NJ Spotlight analyzes Christie’s chances for a presidentail run:
Looking at Gov. Chris Christie’s schedule in the days leading up to last week’s budget battle, you would think he didn’t have a care in the world as he continues to gear up for a 2016 presidential bid:
“Dad Dancing” with Jimmy Fallon, showing off the results of his “less is more” lap-band diet
Blaming Obama for Iraq in front of the Faith and Freedom Coalition in Washington
Raising money for the Republican candidate for governor in New Hampshire, the first primary state
Telling former Romney donors in Utah he isn’t “worried” about Bridgegate
Playing nine innings of “celebrity softball” in Yankee Stadium with Boomer and Carton so they can talk about it on WFAN for days.
Yet, as much as Christie continues to trade on his larger-than-life personality and fund-raising prowess to keep his presidential hopes alive, a series of expanding federal and state investigations, a budget and pension system in never-ending crisis, and a mired economy that belies his New Jersey turnaround narrative and threatens to undermine Christie’s best-laid plans.
Christie’s meteoric rise to Republican presidential frontrunner status was built first on his YouTube celebrity status as a brash, tough-talking politician who put union members in their place. Then, on legislation to fix New Jersey’s pension system he teamed up with Democrats to pass, and finally on his Giuliani-style public leadership during superstorm Sandy — a performance that elevated him from mere political celebrity to People magazine status.
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