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NJ Gov Chris Christie: ‘I already know I could win’ the Presidency

NJ Gov Chris Christie: ‘I already know I could win’ the Presidency

In an interview with the National Review that was posted online on Tuesday night, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says that he could win the Presidency if he ran as the Republican candidate in 2012. The New York Times’ Caucus blog notes that Christie’s statements in this interview go ‘beyond anything he has said before about the talk among Republicans that he should pursue the White House.’ Christie, though, still demurs to saying that he plans to run for President next year.

From Christie’s interview with the National Review

Believe me, I’ve been interested in politics my whole life. I see the opportunity. But I just don’t believe that’s why you run. Like I said at AEI, I have people calling me and saying to me, “Let me explain to you how you could win.” And I’m like, “You’re barking up the wrong tree. I already know I could win.” That’s not the issue. The issue is not me sitting here and saying, “Geez, it might be too hard. I don’t think I can win.” I see the opportunity both at the primary level and at the general election level. I see the opportunity. But I’ve got to believe I’m ready to be president, and I don’t. ….. 

And remember in the context of sitting there on election night 2009, and my wife and I were convinced we were going to lose. It is a bit to get your arms around, too. You’re a successful United States attorney and then within a year of that time you have people talking about you and I was running around campaigning for folks. All of these handmade “Christie for President” signs in the crowds when I was in Michigan and Iowa and all the other places that I went, Ohio and Pennsylvania and Florida. It’s also been overwhelming, too.

While, as the New York Times’ Caucus blog says, ‘many politicians avoid that kind of talk, fearing that seeming cocky does not sit well with voters,’ it seems that Christie–who, I should note as a resident of north-central New Jersey, is my governor—doesn’t hesitate to make such ‘public displays of confidence.”: 

If anything, he seems to relish the attention, giving many interviews to national media, openly discussing the appeal of running, his reasons for ruling it out — at least in this cycle — and the early strengths and weaknesses of other Republicans who are contemplating challenging President Obama in 2012.

Christie notes in the interview that he’s been noting ‘how much better I get at this job every day,’ in contrast to when he first stepped into the Governor’s office last January.

So what has Christie been doing while on the job this past year?

I’m not a native Jerseyan but my husband, Jim Fisher, is. He’s a long-time observer of Jersey politics as well (he’s written a cultural history of the New York/New Jersey waterfront in the first half of the 20th century which goes into some quite detail about some earlier Jersey politicians (including Frank Hague, mayor of Jersey City for 30 years); about the longshoremen who worked on the waterfront; and about the crooked bosses and Irish American gangsters who ran their lives until a crusading priest, John M. ‘Peter’ Corridan, decided to stand up for the working men and their families. 

Contemplating the activities—the antics—of our governor, Jim’s written recently about some more up-to-date Port Authority/Jersey politicking. In particular, Jim talks about how, last October, Christie, eager to trim down the the state’s budget, abruptly cancelled the already-deep-into-construction Trans-Hudson Express Arc Tunnel Project

Earlier in 2010, Christie’s office had lost four hundred million dollars of federal support for New Jersey’s public schools due to a clerical error. This blunder led to Christie firing Bret Schundler (the former Republican mayor of Jersey City), the education commissioner he had appointed. As reported back in October of 2010 at a hearing (at which Christie happened to make another ‘major announcement,’ his ‘decision to kill the long-awaited trans-Hudson train tunnel to Manhattan’):

As Bret Schundler told a state Senate committee the governor placed fighting with the state teachers unions and his persona on talk radio above education reform, Christie told reporters Schundler was trading in “revisionist history” and interested only in seeking “the spotlight.” 

In different corners of the Statehouse, Schundler and Christie took their public shots at each other to new levels while the governor’s allies and adversaries in the state Senate engaged in a rare, open display of hostility. 

If Christie does take up the suggestion on those handmade “Christie for President” signs he saw in Michigan, Iowa, Florida, and elsewhere, we may be in store for some interesting politicking, maybe even on a far larger scale than when, in the previous Presidential campaign, another not-terribly-long-in-the governor’s-seat Governor put herself under the national spotlight.


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10:28AM PDT on May 29, 2011

He can't run NJ how will he run the country???

1:32AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Mr. Christie you have to stop partying with Charlie Sheen, he's giving you some bad advise. We don't need a man who thinks that raising tax's is the answer to government incompetance

9:41PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Sounds like child-like innocence to me. If he did toss his hat in the ring, Sarah Palin would have him roped and tied in 20 seconds flat.

Actually, I'm half-hoping they both toss their hats in the ring --for entertainment value. I find beanies with propellers amusing, and trapper hats can be fun, too.

7:07PM PST on Mar 5, 2011

Chris Christie rocks!

and I so love the caring considerate comments from the CARE2 people.... et al Kit B.

seriously. libs are so wonderfuls and caring (snerk)

10:15AM PST on Mar 4, 2011

Patricia S. - you have to stop watching Faux News!!! It is destroying your brain cells. Just like all right wingers- not original. Bet you have two right feet.

8:15PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

He's pretty confident in his party's ability to hoodwink the voters twice in a row. Isn't he.

5:10PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

It's sad when you think of how the Republican party started out with Abraham Lincoln, a great man who helped gain freedoms for African Americans and now this is the same party that is egotistic, out of touch, old, and poor at leading and spending. I hope that changes soon.

3:45PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

One thing these GOP folks have in spades is egomania. Mr. Christie seems to be unaware that his world is a small one and that the majority of Americans haven't heard of him and don't care who he is. I've never come across a sitting governor that was as rude, abrasive, and ... well... stupid as he is . He may think he can be president but some folks think they're Elvis, too. It must be nice to be deranged.

3:07PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Are these pro Christie supporters in other states for the people of Wisconsin too? Don't they get it yet? The party of Lincoln has been hijacked by multimillionaires who run things the way they want to.

Christie is frightening in the context of the Presidential campaign. A national platform is already available to him, I can imagine him on the national scene. Not!

1:32PM PST on Mar 3, 2011

Christie is a conservative dreamer who dreams he is realistic. In fact, he is only half-wittedly in touch with the American people or the actual situation. His bias keeps him from full perception of facts about anything whatsoever.

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