Is Chris Christie Pleased Today?

happy-christieSo Chris Christie is now Bruce Springsteen’s friend.  In other news:  Bergen County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control.  Cumberland County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control.  Passaic County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep 3 Freeholder seats defeating 3 incumbent Republicans who ran and won on Christie’s coattails in 2009, Board is now 7-0 Democrats.  Burlington County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep 2 Freeholder seats leaving Republicans with a 3-2 majority.  Atlantic County Freeholder Board - Democrat defeats incumbent At large Republican Freeholder leaving Republicans with a 7-2 Majority.  Somerset County Freeholder Board - Election of two Freeholders is too close to call between the Democrat and Republican candidates.  There were 2 Special Elections for Assembly seats.  In the 4th District, the Democrat won handily.  In the 16th District, the race is still too close to call.  Incumbent Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez cruised to an easy victory over Republican (and close friend of the Governor) Joe Kyrillos and will be returning to Washington to represent certain special interests and a very small portion of New Jersey citizens.

With results like that, on top of the Democrat/Socialist President winning re-election last night, virtually all New Jersey conservatives are in a foul mood today.

Coming just a year after Governor Christie failed to pick up a single legislative seat when all 120 were up during New Jersey’s mid term elections last year (losing one Assembly seat), is the Governor pleased with these results?

Just last week, Rob Jennings of the New Jersey Herald reported that the Governor does not like when Freeholder boards are dominated by one party. Sandwiched between his out of state campaigning for candidates who can’t and won’t help New Jersey; and his near endorsement of Obama (for a chance to be friends with Bruce Springsteen) the Governor had this to say at a town hall meeting:

“It’s not the way our system is supposed to work because you don’t have the appropriate checks and balances. People aren’t checking up on each other. The club becomes clubbier,” Christie said

In other words, Republicans need Democrats to be able to govern…  more like Democrats?

In other States across the country when a Republican or Democrat Governor is in office, they try as hard as they can to get others from their party elected at all levels of government.  It is one of the advantages of controlling the Executive branch.  Or at least it should be.

As conservatives and Republicans digest the carnage endured yesterday, everyone should be asking Governor Christie if he is pleased with the outcomes above.

Remember, he said so publicly.

Is that the strong Conservative Republican leadership we need in New Jersey?

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23 Comments

  1. Unknown Conservative says:

    That’s not even the half of it.

    Dick Morris - for as much as his assessment can be trusted after yestrday- said today that Chritie’s embracing of Obama over Sandy impacted the national vote and helped Obama. In such a tight race, did he deliever us another four years of Obamomics with his apparent “man crush” on the President? (And, BTW, where is the FEMA relief along the shore?) Or was it for himself in 2016?

    Look at the lay of the land. If Gov. Christie wants to run for President, and Romney had won he would have had to wait until 2020, and the try and win as an R after Romeny’s two terms, or one term of an unknown Dem. And if Christie loses the governorship in 2013, he would essentially be out of public life - save for a possible Romeny cabinet position, for 7 years. That’s not a good position from which to run for Pres. But now win or lose NJ Gov. in 2013, he’s still in a position to run for Rep. nomination in 2016. And he did his party work raising money all around the country for all different candidates in the last three years. MUCH stronger position to run from for 2016.

  2. Donald MacLeay says:

    Governor Christie’s desire for political expediency has done him great damage in the Sandy storm debacle. He was seduced by the endless supply of Federal dollars to help his suffering constituency. If he had stepped out of his “bubble” he would have heard the sufferers themselves say, “The hell with the Feds!”

  3. Mark says:

    The anti-Midas touch of Obama has doomed Crispy Creme Christie’s any chances of future political offices. Christie has too much baggage going forward as a Repubican. He will switch ticket (like Doomberg) and run as dumbocrat for governorship. He should be challenged in the primary.

  4. CB says:

    the problem here, and i mean this wholly respectfully, is that you guys dont want to look in the mirror and realize why the right got it so wrong. the fundamentals of the race were emerging months ago, and a whole lot of people were calling it. to think that an 11th hour blip in the news cycle is what got obama 332 electoral votes seems like a reach to me.

  5. alex says:

    I think you need to look at the data again. Nice spin though. I hope the Gov gives you a raise.

  6. Robert Hode says:

    …what CB said! Must we really spend the next four years hearing that tired old “socialist” nonsense? Obama did not invent income tax or medicaid. Bottom line our party lost because we portray compassion as a weakness and think only of ourselves. It doesn’t matter how successful you may have been in the private sector, you’ll never succeed in government if your campaign slogan is “other people are not my problem”. I think most of us have forgotten why we have a government in the first place (and no, it is NOT all about personal property).

