The sad condition of New Jersey’s statehouse press

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Around Trenton they are called Christie’s puppy dogs: Those remaining members of the statehouse media who seem to shill for the Governor in return for “access”. A bone here, a pet there, and in return they slobber the Governor with big licks and lots of tail-wagging.

Governors are terminal cases in New Jersey. If fortunate enough to win re-election, we all know about when they will cease to be relevant - and precisely when they will cease to be, full stop. Chris Christie will be remembered as a revolutionary long after his sun has set, not for the way he achieved power, but for the way he used it.

Christie’s working alliance with two powerful Democrat Party machines - one Essex County based, the other Camden County - marked him early as an adept and ruthless pragmatic, a practitioner of realpolitik. Even more impressive was his subjugation of the New Jersey statehouse press corps, something that revealed a guiding authoritarian impulse in the man.

True, Christie got a break. Immediately after the 2008 Presidential election, the major news organizations in the state slashed their statehouse reporters by as much as 60 percent. He had fewer newshounds chasing after stories about him. Fewer, with more to do, and ever more dependent on set-pieces presented with neat ribbons. Those who remained were looking over their shoulders, frightened about corporate downsizing, about being part of a profession on the wane.

It is no secret that some reporters look on politics, whether campaigns or government, as a kind of second act in case journalism fails. Since January 2009, there have been a number of highly regarded state house journalists who crossed over to the dark side. A few have even crossed back. Of course, all of this impacts heavily on the integrity of the profession - something that would make a stalwart like Professor Marvin Kalb weep - but children need feeding and roofs need mending. What choice do some have?

Christie understood this, providing access for two of the more ambitious who sought book deals, seeing that some were taken into the warm bosom of government (with a pension no less), or given other help with their careers. The editor of the state’s premier political blog was given a six-figure taxpayer-funded position which he negotiated while covering Christie and the statehouse. Corruption? Yes, of a kind. And his top blogger was promoted to the state’s largest newspaper.

This being Christie, along with those carrots went a lot of stick. Christie likes to make object lessons. One such was NJN, once the state’s public television network, now extinct, its reporters and editors flung far and wide. NJN’s mistake was to have crossed Christie one too many times, then to compound it by launching a corruption investigation into one of the southern Democrat family’s top cash cows - the Delaware River Port Authority. At least one journalist was openly threatened with violence and the FBI had to be called in, but two years later, despite the promises of reform, everything is as it was - except that NJN is gone. Gone where? Why into the hands of the northern Democrat family, of course. Neat trick that.

We were thinking about this today when something came along to confirm it. The New York Times - America’s newspaper of record here in the old U.S. of A. - published a front page story about the problems the Governor is having as a result of his campaign embrace of President Obama. The New York Times reported:

“Mr. Christie has been explaining himself to Republicans ever since. His lavish praise for Mr. Obama’s response to the storm, delivered in the last days of the presidential race, represented the most dramatic development in the campaign’s final stretch. Right or wrong, conventional wisdom in the party holds that it influenced the outcome.

But behind the scenes, the intensity of the reaction from those in Mr. Christie’s party caught him by surprise, interviews show, requiring a rising Republican star to try to contain a tempest that left him feeling deeply misunderstood and wounded.”

New York Magazine also put out its own story on this:

“Mitt Romney has suggested that the presidency was stolen from him by primary debate moderators and President Obama’s devious plan to improve Americans’ lives, but his former staffers know that isn’t the only reason he lost the election. Chris Christie also deserves some of the blame. Despite Christie’s argument that months of acting as a loyal Romney surrogate aren’t negated by thanking his nemesis during a crisis, since the election many Republicans have lashed out at Christie, and the Romney team is convinced that he hurt them in the crucial final moments of the campaign. The New York Times reports that in a ‘lengthy autopsy of their campaign,’ Romney’s political advisers found that a large number of voters who were undecided toward the end wound up voting Obama, and many said Hurricane Sandy was a major factor in their decision. ‘Christie,’ said a Romney adviser, ‘allowed Obama to be president, not a politician.’”

