Christie bringing his act to DC

posted at 2:15 pm on February 15, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Chris Christie has spent the last fifteen months confronting the hard choices in New Jersey.  Now he wants Washington DC to do the same.  While insisting that it means nothing in terms of the next presidential election, Christie plans to deliver a speech demanding the same kind of courage from Congress and the President as he has demonstrated at the state level — and promises voters are ready for it:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is bringing his blunt talk about fiscal responsibility to Washington this week in a speech sure to stoke speculation about his national prospects – which have intensified in recent weeks as some Republicans openly fret about the strength of their 2012 field.

Like Christie himself, the message he’ll deliver Wednesday at the conservative American Enterprise Institute is unorthodox and straightforward: he accuses both parties, Democrats and Republicans alike, of “timidity” in the face of the coming fiscal calamity.

“It’s hard, but it can be dealt with,” Christie said of his speech, previewed for POLITICO, which will focus on his battles with the state’s teachers unions. “I’m a little mystified as to why they’re not doing it, on either side. Because what we’ve shown in New Jersey is that the public is hungry for this.”

“I don’t think anybody’s ever accused me of being ambiguous. So I think when I get done, they’ll have a good idea of what I’m talking about,” he said.

Ann Coulter warned CPAC that failing to nominate Christie for President in 2012 would mean electoral defeat, but Christie says he’s focused on his first term as governor in New Jersey, not national office.  Politico asked him about serving as a VP on the 2012 ticket, but Christie joked that no one would want someone as outspoken as he is for a second banana.  That may not really be the real question, as Politico reports that AEI sold out the speech so quickly that reporters will have to follow along from the Internet stream.  If he’s that popular, a running mate at either end of the ticket would be glad to have him.

Obviously, Christis has built up incredible popularity, and done so through the counter-intuitive process of telling voters no.  Instead of demanding federally-financed public projects, Christie cancels them to save money New Jersey doesn’t have.  Rather than offer sweet talk or benign neglect to public-sector unions, Christie goes out of his way to challenge them, and to tell complainers to quit if they don’t like fiscal discipline. Conservatives have issues with Christie’s policies, but they definitely like his style.  For decades, the Right has approached fiscal discipline apologetically; Christie makes no apologies at all about swinging an axe to state spending.

Does the DC speech signal a shift towards 2012?  It may be difficult in normal circumstances for a first-term Republican governor of a blue state to make inroads in a competitive primary, but these are not normal circumstances.  After four-plus years of soaring but empty rhetoric, Americans might just respond to a tough-talking challenger who gets results.  Can anyone else tell Obama fugeddaboudit with such authority?


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If there’s one pol with the pair to go into Iowa, and tell them to stuff their gasohol where the sun doesn’t shine, Christie is it.

And just think of the pr0n videos on youtube, that could come from such a declaration!

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

Exactly. It would be possible to generate huge support in later primaries by sacrificing Iowa, instead of pandering to them like Newt. The timing would be perfect if projected increases in food prices materialize.

DFCtomm on February 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

stenwin77 on February 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM

For that reason alone, I want nothing to do with Christie as a potential presidential candidate. He’s fine for New Jersey, but someone who would appoint that judge is NOT someone that I would trust being in charge of national security.

JannyMae on February 15, 2011 at 3:15 PM

If there’s one pol with the pair to go into Iowa, and tell them to stuff their gasohol where the sun doesn’t shine, Christie is it.

And just think of the pr0n videos on youtube, that could come from such a declaration!

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

christe plays too a very small base (Betamales and women that like to be dominated). He might get the S&M crowd but his character does not wear well. He comes across as a bully turning off moderates and makes the liberals rise up in defense of their Obama. The stories of chrisite picking on Obama will be splayed over the papers. horro stories will filter their way from the halls of the NJ statehouse on what a bully and egomanic he is. How people feared for thier jobs if they didn’t agree with him….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

He said he’s not running. No matter what changes, I will treat him like he meant it and not vote for him…just like he wants.

