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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).