Big news for sure, but if you were a member of New Jersey’s political class, you might have missed it. There was a black-out on the state’s political blogs and no coverage in the state’s major news media. Perhaps they haven’t heard of the New York Times?

Instead, Christie’s spin team put the arm on one statehouse reporter, so that by 1:00 pm they had rolled out this response to the Times’ front page story:

“A new poll shows Gov. Chris Christie gets high marks on how he handled Hurricane Sandy - from New Yorkers.

The Quinnipiac University survey of 1,165 New York City voters found they rated Christie’s performance higher than their own politicians. When asked who did the best job responding to the storm, 36 percent picked Christie, 22 percent chose President Obama, 15 percent chose New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and 12 percent went for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Eighty-nine percent said Christie did an ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ job, compared to 85 percent who said the same Cuomo, 84 percent for Obama and 75 percent for Bloomberg.”

All of this would make a fine study of professional ethics at some journalists’ confab. Maybe even a book. But with a subjugated press back home, it is no wonder Governor Christie seems confused by the mixed reviews he’s received post-Sandy. In his mind, it’s not supposed to happen this way. Yes Governor, there is still a free press operating out there in America, and it will find you.

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42 Comments

  1. Bbibbett says:

    I have been around awhile in NJ and I have never seem positive media spin like this. I would not be surprised if wall street paying out the cash for good press because they have their bitch in the Governor’s slot.

  2. Donny Dee says:

    This is all a minor tempest in a tea party pot. Reporters respect Chris Christie because right now he is the most popular politician in the country. The statehouse press is irrelevant because everything Christie does is elevated to the national stage. That is why Barbara Walters is interviewing Christie as the most fascinating public figure in 2012. My guess is he will also be named Time Magazine’s Man Of The Year.

    So go ahead and cry and whine and moan about all the publicity and attention that Chris Christie is getting from the national media. Sure, a few disgruntled Romney aides and tea party bellyachers are looking for a scapegoat to take the rap for their own inadequacies. But as polls show Chris Christie’s nonideological and bipartisan approach to dealing with a national emergency has made him emerge from Hurricane Sandy as the most popular leader in America. Get used to it.

  3. Rob Eichmann says:

    Bbibbett:

    You bring up a very good point about certain decisions that were made when our Governor was the U.S. Attorney.

    Why do you think those decisions were made?

  4. James D. says:

    @Double DD;

    You are beyond an asshole. Any “reporter” respecting Christie is nothing more than a mouthpiece for liberalism. If Christie is popular it is because Obama supporters understand what he did and allowed them to win the election. If you suggest otherwise it is obvious your age is catching up with you.

    You give yourself away when you rest your laurels on Barbara Walters. Are you kidding me? Or Us?

    No crying going on here, Christie is done. He can not win a Republican primary, maybe he will run against Hillary, he would lose that too.

    Christie has screwed himself and shown that he has no beliefs.

    None of that is lost on Republicans around the country.
    By the way, exit polls show that Christie’s ass kissing did make a difference, probably enough to let Obama win. That is not something that will endear him to Republican primary voters.

  5. Bbibbett says:

    Big boy has one guiding principle - his own advancement.

    As US attorney, he looked the other way from Norcross, Wall Street and the School Construction Corporation. Was he only being pragmatic or failing to do his job.

    A statesman does the right thing all the time - not some of the time.

    His motto is “me 24/7/365″

    Pride goeth before the fall.

  6. Donny Dee says:

    @James D. “Christie is done. He can not win a Republican primary,”

    ROTFLMAO!!

    You mean like he couldn’t win a primary when he was up against tea party poster boy Steve Lonegan, who waged one of the dirtiest and most negative campaigns ever in a New Jersey GOP primary? And the same bozos who said Christie couldn’t defeat Lonegan were the same ones who said he couldn’t defeat Corzine when he did win the primary.

