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1 Dark_Falcon  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 1:53:54pm

This piece made me like Chris Christie even more. His willingness to take on his foes and if needed cut them off at the knees shows him to be what Richard Nixon called a “nut-cutter”. And he’ll need to be that to win the primary. And if he’s the 2016 GOP nominee, his Democratic foe is going to have a much harder time than Obama did in 2008 or 2012.

2 FemNaziBitch  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 1:58:03pm

Chris Christie will not win the prize without the female vote.

3 wrenchwench  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 2:34:04pm

re: #2 FemNaziBitch

Chris Christie will not win the prize without the female vote.

And half of those Hispanics he’s going after are women.

New Polling on Latino/a Attitudes Toward Abortion

Key findings:

Latinos support a woman’s right to make decisions.

74% of Latino registered voters agree that a woman has a right to make her own personal, private decisions about abortion without politicians interfering.

Latinos don’t think we should judge other women’s decisions.

73% of Latino registered voters agree that we should not judge someone who feels they are not ready to be a parent. 57% strongly agrees with this statement.

[…]

RTWT

4 wrenchwench  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 2:37:40pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

This piece made me like Chris Christie even more. His willingness to take on his foes and if needed cut them off at the knees shows him to be what Richard Nixon called a “nut-cutter”. And he’ll need to be that to win the primary. And if he’s the 2016 GOP nominee, his Democratic foe is going to have a much harder time than Obama did in 2008 or 2012.

You can’t win women with an anti-choice position like that.

From the link:

[…]

He’s gone as far as Perry and Governor Scott Walker (R-WI) have in defunding reproductive services for women and he’s never shied away from the stance that is the crucial litmus test for the right.

[…]

Because he is making a promise that he will keep: “Elect me and I will appoint the Supreme Court justice who ends Roe v. Wade.”

To women, you might as well say, “Your life is meaningless to me.”

5 PhillyPretzel  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 3:02:02pm

Keep in mind this is the same person who tried to get rid of NJ Public Television. Now it is lumped with two other stations in NJ without the selection they had before.

6 jvic  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 3:34:42pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

This piece made me like Chris Christie even more. His willingness to take on his foes and if needed cut them off at the knees shows him to be what Richard Nixon called a “nut-cutter”. And he’ll need to be that to win the primary. And if he’s the 2016 GOP nominee, his Democratic foe is going to have a much harder time than Obama did in 2008 or 2012.

I agree about his raw political skills. That said, something about him rubs me very much the wrong way.

Huckabee, too, is a good retail politician but I would find him completely unacceptable as a Presidential candidate. With Huckabee, specific reasons for my opposition come to mind; with Christie not so much, but my discomfort, my sense that something just isn’t right, does not go away.

7 lawhawk  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 3:35:32pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

“Since Christie took office in January 2010, New Jersey’s private-sector job growth rate of 4.5 percent ranks 46th among the 50 states,” the Asbury Park Press pointed out on Monday.

When it comes to economic growth, poverty, creditworthiness, housing and taxes, New Jerseyans are suffering, stuck with a recovery that has largely lagged as compared to rest of the nation.

Christie’s economic policies have lagged the rest of the nation, and neighboring states like NY, CT, and PA. Unemployment remains above those of the neighboring states.

Christie’s budget projections have consistently come in short of what revenues the state would take in. They’ve gambled on internet gambling revenues to cover the budget shortfall, except that the Atlantic City casino revenues keep falling and there’s no end in sight.

The petty politics about the GWB lane closures doesn’t help Christie in the slightest, and if the links to persons outside the Port Authority leads anywhere near Gov. Christie’s office, heads must roll for all involved because public safety was at risk - and it was indisputably a public safety hazard as police, EMS, and fire were unable to get around Fort Lee during the “traffic study closures”.

I’m all for cleaning house and changing the way business is done in Trenton, but Christie’s doing more of the same - cozying up with South Jersey Democrats to push through policies that are head scratchers.

His best move was to tighten up the property tax cap, making it a hard cap, that slows down property taxes, which are one of the biggest tax hits New Jerseyeans feel.

He’s been pretty good on dealing with natural disasters, but even there, he’s given officials a pass when they flooded out NJ Transit’s rail fleet, costing the agency hundreds of millions, and costing commuters still more.


It’s a mixed bag, but the alternatives are few. The NJ Democrats put up cannon fodder in the past election, And the NJ GOP alternative? That was Steve Lonegan, a TP extremist, who is now running for Jon Runyan’s seat now that Runyan’s retiring in Southern NJ as a carpetbagger.

8 EPR-radar  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 4:09:37pm

re: #6 jvic

I agree about his raw political skills. That said, something about him rubs me very much the wrong way.

Huckabee, too, is a good retail politician but I would find him completely unacceptable as a Presidential candidate. With Huckabee, specific reasons for my opposition come to mind; with Christie not so much, but my discomfort, my sense that something just isn’t right, does not go away.

It’s hard for me to be objective about Christie, since I view him as a dangerous candidate in the 2016 general election (if he survives the GOP primary). That said, I believe Christie is essentially a thug who gets way too much satisfaction out of wielding power against those he views as enemies. The transit shutdown affair could be very interesting on this point.

9 calochortus  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 5:02:38pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

I don’t think he will do well in large areas of the country. He obviously cares about New Jersey (as misguided as I may consider his policies), but as a Californian that wouldn’t be particularly important to me. Presumably it won’t particularly work for him in most other states either.

His positions on a lot of issues stink, but even if you agree with him, he tends to act like a bully which doesn’t bode well for being able to get anything done in the unlikely event he is elected president.

10 palomino  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 5:08:13pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

This piece made me like Chris Christie even more. His willingness to take on his foes and if needed cut them off at the knees shows him to be what Richard Nixon called a “nut-cutter”. And he’ll need to be that to win the primary. And if he’s the 2016 GOP nominee, his Democratic foe is going to have a much harder time than Obama did in 2008 or 2012.

You want someone like Nixon? Are you fucking insane?

I don’t mean to be rude, but your values are seriously warped and/or your understanding of recent history seriously lacking if you think Nixonian qualities should be praised in a candidate. The man wasn’t stupid but he was a dirty fraud going all the way back to his Checkers and HUAC days. Biggest scumbag by far we’ve had as president in the modern era.

11 nines09  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 5:22:43pm

Christie is a moderate like the Yugo was a car. Uncomfortable, not well made, shitty reliability and not worth shit. Smoke and mirrors. When the “party” slaps him he comes to heel. He’ll renounce everything he ever did to garner Tea Party and GOP support outside Jersey. Write that down.

12 EPR-radar  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 6:29:42pm

re: #10 palomino

You want someone like Nixon? Are you fucking insane?

I don’t mean to be rude, but your values are seriously warped and/or your understanding of recent history seriously lacking if you think Nixonian qualities should be praised in a candidate. The man wasn’t stupid but he was a dirty fraud going all the way back to his Checkers and HUAC days. Biggest scumbag by far we’ve had as president in the modern era.

The funny thing is that Nixon was politically well to the left of the present-day GOP (in addition to being a crook with a wide variety of personality flaws).

13 Skip Intro  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 6:40:57pm

re: #12 EPR-radar

The funny thing is that Nixon was politically well to the left of the present-day GOP (in addition to being a crook with a wide variety of personality flaws).

Ronald Reagan was to the left of the current GOP mainstream, but it’s not just political philosophy we’re dealing with. The GOP really does seem to think they can reverse time and take us back to the pre-Teddy Roosevelt days, and maybe even the pre-Lincoln ones as well.

That still wouldn’t be good enough for them, though, because science has to be destroyed as well and be replaced with a pure fundamentalist view of the bible.

These people are nuts, and they seem to be holding their own if not actually gaining on reason.

14 sagehen  Tue, Jan 7, 2014 6:58:30pm

re: #12 EPR-radar

The funny thing is that Nixon was politically well to the left of the present-day GOP (in addition to being a crook with a wide variety of personality flaws).

He was well to the left of the present-day Dems.

EPA. OSHA. Affirmative Action. Title IX. Title X. Wage and Price controls. Universal Health Care leftier than Obamacare.

I could go on, but I don’t have the heart for it.

15 BongCrodny  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 2:22:11am

re: #6 jvic

I agree about his raw political skills. That said, something about him rubs me very much the wrong way.

Huckabee, too, is a good retail politician but I would find him completely unacceptable as a Presidential candidate. With Huckabee, specific reasons for my opposition come to mind; with Christie not so much, but my discomfort, my sense that something just isn’t right, does not go away.

Punctuality mattered to Romney. Christie’s lateness bugged him. Mitt also cared about fitness and was prone to poke fun at those who didn’t. (“Oh, there’s your date for tonight,” he would say to male members of his traveling crew when they spied a chunky lady on the street.) Romney marveled at Christie’s girth, his difficulties in making his way down the narrow aisle of the campaign bus. Watching a video of Christie without his suit jacket on, Romney cackled to his aides, “Guys! Look at that!”

I wouldn’t necessarily mind it if we had a President who’s a tough SOB, but I’m pretty glad we just dodged having a President who appears to be an asshole.

16 Joanne  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 6:26:18am

re: #15 BongCrodny

I wouldn’t necessarily mind it if we had a President who’s a tough SOB, but I’m pretty glad we just dodged having a President who appears to be an asshole.

I think Chris Christie is pretty much an asshole. When you yell at your own constitutes for asking questions, you’re an asshole. His attitude might play well in NJ and in other areas along the east coast, I cannot see him being accepted in rural middle America, except by the TPers who hate him for working with Obama after Sandy. He’s just too much of a dick.

17 BusyMonster  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 6:59:34am

re: #16 Joanne

I think Chris Christie is pretty much an asshole.

That is in a nutshell all I can conjure when I consider Mr. Chris Christie.

Asshole. That’s it.

His big ass won’t help him in the popularity contest column and he knows it. I don’t know why anyone thinks a guy who looks and acts like Christie could get to be President. You have to get people to like you, and respect you, and I don’t like this guy and I sure as hell can’t respect him.

18 Mattand  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 10:52:00am

re: #11 nines09

Christie is a moderate like the Yugo was a car. Uncomfortable, not well made, shitty reliability and not worth shit. Smoke and mirrors. When the “party” slaps him he comes to heel. He’ll renounce everything he ever did to garner Tea Party and GOP support outside Jersey. Write that down.

Thank you. I’ve been saying that for a while now. He will go full metal wingnut so fast he’ll break the sound barrier.

19 FemNaziBitch  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 11:45:09am

This is Gov. Christie’s problem:
Youtube Video

He does not recognize women as human beings.

20 palomino  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 12:36:18pm

re: #1 Dark_Falcon

This piece made me like Chris Christie even more. His willingness to take on his foes and if needed cut them off at the knees shows him to be what Richard Nixon called a “nut-cutter”. And he’ll need to be that to win the primary. And if he’s the 2016 GOP nominee, his Democratic foe is going to have a much harder time than Obama did in 2008 or 2012.

It sounds as if you’d prefer a dictator to a president. Do you even appreciate the fundamentals of democracy? People who abuse power to get back at their political “enemies” are NOT acting in any way consistent with a democratic system.

21 nines09  Wed, Jan 8, 2014 12:40:30pm

re: #18 Mattand

I see no sanity at all in the GOP. None. They have all, every last one of them, sold out to the imbeciles they courted. Christie is nothing more than a politician that knows what works in Jersey. In a New York minute he would wrap his ample ass in just what you called it. I prefer Full Mental Wingnut.


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