It’s interesting to watch how Chris Christie is served up to the national voting public. Until fairly recently almost all of the national coverage followed the pattern set by NJ political reporters; celebritizing the guy. Bombast. Moxie. Jersey-guy. Springsteen fan. “Truth-teller.” Even when he used his bully pulpit to insult people who dared to disagree with him out loud – a right-wing radio host trick to overpower with the microphone – he got away with it with the public, aided by appearances on the public dime pre-stuffed with adoring followers to grand star turns complete with video, stirring music, planted fans, and reporters following Christie with the same attention you give to ticking time bombs whose explosions are entertaining fodder and good vid for the 24-hour news cycle. Not to mention Stronger than the Storm ads promoting himself over the stories of those actually still struggling after Sandy.
That all will change as Christie looks – and governs – past New Jersey toward a less-boffo shot at the 2016 White House.
Ed Schultz, a bit of a flamethrower himself (but for the forces of good) gives a little preview of what national reporters will have to work with on Christie. Below the fold, here’s last night’s The Ed Show: