Video: Hey, who’s up for some Chris Christie porn?

posted at 7:55 pm on November 12, 2010 by Allahpundit

This isn’t the usual “Christie destroys reporter/heckler/teachers’ union shill” red meat — which is precisely what makes it intriguing. Until now, Christie clips have presented him either arguing about policy (e.g., the canceled subway tunnel into Manhattan) or confronting some bete noire of the right. This one, by contrast, is pure brand-building, reminiscing about his mother and her influence on his style of governance. What’s also intriguing is the fact that his staff has now taken to sending blast e-mails linking these vids to intrepid bloggers like yours truly, something that didn’t happen early on when Christiemania was just getting started. But why, oh why, would a man who’s insisted repeatedly that he’s not running in 2012 want to start building a brand online among national blogs?

An answer, perhaps:

What Christie is not saying—what he could never say, without wrecking his skillfully wrought image as a straight-talker whose only interest is in fixing his deeply distressed home state—is that he is working like hell to become the favorite, obvious, choice for vice president in 2012. Between the narrative he has constructed at home as the fearless enemy of budget-wrecking special interests, and the chits he has been busy racking up by raising money for Republican candidates from one end of the country to the other, he is putting himself in Position A to be recruited as a running mate…

To most Republicans, he’s a straight-talking fiscal and social conservative: a more conservative version of a Rockefeller Republican to be sure, but without the stigma of being effete or a moral relativist. To Southerners, who are turned off by northern politicians with a permissive social agenda and metrosexual patina, Christie’s pro-life stance passes the smell test…

Brigid Harrison, a political science professor at Montclair State University, said she saw the deft hand of Karl Rove at work in Christie’s carefully plotted midterm itinerary, giving speeches and collecting I.O.U.s from candidates of a like-minded political temperament, but not straying over to radioactive Tea Partiers like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware or Sharon Angle in Nevada, both of whom went down to defeat.

Geographically, he’s appealing to any Republican in the country as a potential number two — except perhaps Romney, who’d have trouble selling a Massachusetts/Jersey ticket. Politically, though, I’m not sure whom he’d best balance. Because of his fiscal-con cred, he’d be attractive to a centrist Republican who needs cover among tea party types. But because he’s made noise about a path to citizenship for illegals and endorsed Castle over O’Donnell, he might be a way of appealing to centrists who are skittish about a tea partier at the top of the ticket. Huckabee/Christie? Palin/Christie? Daniels/Christie? All theories welcome!


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If it is Romney….he needs to pick Rubio. Romney has no charisma so picking Rubio will help that out. Plus, conservatives love Rubio.

I think Christie would be a decent choice for Palin. However, Palin’s main problem is experience. So she might need to pick an old gray-hair type.

terryannonline on November 13, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Elisa on November 12, 2010 at 9:08 PM
Sorry…I didn’t mean to single you out…your post was very reasoned. I was speaking “in general”. Gov Christie appeals to me because he speaks, I think, from the heart.

And, it is a long time until 2012.

Dingbat63 on November 12, 2010 at 9:14 PM

I understand. No prob.

Elisa on November 13, 2010 at 1:07 AM

I like your analysis and agree that Bolton seems out of place as VP. It’s essential to have him in an influential position, though (if not president).

Guiliani does not have much appeal outside the east coast, but it makes sense politically. One big caveat: I would not want to see him become President.

Reagan let Bush I into the VP slot, and the consequences were disastrous. It made sense to add Bush and make peace with the Ivy League frat-boys, but Reagan could not have imagined how that turned out. If Rudy is too old to become Pres. it could work, but you never know about these things.

Feedie on November 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Good analysis. I agree.

Elisa on November 13, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Five of my cousins went to U of D in the late 70′s-late 80′s and my niece goes there now. None of them drink or do drugs. I spent a lot of my teenage years on that campus and I remember people drinking, but it was nothing like Rowan, which was Glassboro State College, which was the party school in the area while I was at Rutgers-Camden.

margategop517 on November 13, 2010 at 1:30 AM

Good analysis. I agree.
Elisa on November 13, 2010 at 1:08 AM

Well, this is a fun place. People here are honest and use reason. Agree or disagree, I can usually understand where they’re coming from. Talk radio is like that, another oasis of sanity.

