Tag Archive: Rand Paul

Christie’s candidacy has problems

In the Fox show Gov. Christie held short but colorful debates with Sen. Rand Paul and former Governor Mike Huckabee where he made points and got attention, but so did they in their responses. He appeared awkward at times, not as smooth or in control as at his “Town Halls.” He displayed his trademark anger but that may not help his image as a future president in the minds of moderates, Republican elite leaders, or mega donors.

He is doing poorly in conservative states. In the most recent polls his ranking in Florida is 13th, Georgia 9th, South Carolina 9th, Iowa 14th, and Minnesota 9th. His niche is in the more moderate areas where he has to compete with former Governor Jeb Bush and now Governor John Kasich. Bush in the debates was a wuss but he has raised over $100 million. Kasich who is new in the race did very well as a moderate, will not succeed with most conservatives, but can take votes away from Christie.

Christie’s current strategy is to win or do very well in New Hampshire. In the average of the five most recent polls he is currently ranked 5th behind both Bush and Kasich. It’s “do or die” there as he lacks the big money needed to buy expensive ads in the later primaries. A success here would make him more appealing to the elite Republican leadership and most importantly could attract some mega-million donors. A failure could doom him.  

Christie’s trajectory in presidential polls

Presidential primaries start about nine months from now. Nine months ago Governor Christie was riding high, but his trajectory since then has been downward. According to Real Clear Politics which provides a summary of presidential polls, in July last year Gov. Christie led the pack of contenders in a CNN poll by one point over Rand Paul and Mike Huckabee. Perry was 4th, Bush was 5th, and Walker was 6th. Since then Christie has dropped, and both Bush and Walker have risen. This does not presage well for him in the early primaries where a victory is important to propel him forward.

How times have changed. Below the fold is his poll trajectory over the past six months, leading him downward to 6th place. Included also are data in states holding early primaries and caucuses.

One Word: Bridges

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This is why US Attorney Chris Christie will never become President:

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) was asked in a recent interview to name one word when he thinks of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), CNN reports.

Said Paul with a grin: “Bridges”

Hee hee.

To Democrats who Plan to Vote for Christie on Tuesday

The person you vote for is your prerogative. People who always vote strictly on party lines are probably not really thinking things through. Heck, I’m a Democratic committeeperson but have occasionally opted for a Republican either because I really felt that candidate was better than his or her opponent or I wanted to strengthen the two-party system by voting for a sane Republican. Unfortunately, they are a dying breed.

My guess is that you’re voting for Christie for one of two reasons.

Let’s get the first reason out of the way first, because it’s insidious but probably not that pervasive unless you are a Democratic officeholder. You’ve either negotiated a quid pro quo with the Christie campaign or you’re allowing yourself to be bullied so that your municipality doesn’t suffer from the Wrath of Christie. You’re the anti-Buono – not because you don’t like the Democratic candidate, but unlike Buono, you are sacrificing your principles for political gain. To that I say, “shame on you.”

The more likely reason that you’re voting for Christie is that you have fallen for his propaganda – the mythical persona created by his campaign and his staffers, and abetted by the media. In his 1968 campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, George Romney said that he was “brainwashed” by the generals on the status of the Viet Nam war. It doomed his campaign, but in 20/20 hindsight, we know that Romney was right.

Today, many Democrats and Independents are being brainwashed by a taxpayer-funded propaganda machine that would make the KGB drool. YouTube videos show Christie triumphantly standing on a reconstructed boardwalk, while blocks away Sandy-damaged homes are littering the shore landscape and their owners are still displaced. Christie campaign material touts a balanced budget, even though every governor in recent history has met that constitutional mandate. What’s not mentioned is that Christie’s accomplishment was done on the backs of public workers, the middle class, and the poor. You’re being fooled into believing that Christie is a moderate Republican because he’s not as crazy as Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, but you’re ignoring the fact that Christie is in the pocket of the same Koch Brothers who granted Steve Lonegan his 15 minutes of fame. Repeatedly.

So, my fellow Democrats – take the easy path and don’t do your homework. Vote for Christie because you buy into his myths and that’s the easy thing to do. Let New Jersey slip further back into an economic morass while your taxes are used to provide breaks for the wealthy. And a year from now, enjoy your voter’s remorse as you pass my car on the Turnpike with my bumper sticker that reads, “Don’t blame me – I voted for Buono.”

What’s Happening Today Fri. 09/13/2013

Following the devastating boardwalk fire in Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, public events today are subject to change. We express our deep sympathy to those affected and our hope for a successful recovery.

The Rand Paul and Steve Lonegan show is comin’ to Clark today: There will be a Champagne Brunch and photo opportunity at 10:30am. Space is limited for this intimate event. Steve Lonegan and Senator Rand Paul will host a Liberty and Victory Lunch Reception at 11:15am. Ticket price is $250 per person and will include a photo with Senator Rand Paul. At Noon, the public is invited to attend a free Rally for Liberty and Victory. Go here for more information or to RSVP for your tickets today! Or read this Blue Jersey diary for the enlightenment we can expect from this event.

