E-Day Minus-1 News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday , Nov. 5, 2012

“Loud boom” & shaking – Small earthquake in North Jersey.

Damn Nor’easter is coming


  • Christie embraces federal government in Hoboken.

  • Post-Sandy survival guide.

  • Gov: Residents should try to get back to work.

  • Town-specific guide to power restoration.

  • Post-Sandy transportation: roads, rail & buses.

  • Mississippi troopers on the way to help.

    Economics of Sandy

  • Hurricane: $50B of damage. Insurance: Covers $10-20B. Remainder: Storm victims themselves and by federal and state taxpayers.

  • The Economics of Rebuilding Post-Sandy.

    Christie & Obama & Romney

  • Christie to Fox News: ‘I Don’t Understand Why Telling Obama He Has Done a Good Job Equals an Endorsement’.

  • Rupert Murdoch Bashes Chris Christie; Sets Up Christie Scapegoat for Election.

  • Re-endorses Romney.

  • And Mitt Romney wants in.


  • Clinton does robo-call for Menendez.

  • Menendez: Guard the Change.

    Your Vote

  • Half of polling places knocked out by Sandy restored.

  • Heated debate surging online as NJ voters told they can vote by email.

  • Christie Administration directive: E-mail & fax voting.

  • Shore info: Special provisions for NJ voters displaced by Sandy.

  • Displaced NJ Voters Can Vote By Email Or Fax; Brilliant Or Crazy?.

  • GOP Malarkey.

  • MVC registration screw-up: NJ election boards prepping for intense Election Day.


  • Moran: Will Christie seek a 2nd term?

    But will a lip-service Republican take it?

  • Sirota: Chris Christie has the chance to be a real leader on climate change.
  • Comment (1)

    1. Bertin Lefkovic

      Based on the initial post-Sandy reaction to the Christie-Obama bromance imagery, I do not see how Christie has a chance to win the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016 (assuming that President Obama wins tomorrow).

      His nonpartisan approach to governance during this crisis will be an even bigger albatross around his neck than Romneycare was for Romney and Christie will not have the luxury of taking on several sgtbatguanocrazy teabagging wingnut opponents, dividing what represented between 60-70% of the Republican primary election voter universe.

      He will most likely be in a one-on-one with Paul Ryan who has undoubtedly been a very effective running mate for a terribly flawed Romney candidacy.  Winning a primary election in a one-on-one with a significantly more conservative candidate would have been hard enough pre-Sandy, but post-Sandy, there is just no way.

      That said, there are other ways that Christie could become a Presidential candidate in 2016 whether he runs for re-election next year or not, although the path is clearer for him if he doesn’t.  If he and the people closest to him recognize the fact that he cannot win a Republican primary election in 2016, he could take advantage of the goodwill that he built up during and since the storm came and went by aligning himself with New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the No Labels crowd, who tried and failed to build energy around the idea of a bipartisan ticket through their Americans Elect effort this year.

      If the next four years are anything like the last four years and there is no reason to think that they won’t be, the country will be even more polarized than it is now.  If it is, it would hopefully produce a very conservative Democratic nominee like MD Governor Martin O’Malley and a very conservative Republican nominee like Ryan, providing enough room for a somewhat more mellow, moderated, and reformed Christie to become the face a new centrist 3rd party backed by Bloomberg’s money and supported by whatever moderate Republicans and conservative Democrats they can steal away.  Team Christie up with someone like Jane Harman and you would have a ticket that would undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with.

      Or if Christie really wanted to throw the political world a curve, he could talk to his good friend, George Norcross about allowing him to run for re-election as a Democrat next year with Steve Sweeney as his LG with the promise that he would resign late enough in his second term to run for President that Sweeney could still serve two more terms of his own as Governor after completing the remainder of Christie’s next term.  While it is unlikely that Christie could win the Democratic nomination in 2016, if he ran on the Americans Elect ticket, he could tap someone like Chuck Hegel or Richard Lugar to be his running mate.

      While I do not think that either of these scenarios are very likely, I do think that they are more likely than Christie winning the Republican nomination in 2016.  The most likely scenario is that he runs for re-election, beats a sacrificial lamb opponent like Chris Bollwage or John Wisniewski, runs for President in 2016 and loses to a far more conservative Republican.  If he governs in a second term the way that he governed over the last week, he could find himself appointed Attorney General by a Democratic President in 2017, but I think that it is more likely that a Christie second term will be just as much like Christie’s first term as an Obama second term will be like Obama’s first term.


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