New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has officially jumped in the race for the Republican nomination for president. Christie, who is known for being the most polite and civil Governor in the entire country, is stepping in the race at a very curious time. Wait, did I say polite and civil? I actually meant boisterous and discourteous (more on that in a compilation video below). I’ll be honest; there is a small part of me that would love to see Chris Christie as President. Now, I could never vote for him as he is pro-life and is tacking furiously to the right by abandoning any strain of moderation he once held. However, unlike most liberals, I happen to love his pugnaciousness. While I am not one who thinks that being curt with your constituents is politically savvy, I have to admit I give a hearty chuckle everytime he lashes out at someone. It’s entertaining and it makes for good politics. However, Governor Christie will not be the Republican nominee for President, and it’s not just because I am saying so. Below are the following reasons why he will not get the nomination:
-Bridgegate and other scandals: This subject has been beaten to death, and frankly I don’t want to spend too much time on it because it’s not very interesting (in my opinion). Did Christie know that one or two of his confidants deliberately closed a couple of lanes on the George Washington Bridge in September of 2013? Did Christie give the okay to go through with this stunt as a way to deliver payback to the mayor of Fort Lee not endorsing him? I don’t know, and frankly I don’t care. There’s always traffic on the George Washington Bridge. However, this scandal will probably not sit well with others less forgiving than myself. While someone like me is willing to take the Governor at his word that he wasn’t involved in this situation, plenty of other voters are not buying it.
-Donald Trump is stealing his shtick: In case you haven’t heard, Donald Trump is running for President as a Republican. Yes, that Donald Trump. And yes, that Republican Party. If you know anything about Trump, you know that he’s a belligerent oaf whose ego and constantly make him look like an idiot in public and on TV. Many people (not me) would associate these wonderful character traits with Governor Christie. As we’ve seen Trump “surge” in the polls lately, there may only be room for one obnoxious loudmouth in the race.
-His record as Governor: Even if you put aside the scandals and other murky poltical stories surrounding Christie, his record as Governor is hardly anything to brag about. The State of New Jersey is still in debt, there have been massive cuts to public pensions, and the state still suffers from one of the highest unemployment rates in the entire country (6.5%). Furthermore, the successes he has had in New Jersey stem from his ability to engage in deal-making with a Democratic majority in his state legislature. We all know that at the national level, deal-making never happens as that is forbidden by the people who run the U.S. Congress: Michael Needham and Grover Norquist. Also, Republican primary voters strongly dislike people who make deals with members from the other side of the aisle. He has also changed his opinion on how to combat climate change, Common Core and gun control. It is unclear what position he will take on immigration. Although when former New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg died in June of 2013, the man Christie sent as his temporary replacement, Jeff Chiesa, voted for the Gang of 8 Immigration Bill in 2013 (this bill would have granted a work permits and a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants while sending 40,000 new U.S. Border Security agents and dramatically ramped up spending on other border security measures).
Here is Chris Christie being… himself: