NJ Spotlight: Will Chris Christie’s House of Cards Collapse?

BY  |  Monday, Jun 30, 2014 11:02am  |  COMMENTS (43)

House of CardsNJ 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.

Governor YouTube
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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43 Comments

  1. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  June 30, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    An “analysis” without mention on Christie being fairly moderate and the difficulty he might have in a Republican primary as such? Odd.

    This reads more like a “summary” of reasons why liberals think Christie couldn’t (he couldn’t right?) win.

    Funny though, the author didn’t even realize he included “Governor banks on larger-than-life celebrity…” brought to mind one of the charges thrown at Obama– “He’s a celebrity!”

    Reading this I’m reminded why NJSpotlight is not on my daily reading list.

  2. POSTED BY walleroo  |  June 30, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    THis is the new media world, prof. Everyone has a “take.” You gotta have a take. Do you have a take? What is your take? Are you on the take? Do you take out? Do you have a take on taking time out for take out?

  3. POSTED BY silverleaf  |  June 30, 2014 @ 12:15 pm

    You know what they say about opinion, roo.

  4. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  June 30, 2014 @ 1:24 pm

    “Christie being fairly moderate”

    —thus the humiliating american debasement of the word “moderate” continues…

  5. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  June 30, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    jcunningham,

    Snark is fine, but at least pretend to offer it within the context used. Here, it’s the difficulty Christie will have at a Republican primary.

    As a “moderate,” Blue Dog Democrat might have during a Democrat primary.

    Does this also constitute a “humiliating american debasement of the word ‘moderate'”?

  6. POSTED BY walleroo  |  June 30, 2014 @ 4:26 pm

    I find debasement oddly uplifting.

  7. POSTED BY mike 91  |  June 30, 2014 @ 4:44 pm

    Christie has some real issues with the funding he is using to rebuild the Pulaski Skyway. Even if he avoids an indictment, it shows a real lack of respect for the rule of law, something his fellow primary challengers will point out again and again.

    The Republicans nominated a blue state, ‘moderate’ Republican last time. But what happens is that these moderates then have to adopt crazy positions to appease the wingnuts. Like Romney’s “severe conservative” crap. I doubt Christie can even act that unhinged.

  8. POSTED BY mike 91  |  June 30, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    As a “moderate,” Blue Dog Democrat might have during a Democrat primary.

    If you don’t think we currently have a middle of the road Democrat in office, there goes the whole, “I listen to NPR and read the New York Times” trope.

  9. POSTED BY Conan  |  June 30, 2014 @ 4:56 pm

    Funny though, the author didn’t even realize he included “Governor banks on larger-than-life celebrity…” brought to mind one of the charges thrown at Obama– “He’s a celebrity!”

    And Christy gets thrown the charge that he is larger than life.

  10. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  June 30, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

    mike, sorry. I believe the comma in the sentence threw you off, I wasn’t saying I was a moderate.

    Middle of the road or not, the current Democrat in office has bigger issues than my feelings about him.

  11. POSTED BY mike 91  |  June 30, 2014 @ 5:09 pm

    I understood your comment to mean that a moderate, Blue Dog democrat would have trouble in a Democratic primary. I don’t think this is the case, since we have a moderate democrat in office now.

  12. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  June 30, 2014 @ 9:10 pm

    Sorry. By definition a Blue Dog is conservative. I do not believe the Dems would choose a conservative- a gun-loving, outwardly God fearing, Pro-life Dem- like….. (just looked it up) Joe Donnelly from Indiana during their primary.

    Can’t imagine my liberal friends supporting him.

  13. POSTED BY PAZ  |  June 30, 2014 @ 10:37 pm

    “….outwardly God fearing,”……..Sounds like you should be wearing a sandwich board Prof.

  14. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 01, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    Do you prefer evangelical? I realize to many around here just reading that is an affront to their delicate sensibility (so much for being “open minded”) as evidenced by that December holiday whose name we shall not speak.

    I take folks as they are and wait for them to show they are fools. Unlike many of my liberal friends who preach understanding, yet have more preconceived idea of folks based on politics, geography, religion, etc.

    Will that fit on a sandwich board? I’ll try it and stand in Montclair Center on Friday night.

  15. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 01, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    ” I don’t think this is the case, since we have a moderate democrat in office now.” I think this is pretty ignorant. Obama and his policy have been forced to the center. He is not truly a moderate democrat.

  16. POSTED BY sillyphus  |  July 01, 2014 @ 7:45 am

    Profiling is such a nasty habit among humans williams…however we must remember, “The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”

  17. POSTED BY mike 91  |  July 01, 2014 @ 9:24 am

    He is not truly a moderate democrat.

    Oh I see, a mind reader. What number is he thinking of, right now?

    More to the point, what left wind policy has he pursued, before he was “forced to the center”?

  18. POSTED BY whippersnapper  |  July 01, 2014 @ 9:30 am

    “Playing nine innings of “celebrity softball” in Yankee Stadium with Boomer and Carton so they can talk about it on WFAN for days.”

    Im all for it. The Boomer Esiason Foundation does great things to help battle cystic fibrosis.

    Frankly in this day in age most politicians are in the spotlight for good/ bad reasons due to the nature of our world. And sure, to stay relevant sometimes you have to get in front of it all and do a little dance.

    We’ve let it come to that.

  19. POSTED BY tonyrod  |  July 01, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    The most telling line in the story, and of any story about politics, is “political ambitions collided with prudent public policy.” We are now openly conceding we voters can’t identify our best interests, and politicians are forced to choose bad policies to get our support. Except in the fine township of Montclair, NJ, of course.

  20. POSTED BY stayhyphy  |  July 01, 2014 @ 11:02 am

    mike91. A combo of his brief voting record as senator, the people who he chose to associate with and a few of the things he is on record as saying are more than enough to conclude he is not a moderate democrat.

    Another question, do you think he really ever believed that marriage should only be between man and woman?

  21. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 01, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    stayhyphy, Concerning your last statement, yes. I do.

    Hillary too.

  22. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  July 01, 2014 @ 11:34 am

    ” Unlike many of my liberal friends who preach understanding, yet have more preconceived idea of folks based on politics, geography, religion, etc. ”

    —did you just profile people while critiquing their profiling? prof, you are the andy kaufman of this place…

  23. POSTED BY mike 91  |  July 01, 2014 @ 11:56 am

    Another question, do you think he really ever believed that marriage should only be between man and woman?

    Do we have evidence otherwise? Because otherwise we are back to mind reading.

    I still don’t think he’s a leftist, especially when you examine how far right the right currently is. Heck, Reagan would be a Democrat these days.

  24. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 01, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    (Liberal hacks favorite meme: “Reagan would be a Democrat these days.”)

  25. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 01, 2014 @ 12:42 pm

    Maybe not Reagan but Nixon perhaps .

  26. POSTED BY mike 91  |  July 01, 2014 @ 3:12 pm

    (Liberal hacks favorite meme: “Reagan would be a Democrat these days.”)

    Does the parenthetical mean you don’t really mean that? Maybe its a whisper?

    In any case, there are lots of things Reagan did that would be more predictable coming from a Democrat.

    One example was his attitude towards deficit spending. That is, he liked it a lot and did a lot of it. And, when the deficit was raised as an issue, his administration’s argument was that eventually the economy would grow out of the deficit. Sound familiar?

    He also signed TEFRA, at the time the largest tax increase in history. Would any Republican in today’s party do that?

    He signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which would be called an “amnesty” bill these days. He also signed the United Nations Convention Against Torture, and we all know what the last Republican administration felt about that.

    So call it “hack” if you want. Unlike you, I form my opinions after I think about things a little bit.

  27. POSTED BY Carl Bergmanson  |  July 02, 2014 @ 12:17 am

    Chris Christie never had a chance to win the Republican Primary in 2016. He still doesn’t and (barring some sort of rescuing-a-puppy-from-a-burning-house incident) he never will. If he were to run (which I don’t believe he will), he will be the 2016 version of Rudy Giuliani. He’s a moderate by national GOP standards, and moderates are unwelcome in either party at the national level at this time.