Kinda like the good old days.

Feedie on November 13, 2010 at 1:49 AM

If it is Romney….

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

pseudonominus on November 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Bolton/Christie?

LASue on November 12, 2010 at 8:03 PM

(swoons)

pseudonominus on November 13, 2010 at 1:58 AM

R. Lee Ermey/Christie

Chickyraptor on November 13, 2010 at 2:06 AM

Could he please clone himself and send the clone to CO? We desparately need someone REAL for governor.

Common Sense on November 13, 2010 at 2:13 AM

Romney/Christie, the ticket guaranteed to keep Obama in the White House. One phony gutless conservative hedge fund billionaire and a cost-cutting moderate Northeasterner.

Romney’s greatest political accomplishment is either voting for abortion before he was against it or creating Obamacare before The One was even elected.

Christie’s claim to fame is a blogosphere celebrity that he took on the road for Meg Whitman, Mike Castle, Charlie Baker, Bill Brady, Rick Snyder, Terry Brandstad and Jon Runyon. The last three won but his moderate RINOs in California, Delaware, Massachusetts and Illinois all struck out.

Sorry, but the Mitch Daniels “benign neglect” strategy towards social conservatism will not get votes from the majority of the folks that are energizing this resurgence.

I don’t care if I help usher in another 4 years of Obama, I’m not going to support the GOP’s choice of “electable” liars anymore.

rcl on November 13, 2010 at 3:01 AM

If it is Palin….

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

pseudonominus on November 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Changed the quote. Works both ways. Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

I better make that clear, I changed the name in the quote. I realize that’s not the best way to do it though.

I’ll try one of these next time to change a name.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:59 AM

If it is Romney Palin….

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

pseudonominus on November 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Changed the quote. Works both ways. Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

Bullcookies!
Palin served in a sequence of increasingly large chief executive positions, and doing them well. ObaMao on the other hand, Voted ‘present’ on all the tough votes, except those that helped kill babies.

Slowburn on November 13, 2010 at 4:50 AM

Lose some weight, Christie. You are really a disgraceful eyesore.

shawk on November 13, 2010 at 5:26 AM

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

Not true. She has more experience than a community organizer and a senator that voted “present” all the time. She may not be your cup of tea but at least be honest. I bet her time on the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission gave her more practical knowledge than most of The Won’s “experience”.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2010 at 7:37 AM

Lose some weight, Christie. You are really a disgraceful eyesore.

shawk on November 13, 2010 at 5:26 AM

Shawk, your comment says a lot about your values in life. How shallow is your end of the gene pool?

NaCly dog on November 13, 2010 at 7:48 AM

Christie is good at not spending money we don’t have. I applaud him for that. But we need more on a Presidential ticket.

Elisa on November 12, 2010 at 9:06 PM

I’m with you – while I’m happy we have Christie in NJ I also have little doubt that he will disappoint conservatives.

NJ has no money – we really don’t know what he would do if NJ wasn’t in such a deep hole. IMO he is a realist dealing with NJ’s money issues but I have no deep sense that his conduct would be the same if NJ had available funds.

katiejane on November 13, 2010 at 9:06 AM

So let me ask this, since I am stupendously pessimistic about who the GOP frontrunner will be… does it help Christie to be on a ticket that gets obliterated? I guess it didnt hurt Palin… or did it?

Dash on November 13, 2010 at 9:10 AM

It’ll be Christie-Jindal in 2012.

Mojamaiko on November 13, 2010 at 9:10 AM

Palin has no chance. The folks who like her do like her a lot. However the people who do not like her REALLY hate her. Blame the media. Romney is the best bet to actually win,but I’d rather see Bolton (also no chance). Hopefully a dark horse will emerge.

faol on November 13, 2010 at 9:14 AM

You people don’t understand NJ! Christie’s not going anywhere until his term is over. If reelected, maybe in 7 years, but not now. NO WHY!!! NO HOW!!!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 13, 2010 at 9:38 AM

We need more people like him in local govt to stop this bring home the bacon mentallity that too many voters still fall for.

aikidoka on November 13, 2010 at 9:44 AM

Christie——Budget Czar after 1-20-13.