SKYFOX on February 15, 2011 at 3:20 PM

The media’s reaction should be really really interesting.

Cindy Munford on February 15, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Real effing nice. Nobody. Wants. To. Take. Your. Guns. They. Are. As. Sacred. To. Conservatives. As. Social. Security. Is. To. Old. People. Democrats. Have. Been. Talking. Less. And. Less. About. Guns. Studies. Have. Shown. This. Guns. Are. Here. To. Stay. This. Country. Might. Not. Be. Unless. We. Elect. Someone. With Some. Semblance. Of. Fiscal. Restraint.

Was that slow enough for you?

jimmy the notable on February 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I’m a gun guy and I agree with you.

Vince on February 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:16 PM

Do you always think of whips and leather when thinking of Christie?

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 3:29 PM

no but it appears his supporters think in that regard. My tastes don’t go towards bullies I would rather have a leader

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Was that slow enough for you?

jimmy the notable on February 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

WHY. SETTLE. FOR. HALF. THE. EQUATION. WHEN. WE. HAVE. ONE. THAT. IS. GOOD. ON. GUNS. AND. FISCAL. MATTERS. AND. FOR. A. BONUS. UNDERSTANDS. THE. CONCEPT. OF LIMITED. GOVERNMENT.

Is that slow and loud enough for you?

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Real effing nice. Nobody. Wants. To. Take. Your. Guns. They. Are. As. Sacred. To. Conservatives. As. Social. Security. Is. To. Old. People. Democrats. Have. Been. Talking. Less. And. Less. About. Guns. Studies. Have. Shown. This. Guns. Are. Here. To. Stay. This. Country. Might. Not. Be. Unless. We. Elect. Someone. With Some. Semblance. Of. Fiscal. Restraint.

Was that slow enough for you?

jimmy the notable on February 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I’m a gun guy and I agree with you.

Vince on February 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

His gun grabbing past is a sign to many of us. A sign points to something greater than itself. His gun grabbing past points to a lack of respect for the governing document of the U.S., the Constitution. His Jersey budget rants prove that he has basic math skills, not that he cherishes the fundamental principles of the unique American culture.

pugwriter on February 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

And just think of the pr0n videos on youtube, that could come from such a declaration!

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 3:11 PM

do you always think of porn when you think of chrisite?

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Nobody. Wants. To. Take. Your. Guns. They. Are. As. Sacred. To. Conservatives. As. Social. Security. Is. To. Old. People. Democrats. Have. Been. Talking. Less. And. Less. About. Guns. Studies. Have. Shown. This. Guns. Are. Here. To. Stay. This. Country. Might. Not. Be. Unless. We. Elect. Someone. With Some. Semblance. Of. Fiscal. Restraint.

Was that slow enough for you?

jimmy the notable on February 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

2008: Nobody.Will.Ever.Elect.A.Socialist.President.

2008: Obama.Can’t.Win.

2009: Democrats.Can’t.Pass.ObamaCare.They.Don’t.Have.The.Votes.

Tell me again how things will NEVER happen.

portlandon on February 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

chrsitie is the fiscals cons RON PAUL.

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

jimmy the notable on February 15, 2011 at 2:42 PM

I don’t necessarily conclude that his fiscal restraint in New Jersey will translate to the same level of restraint for the nation as a whole. They aren’t the same thing and the job of chief executive of a country is a whole new ball game. I could be convinced that his character is such that it would hold up in the White House, but I don’t think I will be.

SKYFOX on February 15, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Bullstuff! He could win in Texas.

cartooner on February 15, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Can you even find Texas on a map?

Christie is a gun grabbing Marxist who wants to steal private property from citizens to fund his out of control government.

He’s for AMNESTY for illegals.

He’s in bed with Hamas terrorists and other radical Islamisists.

The guy fought tooth and nail to keep a Hamas dirt bag from being deported, when he was at the DoJ, and appointed his lawyer to the NJ Superior Court.

PLUS, Lard Ass is down with the Ground Zero Victory Mosque.

The only shot he has is to make it official, become an actual democrat instead of a pretend Republican, and go primary Obama.

Ain’t no way this cat gets vote one in Texas.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

The only shot he has is to make it official, become an actual democrat instead of a pretend Republican, and go primary Obama.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

if he did that I would send him money and make his youtube videos…at least until he went up against Palin in the general….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Sorry not a Palin fan for the problems we’re facing. She doesn’t have the correct skill set. If we weren’t faced with the financial, economic, and monetary problems we have then sure. If she’s the nominee then of course I’ll vote for her, but she’s not my preference.

DFCtomm on February 15, 2011 at 2:57 PM

You really are clueless, huh?

She SLASHED budgets in Alaska by record amounts. And before you even start the “Alaska has no people” BS, Alaska’s budget is about 3 times that of Bill Clinton’s Arkansas.

She is a master and taking big ideas and turning them into reality. She was the most competent and most popular governor in the nation. Her approval rating was consistently in the low 90s, high 80s.

She took on a very corrupt Republican Party and those she didn’t send to prison she beat into submission.

She took on the CEOs of Exxon-Mobil, Conoco-Phillips, and BP. Kicked their butts too.

She turned Wasilla from a small town, into the fastest growing city into the state.

Sarah has by far the largest skill set of anyone even thinking about running for President.

No one else is even close.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 4:01 PM

chrsitie is the fiscals cons RON PAUL.

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:37 PM

That sums it up perfectly!

He could also be described using the broken clock theory.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 4:06 PM

if he did that I would send him money and make his youtube videos…at least until he went up against Palin in the general….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Sadly, about half the so-called “republicans” who want to be POTUS should do the same.

Off the top of my head, to one degree or another, Daniels, Newt, and most certainly Romney, have far more in common with the democrat party than the Republican Party and values.

If there is ONE THING we have learned since Ronald Reagan left office, when the American people have a choice between a democrat light, like the ones mention, and an actual democrat, even if he’s a hard core Marxists, they’ll vote for the real deal every time, instead of the democrat light “republican.”

On the OTHER HAND, any time we run a hard core, real deal CONSERVATIVE, we win landslide elections. Works every time it’s tried.

This is why it’s all abut Sarah Palin. She the only authentic Conservative out there who has the ability to take Obama apart piece by piece.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM

AP pimping anyone but Palin.

kevinkristy on February 15, 2011 at 4:15 PM

You know what chrisite will not have. a Historic campaign. He will not be the firs tfat man running for president, nor the first male nor the first white guy.

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:13 PM

Actually, he is half Sicilian. As POTUS he would be historic in breaking us Sicilians out of the Supreme Court ghetto.

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

do you always think of porn when you think of chrisite?

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 3:36 PM

Ever since Glenn Beck paired up Chris Christie videos with Barry White music!

I can see it now…The Walrus of Presidential Love…

MNHawk on February 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

Latest NRO Polling:

FINAL RESULTS:

Sarah Palin 24 %
Mitch Daniels 19 %
Chris Christie 17 %
Ron Paul 9 %
Mitt Romney 7 %
Herman Cain 4 %
Newt Gingrich 4 %
Tim Pawlenty 4 %
Michele Bachmann 3 %
Haley Barbour 3 %
Mike Huckabee 2 %
Rick Santorum 2 %
John Thune 2 %
Jon Huntsman 1 %
Gary Johnson 1 %

23,160 votes

http://www.nationalreview.com/

Rich Lowry hardest hit!

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 4:23 PM

Boy, the primaries are going to be ugly. So, according to the Palinistas, Christie is a gun grabbing marxist open borders socialist who doesn’t believe in private property and who loves Sharia law.

Exaggerate much? Everyone needs to chill out.

HotAir has not been so twisted by cultists since the FredHeads took over the threads during the run up to the 2008 election.

Christie is great. If he runs, he’ll get my vote and a check.

Palin is great too, but if she wins the nomination, we are doomed, because she does not have the ability to connect with the disinterested moderates who have had her image unfairly denigrated by a biased media. It is unfair, but true. If she is the nominee, the GOP loses. That fact has been carved on the granite tablets of fate.

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Christie wins over independents and some Dems. Some of you echo chamber conservatives need to get out more. We gotta win over our neighbors.

conservador on February 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM

This is why it’s all abut Sarah Palin. She the only authentic Conservative out there who has the ability to take Obama apart piece by piece.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 4:13 PM

When selectively applying “the only authentic Conservative” so as to totally ignore all other Conservatives, some even more conservative than Palin, I ridicule the misuse and abuse of the word, “authentic”.

maverick muse on February 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

Actually, he is half Sicilian. As POTUS he would be historic in breaking us Sicilians out of the Supreme Court ghetto.

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 4:20 PM

point to you then. Let’s get the first Sicilian elected then….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 4:36 PM

Boy, the primaries are going to be ugly. So, according to the Palinistas, Christie is a gun grabbing marxist open borders socialist who doesn’t believe in private property and who loves Sharia law.

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Boy, the primaries are going to be ungly. So, according to the Antipalinistas. Palin is a dumb ignornat chillbilly that can’t put two sentences together who quit her job for fast cash and instan tfame who can not connect with moderates and is doomoed doomed I say to lose

maybe you should take you own advice….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

I ridicule the misuse and abuse of the word, “authentic”.

maverick muse on February 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I can see your point on that one. The problem is that the other candidates are coming from a different worldview. they are not coming from a 10th amendment, limited government centric political view. or in other words the other candidates are not coming from Reaganism but more from the bush wing of conservatism. where they do not question the right of government to do these things they just think they can do it better than the dems.

those that believe in Reaganism look at those that believe in Bushism as not 100% conservative.

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 4:45 PM

I {heart} that guy… and I don’t care who knows it! lolol

Murf76 on February 15, 2011 at 4:51 PM

this could be why the establishment is pushing Chrisite….

This is the second straight day that I am slitting my wrist as this is the second straight day that I have cited to a Daily Kos poll. But today’s Daily Kos poll reveals that Governor Palin is the top second-choice for 40% of Huckabee supporters. Romney is the top second-choice of only 18% of Huckabee supporters.

It’s clear that Governor Palin stands to benefit dramatically when Mike Huckabee formally ends the charade and announces that he’s not running for the presidency.

http://conservatives4palin.com/2011/02/even-the-daily-kos-poll-shows-that-40-of-huckabee-supporters-name-governor-palin-as-their-second-choice.html

Or in other words without huckabee in the race Gov Palin runs away with the nomination. Mitt can not hold

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Christie needs to stay in NJ. The last time I looked the bond was dropped in his state.

He needs to shut-up and run his own state. The place is bankrupt and he plans on taking his motor mouth on the road.

oldyeller on February 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM

Christie wins over independents and some Dems. Some of you echo chamber conservatives need to get out more. We gotta win over our neighbors.

conservador on February 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Christie is another freckin McCain. The MSM loves him but wait and see how they would tear that piece of lard apart if he ran against Obama. They would turn him into a mean loud mouth piece of lard that would bully other leaders with his loud Jersey thug style.

oldyeller on February 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Christie wins over independents and some Dems. Some of you echo chamber conservatives need to get out more. We gotta win over our neighbors.

conservador on February 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Chrisite loses more conservative sthen he picks up moderates and independents…

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Christies obvious fatal political flaws are mysteriously missing from this blog. I wonder why?

Bleed_thelizard on February 15, 2011 at 5:12 PM

conservador on February 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM
“We gotta win over our neighbors.”

What?

The GOP just won a huge victory by being overtly Conservative. There is nothing to fix!

