Chris Christie keeps an eye on the future

posted at 9:50 am on March 30, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a man of vision and there’s no denying it. He has a vision for the future of the Garden State. He has a vision for the future of the Republican Party. And there’s little doubt that he is keeping his options open for a possible presidential run. But when might he be ready? As Taegan Goddard tips us off, it might not be as far away as you might think. And who would he tip off to these plans? Duh… Oprah.

Gov. Chris Christie told Oprah Winfrey in an interview broadcast tonight on OWN that a lot depends on whether he’ll run for president in 2016, but one thing’s for sure: “In terms of me, I’ll be much more ready four years from now,” he said.

Christie, who called politics a “contact sport,” said there’s no doubt he’s attracted to holding positions of power, but has so far foregone the ultimate test for a simple reason.

“There’s nothing more unattractive than getting there and feeling like you’re not ready,” he said, adding that he’s never felt over his head as governor.

Not to put too fine of a point on this, but aren’t you campaigning for Mitt Romney right now? And in order for you to run four years from now, wouldn’t that mean that Mitt would have to … ummm…. lose? The point was not lost on Oprah, who displayed some tact in asking if Christie thinks that Obama is a shoe-in for another four years.

Winfrey, who endorsed President Obama in 2008, asked Christie about the odds the Democrat will win another four years. “He is as good a politician as I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I think where the shortcoming has been is in governing.”

I’ll give Christie full points for both realism and honesty here. (Strong points which have helped build his current, rising star status.) But there’s a time and a place for it. Yes, this election is going to be close, and only a fool would think that Obama is a sure bet to lose. He’s got plenty of money and an experienced team running his campaign. But come on… Christie is supposed to be one of his top tier surrogates.

Is this really the time to even hint that Romney might come up short if you’re spending all of your time out there stumping for him? Christie ups his political capital by going out on the trail in support of the presumed nominee. Even if Romney were to lose he can at least claim that he did as much as he could for the home team. And there’s nothing wrong with a man of Christie’s age saying that he’s keeping his options open for the future. But putting a 2016 date on possible plans comes across as a serious vote of no confidence.

All in all, this looks like a rare misstep by the Jersey Boy. But at least he’s not building a car elevator in the Governor’s Mansion in Drumthwacket. Leave the interview. Take the cannoli.


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Northeastern RINOS need not apply.

wildcat72 on March 30, 2012 at 9:52 AM

Even his supporters seem to wanna get rid of Willard as soon as possible.

Valkyriepundit on March 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

The prospect of Barack in the White House for 4 more years is a great motivator. Way to rally the base, Governor!

SouthernGent on March 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

To all the convervative ‘leaders’ who decided to wait for ‘their time’ – sometime in the future, I say NUTS to you! We NEEDED you THIS YEAR. Jerks.

LilyBart on March 30, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Hey Big Mouth, why don’t you just stick around the NJ Sizzler where you’re comfortable. You are not needed in Washington.

search4truth on March 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Christie probably won’t live to see 2016. Seriously dude, you have to be pushing 400 pounds. You won’t last much longer.

MNHawk on March 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

The interview was originally aired in January and the context was he would be more prepared for a run in 2016. It had nothing to do with the chances of the eventual Republican nominee defeating Obama. Don’t we have enough of the MSM distorting things?

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

In other words, I hope the GOP loses so I have a chance in four years…

right2bright on March 30, 2012 at 10:00 AM

“He is as good a politicial as I have ever seen … I think where the shortcoming has been is in the governing.” I assume (hope) Christie was referring to Obama here, and not the former governor of Massachusetts.

Scriptor on March 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

When the election of 2012 hasn’t even occured yet and you’re already vocalizing serious thoughts about four years down the road, I’m going to automatically discount you.

Tim Pawlenty anyone?

I realize Christie isn’t exactly the most humble person, or at least reserved, but how about a little reservation. Reservation is nice; even being a little coy.

I’m not saying be like Hillary, who outright lied. “What, me run? No! Never! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah!”

