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Executives, whether Mayor, Governor, President, or CEO, are selected in the hopes that their vision and leadership can move things forward. In the case of elected officials in particular, it is this leadership ability citizens demand and are allowed to voice their opinion on at the ballot box each November.
During Governor Christie's reëlection campaign, the notion of Christie's leadership was little attacked despite, what I believe are a plethora of immense leadership flaws that undermine his ability to effectively perform his executive duties and seriously inhibit policy successes.
Leadership mean many things to many people, so to even hold a conversation about Christie's lack of leadership savvy, it's probably necessary to establish a baseline for good leadership. What it specifically is not, is political savvy. While Christie may be one of the most politically savvy politicians ever, it should not stand in for his lacking leadership skills, and frankly, often times impairs his ability to lead. Christie knows how to turn over a news cycle, knows how to avoid statements that may impede his political aspirations, understands the power of scapegoating others possessing populist distrust (such as teacher unions, or government employee pensions), and controls media access to avoid facing difficult questions on legitimate failures during his tenure.
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