  28. POSTED BY PAZ  |  July 02, 2014 @ 9:50 am

    I might wear a sandwich board for Elizabeth Warren in Montclair center on a friday night but….don’t quote me.

  29. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 02, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    What Carl said above. Christie has no chance against Rand Paul or Ted Cruz . It will be fun to watch, though.

    On the flipside, Hillary herself will have to exercise extreme caution , I don’t think the voting public will take kindly to anything that has a whiff of coronation about it.

  30. POSTED BY mike 91  |  July 02, 2014 @ 11:05 am

    I don’t know why you guys think the Republicans won’t nominate a blue state moderate. That’s exactly who they nominated last time. The issue is, can that moderate say enough crazy crap to keep the wingnuts from going third party. The media arm (Fox news and its print equivalents) will fall in line regardless, which helps.

    Whether or not that’s Christie is another issue. He is very polarizing.

  31. POSTED BY walleroo  |  July 02, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    “I might wear a sandwich board for Elizabeth Warren in Montclair center on a friday night,” said PAZ.

  32. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 02, 2014 @ 11:38 am

    (@ mike, it’s a whisper, in a “laughing at you” tone.)

  33. POSTED BY profwilliams  |  July 02, 2014 @ 11:52 am

    mike, what you forget is this: Reagan, and Clinton too were excellent politicians, and leaders. They knew how to get things done with the hand they were given. Remember, Reagan had a Dem Congress his entire time, and Bill lost the house to the Republicans.

    Still, BOTH managed to stay true to their beliefs, get along with others (that little thing called leadership), and leave American in better shape than when they got there.

    Obama. Yea. No. He’ll just “go it alone.” Leadership!!!

    But as I wrote about you a few times, that you continue to pick dumb fights over dumb things only shows that your guy– Obama– has, sadly, lost his mojo with even you.

    And that’s sad for all of us.

    Dow 17,000!!!

  34. POSTED BY mike 91  |  July 02, 2014 @ 12:16 pm

    Still, BOTH managed to stay true to their beliefs,

    Really. So deficit spending is in line with the belief that “government can’t solve problems, it is the problem”? The truth is that Reagan said one thing, and did another. Which just makes him a politician, I suppose.

    But of course the point of my post still stands: that things Reagan did would be anathema to Republicans these days. And your “hack” comment still stands as the post of someone who regularly doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

  35. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 02, 2014 @ 2:37 pm

    Prof : Once again, please check your facts before you post .

    When Reagan was elected in 1980 , the Republicans also gained control of the Senate.

  36. POSTED BY PAZ  |  July 02, 2014 @ 8:21 pm

    Bonzo mania.

  37. POSTED BY flipside  |  July 02, 2014 @ 8:48 pm

    True, Reagan increased the deficit. Sensing the USSR was financially strapped he dramatically increased defense spending. The Soviet Union couldn’t keep up and the Cold War ended without firing a shot…..yea Reagan…what a putz.

  38. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 02, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    Flipside : yep, and our kids (and their grand kids) will still be paying of that deficit …….some peace dividend.

  39. POSTED BY flipside  |  July 03, 2014 @ 5:11 am

    @ johnqp…can you explain??

  40. POSTED BY Carl Bergmanson  |  July 03, 2014 @ 9:26 am

    Mike – the Monkees (or at least Micky and Peter), said it best:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3hL4MbAbWk

  41. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 03, 2014 @ 9:46 am

    Flip – with military spending, it’s pretty self explanatory ….also, didn’t a certain polish pope also play a deeply significant role in the ultimate breakup up the Soviet Union ? It wasn’t just St. Ronnie who gets the credit.

  42. POSTED BY flipside  |  July 03, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    @johnq…I was hoping for an explanation that made sense…oh well…

  43. POSTED BY johnqp  |  July 03, 2014 @ 11:21 am

    Your problem, not mine

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