Christie belittles Booker’s bipartisanship

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Hate to say I told you so

Politico had an interview with Gov. Christie as he peddled his magical elixirs to national media outlets after the state budget’s approval this week. One of the topics that didn’t make the final cut was his take on Newark Mayor Cory Booker.

Booker, Christie says, was respectful during the 2009 campaign and is very deferential to the Front Office. So, Christie feels that they have a good thing going, and Booker wouldn’t ruin it by doing something stupid like, say, running against him in 2013.

“We agree on so much that I don’t think you’re going to see that. Politics is politics and ambition is ambition so I never know anything for sure…(but) I just don’t see it.”

He added, “The idea of running against each other probably isn’t really appetizing to either one of us.”

Note that last part. Christie says that everything is hunky dory just the way it is — for both of them! Booker is in charge of a city and Christie is in charge of the state which contains that city (and crucial leverage over its finances). How could Booker possibly want anything more?

So Christie thinks that Booker is getting too close to challenge him in 2013. Three years is a long time in politics, and who knows what the future holds? It seems to be a double-edged sword for the Mayor, mostly based on his trust that the Governor won’t run him through. But as I wrote in this week’s issue of The Aquarian, “while Christie enjoys the support of Mayor Booker and other prominent Democrats, they are totally expendable to him.”

Now it turns out he barely even notices it. When asked whether he could ever envision himself backing Booker for a U.S. Senate seat, Christie said probably not. That’s understandable. But he didn’t stop there:

“Let’s face it, he’s been very nice to me but he’s never crossed the aisle to support me either.

Christie will probably say that he meant that comment only in the context of elections, but ouch. That’s got to hurt. Perhaps the next time that state Democrats are standing on one side of a major issue while Mayor Booker is standing next to Governor Christie, he should tug on the big man’s shirtsleeve or something. You know: to remind him he’s there.

Comments (4)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Booker has been so supportive of him, why should he challenge him?  Whether it’s taxes, the budget, or vouchers, Booker’s been there for him.

    Booker deserves whatever belittling Christie directs towards him.

  2. Bill W

    It seems to me that a Booker challenge would be exactly what Christie wants. It would fracture the Democratic base, and it would put the teachers union in the position of choosing between A.) irrelevancy, and B.) irrelevancy.  

  3. Bill Orr

    In the Politico post Maggie Haberman, who writes from a New York point-of-view, slams Newark as “a notoriously dangerous city,” when in fact many other cities have a higher crime rate. Newark’s more significant problem now is financial, and without a solution it could lead to bankruptcy. Booker is seeking, sometimes wildly and inadvisably, for that solution – hence “strange bedfellows.” By playing with Christie, he most likely will get burned by Christie. For the time being, however, I wish him well in his efforts. Newark needs all the help it can get.  

  4. firstamend07

    How does stuffed shirt Booker feel tonight. Christie used him and those other Democratic mayors and then threw all of them under the bus by coming off his 2.5 % constitutional amendment cap idea.

    What is stuffed shirt going to say now?

    Booker better go to Washington because he is too much of a lightweight to handle New Jersey politics.

    Christie used him and abused him!  


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