Gov. Christie Looking Cruising to Reelection

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Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#1 Jan 31, 2013
NJ’s operatic Gov
By GEORGE F. WILL

Coyness is not part of Chris Christie’s repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation. New Jersey’s governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so popular he seems to be cruising toward re-election this November and does not deny that he might look beyond that.

His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state’s 2008 budget. He has vetoed a tax on millionaires three times. He has scrapped, exuberantly, with public-employee unions.

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, 41,000 families are still homeless. Yet 61 percent of his constituents think the state is on the right track, compared to 27 percent who thought so when he entered office three years ago.

His 74 percent job approval includes 56 percent of Democrats and 78 percent of independents. This in a state where only 29 percent view the Republican Party favorably. And New Jersey is one of just three states (with New York and Maryland) in which Barack Obama improved upon his 2008 margin of victory (18 points, up from 16).

When the House of Representatives pondered longer than he thought proper in considering the bill for aiding Sandy’s victims, Christie placed, in less than an hour, four unanswered late-evening calls to Speaker John Boehner — calls that were, Christie says mildly,“increasingly agitated.” At last, Christie did his best imitation of Vesuvius, denouncing Boehner by name. The approval-disapproval numbers for his eruption were 79-15, including 70-22 among Republicans.

People may not like government, but they enjoy one operatic governor.

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He is potentially the un-Romney of GOP presidential politics, the candidate who connects viscerally, sometimes perhaps too much so, with voters. Although he campaigned hard for Mitt Romney in 2012 and was one of the first governors to endorse him, in 2011 Christie told Oprah that Romney doesn’t connect with people.

No one knows how the Republican nominating electorate of 2016 will feel about the idea of selecting a second consecutive Eastern governor from a blue state.“The presidency,” Christie says,“is the most personal vote people cast,” and he distils into two words the lesson of 2012:“Candidates matter.”

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He heartily agrees with the axiom that the most “likable” candidate usually wins presidential elections, and he understands that combativeness that might serve a governor might be inappropriate for a president, who people want cloaked in a particular dignity, and who is in everyone’s living room every night.

Christie says,“The image of me nationally is a little skewed.” What he calls his “yelling and screaming” is very limited and always tactical. He thinks even voters choosing a president “want someone who has that club in his golf bag.”

Cory Booker, Newark’s Democratic mayor, supposedly has a bright future but it won’t be as New Jersey’s governor any time soon. He’s challenged the re-nomination of an incumbent Democratic senator, 89-year-old Frank Lautenberg, rather than tangle with Christie, who already has $2.14 million in his campaign treasury and who on Feb. 13 will be given a Silicon Valley fund-raiser at the home of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

By 2015, the GOP nominating electorate will have forgotten Christie’s effusive praise of Obama’s post-Sandy solicitousness toward New Jersey. And Christie will be the rambunctious fellow who before Sandy described Obama as “a man walking around in a dark room looking for the light switch of leadership.” Remember the name of Mickey Spillane’s famous protagonist: Mike Hammer.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolu...

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

Since: Dec 12

Hilliard, OH

#2 Jan 31, 2013
Misleading headline...nothing that large on land can ever be considered capable of cruising.

“animis opibusque parati”

Since: Oct 12

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#3 Jan 31, 2013
Sounds as if old Will feels a thrill going up his leg for Christie.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#4 Jan 31, 2013
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Sounds as if old Will feels a thrill going up his leg for Christie.
I know all you lock step conservatives don't like him, but I do for the most part. I know the Jersey attitude wouldn't wear well, but to tell you the truth I don't give a crap anymore.

Anybody who can actually reduce a budget between 2007 and 2013 has a hell of a lot more cred with me than turncoats like flavor of the week Marco Rubio.

People like Rubio - all talk, no action.

At least with Christie you get talk AND action, and the action is where it counts.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#5 Jan 31, 2013
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
Misleading headline...nothing that large on land can ever be considered capable of cruising.
"His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state’s 2008 budget. He has vetoed a tax on millionaires three times."