    And who’s going to run against him next year, Bader Qarmout? Dick LaRossa? Anna Little? Dave Larsen? And even if one of those clowns does get in the race, who will campaign for them, Joe The Plumber? Gene Hoyas? Barbara Gonzalez? Give me a break.

  7. Walter says:

    Donny is working for the railroad, I mean Christie. It is obvious. Reporters respect Christie like they did Mussolini. It is not the job of the press to do your public relations for you. The press is there to ask tough questions. That is the only good it does.

  8. truther says:

    Reporters respect Chris Christie because right now he is the most popular politician in the country.

    In the country? Do they? Is he? What is your source for this bold piece of spin?

    The statehouse press is irrelevant because everything Christie does is elevated to the national stage.

    Everything? No, actually very little, except for his tantrums and his embrace of Obama. He used to be a favorite of the Fox conservative media, which gave him a lot of national play, but that was before his embrace of Obama.

    That is why Barbara Walters is interviewing Christie as the most fascinating public figure in 2012. My guess is he will also be named Time Magazine’s Man Of The Year.

    Who watches Barbara Walters? Liberals. Who reads Time Magazine? Liberals.

    This will only confirm his sellout to the conservative base of the Republican Party. It will be the 2016 version of Newt Gingrich sitting on a sofa with Nancy Pelosi.

  9. truther says:

    And who’s going to run against him next year, Bader Qarmout? Dick LaRossa? Anna Little? Dave Larsen?

    With Christie’s record and a decent Democrat candidate, a third party conservative run in November 2013 could push Christie into second place. Yes, even one of these candidates could get the 5% to do it.

  10. Donny Dee says:

    OK Losers, check out the latest Rutgers/Eagleton poll. Chris Christie’s overall approval rating is 67% among all voters, and near 90% among Republicans, who also support his handling of the crisis by 78%, and approve his relationship with President Obama by 70% and these are the people who vote in GOP primaries. In the same poll, less than one-third of GOP voters are unhappy with Christie making nice with POTUS. That’s hardly the stuff tea party revolts are made of.

    Seems like Chris Christie is more popular with Republicans, and all voters in general, than ever before. And alot more people watch Barbara Walters than the likes of Steve Lonegan, and alot more people read Time Magazine than read Conservative New Jersey, so get over it. Chris Christie is on a trajectory that will re-elect him next year by a landslide, and sweep him into the White House in 2016.

  11. Bbibbett says:

    Big boy may be winning on this earth, but has he lost his soul? It seems as if he has truly made a deal with the devil and the devils that run this world.

    What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?

    Big boy will ask himself that questions about two seconds into his trip to hell on the other side.

  12. truther says:

    Chris Christie’s overall approval rating is 67% among all voters, and near 90% among Republicans,

    Only 67 percent? I seem to remember a certain President by the name of George Herbert Walker Bush who about this time before his reelection bid had achieved an over 90% approval rating among all voters and nearly 100 percent among Republicans.

    who also support his handling of the crisis by 78%, and approve his relationship with President Obama by 70% and these are the people who vote in GOP primaries

    Thats all? Not such a high place to start. Again, Bush was over 90 percent on his handling of the crisis. Give it time and wait until all the flaws surface… and they will. Wait until we get the whole story about Sandy and its aftermath. There is lots of time for that.

    In the same poll, less than one-third of GOP voters are unhappy with Christie making nice with POTUS. That’s hardly the stuff tea party revolts are made of.

    30 percent are angry. What a great base to build on so early in an election cycle. Yes, that is exactly what third party runs are made of.

    What are the numbers on property taxes? Do GOP voters believe that theirs have gone down or up? How do they feel about Christie’s appointment of anti-gun Paula Dow, a liberal Democrat, as Attorney General? How about his support of Ms. Cock Ring as head of Children and Families? How about the judge who represented Muslim terrorists? How about the lawyer who was supposed to go to the Supreme Court on the sole qualification that he was gay? Do you have any numbers on how voters feel about these?