Bleed_thelizard on February 15, 2011 at 5:15 PM

He should stick to what he knows best. He said he was not running, I heard it with my own ears, he said he was not running, I read the quotes with my own eyes. If he does run, it makes him a liar (like Hillary)…. Fine if your running, but don’t say your not and then do the opposite…. I hate that.

shar61 on February 15, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Palin is great too, but if she wins the nomination, we are doomed, because she does not have the ability to connect with the disinterested moderates who have had her image unfairly denigrated by a biased media. It is unfair, but true. If she is the nominee, the GOP loses. That fact has been carved on the granite tablets of fate.

That’s some kickin hyperbole you got there. Palin has the ability to connect with moderates, who all loved her as Governor. She will have to campaign hard but she has as good a chance at beating Obummer as anybody.

alwaysfiredup on February 15, 2011 at 7:21 PM

Definitely the GOP needs another Progressive as the nominee in 2012.

Swooning at the thought of voting for another abrasive in your face politician that would disappoint at every turn but MAYBE fiscal discipline.

He’s weak on Islam and this whole Caliphate thingy too……that just might be a wee bit of a problem.

PappyD61 on February 15, 2011 at 7:31 PM

Christie is a fantastic spokesman for fiscal discipline and he’s done amazing work in NJ- his attitude and eloquence in telling people that the system is broken is unique.

That said, I think the GOP would be making a monumental error in electing him President when he hasn’t finished his first term. What do you really know about him on issues other than the economy? The President isn’t a one trick pony. Sure, the economy and the budget are MAJOR big-deal problems now- but what if the next President faces another 9/11 or a new war? Or a problem we can’t predict- will he seem so awesome then?

Democrats made a huge mistake in electing new-comer Obama- getting a President who had plunged the US into unsustainable debt and has pushed through Obamacare when it was opposed by a clear majority of the population.

Let new-comer Christie stay in NJ for now- and let’s see how he does on issues other than the budget before he gets a shot at the White House.

Jay Mac on February 15, 2011 at 8:14 PM

If he were to run, Chris Christie would be this cycle’s Mitt Romney–the poorly disguised northeastern lib Republican running on the strength (or lack thereof) of “conservative” endorsements from the usual pundit suspects.

RINO-tastic!

james23 on February 15, 2011 at 8:27 PM

Palin is a dumb ignornat chillbilly that can’t put two sentences together who quit her job for fast cash and instan tfame who can not connect with moderates and is doomoed doomed I say to lose…

maybe you should take you own advice….

unseen on February 15, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Actually, I said Palin was great but unfortunately has been unfairly denigrated by a bias media. Which is true, and that this media coverage has rendered her unelectable as POTUS. She would get my vote and the vote of every conservative, but there are not enough of such votes to elect a President. You need to win over enough of the disinterested moderates, who unfortunately have an unfair image of Palin as a dumb chillbilly.

Can you point to any poll that shows Palin beating Obama? I can show you one where Sarah loses by 7 and Christie wins by 3

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 8:29 PM

You need to win over enough of the disinterested moderates, who unfortunately have an unfair image of Palin as a dumb chillbilly.

tommylotto on February 15, 2011 at 8:29 PM

That’s why she should run. To have a chance to win over enough of voters. Of course if Christie is so much better he has nothing to fear in the Primary. He will blow Palin away. Why worry about it?

How long would it take the MSM to paint Christie as some unelectable bloated bloviating buffoon?

Geochelone on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Ain’t no way this cat gets vote one in Texas.

gary4205 on February 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

He won’t get my vote either. You laid out every single reason why he should never be elected.

TxAnn56 on February 15, 2011 at 9:33 PM

Sarah Palin will be the next President.

Accept it… Celebrate it … BANK IT !

stenwin77 on February 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

America needs a real DADDY, not a MAC DADDY.

Vote CC in 2010!

If he won’t run, write him in.

The Republican primary system is broken.

Fix it!

Vote CC in 2012!

Else you get four more years of MAC DADDY!

Don’t be crude, be shrewd!

Who’s your DADDY: your real DADDY of MAC DADDY?

Stepan on February 16, 2011 at 10:05 AM

That’s why she should run. To have a chance to win over enough of voters. Of course if Christie is so much better he has nothing to fear in the Primary. He will blow Palin away. Why worry about it?