Logus on March 30, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I think my beloved Guv just screwed the pooch this time.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Winfrey, who endorsed President Obama in 2008, asked Christie about the odds the Democrat will win another four years. “He is as good a politician as I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I think where the shortcoming has been is in governing.”

…if that’s the only shortcoming this tuboflard can see…he can stay with his insult people back shtick…and stay in his own state.

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Is he already saying he’d primary Romney?

The Supreme Court needs solid, all around conservatives. Ginsberg is gone before 2016, and Scalia and Thomas are getting up there, plus Kennedy won’t be long behind. We can’t afford to let Obama pick any of their replacements. A SCOTUS full of Kagans? It’s curtains for freedom if we get that. We need a conservative in the White House, if its a slightly-more-conservative-than-McCain like Romney, so be it. Flush this Marxist down the tubes.

Greek Fire on March 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Go away Christy RINO.

Grats… the Repubic mushes are trying to find someone LESS appealing the Willard Fillmoure Romneycare down the road.

What’s with them wanting to put all these gun-grabbing statists in charge of things?

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:05 AM

i wonder when was the last time he was able to look down and see his……toes…

GhoulAid on March 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

If a reporter asks you if you’re thinking of running for President/want to become President, certainly admit interest if you are. If the reporter asks about a specific time-frame – say four years out, just state that it will happen when and if it’s the right time to happen. Period. If the reporter keeps digging, say 2028. Maybe earlier, maybe later, maybe never.

Logus on March 30, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Christie probably won’t live to see 2016. Seriously dude, you have to be pushing 400 pounds. You won’t last much longer.

MNHawk on March 30, 2012 at 9:57 AM

I pray you are right. Maybe instead of railing about him here I should be sending that fat son of a b*tch a box of doughnuts every day…

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The headline should be…..Christie keeps both eyes on the fridge.

search4truth on March 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

The interview was originally aired in January and the context was he would be more prepared for a run in 2016. It had nothing to do with the chances of the eventual Republican nominee defeating Obama. Don’t we have enough of the MSM distorting things?

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Yep. I had a feeling a blog post like this was coming when I saw the misleading HuffPo headline uncritically reposted in the HotAir Headline section.

This is being made to seem like Christie expects or wants Obama to win in November, when he said nothing of the sort.

Oh, well. It looks like the second-string HotAir bloggers have the reigns this morning. They seem to be strugging for topics to discuss. First, pennies. Now, following HuffPo’s lead and reposting DNC attack ads with little critical comment. Expect more shoddy, careless blog posts like these throughout the day until AP arrives.

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Leave the interview. Take the cannoli.

Nice, Jazz.

Fallon on March 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Why, so that Dhimmi can appoint a Sharia law proponent to the SCOTUS?

batterup on March 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Just what the nation needs a blustery bully who claim to fame is rudeness. He does make a great combo with Acid-Ann Coulter. Maybe they can smartmouth the nation back into sensibility?

Egads, who knew that at the bottom of that long slippery slope we’ve traveled since the revolution against all moral authority, that we’d actually enjoy swimming in the cesspool.

The most endangered species in American politics -statesmen

Don L on March 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM

The interview was originally aired in January and the context was he would be more prepared for a run in 2016. It had nothing to do with the chances of the eventual Republican nominee defeating Obama. Don’t we have enough of the MSM distorting things?

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Thank God someones thinking this morning… much adu about nothing here.

Apparently no Republican can make any comment concerning any Presidential run, because it will omit confidence in Romney or something.

Ironically Jazz gives Christie honesty props (and claims its the key to his popularity) – then goes off on a 10 degree seperation conspiracy of confidence.

My takeaway: Christie gets credit for admitting he wasnt ready (deflects the whole when is a candidate ready) – which also includes “not following the wishes of certain Republican machines” – as in he thinks for himself and earns his experience.

