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Monday, November 5, 2012

Christie Denies Romney Again

Posted by on Mon, Nov 5, 2012 at 3:30 PM

The Huffington Post says:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who was effusive in his praise of President Barack Obama when the two leaders toured damage from Hurricane Sandy last week, turned down a request by Mitt Romney to appear with him at a rally on Sunday night in Pennsylvania, The Huffington Post has learned.

Christie's decision will only add to questions among Republicans about what the governor — who is up for reelection a year from now — is thinking, and why he went out of his way to heap praise on the president, and then refused to appear with Romney.

If Cory Booker was planning on running against Chris Christie for governor of New Jersey next year, he should be rethinking that plan. Christie's really putting his state before politics, and I think New Jersey is going to remember that next year.


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BearNecessity 1
I think that Christie has his sights on more than another gubernatorial term. I think he's considering a presidential run for 2016. Look! He's tough! Look! He stands by his peeps! Look! He got along with Barack!
Posted by BearNecessity on November 5, 2012 at 3:49 PM · Report this
sperifera 2
Tomorrow night, I am going to listen to Shirley Manson sing "It's All Over But the Crying" over and over again. And then I'm going to giggle a bit as my RW friends find out what 11/3/04 felt like.

Chris Christie positions himself well for the next round of this elective atrocity. And it starts Wednesday.
Posted by sperifera on November 5, 2012 at 4:02 PM · Report this
Fnarf 3
@1, yes, but he needs to win the governorship again in 2013 first. It's the best place to run for president from. Booker has to do the same, but he's got a little more time -- but you can't get to the White House without keeping the momentum up, and you've really only got about 10-12 years in which to build it. Christie and Booker will still be in the mix for 2020, too, but not if they lose a big race, and not if Booker's still mayor of Newark.
Posted by Fnarf on November 5, 2012 at 4:06 PM · Report this
Chris Christie is not putting his state first. He never has. There is only one thing that ever comes first...Chris Christie.
He knows Rmoney is going to lose, and that NJ is fed up with his bullshit.
Posted by SPG on November 5, 2012 at 4:13 PM · Report this
The Dopest 6
I'm easily fooled and don't think critically about how someone's actions could be calculated attempts to position oneself for future candidacy, so I'm going to say that I respect Christie for putting aside presidential politics and fist-bumping the prez when he deserved it.
Posted by The Dopest on November 5, 2012 at 4:14 PM · Report this
I think you're right, @1. Christie's not putting his state above politics, he's putting his own politics above Mitt's. His state is the means. Clever fellow.
Posted by gloomy gus on November 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
seandr 8
Any Republican who can make a convincing claim to the middle (e.g., Bloomberg) would do well on the east coast and across much of the country. Besides, Christie knows who's going to win this race and doesn't seem the sort to waste time with losers.
Posted by seandr on November 5, 2012 at 4:16 PM · Report this
Max Solomon 9
someone has to take christie on. why not booker?

the other option for booker is senator, as Lautenberg is fucking 88. his seat is up in 2014, and i think he just might retire.
Posted by Max Solomon on November 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM · Report this
Captain Wiggette 10
@5 FTW.

NJ is basically a Democratic state. This sudden liberal fawning over Chris Christie ("OMG turns out he's not a demon!") is typical gullible Seattle-liberal BS. Christie knows the terrain, he sees that Romney has nothing to offer him at all politically. Christie is already a darling of the tea-party right, tying himself to Romney's coattails offers him no conservative benefits whatsoever. Looking like he's putting state first and working with Obama offers him inroads with moderates in a state not very patient with his brand of Republican politics which tends to prefer very moderate Republicans or old-school Democrats. Christie knows damn well that his election was tenuous and his re-election in peril, and he's throwing nuggets toward the center.

State-before-politics, MY FOOT! This is the same guy who trashed the long-term needs of his state by destroying the most important transit project in our time. Where do you guys get off thinking this mother-fucker gives any shits or smear-stains about the real future of his state?
Posted by Captain Wiggette on November 5, 2012 at 4:42 PM · Report this
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn 11
It could be that, like all Republicans, he hates Romney's guts. For being a two faced weasel and whatnot. On the one hand, Republicans want to win. On the other hand, they hate the guy they nominated. Sometimes one hand wins, sometimes the other hand wins.
Posted by Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn on November 5, 2012 at 4:45 PM · Report this
I'm with all of you. Christie is putting his local, personal politics before national, not his state before politics.
Posted by STJA on November 5, 2012 at 5:15 PM · Report this
Republicans will know damn well why Christie's doing what he's doing. They'd do the same thing in his place, or the same two things: look like they care about their damaged state, and try to sink a guy who otherwise would run again in 2016.
Posted by sarah70 on November 5, 2012 at 5:57 PM · Report this
Free Lunch 14
A bit off topic, but holy crap - Nate Silver now puts Obama victory at 91.4% likely. That's up from 73% just a week ago.

He also now says that Obama now has a 52% shot at Florida, which hasn't been in the plus column for a while. But I don't think that will happen, as voter suppression seems pretty successful down there, considering the 5+ hour lines in Democratic strongholds.
Posted by Free Lunch on November 5, 2012 at 7:06 PM · Report this
I'm worried about the Dem voters getting to the polls in NY and NJ. Can anyone reassure me?
Posted by sarah70 on November 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM · Report this
prompt 16
Christie is taking the obvious steps to 2016. He's backing away from a losing candidate and making himself look good to both parties. It's a pity that the Republicans have become so subservient to the religious and other nuts in this country, because they do have a few decent people over there.
Posted by prompt on November 6, 2012 at 5:18 AM · Report this
But will Christie deny Romney THREE TIMES?

Then we might have something
Posted by fetish on November 6, 2012 at 5:33 AM · Report this
Knat 18
It's like when the GOP rats started deserting the sinking ship that was Dubya, back in late 2007.
Posted by Knat on November 6, 2012 at 10:29 AM · Report this

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