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Chris Christie Didn't Run for President (Yet)
I am not a politician.I am not generally even interested in politics but you can’t bury your head in the sand with the way things are going today.Chris Christie first gained prominence when he became governor of New Jersey. Unless you have been staying on a dessert island, you’ve heard his name.
If you visit his website you will see his “New Jersey Priorities.” Under Education he lists putting New Jersey’s children first and improving public schools together with empowering parents.Under Energy he lists reducing the cost of energy, trying to provide more ‘made in New Jersey’ energy, improving renewable energy production in New Jersey.Under Ethics he lists changing Trenton’s broken political system.Under Property Taxes he lists property tax relief and under Budget he lists getting control of the budget.All high ambitions stated by many politicians.
What has he actually done since he’s been in office?Well, in February 2010 he established a task force to examine affordable housing; also in February he offered a list of solutions to help close the deficit gap; he claims we cannot continue to spend money we do not have.
Columnist Tom Moran of Newark's The Star-Ledger calls him "Governor Wrecking Ball."He has pressured teachers and belittled them for high salaries and taking raises; the state senate and assembly passed his budget without changing one proposal.He passed a law holding property tax to a 2 percent increase per year.He is trying to hold down taxes for businesses and streamlining regulations.He offered tax credits to Honeywell International that convinced them to stay in New Jersey instead of moving to Pennsylvania.He managed to get a $100 million dollar matching grant from Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO.)
The ‘wrecking ball’ comes into play due to his devil may care attitude.He does what he believes is right regardless of others thoughts or even the consequences to himself.For example, he said, “I am pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it.”
Christie stopped construction on the Hudson River rail tunnel saying New Jersey couldn’t afford its share of the $8.7 billion price tag with overruns. He continues to battle with the Federal government over the payment and/or return of funds.Then of course there was Hurricane Irene.Everyone knows the hurricane was gathering force and heading for New Jersey.People were repeatedly told to evacuate. Gov. Christie appeared on nationwide TV speaking to the New Jersey residents near beaches he ordered them, “get the hell off the beach.”
Of course there’s more.This is a charismatic man, an overweight man, a demanding man, a true politician.Without his approval people around the country began to think of him as the next best candidate to run for the Presidency.This is a Republican candidate the public could surely sink their teeth into. By starting late he would cause a media frenzy and a bit of a wave among the already declared candidates.So the question bantered back and forth, will he run or won’t he run?He stayed fairly low key about the decision until…
One month before the 2010 election, Tuesday, October 4th to be exact, he ended all speculation by holding a news conference and saying “This is not my time.”All that’s left now is speculation.Would he have won the Republican nomination?Could he have won the Presidential election?Is his refusal to run a letdown or a relief?There are as many answers as there are people in this country.
About Christie Running for President in 2016
- Republicans might not want to move to the middle
- If Newark Mayor Cory Booker runs, Christie would have a well-financed fight on his hands.
- He’s a great family guy. He likes to go to his kids’ games. (He might not want to leave NJ)
Since the devastation of the terrible storm Sandy, Christie has gained more prominence and more of a following. He was his forthright self and made no bones about caring for his state and it's recovery! He again told people to evacuate areas under threat of flooding, again, not mincing words. He warned that those not evacuating were "selfish and stupid....This is putting first responders in significant, significant danger and it’s not fair to their families to be putting them in danger because you decided to be hardheaded." He spoke directly to children and told them to remain calm and not to worry, that the grown ups were doing that. Oh, and he made friends with Bruce Springsteen!
During and after Sandy he praised President Obama for his assistance and said that he hasn't heard from Romney since Sandy was on it's way. Speaking of Romney, there's a rumor floating around that Christie was supposed to be Romeny's running mate. "Mitt liked him because he saw him as a street fighter,” a Romney official said"....hmmm...he's already said he will run again for Governor of New Jersey in 2013 and a recent poll said 70 percent now back him for Gorvernor...what about President in 2016?
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