He looks more like Homer Simpson. He has the spark of Bruce Springsteen. He consumes a lot of broadcloth.
Before we get too carried away,voters, revisit his resume and qualifications. It could be that Chris Christie is exactly where he should be as governor of New Jersey. For sure, it would be great to have a President from New Jersey.
Then again, can we not find a Molly Pitcher?
“Molly Pitcher was a nickname given to a woman said to have fought in the American Battle of Monmouth, who is generally believed to have been Mary Ludwig Hays McCauly. Since various Molly Pitcher tales grew in the telling, many historians regard Molly Pitcher as folklore rather than history, or suggest that Molly Pitcher may be a composite image inspired by the actions of a number of real women. The name itself may have originated as a nickname given to women who carried water to men on the battlefield during the war. Army base, Fort Bragg holds an annual event called “Molly Pitcher Day” showcasing weapon systems for family members, Airborne Operations, and Field Artillery.”
Chris Christie is the most popular Republican in America today, according to one story. It is because he is the closest thing that Republicans have to being a Democrat. He is a Republican governing a Democrat state.
Chris Chrisite resume
“55th Governor of New Jersey
Assumed office: January 19, 2010
Lieutenant Kim Guadagno
Preceded by Jon Corzine
United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey
In office: January 17, 2002 – December 1, 2008
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Cleary
Succeeded by Ralph Marra (Acting)
Member of the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders
In office: January 1, 1995 – January 1, 1998
Born Christopher James Christie
September 6, 1962 (age 50)
Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Pat Foster
Children Andrew (b. 1993)
Sarah (b. 1996)
Patrick (b. 2000)
Bridget (b. 2003)
Alma mater University of Delaware
Seton Hall University
Religion Roman Catholic”
My beef is that Christie is a lawyer, lobbyist and professional politician. He is fine as governor, though not the best candidate for higher office outside Senator, maybe.
“Chris Christie: The most popular Republican in the country
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) filed for reelection on Monday. But at this point, it might be easy to look past 2013 and focus a little more intently on 2016.
Christie has seen a massive boost in his popularity in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, with 77 percent of New Jerseyans saying they approve of the governor in a new Fairleigh Dickinson University poll released Monday. That’s up from 56 percent before Sandy.
Christie even gets positive marks from 67 percent of Democrats. Just 17 percent of all registered voters in the Garden State say they disapprove of his performance.
Put plainly: For politicians, it doesn’t get much better than that — especially for a Republican in a blue state. (And the numbers, for what it’s worth, match up with recent internal polling conducted for the state GOP.)
Those numbers should sufficiently scare any Democrats considering running against Christie next year (we’re looking at you, Cory Booker), but they should also help Christie’s name to rise to the top when it comes to the 2016 presidential race.
Now, we know and can say with near-certainty that that number will not stay at 77 percent. Politicians often get a huge and temporary boost in times of great tragedy (think 9/11 and George W. Bush), but there is also lots of risk in situations like these (think Hurricane Katrina and George W. Bush). And notably, President Obama didn’t enjoy near the bounce Christie has gotten, with his approval rising from 48 percent to 53 percent in the state.
The new poll is confirmation that Christie has passed the test with flying colors so far, and it will only raise the national profile of a man who was already seen as being the cream of the 2016 crop.
Christie opted not to run for president in 2012, despite a cattle call of Republicans pressing him to do just that. And given that he has left open the possibility of running in 2016 and really seemed to enjoy the attention last year, it’s clear that he’ll be a real contender.
There are still some hard feelings in the GOP over his praise of Obama on the eve of the 2012 election. But time heals (most) wounds, and if Republicans have a very popular governor of a blue state — a guy they loved even before his approval rating reached for the stratosphere — it’s hard to see Republican heavyweights not embracing the guy in 2016.
Especially in the new pragmatic GOP that party leaders are pitching.