He's done a lot more where it counts than most so-called "conservatives" can claim.
Oliver T2000

New Albany, OH

#6 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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I know all you lock step conservatives don't like him, but I do for the most part. I know the Jersey attitude wouldn't wear well, but to tell you the truth I don't give a crap anymore.
Anybody who can actually reduce a budget between 2007 and 2013 has a hell of a lot more cred with me than turncoats like flavor of the week Marco Rubio.
People like Rubio - all talk, no action.
At least with Christie you get talk AND action, and the action is where it counts.
You said the all same things about Romney and look how that ended.

Christie / Romney / McCain is what we don't need.

Prediction: There will be a major riot or terrorist attack in an American City before the next election cycle, Obamacare hits hard in 2014 with major problems that will change the culture and call for a more hard liner than RINO Christie.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#7 Jan 31, 2013
Oliver T2000 wrote:
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You said the all same things about Romney and look how that ended.
Listen, I believe in hiring people based on their resumes and skills.

Romney both personally and professionally was head and shoulders above anybody else who has run for office over the last 50 years. I knew Romney had a tin ear, but I hoped that he would actually get into the nitty gritty would be a service to our country.

And it would have. We would have gotten a centrist budget and I believe it would have been balances. We also would have gotten reform along the lines with Simpson-Bowles.

I would have called that a success.

Christie resonates with an Ethnic Catholic like me. He walks the walk in his personal life, he was a tough federal prosecutor, and he has more than done the job as governor.

Where he stands on abortion, guns and all the distractions all the cons are in to? WHO REALLY CARES?

It's the economy, stupid.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#8 Jan 31, 2013
Oliver T2000 wrote:
Prediction: There will be a major riot or terrorist attack in an American City before the next election cycle, Obamacare hits hard in 2014 with major problems that will change the culture and call for a more hard liner than RINO Christie.
I don't know about that. Christie's been pretty hard line with special interests. We could do worse.

“animis opibusque parati”

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#9 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#10 Jan 31, 2013
-tip- wrote:
So you would rather have an empty suit all the cheerleaders are pushing on Republicans. I have no respect for some clown like Rubio who wants to pretend he's a player and can't pay an $8,000 debt.

Besides, he's Jeb Bush's boy.

Do you really want the Bushes to continue to pull the strings.

I would prefer Rand Paul about now, but I know he's going to get sandbagged ... Christie would be preferrable to a Bush puppet. Look how quickly he became a RINO on immigration.

“animis opibusque parati”

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#11 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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So you would rather have an empty suit all the cheerleaders are pushing on Republicans. I have no respect for some clown like Rubio who wants to pretend he's a player and can't pay an $8,000 debt.
Besides, he's Jeb Bush's boy.
Do you really want the Bushes to continue to pull the strings.
I would prefer Rand Paul about now, but I know he's going to get sandbagged ... Christie would be preferrable to a Bush puppet. Look how quickly he became a RINO on immigration.
The article lays out a basic plan of attack from the left, proving that Christie is just as -- if not moreso -- vulnerable than Romney.

For pete's sake, even the left knows that conservatives are all about standing on principle. When their candidates don't, they get skewered by the left...and by the right.

The GOP is 0 for 2 on mushy moderates.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

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#12 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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So you would rather have an empty suit all the cheerleaders are pushing on Republicans. I have no respect for some clown like Rubio who wants to pretend he's a player and can't pay an $8,000 debt.
Besides, he's Jeb Bush's boy.
Do you really want the Bushes to continue to pull the strings.
I would prefer Rand Paul about now, but I know he's going to get sandbagged ... Christie would be preferrable to a Bush puppet. Look how quickly he became a RINO on immigration.
Fatboy wants them in as well, he has targeted the base for being Anti-Islamic. I cannot vote for someone like this, he's an American Boris Johnson.

If Ken Cuccinelli wins the election for Governor of Virginia this fall, he should run for President in 2016.

Now, that, is a leader.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#13 Jan 31, 2013
-tip- wrote:
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The article lays out a basic plan of attack from the left, proving that Christie is just as -- if not moreso -- vulnerable than Romney.
For pete's sake, even the left knows that conservatives are all about standing on principle. When their candidates don't, they get skewered by the left...and by the right.
The GOP is 0 for 2 on mushy moderates.
Maybe, but at least that mushy moderate actually cut a budget.

