September 29, 2011

Chris Christie: Will He or Won't He?

Patrick Laverty

Ahh, the neverending presidential race. Here we are, a mere 14 months from election day and we're being told that it's too late for certain candidates to get in the race. Some have already come and gone. One elephant in the room (no pun intended) is Sarah Palin. Will she or won't she get in the race. She is clearly someone that doesn't need a lot of time to garner name recognition or get her views out there. She never really left the limelight from the last election, so there's no major rush for her to get in.

However, there is one new name to the discussion, as if the Republican debate dais wasn't big enough already. Much is being speculated about whether New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will jump into the fray. He has twice denied it himself. He has given no direct indication that he will run. In my opinion, he will. Why else would the Governor of New Jersey go to California to give a speech? In that speech, he talked up his own virtues while attacking not only President Obama's policies, but also not exactly complimenting the current Republican front-runners. It was clearly a "testing the waters" kind of outing and by most accounts, came across positive.

Now Christie is not new to negative press or controversy. First and most superficially, may have put a question mark at the end of their headline, but they may as well have put an exclamation point. "Chris Christie: Is New Jersey Governor Too Overweight to Become President?" C'mon ABC, at least be honest with your journalism here and try to not simply put it all on David Letterman. You are actually trying to tell people that you think Christie is too fat to be president. For whatever that means.

Christie also had a dustup where he used the state helicopter to go see a few innings of his son's high school baseball game and didn't reimburse the state. That's one that I can't really say I agree with. However, on the other hand, he did put a complaining teacher in her place when she told him

she has a master’s degree and that her current salary isn’t compensating her for the value of her higher education as well as her experience.
His response? Pure Christie gold.
“Well, you know then that you don’t have to do it.”
This is the same man who heard reports of people on New Jersey's beaches during Tropical Storm Irene and told them to
Get the hell off the beach!
That sure seemed like good advice to me.

But for all the pop quotes that he's able to offer up, he also seems able to get down to the hard work as well and make hard choices. New Jersey is facing huge budget deficits like many other states except New Jersey has one distinction that not even Rhode Islanders can claim. They are the most taxed state in the country. He called for massive cuts in services and aid and is even able to get support across the aisle in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

[NJ Senate President Stephen] Sweeney said Democrats would work with Christie on a proposed constitutional amendment to cap annual property tax increases at 2.5 percent and a series of "tools" for local governments to cut costs, mainly by reining in employee salaries, pensions and benefits.

Additionally, he can take stances that will get the conservatives in the room to stand up and nod in appreciation. At his State of the State Address, he called for the end of teacher tenure.

“Teaching can no longer be the only profession where you have no rewards for excellence and no consequences for failure to perform…The time to eliminate teacher tenure is now.”

If the country needs anything right now, it seems it needs someone who can talk tough, back up their talk but also be able to work with people on both sides of the political spectrum. Based on his tenure in New Jersey, Christie might be the guy.

We don't know yet if he will certainly run for the Republican nomination, but based on his resume and his recent overtures, I will not be surprised to see his name on a primary ballot next spring.

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He also cut the film tax credits for 'Jersey Shore'.

Posted by: Mark D at September 29, 2011 11:55 PM

Why do writers on this blog waste time on any topic other than how we get rid of Chafee, Whitehouse, Reed, and Ciccilini. Anything else is a waste of time and makes this blog not worth spending time on. Who cares whether Christie will run or not. It's pure speculation, Either he will or he won't. This blog is supposed to focus on real issues here in RI. Please stop writing these useless articles--I can get that stuff in the ProJo if I want.

Posted by: Doug Meisner at September 30, 2011 6:10 AM

Sorry Doug. Maybe we can chat at the Chafee recall rally.

Posted by: Patrick at September 30, 2011 10:10 AM

"New Jersey Governor Chris Christie"

He's so dreamy!

Posted by: Monique at September 30, 2011 12:20 PM

I don't support fat marriage. It's disgusting and I don't like thinking about it.

Therefore I propose that fat Americans should have their civil rights curtailed...just a bit. No big deal.

(just like we do to gay folks)

Fat Americans should only be allowed to date. Privately. Not in public. (No one wants to see that)

But fat marriage needs to be stopped. It makes me sick.

I see where the morbidly obese Christie went to the hospital  with chest pains...The fat f___ is too fat and I don't want to pay his medical bills.

Posted by: Sammy at September 30, 2011 2:23 PM

Funny thing is that sammy probably has a hetero man crush on Michael Moore.
Christie'size does present a health hazard-I'm no one to talk about being overweight,but then I'm not running for office either.

Posted by: joe bernstein at September 30, 2011 6:14 PM

Sammy I couldn't agree more. You shouldn't have to pay anyone's medical bills but your own.

Posted by: David P at October 1, 2011 12:24 AM

"I see where the morbidly obese Christie went to the hospital  with chest pains...The fat f___ is too fat and I don't want to pay his medical bills."

Sammy and I agree on something. How about that?

Pour sugar down your gasoline tank and you're stuck with the cost of repairing your car. Pour sugar down your throat and everyone else pays the cost of repairing your body. Progressive logic.

Posted by: Dan at October 1, 2011 12:53 AM

It's not about his weight. It's about his personality. A refreshing change from most politicians in small doses, but I don't think his act wears well over the long haul. And the moment he strays from the hard right canon (like Perry), he'll be keelhauled, too.

Posted by: bella at October 1, 2011 12:20 PM

FWIW William Howard Taft,our largest(in weight)President,lived a long life,actually serving on the Supreme Court after being President-he may have been Chief Justice-I don't recall at the moment.
Of course,his Presidency wasn't during during a critical or stressful period.
Nowadays the job visibly ages anyone in it-just compare Obama now and in 2008.

Posted by: joe bernstein at October 1, 2011 4:17 PM

Christie is a total liberal - loves muslims, is pro-choice, etc.
It's amazing how fast some in the GOP are ready to drop their pants for the next loudmouth who comes around.
How about letting him finish a term as Gov? Then check the results.
He's an effective bully, but think about it - can a President bully Congress? No. You have to reach out, negotiate and make friends.

Why not Huntsman? He's qualified.

Posted by: PortsmouthPan at October 2, 2011 6:20 PM

"He also cut the film tax credits for 'Jersey Shore'."

That alone should get him elected.

Posted by: Max Diesel at October 3, 2011 9:57 PM
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