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Could Chris Christie Still Run?

Could Chris Christie Still Run?


Even as people are contemplating the surprise results of the Florida Presidency 5 straw poll, the New York Post, citing a “well-placed Republican source in direct contact with Christie’s camp,” has once again raised the possibility of New Jersey’s governor entering the race for the GOP presidential nomination. Politico, noting that Christie has said he’s been consorting with “big-money backers and Republican influence-makers,” reports that he is indeed “reconsidering pleas” to run, despite Christie repeatedly denying that he is and even proclaiming “What can I do short of suicide to convince people I’m not running?”

William J. Palatucci, Christie’s former law office partner and close confidante, responded to reports on the conservative website Newsmax about Christie running by saying that “Newsmax is wrong. Quote me.”

Chronic Chris Christie fever is more likely a symptom of the so-far “amorphous” state of the GOP presidential race:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s candidacy has failed to clear a basic bar with elites and some donors, and his shoddy debate performance in Orlando has only highlighted the window for someone who Republicans searching for a Mitt Romney alternative can rally around.

Christie’s potential candidacy has been an increasingly fevered fantasy of a certain cadre of some media and business elites — mostly based in New York, with a smattering of California technology and entertainment players — since last summer. That’s when he showed up at a Sun Valley conference hosted by the investment banker Allen and Co. and wowed the crowd, including Rupert Murdoch, with what many in attendance described as a nimble mind and a speaking style that was both articulate and blunt-spoken.

Back in August before the Iowa straw poll, Talking Points Memo‘s Josh Marshall noted that it would be well to keep an eye on the “Murdoch primary” — on whom Fox News and Rupert Murdoch’s other media outlets would dub as the Republican contender. The New York Post “speaks for the Murdoch clan” but so does the Wall Street Journal (which is, after all, located in Christie’s home state of New Jersey, as I was reminded last night on sighting the offices of Dow Jones International while sitting in a long line of non-moving cars on New Jersey’s Route 1). The WSJ’s Paul Gigot recently wrote: “for a man who says he’s not running for president, Chris Christie isn’t keeping a low profile.” Indeed, this coming Tuesday, Christie is scheduled to speak at the Reagan Presidential library in Simi Valley, California.

Christie’s appeal to the likes of big Republican donors and Rupert Murdoch lies not only in his aggressive taking-on of public sector unions, but in his “swagger,” in his blunt, take-no-prisoners, readily sound-byte-able rhetoric.  A first-time governor, Christie has proved very divisive, infuriating many New Jerseyans for, among other things (that helicopter), canceling the building of a crucial railroad tunnel linking people to their jobs across the Hudson River in New York. Nonetheless, he has maintained strong support from the state’s well-heeled suburban enclaves. Christie has never been tested on the national stage and certainly not about foreign policy: His brassy speaking style has left many Jerseyans weary but he still has many admirers. How might his contentious governing style that tends towards bullying play in Peoria?


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9:07PM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

He's only one thin mint away.....

5:49PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Oh please not Christie . . . . . .

2:33PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011


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9:32PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Maureen, Christie is NOT aiming in the right direction. Attacking public sector employees will not solve the economic crisis. They pay for the benefits they get. You say you aren't getting good benefits and pay. Why not? This is the richest country in the world ; the richest in the history of the world. Yet most of its citizens struggle because the rich and big business are grabbing off everything. The top 20% of the population has 90% of the country's wealth, while the bottom 80% gets a whopping 10%. This is the cause of all our problems. All Repubs, including Christie are "reverse Robin Hoods", facilitating the transfer of wealth from non-rich to rich. Your anger should be aimed at them, not the few decent middle class jobs left.

7:23PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Here is all you need to know about any Republican candidate, or potential candidate, and the Republicans in general, as they are all essentially the same:

Vote Progressive!

7:06PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

I'm not sitting around waiting for a knight in shining armor. Neither side has any decent offerings. We're screwed no matter who runs and wins!

6:16PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Fat chance?

5:47PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

I do not understand the appeal this man has for some Republicans. Maybe it's his in-your-face attitude, but it alienates me as much as finding out he was the secret keynote speaker at the Koch Brothers' clandestine meeting for Republicans in Vail. And after private talks with the Kochs, he stopped supporting environmental policies he had been supporting -- policies that would hurt the polluting Koch Brothers' bottom line. Seems he cares more about the money they're willing to give him than what they do to the environment.

4:20PM PDT on Sep 25, 2011

Christie's just another right wing plonker, true -- but he's had the sense to stay out of the national arena, where he could justifiably be called to answer for everything he's done wrong in his entire life.

Or at least, he's had the sense SO FAR.

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