. While being touted the great reformer, NJ still ranks in the top 4 worst financially responsible states in the union with an enormous debt crisis still looming. The only thing Christie has done while Gov of NJ in his stead has been confronting the unions, other than that he has been a huge failure. His face on the national stage is simply because of his confrontational, rude, bullyish, loudmouth, and obnoxious personality. He just about as conservative as a Clinton, ranked to be even more “Centrist” than John Huntsman… Read more »


Christy would drive conservative voters away from the polls in droves. We’re all used to holding our noses while voting over the past several elections, but I don’t think I could do it for that RINO.

Chris Thompson

He’s anti-gun and pro-union.. I want a president that’ll protect our rights and pass national right-to-work, evetually I’d like to see ALL unions completely banned.


I agree with you. I like him too but he’ll never get the nomination. I’m tired of the pounding he takes from the press and the whining about his style. He doesn’t suffer fools gladly and I find his “shut up and sit down” a refreshing change from politicians who let themselves be beaten up in silence. I dread the day his second term is up and wee have to face the possibility of Sweeney or some other half-assed Democrat in the Governor’s mansion.


Christie’s past shows a great indifference, if not outright hostility, towards gun-rights; and that will be difficult for him to overcome in the Heartland.