I don't like Rubio for some reason. I don't like that the powers that be are all pushing him. I don't like the way he talks either and he seems like a lightweight.

Jeb Bush being one of his benefactors makes me even more suspicious. Remember, the Bushes were also big Romney fanboys at one point, too.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#14 Jan 31, 2013
-tip- wrote:
<quoted text>
The article lays out a basic plan of attack from the left, proving that Christie is just as -- if not moreso -- vulnerable than Romney.
For pete's sake, even the left knows that conservatives are all about standing on principle. When their candidates don't, they get skewered by the left...and by the right.
The GOP is 0 for 2 on mushy moderates.
The idea of Christie is that he loves to bash the base.

The MSM believes, as do the leftist trolls on here, that we are outdated with no right to have our views in government.

Look at Colbert's testimony to Congress on illegals. Steve King kicked his azz, but was condemned in the media.

There are numerous Christie rants, bashing the base on

-guns
-Muslims
-gays
-Sandy por

(say, that smells of hypocrisy)

It's like Huntsman Jr (who had to maintain a quasi-conservative record as UT Governor) but uglier with no trophy wife or stupid but hot daughter.

The left loves this stuff.

GWB was actually good at it in 2000, there are some quotes from him in a speech in Florida about how making us into a Latin country is a great thing.

“animis opibusque parati”

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#15 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Maybe, but at least that mushy moderate actually cut a budget.
I don't like Rubio for some reason. I don't like that the powers that be are all pushing him. I don't like the way he talks either and he seems like a lightweight.
Jeb Bush being one of his benefactors makes me even more suspicious. Remember, the Bushes were also big Romney fanboys at one point, too.
Rubio won't cut it either.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#16 Jan 31, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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If Ken Cuccinelli wins the election for Governor of Virginia this fall, he should run for President in 2016.
Now, that, is a leader.
Don't know much about him, but Rand Paul so far hasn't disappointed. He will get Democrat votes based on his dad's cred.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

Ivy League-ISIS

#17 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Maybe, but at least that mushy moderate actually cut a budget.
I don't like Rubio for some reason. I don't like that the powers that be are all pushing him. I don't like the way he talks either and he seems like a lightweight.
Jeb Bush being one of his benefactors makes me even more suspicious. Remember, the Bushes were also big Romney fanboys at one point, too.
So has Kasich

You ready to back him in 2016?

I have other preferred candidates (Paul, Cuccinelli) but as a bland Midwesterner him and Walker are contenders.

I also would like to see a candidate from this state, we haven't had one since Kasich's first run in 2000.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#18 Jan 31, 2013
-tip- wrote:
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Rubio won't cut it either.
I agree with you there. Rubio talks a good Reagan spiel about creating opportunity, but something's missing there. I just don't like the guy for some reason.
Enzyte Bob

Blacklick, OH

#19 Jan 31, 2013
-The-Artist- wrote:
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So has Kasich
You ready to back him in 2016?
Kasich's getting his bearings. I was always a fan of his when he was in Congress. I always tend to like the ethnic Catholics in office, even a lot of D's.(Kasich I guess is a non-denominational at this point.) I don't think he's presidential material -- not polished enough and what he says these days are kind of "me too" type things. He's no Newt who can say something and captivate your attention.

“Tenured Marxist Radical”

Since: Jan 13

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#20 Jan 31, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
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Kasich's getting his bearings. I was always a fan of his when he was in Congress. I always tend to like the ethnic Catholics in office, even a lot of D's.(Kasich I guess is a non-denominational at this point.) I don't think he's presidential material -- not polished enough and what he says these days are kind of "me too" type things. He's no Newt who can say something and captivate your attention.
OMB Director?
Commerce Secretary?

I think that the likely for the establishment is Jindal, and Governor Martinez of New Mexico as VP.

SCOTUS will soon take gay marriage off the table, which in theory removes a deadweight from their neck, unless they go stupid with another attempt at a Constitutonal Amendment.

But Fatboy (ambigously pro-life, affirmatively pro-Third Worlder) and Brian Sandoval (pro-abortion, pro-Third Worlder) are absolutely unacceptable on the ticket for me.

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