The Political Seduction of Chris Christie
Gene Lalor | March 2, 2013
Fifty year old Christopher James “Chris” Christie, 55th governor of the state of New Jersey and the first Republican to win statewide office in the heavily Democrat Garden StateÂ in more than a decade, has succumbedÂ to the heady temptations and trappings of the presidency of the United States.
Following his public snubbing by the 2013 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), the prestigious National Journal’s Elahe Izadi wrote that Christieâ€™sÂ problems with conservative Republicans wouldn’t negatively affect his assumed ambitions for the Republican nomination for president in 2016, a sentiment that essentially suggests the GOP would again choose to nominate and lose with another RINO like John McCainÂ and Mitt Romney.
Unlike in 2012, before Christie started seriously believing he could win the 2016 Republican nomination to take on the Democrat nominee for the presidency by tacking leftward, CPAC refused to invite him to their annual get-together.Â According to NationalReview.com, he was persona non grata because he had a “limited future” in the Republican Party due to his newly-proclaimed endorsement of gun control.
Up until this year, Governor Christie was widely pereived as a RINO, a Republican in Name Only,Â based onÂ what Breitbart.com claims is hisÂ true sentimentsÂ on traditional marriage (“malleable”), his tendency to “grandstand” instead of act, andÂ his incessant attacks on the National Rifle Association.
Recently,Â Christie beganÂ reinforcing his RINO-credsÂ byÂ exploiting the catastrophe that was October’s Superstorm Sandy and the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut in December as political platforms and by going over to the dark sideÂ regarding Obamacare.
Â Sandy enabled him to literally embraceÂ President BarackÂ Hussein Obama as if Obama wereÂ his long-lost buddy, thus making him appear to embrace the president’s extreme liberalism; Newtown encouraged Christie to adopt the popular, screwball- liberal DemocratÂ idea that guns, not people,Â kill people despite countervailing reality and statistics; reversing course, and abandoning principle, by accepting Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion for ultra-blue New Jersey probably insured his re-electionÂ but just as probably doomed his chances to ever be a Republican president.
The governorÂ really cooked his political goose this week by drawing comparisons between himself and the liberal Democrat governor across the Hudson.Â He was quoted saying, â€œIâ€™m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.â€Â As pols are wont to do, he quicklyÂ denied ever saying such a thing andÂ that he merelyÂ shared Cuomo’sÂ ”style” and “approach” asÂ contrasted withÂ agreeing on “nitty-gritty issues.”
Christie seems to think that trampling on the Second Amendment,Â endorsing gay marriage, and buying into ObamacareÂ are “style” and “approach” issues.
I have long supported the governor and I still believe he is a vast improvement over his corrupt Democrat predecessor, Jon (M F Global) Corzine, but he should justÂ accept his lotÂ in Jersey and scrap any plans to lead the GOP into another defeat in 2016.
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