After talking with political expert Michael DuLame let me propose some revisions to Matt Arco’s Star Ledger article today 5 steps of what’s next from a Chris Christie 2016 presidential campaign. Arco starts by saying, Christie “doesn’t have much time to relax if he’s interested in seeking the Oval Office in 2016.” Political consultant Michael DuLame agrees Christie must immediately immerse himself totally in campaign activities and handle NJ issues only via short phone calls.
1. “This week: The victory lap”
Mike DuLame adds, “Boast loudly and frequently about your three net gains in the governors’ races. Ignore the fact that in a “Republican Wave Year” you did not do better. No need to mention Republican governors lost in the nearby states of New York, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Rhode Island as well as more distant states like Alaska, Colorado, California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Hawaii.”
2. “Now till the Ides of March: Donors and operatives”
Matt Arco says, “Christie will need operatives in states like Iowa and New Hampshire.” My consultant says, “Yes, but there is nothing to worry about in Iowa, where you are ranked 5th nor in New Hampshire where you are ranked 2nd, because your natural charm will win them over.”
3. “Now till mid 2015: Form a super PAC”
Michael DuLame agrees, adding “You can ignore those pesky questions about a federal pay-to-play rule that could block Wall Street donations. Your anger and bullying skills will scare off any investigation.”
4. “January to March (or maybe April): Announce he’s running for president.”
DuLame suggests announcing on the Ides of March, a date known best as working out so well for Julius Caesar.
5. “January 2016: Win a primary”
DuLame says, “Why settle for one primary? Make a huge effort and scare off your opponents by announcing you will win them all beginning with the Iowa caucus, through the primary in New Hampshire, the caucus in Nevada and the primary in South Carolina. You can do it Christie. Yes you can.”