    I hope that you can begin to see the outline of what a third party conservative challenge would look like. A challenge, after all, that would seek to get only enough votes to deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.

    Losers? Hardly. Those are good numbers to start from. Lots to be thankful for. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  13. Joe Zatale says:

    This will only confirm his sellout to the conservative base of the Republican Party. It will be the 2016 version of Newt Gingrich sitting on a sofa with Nancy Pelosi.

    The conservative base of the GOP has been declining for the past 20 years or so as more and more of them move to other states. There aren’t enough of them left in NJ to make a difference in 2013 and Christie knows this.

    And who’s going to run against him next year, Bader Qarmout? Dick LaRossa? Anna Little? Dave Larsen?

    What happens in 2013 will depend on who the Democrats nominate as their candidate:

    1. If it’s Dick Codey, odds are that Christie would defeat him in November, making it worth the effort to run for a second term. His most likely challenger would be Steve Lonegan, but I’m not sure Lonegan would be willing to step down from his cushy position with AFP for what would likely be another humiliating defeat in the primary. Christie would go on to narrowly edge out Dick Codey in November.

    2. If the Democrats nominate Booker, Christie will think long and hard about running for a second term and likely decide against it. Booker is hugely popular and all the optics are in his favor (a handsome, athletic, articulate African-American who rescued a woman from a burning house vs a wheezing, morbidly obese political sideshow who would likely position himself as the most moderate of Republicans…no contest).

    The GOP would likely nominate a dependable-but-expendable cog in the party machinery. Would Lonegan pounce on this opportunity? Good question. If he can mobilize what’s left of the conservative base and the Tea Party movement, there’s a chance he could win the primary - depending on who the GOP nominates. Assuming Lonegan wins the primary, Booker would mop the floor with him in November.

    As for Chris Christie in 2016, keep an eye on his weight: if he starts shedding serious pounds that will be a sure sign he’s eyeing the GOP nomination.

  14. J.B. says:

    I would like to see what the poll said about Christie providing funding for Planned Parenthood.

    Defeat comes in a thousand cuts but it helps when you start with a big self-inflicted wound that a large chunk of voters recognize.

    If voters approve of Christie’s embrace of Obama that is mainly because they approve of Obama. That will change from the post-election glow of today.

    If a Democratic Governor had embraced Richard Nixon in late October 1972, he would have seen the polling data on that embrace undergo some change from post-election to say October 1973.

  15. J.B. says:

    “The conservative base of the GOP has been declining for the past 20 years or so as more and more of them move to other states. There aren’t enough of them left in NJ to make a difference in 2013 and Christie knows this.”

    You are mistaken. The GOP has been in decline and because of that decline the conservatives who are its base now make up more of a smaller pie.

    In 1993, every Republican candidate for Governor was proudly pro-choice on abortion. In 2009, no serious Republican candidate could afford to be. Christie knew this and made the necessary corrections.

    The days of the moderate GOP will not come back. Those moderates have made a new home in the Democratic Party.

  16. Joe Zatale says:

    What are the numbers on property taxes? Do GOP voters believe that theirs have gone down or up? How do they feel about Christie’s appointment of anti-gun Paula Dow, a liberal Democrat, as Attorney General? How about his support of Ms. Cock Ring as head of Children and Families? How about the judge who represented Muslim terrorists? How about the lawyer who was supposed to go to the Supreme Court on the sole qualification that he was gay? Do you have any numbers on how voters feel about these?

    By and large, most of the GOP voters either don’t know or don’t care. What they do know is that Christie is being hailed by the media as the Hurricane Hero who saved New Jersey - even if he didn’t - but they’re too busy with their own lives to connect the dots.

    I hope that you can begin to see the outline of what a third party conservative challenge would look like. A challenge, after all, that would seek to get only enough votes to deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.

    The damage has already been done by the GOP’s own leadership. Assuming Christie runs against Dick Codey or some other tired hack, a concerted effort to secure his defeat by the conservative base would have the same effect as those millions of Republicans who stayed home or refused to vote for Romney on November 6: they would ensure that New Jersey goes the way of California.

  17. Joe Zatale says:

    The GOP has been in decline and because of that decline the conservatives who are its base now make up more of a smaller pie.

    Assuming you are correct, you just shot down your own argument, since the “smaller pie” you refer to has no chance of ever defeating the larger pie when November comes around.

    But you are not correct. The moderates in the GOP never left the party. Instead, the Tea Party movement arose and mobilized much of the conservative base that was pretty much inactive before 2009. Unfortunately, while they have the numbers to cause a certain amount of havoc in the primary election, they just don’t have the numbers to make their agenda prevail in November.

    If anything, the moderate GOP is now the norm in New Jersey.

  18. truther says:

    By and large, most of the GOP voters either don’t know or don’t care.

    Care to back that up with something more strong than your opinion? Any poll numbers or are you too afraid to ask?

    Are you seriously going to try to argue that voters “by and large don’t care” about property taxes? That they are “too busy with their own lives”?

    On the contrary, finding a way to pay their property taxes to keep a roof over their family’s heads occupies an enormous part of their lives. They know and care about property taxes.

    As for the rest, many will be open to caring. That’s what the campaign is for. It will remind them and they will care. Just like some Obama voters care most about gay marriage.

    I hope some GOP finds someone more in touch than you to argue its points.

  19. truther says:

    The moderates in the GOP never left the party. Instead, the Tea Party movement arose and mobilized much of the conservative base that was pretty much inactive before 2009.

    I guess you are too young to remember 2001 and Bret Schundler. Sure, no conservatives before 2009. Yep, sure.

  20. truther says:

    If anything, the moderate GOP is now the norm in New Jersey.

    This is clearly a man without a poll.

  21. Joe Zatale says:

    If voters approve of Christie’s embrace of Obama that is mainly because they approve of Obama. That will change from the post-election glow of today.

    Then it better change before the deadline for filing as a candidate for the Republican primary rolls around in 2013.

    And if it does change, do you think that even a seriously pissed off GOP electorate will flip the bird to the only candidate who stands a snowball’s chance in hell of defeating the Democrat in November?

  22. truther says:

    Then it better change before the deadline for filing as a candidate for the Republican primary rolls around in 2013.

    Stay with the conversation. We are talking a third-party conservative challenge on the ballot for November 2013.

  23. truther says:

    And if it does change, do you think that even a seriously pissed off GOP electorate will flip the bird to the only candidate who stands a snowball’s chance in hell of defeating the Democrat in November?

    Sure, as Christie tracks to the center/left for the general election, 5 percent will leave him for a candidate of the right.

  24. Joe Zatale says:

    Are you seriously going to try to argue that voters “by and large don’t care” about property taxes? That they are “too busy with their own lives”?

    Oh, they care. They just don’t connect the dots - much like the Obama voters who don’t realize they are participating in their own destruction. You underestimate the stupidity of the GOP electorate in New Jersey.

    As for the rest, many will be open to caring. That’s what the campaign is for. It will remind them and they will care.

    If you build it they will come, Ray. They will most definitely come.” And they did come to that baseball field in Iowa - at the end of a motion picture fantasy. This is reality.

  25. truther says:

    This is what we were talking about.

    Chris Christie’s overall approval rating is 67% among all voters, and near 90% among Republicans,

    Only 67 percent? I seem to remember a certain President by the name of George Herbert Walker Bush who about this time before his reelection bid had achieved an over 90% approval rating among all voters and nearly 100 percent among Republicans.

    who also support his handling of the crisis by 78%, and approve his relationship with President Obama by 70% and these are the people who vote in GOP primaries

    Thats all? Not such a high place to start. Again, Bush was over 90 percent on his handling of the crisis. Give it time and wait until all the flaws surface… and they will. Wait until we get the whole story about Sandy and its aftermath. There is lots of time for that.

    In the same poll, less than one-third of GOP voters are unhappy with Christie making nice with POTUS. That’s hardly the stuff tea party revolts are made of.

    30 percent are angry. What a great base to build on so early in an election cycle. Yes, that is exactly what third party runs are made of.

    What are the numbers on property taxes? Do GOP voters believe that theirs have gone down or up? How do they feel about Christie’s appointment of anti-gun Paula Dow, a liberal Democrat, as Attorney General? How about his support of Ms. Cock Ring as head of Children and Families? How about the judge who represented Muslim terrorists? How about the lawyer who was supposed to go to the Supreme Court on the sole qualification that he was gay? Do you have any numbers on how voters feel about these?

    I hope that you can begin to see the outline of what a third party conservative challenge would look like. A challenge, after all, that would seek to get only enough votes to deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.

    Losers? Hardly. Those are good numbers to start from. Lots to be thankful for. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  26. truther says:

    You reference your motion pictures and I will reference the reality of polling data and campaign tactics. Wedge issues work.

  27. Joe Zatale says:

    I guess you are too young to remember 2001 and Bret Schundler. Sure, no conservatives before 2009. Yep, sure.

    I never said there were no conservatives before 2009. I said there was nothing like the Tea Party movement. Oh sure, there was Hands Across New Jersey - but that fizzled out pretty quick.

    As for Bret Schundler, where were all those conservatives to rally behind him in 2005? He lost the primary to RINO Doug Forrester.

  28. Joe Zatale says:

    This is clearly a man without a poll.

    How did all that polling work out for the Romney campaign? Perhaps you should ask Karl Rove.

  29. truther says:

    No, this is what you wrote:

    Instead, the Tea Party movement arose and mobilized much of the conservative base that was pretty much inactive before 2009.

    “Pretty much inactive”? Well it was active enough to drive a sitting Republican Governor out of the race and then to defeat a popular Congressman sent in to pinch hit. The GOP moderates even tried to fix the election by changing the date and they still lost.

    I said there was nothing like the Tea Party movement. Oh sure, there was Hands Across New Jersey - but that fizzled out pretty quick.

    Get your dates right. Hands Across New Jersey was back in 1991-93. It wasn’t around for Schundler’s win in 2001. That was conservatives pure and simple.

    As for Bret Schundler, where were all those conservatives to rally behind him in 2005? He lost the primary to RINO Doug Forrester.

    The conservative vote was split between Schundler and Lonegan. That is why Forrester won. Know your history.

  30. truther says:

    This is what we were talking about.

    Chris Christie’s overall approval rating is 67% among all voters, and near 90% among Republicans,

    Only 67 percent? I seem to remember a certain President by the name of George Herbert Walker Bush who about this time before his reelection bid had achieved an over 90% approval rating among all voters and nearly 100 percent among Republicans.

    who also support his handling of the crisis by 78%, and approve his relationship with President Obama by 70% and these are the people who vote in GOP primaries

    Thats all? Not such a high place to start. Again, Bush was over 90 percent on his handling of the crisis. Give it time and wait until all the flaws surface… and they will. Wait until we get the whole story about Sandy and its aftermath. There is lots of time for that.

    In the same poll, less than one-third of GOP voters are unhappy with Christie making nice with POTUS. That’s hardly the stuff tea party revolts are made of.

    30 percent are angry. What a great base to build on so early in an election cycle. Yes, that is exactly what third party runs are made of.

    What are the numbers on property taxes? Do GOP voters believe that theirs have gone down or up? How do they feel about Christie’s appointment of anti-gun Paula Dow, a liberal Democrat, as Attorney General? How about his support of Ms. Cock Ring as head of Children and Families? How about the judge who represented Muslim terrorists? How about the lawyer who was supposed to go to the Supreme Court on the sole qualification that he was gay? Do you have any numbers on how voters feel about these?

    I hope that you can begin to see the outline of what a third party conservative challenge would look like. A challenge, after all, that would seek to get only enough votes to deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.

    Losers? Hardly. Those are good numbers to start from. Lots to be thankful for. And Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

  31. Joe Zatale says:

    Stay with the conversation. We are talking a third-party conservative challenge on the ballot for November 2013.

    To what end? Perhaps, to prove a point and make yourself feel smugly superior by taking down Christie? All you will have done is ensure that a socialist is elected governor of New Jersey in 2013. Well done, Mr. Strategist.

    What then? Will you go down with the Garden State ship or will you head for the out-of-state lifeboat after the election is called for the Democrat before 10 PM on November 5?

  32. Julia says:

    “Families in Hurricane Sandy-ravaged New Jersey will face the highest tax increase as a percentage of their income – 6.82% or about $6,933 more in taxes — if Congress does not reach an agreement on the fiscal cliff tax issues during the lame-duck session, according to an analysis by the Tax Foundation.”

    Ouch.

    Looks like that hug is already starting to backfire on taxpayers.

  33. truther says:

    How did all that polling work out for the Romney campaign? Perhaps you should ask Karl Rove.

    Listen up sad sack, both Romney and Obama used polls. Obama’s polling and especially his micro-targeting was better. You don’t have a point.

    To what end? Perhaps, to prove a point and make yourself feel smugly superior by taking down Christie? All you will have done is ensure that a socialist is elected governor of New Jersey in 2013. Well done, Mr. Strategist.

    I posted it three times. Try reading. Maybe too many words so I’ll post it again.

    I hope that you can begin to see the outline of what a third party conservative challenge would look like. A challenge, after all, that would seek to get only enough votes to deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.

    Read that: “Deny the Governor reelection in 2013 out of concern for what he would do to the party in 2016.”

    Conservatives are not into “proving points”. That is a pointless exercise best left to a few tea partiers. Conservatives are concerned about America and who leads us. Chris Christie would not only be a bad leader for the national Republican Party (he cares only for himself as he has shown in New Jersey and in his embrace of Obama/Springsteen), he would be bad for America. He is an authoritarian.

    Now do you get it?

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  34. Bbibbett says:

    Christie is a bad man. An egomaniacal a-hole.

    He does need to be stopped before he moves up. He is an evil man and more and more of us have figured that out.

    Let’s hope NJ and all of America figures it out soon.

  35. Donny Dee says:

    This is all so pointless. Polls show that Chris Christie is the overwhelming favorite to win re-election next year, and sweep into the White House in 2016. Of course, there will always be a few chronic malcontents and bellyachers who will delude themselves into thinking that if they run some Bozo like Bader Qarmout, Anna Little, Dick LaRossa, or even Steve Lonegan as a third party candidate they can draw votes away from Chris Christie. Fuhgettaboutit. Murray Sabrin went that route in 1997 with almost a million dollars in public financing and appearances in prime time debates, but all he got was less than five percent of the vote and that other “Christie” still managed to win. And she had alot less support from the GOP base than Chris Christie has.

    So keep dreaming because that’s all you can do.

  36. truther says:

    This is all so pointless. Polls show that Chris Christie is the overwhelming favorite to win re-election next year, and sweep into the White House in 2016.

    “Resistance is pointless…” Herman Goring, Reichsmarschall and President of the Reichstag (1934).

    there will always be a few chronic malcontents and bellyachers

    “There will always be some malcontents who do not understand what we are trying to accomplish.” Heinrich Himmler, Reichsführer of the Schutzstaffel (1942)

    It is worth noting that Herr Christie thought enough of this to have his spinmeister work on Thanksgiving. That tells you how serious they take it.

    Two questions to the meister of spin:

    (1) Did Governor Christie Whitman appear in a campaign photo op with President Bill Clinton in 1996?

    (2) Is New Jersey more or less blue today than it was in 1997?

    Enjoy the rest of your day.

  37. truther says:

    Here is some music to accompany Donny’s Christie-worship posts. When singing it insert the word “Christie” at certain points and it will be an approved act of worship in homage to “he who must be obeyed”.

    Horst Wessel Song lyrics - English translation
    a.k.a. “Flags Raised High”

    Flags high, ranks closed,
    The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
    Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
    march in spirit with us in our ranks.

    The street free for the brown battalions,
    The street free for the Storm Troopers.
    Millions, full of hope, look up at the swastika;
    The day breaks for freedom and for bread.

    For the last time the call will now be blown;
    For the struggle now we all stand ready.
    Soon will fly Hitler-flags over every street;
    Slavery will last only a short time longer.

    Flags high, ranks closed,
    The S.A. marches with silent solid steps.
    Comrades shot by the red front and reaction
    march in spirit with us in our ranks.

    Notice the “closed ranks” bullshit. Notice too that the enemies are “the red front” (the left) and “reaction” (the right).

    Yep, like Christie they positioned themselves as the “moderate” third-way. LOL!

    Authoritarians are always authoritarians. The bully in them must come out.

  38. Donny Dee says:

    @Truther: Wow, you really are obsessed with comparing Chris Christie and the GOP with Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. What evidence do you have that Chris Christie and the GOP plan to conquer the world, eliminate their opponents and kill the Jews?

    With this kind of over-the-top rhetoric it’s no wonder the tea parties are an embarrasment to conservatives and the GOP.

  39. truther says:

    No Donny, you are the one inviting that comparison when you take their language and apply it to Christie nearly word for word.

    The language is yours. The radicalism is yours.

    Let’s take a different authoritarian who wants to crush dissent: The President of Egypt. What has he done to dissent in that country? The executive branch has taken power from the legislative in Egypt. He is an authoritarian like Christie.

    Christie is working on a smaller stage at this point, but the words of his worshippers (you included) are as irrational and cult-of-personality as anything out of the 1930’s or the Middle East. If you want to change that, then change it. You are the one writing the ridiculous over-the-top worship posts, not me.

    Until Chris Christie embraces democracy and shows that he respects the right to dissent, it will be our moral duty to make sure that he ends his career as Governor of New Jersey and goes no further.

    Now do you get it?

    Understand that your language has consequences.

  40. truther says:

    By the way, you avoided answering those two questions:

    (1) Did Governor Christie Whitman appear in a campaign photo op with President Bill Clinton in 1996?

    (2) Is New Jersey more or less blue today than it was in 1997?

  41. Andrew says:

    Donny Dee and the other Christiebots better face the fact they have pissed off a lot of people in their own party in addition to the people they had already pissed off. These people are maybe a little more motivated than the people who like Christie for the show he puts on. As Obama messes up it will only get worse because Christie will be there and they will remember.

    I saw that Barbara Walters repaid Christie for his sucking up to the MSM by making a fat joke about him. The MSM is not a good friend for Republicans. Never has been.

  42. Jose Hernandez says:

    This governor is a totalitarian dictator in the making and he must be stopped at his current level. The voters of Morris County knew this when they voted him out of office when he ran for re-election as freeholder. His “my way or the highway” approach is not sustainable and evinces his defective character, lack of empathy for others in government and his deep narcissism.

    He has most certainly sold out to the Wall Street and banker crowd and they will use him while they can to do their bidding. He and Booker supported by the same folks and their 2013 dance is a mere charade to fool the masses. The elite win no matter if Christie or Booker wins. They will have their boy.

    The only question that remains is if Christie serves his bosses in the personal manner that Booker does. Just what does Booker do when he goes out for those 2AM manicures?