Add in 2/4 more successful Jersey Gov. years with a fiscal turnaround…

Odie1941 on March 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

I pray you are right. Maybe instead of railing about him here I should be sending that fat son of a b*tch a box of doughnuts every day…

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Go hug yourself, please. The guy might be a lousy Presidential candidate but as a Governor, he’s a blessing. Especially compared to the lot New Jersey had lately spawned. Just to put things in perspective, the last two were Jon “Goldman Sucks” Corzine and Jim “Man-Date” McGreevey.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

there’s a time and a place for it. Yes, this election is going to be close, and only a fool would think that Obama is a sure bet to lose. He’s got plenty of money and an experienced team running his campaign. But come on… Christie is supposed to be one of his top tier surrogates.

Amen. Either he’s saying that Romney will lose, or that he will challenge the next sitting president in a primary fight in four years. For me, part of Christie’s charm is that he is a great New Jersey Republican. Not sure if that translates to the country any better than, say, Rudolph Giuliani.

rogaineguy on March 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Nice round number

I see what you did there.

appxjoe on March 30, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Switching parties?

ElectricPhase on March 30, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Jazz follows up his hardhitting piece on Canadian pennies by hyping the latest Lefty talking point. Classic!

cicerone on March 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

I have a message for Gov Christie: 2016 is too late, so feel free to f*ck right off.

motionview on March 30, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Chris Christie is not going to get reelected as NJ Governor so his only chance to remain relevant is to run for Pres. in 2016. Pathetic.

rjc115 on March 30, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Wow… some of you guys hate Christie more than the NJ state workers do…
lol
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I thought when Palin did an interview w/ Oprah it was unpresidential but when Christie does it it’s just dandy. Can no one else see the double standard?

rjc115 on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

And in order for you to run four years from now, wouldn’t that mean that Mitt would have to … ummm…. lose? The point was not lost on Oprah, who displayed some tact in asking if Christie thinks that Obama is a shoe-in for another four years.

Winfrey, who endorsed President Obama in 2008, asked Christie about the odds the Democrat will win another four years. “He is as good a politician as I’ve ever seen,” he said. “I think where the shortcoming has been is in governing.”

I’ll give Christie full points for both realism and honesty here. (Strong points which have helped build his current, rising star status.) But there’s a time and a place for it. Yes, this election is going to be close, and only a fool would think that Obama is a sure bet to lose.

Great, the moderate
s prime choice for the next open election year should we win,.. is openly diminishing Romney’s chances on Obama’s leading sycophant cheerleadering forum. Why not just play for the other side Christi?

I’m backing Romney because he’s supposedly our best chance, and after so many of us have swallowed our pride to get there, Christi, essentially. throws the entire party under the buss.

After all, it’s all about HIM, right Christi?

I was asked before by a moderate why I disliked Christi, stuff like this is why. He always puts himself first, above party, above principle.. the only guiding theory Christi seems to follow, is what’s good for Christi.

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I pray you are right. Maybe instead of railing about him here I should be sending that fat son of a b*tch a box of doughnuts every day…

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Do you feel good about yourself when you wish someone dead?

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I thought when Palin did an interview w/ Oprah it was unpresidential but when Christie does it it’s just dandy. Can no one else see the double standard?

rjc115 on March 30, 2012 at 10:35 AM

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When Barry did the O show it was a game changer… She gave him the nod over Hillary and the rest is history. It’s all about morons who believe their betters at this point. Very sad for the rest of us.
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 10:41 AM

So what is it? Do we write this election off then?!? I mean Christy’s already planning for 2016 and Trump has already told Greta on FOX News that he’s endorsing Hillary in 2016!!? So they obviously know something we don’t. And so will the trend continue and Romney will resurface yet again ala Nixon, and Ole Jeb is surfacing now, too, Ryan and Rubio will obviously be the Rick and Newt in 2016 and get battered by the country club set again just to make it look fair. I’m getting that old “disgusted with politics both parties are just the same feeling” again.

mozalf on March 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Jazz follows up his hardhitting piece on Canadian pennies by hyping the latest Lefty talking point. Classic!

cicerone on March 30, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Translation: “I want a post lauding Mitt and I want it now!”

What is with the Mittwits dictating what should or shouldn’t be posted here?

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Go hug yourself, please. The guy might be a lousy Presidential candidate but as a Governor, he’s a blessing. Especially compared to the lot New Jersey had lately spawned. Just to put things in perspective, the last two were Jon “Goldman Sucks” Corzine and Jim “Man-Date” McGreevey.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

But unfortunately for the rest of us… the enormous tub of lard has aspirations beyond ruling the people’s republic of Jersey.

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Wow… some of you guys hate Christie more than the NJ state workers do…
lol
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RalphyBoy on March 30, 2012 at 10:33 AM

When Christi can’t put anything above Christi’s interests, then not trusting him seems the reasonable position. He cosy’s up to the dem establishment often enough to make most of the republican base wince.. if not dislike him.. I’ve seen him do this too often,..

Not trusting is hardly hating though..

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Can Republicans stay as far away as possible from Obama’s political mistress, please?

Marcus on March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

The guy might be a lousy Presidential candidate but as a Governor, he’s a blessing. Especially compared to the lot New Jersey had lately spawned. Just to put things in perspective, the last two were Jon “Goldman Sucks” Corzine and Jim “Man-Date” McGreevey.

Archivarix on March 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM

Acually you guys are lucky, it took us in Ohio decades to get rid of Kucinch,.. and he was crazy.. Christi is just annoying.. probably as you say, alot better than your other options..

I wouldn’t back him in a primary,… but go figure..

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Well the guy is a lawyer right?

Ukiah on March 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM

Oh,..

Can Republicans stay as far away as possible from Obama’s political mistress, please?

Marcus on March 30, 2012 at 10:45 AM

please,…. what you said..

Considering Oprah’s network just had to fire Rosie, and she isn’t nearly as popular with the country as she was before…. I’m surprised anyone still does her show.

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Cap and Trade, Gun Control on and on, yea I’ll get in line and vote for another NE Rino NOT

KBird on March 30, 2012 at 10:59 AM

I missed this, just read back up the thread..

The interview was originally aired in January and the context was he would be more prepared for a run in 2016. It had nothing to do with the chances of the eventual Republican nominee defeating Obama. Don’t we have enough of the MSM distorting things?

tbrickert on March 30, 2012 at 9:58 AM

I didn’t catch it was an old interview…

so why are we even discussing this Mr. Shaw in reference to the current status of the race? It would seem irrelevant.

Unless you missed that yourself as well.. I am not a person who trusts Christie, he has a tin ear sometimes.. but after reading it was a Jan. interview..

why bother with it now?

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 11:07 AM

bluegill on March 30, 2012 at 10:09 AM

The stench of fish.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Morning Bmore!

Still listening to the some of the music from the other night..

mark81150 on March 30, 2012 at 11:15 AM

A SCOTUS full of Kagans? It’s curtains for freedom if we get that. We need a conservative in the White House, if its a slightly-more-conservative-than-McCain like Romney, so be it. Flush this Marxist down the tubes.

Greek Fire on March 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

It’s just as important to get control of the Senate so as not to approve the endless line of Kagans Obungler would nominate.

stukinIL4now on March 30, 2012 at 11:21 AM

“2016 is a nice round number”

So is 400 lbs. ….. of RINO ego.

oldroy on March 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It may take a guy like Christie to smash the public employee unions. There is no greater infestation of maggots in the national economy and the body politic than the public unions.

If any issue justified electing a Christie…it would be this. Hes the only politician on the national scene who sees them for what they are.

rickyricardo on March 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Unfortunately for Christie Kreme, Hillary has already snagged the coveted Donald Trump endorsement.

Oh well. He still has Ann Coulter.

UltimateBob on March 30, 2012 at 11:26 AM


Even his supporters seem to wanna get rid of Willard as soon as possible.

So as Christie would have it Romney is the stalking horse for Christie’s own presidential candidacy in 2016? Well, it does explain why Christie shilled for a proven loser like Romney so aggressively.

This almost redeems Christie as far as I’m concerned. Supporting Romney to further your own ambition I can understand. Supporting Romney on principle is simply incoherent as Romney has no principles

casuist on March 30, 2012 at 11:27 AM

A SCOTUS full of Kagans? It’s curtains for freedom if we get that. We need a conservative in the White House, if its a slightly-more-conservative-than-McCain like Romney, so be it. Flush this Marxist down the tubes.

Greek Fire on March 30, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Friendly reminder:

Romney appointed 36 judges. Of those 36, a grand total of 9 were Republicans. 2 of the other 27 were lawyers for a gay rights coalition that pushed for legalized gay marriage in MA. Not that there’s anything wrong with that :)

My point is, if you’re pinning your hopes for a conservative SCOTUS on Romney, you’re nuts.

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Yet another RINO for POTUS in 2016 … No Thanks.

I’ll keep my firearms and the Joisy Fat Boy can keep his greasy burgers.
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Karl Magnus on March 30, 2012 at 11:38 AM

Chris Christy has to fix NJ before he does anything else. Once that happens I’ll be impressed. That hasn’t happened yet. NJ is a mess and so far it isn’t half way cleaned up. It will take years. Is he going to give up and run for national office? Really?

BetseyRoss on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM


My point is, if you’re pinning your hopes for a conservative SCOTUS on Romney, you’re nuts.

Or conservative governance in general since Romney’s entire record is that of a pro-choice progressive who assumed the efficacy of the coercive power of the state to supervise private economic activity to support progressive goals like universal coverage.

casuist on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

My point is, if you’re pinning your hopes for a conservative SCOTUS on Romney, you’re nuts.

Or conservative governance in general since Romney’s entire record is that of a pro-choice progressive who assumed the efficacy of the coercive power of the state to supervise private economic activity to support progressive goals like universal coverage.

casuist on March 30, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Ditto²
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Karl Magnus on March 30, 2012 at 11:58 AM

posted at 9:50 am on March 30, 2012 by Jazz Shaw

Picture caption:

2016 is a nice, round number…

I see what you did there.

ITguy on March 30, 2012 at 12:09 PM

Yep, 2016(cm) is just about the circumference of his waste/butt (793.7 in). Not exactly a round number.

I’m sorry if that sounds superficial, but appearance matters in positions of power.

stacman on March 30, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The soonest he would be able to run is 2020, but Romney’s VP will likely get that slot.

scotash on March 30, 2012 at 1:02 PM

My point is, if you’re pinning your hopes for a conservative SCOTUS on Romney, you’re nuts.

angryed on March 30, 2012 at 11:29 AM

The only way Romney could have gotten conservative judges is with a conservative legislature. 85% Democrat in that body. Not that you care. He did cleverly use a committee process that sneaked through numerous Independents and a few Republicans. Once again, not that you care.

scotash on March 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

I stopped listening to this guy months ago, when Ann Coulter was hawking him, and I found out what he was all about. There is nothing he could possibly say to Oprah that I would care about.

JannyMae on March 30, 2012 at 1:25 PM

The only way Romney could have gotten conservative judges is with a conservative legislature. 85% Democrat in that body. Not that you care. He did cleverly use a committee process that sneaked through numerous Independents and a few Republicans. Once again, not that you care.

scotash on March 30, 2012 at 1:08 PM

None of that indicates that he would govern conservatively when he does not have those restraints. His only experience governing is in a hyperliberal environment. He has no experience governing anything resembling the US of A. He’s not going to be very good at it, even if he gets the chance (which I sincerely doubt).

alwaysfiredup on March 30, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Sound familiar?

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2012/03/on_court_picks_chris_christie.html

http://blog.nj.com/njv_paul_mulshine/2012/03/why_bruce_harris_is_likely_to.html

Here’s a preemptive f— you to all you future Christybots.

noeastern on March 30, 2012 at 1:42 PM

Do you feel good about yourself when you wish someone dead?

katy the mean old lady on March 30, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I don’t know about “good about myself” but I’d sleep easier knowing he wasn’t able to run.

SilverDeth on March 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

2016 isn’t going to happen, folks. Not for anybody.

Gordy on March 30, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Romney is nobody’s first choice. His top surrogates don’t want him; they just want his opponents less. I don’t want his opponents; I just want him less.

besser tot als rot on March 30, 2012 at 6:08 PM