  7. CB says:

    i dont think its compassion you guys lack. thats a more or less universal quality, not unique to parties. hell, who really believes ANY politician has genuine empathy for the populace. but what i do want to see is a serious inventory taking, and a rethinking and reformation of the conservative platform. i miss the loyal opposition, i miss real conservatism.

    cheers

  8. Robert Hode says:

    Again well said CB. The GOP really took a turn towards irrelevancy when they stopped being a party of ideas and simply became a party of “no”. Really, what kind of imbicile would vote for the likes of McConnell and Boehner? Let us pray that they redeem themselves in the next two years. Otherwise the party will simply be damaged beyond repair and we can just nominate insane homeless people. Think of the money we’ll save!

  9. truther says:

    The GOP really took a turn towards irrelevancy when they stopped being a party of ideas and simply became a party of “no”. Really, what kind of imbicile would vote for the likes of McConnell and Boehner?

    Oh, I get it, you don’t want them saying “no” to things like Obamacare.

    Funny you don’t mention Reid and Pelosi. Oh, I get it now… you are a Democrat, Robert.

  10. Marra says:

    I would agree but i think CB is a Christie staff wank job working with the Democrats.

  11. CB says:

    nope, not at all. i just stumbled upon this site and am intrigued by certain points of view. id argue that the fundamentals of the race were apparent for a long time, but republicans were both willfully blind and willfully misled about their real prospects, so now you see the effects of a certain kind of cognitive dissonance. i see blaming christie as an attempt to come to terms with that dissonance, but i dont think it is the correct path.

    in the end, i have no real horse in the race, only an interest and an opinion. and for the record, i think boehner could wind up being a solid majority leader. there is potential between him and obama for a significant deal. he isnt who im worried about.

  12. E.R. says:

    i see blaming christie as an attempt to come to terms with that dissonance, but i dont think it is the correct path.

    Thanks for your opinion, but I prefer the data from the exit polling. It disagrees with you.

  13. CB says:

    i dont put too much stock in exit polling in the first place, but i also dont think that they show christie decisively swinging the election for obama, unless i am misreading your point. it just looks like misplaced rage, and an attemot to come to terms with the loss.

  14. E.R. says:

    Sure, why should we put any stock in the science when we can have the “feelings” of someone who goes by CB about what you “think” or “dont think” and what “it just looks like”.

    I think I’ll go with the data. You can stick with the chicken guts.

  15. CB says:

    i could say the same back to you guys. im saying that youre ignoring the obvious, that national and state level polling pointed towards a fundamental obama advantage for months and months. and youre saying back to me that i am wrong, and that it was a few nice words from christie to obama 6 days before the election that changed everything, based on exit polls. I just dont see it.

  16. CB says:

    id love to see the internals behind those results. 12%? is he referring to undecideds or expected voters?

    regardless, im not picking a fight with you guys. I just think there are far deeper issues at play than chris christie saying a few nice things about obama in the depths of an emergency, you disagree. all i really want, like i said, is the loyal opposition to come back.

    cheers

  17. E.R. says:

    Then do your research, read and try to understand what you are reading, and then let’s talk. Until then, you are simply telling us how you “feel” (get over it) and giving us warmed over Rachel Maddow talking points. That’s OK, but they are better coming from her. I can at least watch her give them and she’s kind of cute in a snarky way.

  18. CB says:

    condescend to me all you want, but months long national and state polling trends are not ‘my feelings’, they represent a clear mathematical trend, a trend wheich was pointed to over and over, only to be met with derision by this side of the blogosphere. and now that its been vindicated, you make up scapegoats to blame for your own foolishness. This is why, as f@cked up as the democratic party is, the majority of americans choose them over the republicans (much to my chagrin, might i add!) I have no idea how you guys think this is a clever path to take, and it kills me that this is mainstream thinking, even after the shellacking the republican party just took.

  19. Robert Hode says:

    E.R. is going to argue on behalf of the “exit polls”. He’s had four years to do his homework but it all boils down to four hours of precious “data” to him. He’s not much of a statistician; he’s just afraid to face the truth. There’s a word for that: ignoramus.

  20. truther says:

    What is he talking about? The exit polling is the best data we have to go on about why the people who showed up to vote did so. The survey size is massive. Instead of wrapping his small brain around that he starts name calling? Hode is a hand job.

  21. E.R. says:

    CB is Monday morning quarter-backing again.

    Go back and look at those “months long national and state polling trends” and they all look pretty close, with many of the states Obama ended up winning up for Romney quite often.

    That makes sense, because the exit polling shows that this was a late-breaking election.

    Data, not “feelings”. Maybe you can join Christie for a group hug with Bruce and Barack?


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