So Chris Christie is really going big on this bipartisanship thing, huh?

posted at 1:21 pm on January 9, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

And it’s apparently working like a charm. New Jersey is really loving the “I’m so moderate and above-the-fray, I’m perfectly willing to excoriate my own party and I simply adore compromise” tack, with the added bonus that the media cannot seem to get enough of the Republican-on-Republican crime and is helping Christie to expand his national profile by plastering his face everywhere. He really piled the bipartisanship on thickly in his State of the State address on Tuesday:

Speaking to a standing-room-only crowd packed into the New Jersey State House, Christie called on Congress to pass immediately a multibillion-dollar package of emergency aid in the aftermath of super storm Sandy — legislation that has been tied up in Washington. …

A Farleigh Dickinson University poll released Monday showed him with a 73 percent overall approval rating among registered New Jersey voters. And in a particularly encouraging sign for his re-election prospects, 62 percent of Democrats approved of the job Christie is doing in this deep-blue state. …

“See, some things are above politics,” he said to sustained applause. “Sandy was and is one of those things.”…

“Let’s put aside destructive politics in an election year,” he said. “Let’s put aside accusations and false charges for purely political advantage. Let’s work together to honor the memories of those lost in Sandy. Let’s put the needs of our most victimized citizens ahead of the partisan politics of the day. …

Call me cynical, but whenever anybody feels the needs to specifically reiterate how very truly and sincerely something is absolutely not in any way political, I say that’s usually a pretty great indicator of exactly how political it really is. Methinks thou doth protest too much, and this “could Christie be the rescuer the GOP really needs?” question is conveniently gaining a lot of steam.

He is just everywhere lately, and it certainly isn’t merely because of the continual coping with Sandy’s aftermath:

So, of course, the question is: Wily and savvy political planning in filling the “moderate, aisle-reaching, bold leader” role for which a lot of the country is clamoring in reaction to our gridlocked federal government, or is he walking down a path that will burn bridges with bona fide fiscal conservatives as well as alienating establishment types just a little too enthusiastically?


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Roseanna? Roseanna? Is that you?

No answer.

If it is not one thing…it is something else!

Anyway, are you that actress on SNl who used to say “Never mind.” right after she made a complete ass of herself?

IlikedAUH2O on January 9, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Alas, I believe that Gilda Radner is dead. :(

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilda_Radner

Theophile on January 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

TEPJoePa on January 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

Former president Bush gave Katrina victims $60 billion within a week or so.

So that must have been the dumb thing to do.

“Google” Charles Krauthammer on Sandy Relief Bill in some UK publication. He praises Speaker Boehner for watching the money.

Finally you got some funding and the rest next week.

God help you if you ever have a major house fire with insurance you paid for.

Or watch MSNBC, I’m sure they will keep the anger over this going for months.

IlikedAUH2O on January 9, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Theophile on January 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM

Yes, tsk tsk.

And still…even with her gone…”If its not one thing it is somethin’ else.” All the time…

IlikedAUH2O on January 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Exit answer: We did nominate McCain…

BocaJuniors on January 9, 2013 at 5:03 PM

Hey, Whiner Christie…Nashville didn’t get a damn after the flood. Our Governor didn’t whine on TV about. We Tennesseans got back up, cleaned up and rebuilt.

Thanks

ladyingray on January 9, 2013 at 5:09 PM

The Evangelical South is a welfare state that bleeds the North East dry and but when it comes time to helping out the people that subsidize them they vote no because they are all about “small” government.

TEPJoePa on January 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

If the South is a “welfare state” as you say, it’s due to the fact that 59% of all Black Americans live in the South.

sentinelrules on January 9, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I currently live in NJ.

In our small 3-person office, all conservative, we don’t agree on a whole lot… I’m ‘too conservative for the GOP’ by my own label, while my coworkers are more typically NE conservatives.

And we all agree that Christie is dead to us.

Anecdotal evidence, but it very well may be that at least with the rapidly shrinking GOP conservative base, Christie is losing all credibility. If he wants to be centrist, great. I hope he pulls the GOP with him, so that we can get an actual conservative party in this country.

Scott H on January 9, 2013 at 5:18 PM

is it too soon to pray for a Christie/Crist ticket, with Jon Huntsman for Sec of State?

Let’s go full No LAbels RINO, why don’t we

thurman on January 9, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Not sure why the big fuss over Christie’s comments on Boehner. He only said publicly what conservatives are saying privately. Yes he’s been dealt a difficult hand, but he’s playing it terribly. Now apparently McConnell will give it a shot.

Secondly, Christie, like every elected official, is a politician. He’s unique, no question, but he’s doing what any elected official would do in an election year, especially a politician like him in a state like his. I still think he’ll be a strong candidate in a what we hope will be a great field for 2016.

ncconservative on January 9, 2013 at 6:53 PM

…fatso needs to talk to his friend Chuckie about all the pork!

KOOLAID2 on January 9, 2013 at 9:12 PM

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