How long would it take the MSM to paint Christie as some unelectable bloated bloviating buffoon?

Geochelone on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

That comment right there is a perfect example of why Palinistas are so darn annoying. How many dumb statement can someone crowd into such a short comment. They –the Palinistas– recognize that Palin has been dealt an unfair crippling blow by the media, but like a petulant child that will not accept “no” for an answer they insist that she should run to prove that gailforce headwind wrong. Why not find another candidate that is not starting with such a handicap. Then you sarcastically say that if CC is a better more electable candidate, he should have nothing to worry about Palin in the primaries. That is just dumb right there. Primaries and generals are different elections. I think Palin is very popular with the right, hated by the left and thought dumb by the center. That means she may very well be able to win the primary, even though she has no chance in hell to win the general. She would be a one woman GOP wreaking crew. She would turn a conservative ascendancy into an eight year Obama presidency after which the majority of the voting population would be dependent upon federal handouts and the trajectory of are nation would be irrevocably upon a disastrous course. I do not want to sound dramatic, but if Palin runs, our nation is doomed and the last beacon of freedom in the world will fall. Finally, you claim the MSM will make minced meat of CC when the time’s right. When exactly will the right time be? When he is about to become one of the most powerful governors in a major metropolitan blue state. When he takes on school teachers and police officers. When he cancels needed infrastructure. They are already gunning for him, but they have not laid a glove on him. The best they can do is claim that he ate too much at Red Lobster while on business trips as AG.

tommylotto on February 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

tommylotto on February 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

You don’t think that Chris Christie’s coddling of Islamic extremists isn’t going to be an issue? Let alone the fact that Christie’s “conservative cred” might itself all be an act? I say keep him in Jersey. It’s a blue state, and they deserve him there.

gryphon202 on February 16, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I pulled a few quotes from Christie from conservativenewjersey blog

April of 2008, at church forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey

“Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime,” Christie told more than 60 residents and town officials. “The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime.”

“Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be doing something about,” he added of entering the country illegally. “It is not.”

guns

Mr. Christie strongly supported the assault weapons ban enacted during the Clinton administration. In a campaign flyer circulated during his 1995 campaign, he attacked his opponents’ support for repealing the ban

and
quoted from Asbury Park Press

Chris Christie supports the assault weapons ban and all current gun laws. He opposes attempts to permit conceal and carry laws in New Jersey – hardly the NRA position.

and

In August 2009, then Governor Jon Corzine signed into law a restrictive gun control measure that limited handgun purchases to one per month – legislation that Republican Candidate Chris Christie is on record as opposing.

However, that tune changed abruptly soon after Gov. Christie took office

Just one day after being sworn in, the newly appointed state Attorney General [Paula Dow] took the most aggressive legal posture available to defend former Governor Corzine’s one-gun-a-month handgun rationing law, moving to dismiss ANJRPC’s lawsuit to overturn the law, and later vigorously opposing ANJRPC’s motion for a preliminary injunction in the case.

entagor on February 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

entagor on February 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

He’d get torn apart. Like a rabbit set upon by a pack of starving wolves.

gryphon202 on February 16, 2011 at 12:33 PM

http://www.american.com/watch/aei-livestream

The Chris Christie speech – stream live at the address above

jake-the-goose on February 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

As the header says, with Christie it’s all an act. Behind the act is a RINO who thinks he can open the act at the WH. When the curtains come down, we’ll be stuck with another Bloomberg, a nanny statist.

SilentWatcher on February 16, 2011 at 1:38 PM

I saw a bit of the speech on FOX but I knew they wouldn’t show the whole thing but I jumped in to the live stream. Christie didn’t disappoint but he did take a jab at Rush for the “I hope he fails” comment and he’s not a “Tea Party” person b/c of the comment about the “cup of tea” in NJ.