Economic Opportunity Act: (A3680) The Senate has now concurred to the governor’s conditional veto, ensuring that the legislation overhauling New Jersey’s business tax subsidy programs will become law. NJ Policy Perspective President Gordon MacInnes says, “This legislation throws more resources at New Jersey’s subsidy programs, despite the fact that tax subsidies have only marginal effects on location decisions. The lack of a spending cap, in particular, is distressing, as it all but ensures the state will continue the surge in subsidy awards that have marked the past few years, further straining future state budgets.”

Legislation to improve the reporting, tracing and collection of illegal firearms: (S2718) sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg (D-37) received final approval in the state Senate. The measure was conditionally vetoed by the governor, but maintains key provisions that would require law enforcement officers seizing or recovering firearms to follow a reporting procedure.

Legislation to authorize horse racing on the beach: (S2899) sponsored by Senator Donald Norcross (D-5) and Senator Jim Whelan (D-2) has been approved by the Senate. It now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature. I always thought one should not race horses on the beach because it increased their risk of serious injury.


Public Schedules:

Buono/Silva gubernatorial campaign: 12:30pm, Barbara Buono: Construction Roundtable of NJ’s 4th Annual Diversity Conference, Merck World Headquarters, 1 Merck Dr., Whitehouse Station.

Christie/Guadagno gubernatorial campaign: Gov. Christie: 10:30am, a media briefing to provide an update on the Seaside Boardwalk fire, Lot at Porter and Ocean Avenues, Seaside Park. It is unclear as to whether he will go to Florida today with his wife Mary Pat to celebrate her 50th birthday, as was originally planned.

Email items for this column the evening before to BillOrr563@gmail.com

Chris Christie Is Right About Rand Paul, Steve Lonegan Wrong

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One of the most disgusting things about the Republican response to the attacks we experienced 12 years ago today in Manhattan, Pennsylvania and Washington DC was their willingness to politicize the attacks, and to attack people’s politics by accusing them of consorting with the enemy.

Twelve years later nothing has changed.  While President Obama is trying to find a positive response in the Syrian chemical weapon situation — a situation with few if any positive responses — GOP presidential candidate and “libertarian” leader Rand Paul is willing to say disgusting things like this:

Twelve years after we were attack by al-Qaeda, twelve years after 3,000 Americans were killed by al-Qaeda, President Obama now asks us to be allies with al-Qaeda.

It’s astonishing that a US Senator is willing to accuse the President of the United of allying with the enemy — treason — for being concerned about the use of chemical weapons on 400 children, considering military force but being willing to engage in diplomacy when the opportunity comes up.  There was a time when politics ended at the ocean, but that has gone away in a fit of fear, fanaticism and foolishness.

Steve Lonegan is more of the same, happy to throw bombs into crowds without knowing what damage will happen solely for political self-interest. Rand Paul is scheduled to be here in Clark Friday to rally for Lonegan and raise money for him.

But Chris Christie, who gets little praise here, has generally been unwilling to engage in this kind of idiocy and has slapped Rand Paul around a few times. It would be good to see Christie, as he too runs for President while running for Governor, stand up and decry this kind of disgusting politics.

Christie backs away from Steve Lonegan & Rand Paul

About 45 minutes ago, Gov. Christie’s press staff sent an email to reporters (including us) entitled: Governor Christie: This Is No Choice For Me  . There was a big splashy header – State of New Jersey Office of the Governor – plus a YouTube video, and a big photo of the Governor that was about 6 times the size of the message. Which was about why Chris Christie is beating it outta town just as Rand Paul (with whom he is struggling over the future of the GOP), who is coming in for his own candidate, Steve Lonegan, the former product and wholly-owned subsidiary of the Koch Brothers.

Now, this morning I did pose the question that Christie would find a reason to avoid Rand Paul and the Lonegan campaign this weekend. And we’re always interested in when and why the Governor leaves the state, as he so often does.

The governor doesn’t bother to give anyone notice – the press, his staff, the public, or apparently even the LG – when he does things like leave New Jersey to have surgery under general anesthetic. But the question is why does the Gov now use the vast communications system at his disposal – press conference, email lists, YouTube account, and staff time – for what is essentially a campaign message? Shame on him. Might as well show you the video. You paid for it.

Chris Christie Out of Touch On Foreign Policy

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So Chris Christie is firing his first salvos in the campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination for Governor, heading out to Colorado to speak before the Republican Governor’s Association and speaking on foreign policy issues.

“This strain of libertarianism that’s going through parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought,” Mr. Christie said on a panel with other Republican governors here. …

“You can name any number of people and he’s [Kentucky Senator Rand Paul] one of them,” Mr. Christie shot back before referring to the more than 600 New Jersey families who lost relatives in the attacks. “These esoteric, intellectual debates – I want them to come to New Jersey and sit across from the widows and the orphans and have that conversation. And they won’t, because that’s a much tougher conversation to have.”