VP runners are Demint, Rubio, and I guess anyone but Palin.

BTW, no likey Krisie Noem.

PappyD61 on November 13, 2010 at 9:53 AM

No likey KRISTIE Noem…….little iPhone keypad help misspell everything.

PappyD61 on November 13, 2010 at 9:55 AM

faol on November 13, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Blame the media for giving us Obama and blame the media for stopping a conservative. I don’t think I approve of that power structure.

Cindy Munford on November 13, 2010 at 10:01 AM

I don’t like him. I think he’s a bully and needs to trim down for the national seen.

There is something about him that bugs me.

oldyeller on November 12, 2010 at 8:21 PM

I get that, too, from people.
There are people out there who don’t want an in your face approach.
If you look past that, maybe you can see the message.
So many of us focues on the way the message is presented instead of the substance of it.
Personally, I think people need to get louder, brasher, & more in your face.
Bcs the mamby pamby weenie-fied messaging isn’t getting through to people.
People need to be told the obvious & some of them need it BLUNT.
That’s why I don’t socialize a lot. People don’t like my blunt attitude & impatience with stupidity.
It doesn’t endear me to the PC crowd I can tell you that.
Which is why I keep my mouth shut in school & keep it business.

Badger40 on November 13, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Makes sense to me that he’d be shooting for the VP spot.

AnninCA on November 13, 2010 at 10:19 AM

Bullcookies!

+10

Fallon on November 13, 2010 at 10:25 AM

Christie / Paul 2012

CVMA-Dredd on November 13, 2010 at 10:45 AM

I would prefer that Christie stay as governor and inspire other gutless pols to get tough with their states.

Finish the job in Jersey, CC, and I’ll walk through fire for you!

PattyJ on November 13, 2010 at 10:55 AM

So far, so good from Cristie to me. I really enjoy it when he is in front of the national reporters, too.

He handles them quite well.

AnninCA on November 13, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Christie / Paul 2012

CVMA-Dredd on November 13, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Lol… wouldn’t want the unhinged vote to be left sitting on the table.

Immolate on November 13, 2010 at 11:03 AM

It’s funny that no one complains about how polarizing Christie is.

katiejane on November 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

It’s funny that no one complains about how polarizing Christie is.

katiejane on November 13, 2010 at 11:06 AM

Being that way is the only way to flush out cockroaches.

Badger40 on November 13, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Governor Christie will be a truly great Secretary of Education, but not a conservative President.

poplicola on November 12, 2010 at 11:32 PM

A truly conservative president would eliminate the Department of Education.
annoyinglittletwerp on November 12, 2010 at 11:52 PM

Thank you! I read through to see if someone would say that. Include Energy as well. We need budget-busters and people that will stand up to vested (union) interests and Christie’s not afraid of anyone – the real “Straight Talk Express”.

PatMac on November 13, 2010 at 11:49 AM

I think Christie would be a decent choice for Palin. However, Palin’s main problem is experience. So she might need to pick an old gray-hair type.terryannonline on November 13, 2010 at 12:44 AM

Palin/Cheney 2012!

PatMac on November 13, 2010 at 11:51 AM

But why, oh why, would a man who’s insisted repeatedly that he’s not running in 2012 want to start building a brand online among national blogs?

Perhaps, like Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck, he is doing everything possible to share conservative values. Not only with his constituents, but with all Americans. You don’t have to hold an office to do that, you only require an audience willing to listen.

Just a thought.

disa on November 13, 2010 at 11:56 AM

This man needs to loose weight – lots of it. Whether we like it or not (and I don’t) elections are to some extent beauty contests: physical appearance matters and the fat man look is definitely not good.

Chessplayer on November 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Christine/Thune or Christie/Pawlenty. Put this man at the top of the ticket!

redfoxbluestate on November 13, 2010 at 1:14 PM

physical appearance matters and the fat man look is definitely not good.

Chessplayer on November 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM

Evidently New Jerseyans aren’t fixated on it bcs he’s their governor.

Badger40 on November 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Chessplayer on November 13, 2010 at 12:48 PM

And one more thing:
An ugly person can have great charisma & people will like them, despite their physical appearance.
Your hypothesis that beautiful people are the leaders is shot full of holes.

Badger40 on November 13, 2010 at 1:22 PM

This man needs to loose weight – lots of it. Whether we like it or not (and I don’t) elections are to some extent beauty contests: physical appearance matters and the fat man look is definitely not good.

I think that after a good, solid decade of the left harping on obesity and passing all sorts of stupid, totalitarian laws about food (trans fat bans, sodium restrictions) people are pretty tired of the pretty-boy politician schtick.

I don’t care of my president is fat, thin, man, woman, black, white or purple with green polka dots. I want a no-nonsense conservative. Christie fits the bill.

But this I will say: WHY IS ANYONE GIVING ROMNEY SERIOUS CONSIDERATION? Because of the disaster that is Romneycare, why the heck would we elect him when one of the major planks of the right is repealing Obamacare? It’s stupid.

I’m fine with Rubio, Palin, Jinal, Christie, Ryan. There’s a class of decent Republicans who can take the fight to Obama and win.

But Mitt Romney ain’t one of them.

I can’t stand Obama, but I don’t want a Romney win and would not vote for him.

englishqueen01 on November 13, 2010 at 1:23 PM

Good Lord, he’s a rotund fella.

IronDioPriest on November 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM

Romney (who might not even be the nominee) might want to consider Chris Christie. First, the geographic issue isn’t as important when we consider that it’s Obama he would be running against. Red States will vote Republican. Did Clinton lose blue states because he picked another Southerner, repulsing many liberals when they had a viable protest votes (Ross Perot)? If anything it might get second looks from those skeptical of Obama who are worried about the Republican party. Heck, Palin might benefit from picking a female VP because it would be delicious fun to see Democrats try and oppose that choice.

Romney comes off as very elite, Christie can be related to far more easily.

amazingmets on November 13, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Badger40 on November 13, 2010 at 1:19 PM

Apparently looks don’t matter to us in NJ – our last governor was bald and everyone “knows” that good hair is important. And the interim governor between our pretty governor who resigned because he was gay and our bald one was a short chubby man.

katiejane on November 13, 2010 at 2:12 PM

Changed the quote. Works both ways. Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

If you’re talking about experience governing, as governor of Alaska, Palin has him beat by a mile. If you’re talking about experience bowing to foreign dictators, then yes, Obama wins – hands down.

labrat on November 13, 2010 at 3:01 PM

Palin is toxic to independents and Romney is inauthentic and plastic. Daniels has made some incredibly doltish pr moves as of late. I hope Thune can emerge to fill the gap between the Palin-Romney supporters. If not-Obama’s presidency continues.

On the bright side, the bench is deep for 2016-Jindal and Rubio are rockstars.

sDs61678 on November 13, 2010 at 3:12 PM

I <3 Chris Christie sooooo much!

I want CC at the top of the ticket.

artchick on November 13, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Like it or not, he would need to lose weight to run for POTUS. The Dems will run with the health reasons due to weight mantra, the media will lap it up, they’ll find someone in the family tree who had heart trouble and will scare the squishies away.

Besides, someone who tackles a stressful job like POTUS needs to be in top shape.

reaganaut on November 13, 2010 at 4:24 PM

Changed the quote. Works both ways. Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash

Experience isn’t Obama’s problem, it’s his ideology. Do you think we’d be better off if he was a more experienced marxist?

xblade on November 13, 2010 at 4:30 PM

Palin and Huckabee are unelectable. And my God Christie is fat, fat, fat. What do you think he weighs? 300-350 pounds? Couldn’t someone get him with a personal trainer and get some of the weight under control? Being that obese is a sign of serious mental problems…
I like his message and I would vote for him in the VP slot but, something is very wrong.

Babs on November 13, 2010 at 5:25 PM

If it is Palin….

Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!

pseudonominus on November 13, 2010 at 1:56 AM

Changed the quote. Works both ways. Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

NO ONE IN THE CURRENT PACK OF WANNABES HAS A REAL EXPERIENCE IN A TECHNICALLY DEMANDING ENVIRONMENT EXCEPT SARAH PALIN.

[PALIN'S BONAFIDE: OIL & GAS COMMISSION]

TheAlamos on November 13, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Jeb Bush/Liz Cheney – POTUS/VPOTUS (Tee Hee)

Chris Christie – Dept of Education
–when done – EPA
–when done – Dept of Commerce
–when done – Dept of Justice

John R. Bolton – Sec. of State

KyserS on November 13, 2010 at 6:56 PM

Jindal, Christie, 2012!

theaddora on November 13, 2010 at 7:04 PM

Palin is nice, but she has the same experience as Obama.

scotash on November 13, 2010 at 3:53 AM

Not saying she is ready for prime time yet, but come on. 0bama had ZERO executive experience Palin was a mayor, a small business owner, a Governor, and not to mention her energy commission chops. 0bama voted present lot, ran a voter registration scam, and took lots of money in the senate to basically vote to ruin the country.

How is that 0bama vote looking now?

Even after 0bama’s two years, Palin STILL would have more experience.

Wolftech on November 13, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Politically, though, I’m not sure whom he’d best balance.

Christie/West

Christie/Jindal

AshleyTKing on November 13, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Lose some weight, Christie. You are really a disgraceful eyesore.

shawk on November 13, 2010 at 5:26

Scumbag

Joey1974 on November 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM

Palin is picking Rick Perry from Texas. It has alread been arranged btween the Palin camp and the establishment republicans who back Perry. Why do you think Perry ran around this past summer when he was running fr re-election saying he was some kind of out of Washinton tea pparty maverick? If there is anything we Texans know, is that Perry is a bought and paid for corporatist. Tea party candidate he ain’t, but he spent the time behaving like that to give him some cred when he goes national with Palin. That is why she came to texas and campaigned for this coruptocrat.
Christie is Bush like social centrist. He is pro-life, but supports amnesty. He is hard core fiscal con. He fits a huckabe better than anyone else.

paulsur on November 13, 2010 at 11:03 PM

My cousin in NJ stated the following: ” He had better not run for president. He needs to stay here and fix this state, and he is off to a terrific start”…. she did not vote for him originally.. but is thrilled with him now……. He should listen.

shar61 on November 14, 2010 at 12:34 AM

The concern trolls are out in force on this one.

WaltzingMtilda on November 14, 2010 at 1:13 AM

Being that obese is a sign of serious mental problems…

Boy, feel like taking some pot shots at G.K. Chesterton too? A woman famously asked him during the First World War, “Mr. Chesterton, why aren’t you out at the front?” “Madam,” he replied, “If you go around to the side, you will see that I am.”

bandarlog on November 14, 2010 at 3:38 AM

Fighting the dug war with more vigor is a winning issue.

Mexico.

MSimon on November 15, 2010 at 12:36 AM

Gary Johnson

MSimon on November 15, 2010 at 12:37 AM

Geographically, he’s appealing to any Republican in the country as a potential number two — except perhaps Romney

I can almost hear the panting as this was written. Republican perhaps, conservative, not so much. Both Christie and Romney suffer from a built-in deal killer, the 2nd Amendment. Neither has been much of proponent of it. It you cannot trust the citizenry there is no reason to expect their vote.

roy_batty on November 15, 2010 at 8:13 AM

West/Christie.

Go West, Fat Man!

Marybeth on November 15, 2010 at 8:38 AM

This man is amazing, and has a hell of a future.

morganfrost on November 15, 2010 at 1:15 PM

. . .
I don’t care if I help usher in another 4 years of Obama, I’m not going to support the GOP’s choice of “electable” liars anymore.

rcl on November 13, 2010 at 3:01 AM

Really, with that level of closed-mindedness don’t you feel you’d do much better as a Democrat?

Or, is it that you prefer having less competition for attention when you throw your little snits?

Trochilus on November 16, 2010 at 9:32 AM

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