I expected a Palin question from the reporters, but it didn’t happen. I wonder if Ed or Allah can have the whole vid from the speech to the presser. He seemed ambiguous about O’s budget except that he did not see any changes on entitlements and that’s the one thing that bothered him.

I am disappointed about his “reluctance” to put it mildly, to criticize Obama and put him in his place. Me thinks he tried to get both sides to work on the table on the budget and the economy but gave Obama too much slack because “that’s the president we have,” and pulled some “Maverickisms” here and there.

ProudPalinFan on February 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

Just finished watching the live stream. Very, very powerful stuff. When it comes to the message, it comes through loud and clear that he embraces a simple principle: it’s time to act like adults. That means tackling the truly difficult things head-on without flinching, like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

When it comes to presentation, he’s almost an anti-Obama. It’s clear he can speak at length extemporaneously, rather than relying on a teleprompter as a crutch, without stammering or other affectations. Add in the sense of humor that he’s not afraid to use, and it’s a very powerful combination.

I’ll take him at his word that he’s not running, because he’s impressed me as someone who is interested in speaking truth. Going back on that would call everything else into question.

I think we’d be better off this cycle if some folks used his message as a clarion call, and they took up that same standard to equally good effect on the national stage.

VekTor on February 16, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Christie ain’t perfect, but he’s a lot better than what we’ve got.

I do wonder how he’d do on foreign policy, though.

Who would voters prefer – Christie or Trump?

hawksruleva on February 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Ace watched the live stream and posted an article there.

ProudPalinFan on February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Ace watched the live stream and posted an article there.

ProudPalinFan on February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Ace wants Christie to run pretty badly. What if Christie really is just running a facade, and is refusing to run because of his utter inability to answer the tough questions with any credibility? Obama said all the right things in 2008, too…

gryphon202 on February 16, 2011 at 3:02 PM

Ace watched the live stream and posted an article there.

ProudPalinFan on February 16, 2011 at 2:46 PM

Anyone have a link to that article?

VekTor on February 16, 2011 at 3:14 PM

That’s why she should run. To have a chance to win over enough of voters. Of course if Christie is so much better he has nothing to fear in the Primary. He will blow Palin away. Why worry about it?

How long would it take the MSM to paint Christie as some unelectable bloated bloviating buffoon?

Geochelone on February 15, 2011 at 9:29 PM

That comment right there is a perfect example of why Palinistas are so darn annoying. How many dumb statement can someone crowd into such a short comment.

tommylotto on February 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

Sorry I was not more clear. I am not saying that Christie is any of those things. I support what he is trying to do. I have stated this in other threads.

What I was trying to say is that the MSM is capable of portraying him in a bad light and because you think Palin is damaged goods I say that Christie can become damaged goods very quickly as well. That’s why she should run. Let everyone see what these candidates have to offer and see how they can mend how they are viewed by the voting public without the media filter. That’s what primaries are for.

Vote on principles and not what the media says about the candidate.

Which statement(s) is/are dumb?

This (#1) is pretty tame.

#1 That’s why she should run. To have a chance to win over enough of voters.

What is so over the top about these statements below (#2).

#2 Of course if Christie is so much better he has nothing to fear in the Primary. He will blow Palin away. Why worry about it?

I want Christie to run. All I’m saying is that why worry about Palin running.

You suggested that my post was laden with stupidity. What is so “dumb” about what I have said? What is “so darn annoying”?

Does this clear it up?

Geochelone on February 16, 2011 at 4:07 PM

I do not want to sound dramatic, but if Palin runs, our nation is doomed and the last beacon of freedom in the world will fall.

tommylotto on February 16, 2011 at 10:34 AM

You say “…our nation is doomed and the last beacon of freedom in the world will fall” if Palin simply runs in the primary?

And you have the gall to be outraged over my very bland comment? Good grief.

Geochelone on February 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

gary/unseen = Media Matters trolls.

rickyricardo on February 16, 2011 at 10:06 PM

Christie cannot beat Obama; Palin can. That’s the bottom line.

SilentWatcher on February 17, 2011 at 1:23 AM

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