Chris Christie (D)? Are these people serious?

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Governor Christie, from what I’ve seen and heard (since I didn’t have power for a week or so) has done a pretty admirable job in dealing with the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy – especially in the early days.  His willingness to work with President Obama and act as, you know, a Governor of New Jersey as opposed to being a partisan hack and play politics with people’s lives and livelihoods on the line was something that We the People see far too little of.

For those actions – actions that may have saved many lives – Christie was vilified by many partisans who put people last and winning elections or scoring points first.  It very well may have ruined his chance at running for President in 2016, although who knows what can happen in a few years.  It may also have increased his chances at winning re-election for Governor, although again, who knows what can happen in a few months or a year.

What has amazed me the most in all of this asinine knee jerk reactions like this (the comments are comedy gold as well) that think Chris Christie should or would switch parties and become a Democrat.  Christie is one of the most hardcore partisan Republicans, and while he has had glimmers of sanity in certain areas, he is very very much on the right side of the aisle on so many issues – class warfare as well as a number of economic and social policies as well.  His rise within the Republican Party – and the flirtation with whether he should have run for President this year (or his being the early frontrunner for Vice President on their ticket) was based on his dedication to Republicans and partisan ideology.  

We can trace this back to how he got the US Attorney position under Bush (all that fundraising and donations that he and his brother did for the Republicans), how he saved himself from being fired as US Attorney in 2006, how he gave all of no bid deals to his buddies as political favors and everything EVEN BEFORE HE BECAME GOVERNOR.

While Governor, he has been a hyper partisan Republican.  Not just on policy (tax cuts for the rich, going after unions, demonizing Democrats, his actions on the NJ DEP, doubting global warming, withdrawing from the RGGI) but also his stumping for other Republicans around the country.  Mitt Romney, other candidates in many states, secret meetings with the Koch brothers, vetoing marriage equality…..the list goes on and on.

Why anyone thinks that (1) Christie would ever consider switching parties, (2) that he has ANY remotely important characteristics that the Democratic Party holds dear and (3) that the Democratic Party would even want him is baffling at best.  

The prospect of Christie switching parties is a laughable game that may keep the right occupied now that they are licking the gaping wounds they suffered in this election.  Hell, I’d love to see this game play out for another year or so as it would keep the right hating on Christie and sink his future prospects once and for all – and ironically it would be because of something GOOD that he did for the people of the state he was elected to govern.  The one small fact is that this makes absolutely no sense for either Christie or for the Democratic Party (not to mention Democratic Party ideals).

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  1. Bertin Lefkovic

    The one small fact is that this makes absolutely no sense for either Christie or for the Democratic Party (not to mention Democratic Party ideals).

    Christie and the Christiecrats have been running the state with a center-right coalition for the last three years.  How have Democratic Party ideals held up during this time?

    Ideals are not a factor in NJ politics, Rex.  They should be, but they aren’t.  This is why you have a progressive community that is unrepresented by the Democratic Party and a colonelbatguanocrazy teabagging wingnut community that is unrepresented by the Republican Party, while the Democratic and Republican establishments continue to feed at the public trough.

    This will not change if Christie and other Republicans decide to run for re-election next year as Democrats.  The Christiecratic majority that they will create is going to continue to govern the way that it has been governing over the last three years with the possible exception of a few minor moderations.

    First and foremost of these will be the Obamacare health insurance exchange legislation that will reach Christie’s desk very soon.  If Christie has come to the conclusion that he has no future in the Republican Party at the national level, he might determine that having a state exchange will be a better deal, fiscally, for the state than depending on a federal exchange, and sign the legislation.

    It is also possible that he could make a gesture to the LGBT community by saying that his personal position on marriage equality has not changed, but at the same time, he no longer has any desire to put this issue to a vote that would only serve to divide New Jerseyans at a time when we need to be united.  Thus, instead of having a referendum on the issue, he will invite any Assemblyperson or Senator who disagrees with him on this issue to vote to override his veto.

    It is my opinion that if Christie has no future in national Republican politics, he does have the opportunity at this time to align himself with NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the No Labels crowd, which tried to launch the failed Americans Elect effort this year, which could succeed with a somewhat more moderate Christie as its Presidential candidate and someone like Chuck Hagel as his VP.

    It isn’t necessarily a likely scenario, but it is within the realm of possibility.  What is most likely is that Christie runs for re-election as a Republican next year, is fed a sacrificial lamb candidate like Chris Bollwage or John Wisniewski by the bosses, wins, serves out his second term, and runs against Bob Menendez in 2018.  This more than any other reason is why Bob Menendez should seriously consider running for Governor this year, because if he doesn’t, he might have to face Christie the next time that he runs for re-election.

    So if you want to be dismissive of people who use their imaginations to anticipate what our elected officials and party leaders might do, that is your business, but don’t be surprised if I and/or others call you out when you are bitching and moaning about something that they have done that you don’t like that might have been prevented with some forethought, organization, planning, and vision.


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