The presidential candidate tells me why he’s ‘the only Republican willing to take on Donald Trump.’
Christie? You waste our time with this?
The only thing "presidential" about him is that he might actually outweigh Taft and would be our fattest president. So self-discipline is a problem. Oh and did I mention his being a back stabbing sycophant.
But the worst aspect of Christie is how he sat imperiously on that Jersey beach, enjoying the sun and sea that he had denied to his "subjects." Disqualifying. Not to mention his little bridge caper, for which he let subordinates take the fall. Our political class is truly a clown car.
I wish he focused that much wrath on Biden.
“In 2016, former New Jersey governor Chris Christie was one of 17 Republicans in a crowded field trying to beat Donald Trump. We all know how that movie ended. One of the hard-won lessons of the 2016 primary, especially among Republicans, was that it was foolish not to unite right away behind the strongest candidate. If they had done that, perhaps Trump wouldn’t have been the nominee and then the president”.
Good grief. It’s not a movie. There is no producer or director like in your party. It’s a process. And what you refer to as a mistake produced a winner who advocated and implemented excellent policies. Christies should have been asked why he opposed someone with such an excellent record or perhaps why he talks as incoherently and nonsensically about Trump as you do.
The personal attacks are childish and odious.
If you don't think there is something dubious about the last US Presidential Election, I've got this bridge... What an idiot.
His candor is refreshing but as a life-long Jerseyite I can attest that he left office with the lowest poll numbers of any governor in history. He didn’t need to negotiate with the other side because the NJ governor has more leeway than most of his counterparts in other states, and he used it to his advantage. Like single-handedly appointing judges (judges and DA’s are not elected in NJ), one of whom was highly regarded by both sides but he didn’t reappoint because of something her husband did that miffed the governor. And “Bridgegate” where he ordered the closure of the busiest bridge in the country, creating commuter and environmental hell for a week because the mayor of nearby FT. Lee didn’t award a contract to one of Christie’s cronies. And halting the construction of a desperately-needed tunnel under the Hudson River to give the appearance that he was cutting costs (even though it was heavily subsidized by the federal government) that in hindsight could have prevented subsequent fatal accidents and delays, and is now being built at a higher cost to taxpayers.
He was an effective prosecutor and should go back to his day job.
Don't be a lazy writer, Bari Weiss. We know who Trump is, but WTF is "Trumpism"? Care to define it for us? Or is it just your lazy, elitist (yes, you are one of them) attitude searching for a different way of calling lots of American's Deplorables or Ultra MAGA Republicans?
I do not think you've "evolved" your thinking much since be3ing run out of the NYT.
You’re missing a very important part of this story which is the Christie/Kushner angle.
Christie prosecuted Jared’s father, Charlie—a well-known, maniacal real estate developer— for tax evasion and witness tampering. Charlie went so far as to set up his brother-in-law with a prostitute, videotaped them together and sent the tapes to his sister in the hopes of silencing her husband. Charlie went to jail for several years.
Jared never forgot that and kept Christie from getting the position he wanted in Trump’s administration. That is one of the reasons for Christie’s current hatred of Trump.
Bari started the Free Press… she’s a journalist… I repeat a journalist, not a Talking Head…. This column is great about different perspectives… We need to learn to tolerate listen and discern between the message and the Messenger… we need to get back to some perspective in the United States… Since 2016, we’ve been on the slow slide down to intolerance… It was always there, but it’s a lot worse now… we’re adults not children… We need to get a grip on our emotions in this country… It seems like social media has given people an opportunity to rant in ways they would never rant when they were in front of someone else.. there is a lot to be said for good manners and common courtesy… Even if it’s online… It doesn’t make a difference… You should be the same person, no matter where you are… most of us have been raised with better manners, than we’re demonstrating today
"I came to the conclusion after his presidency that he could never be president again." Fortunately, We the People get to decide the next President, not Bridgegate Christie. Anyone with any brain cells left would be uniting with others to send the creature currently in the White House packing. I would vote for a blade of grass over Biden, or any one in the republican field, except for Christie.
Christie would be a great candidate as a Democrat. He could run as the middle of the road candidate that Biden was supposed to be. He could control the crazy progressives and run aggressively against Trump. I think he might get the D nomination if he changed parties.
As people used to say, he couldn’t get elected as a dog catcher in a Republican primary.
Not a snowball’s chance in hell.
"CC: I don’t think we’ve determined who the strongest horse is yet. The campaign has barely started, and I’ve only been in it for three weeks." - Again, as it relates to 90% of the current candidates and specifically the GOP field, a more accurate statement would be "who is the least lame horse that may be able to cross the finish line ahead of the others". What is it about politics in the last 15-20 years that allows the worst emotionally, spiritually, and psychologically mature individuals to commit to lives of "service" in our government? Christie comes off as angry, self-absorbed, and emotionally immature to me - so in essence, a younger, heavier version of Trump.
I agree with a Bruce. You waste our time with someone who won’t even be on the debate stage because he has such little support?
Meanwhile the grift piles higher and deeper with the bidens and ……..crickets.
I would have a question for Christie: what are his thoughts on Jonathan Karl and George Stephanopoulos? Are they straight journalists giving us the news, or are they propagandists for the democratic party and the government? I will always vote for Trump over Christie because Christie will have his lips puckered up to the ass of those two and the media. They are the enemy, not Trump. For me, when you kowtow to the narrative being shoved down our throats, you can never change anything. How does Chris make his money now? If its from this TV work or speaking fees, we know why he is in.
1. My dad died in 1995. Dad has a better chance of winning the nomination than Chris Christie.
2. I like Chris Christie, quite a lot. Reason being....
Don’t waste your time with Christie, he doesn’t understand why someone would be hellbent to vote for Trump. We get it: Trump’s brash, loud, looks funny, posts seemingly inappropriate things (that almost always end up true and necessary), thin skinned and conceited. But he says what we’re thinking, has common sense and great instincts. He’s too rich to be purchased. And he does what he says. He’s not perfect. He made some big mistakes with Covid, vaccines, trusting the wrong people, hiring, signed stupid spending bills, etc. He’s loyal to a fault, literally and sometimes in a bad way. Trump, to the best of his ability, did exactly what he said he’d do. And he’s being unfairly politically prosecuted (if they can go after a president, they can go after me [Jan 6, 36,000 new IRS agents]).
America First (MAGA) is bigger than Trump. It’s manufacturing on US soil, creating a real economy based on jobs and products. It’s immigration based on assimilation (the melting pot that we’ve always been), and upholding traditional American values. It’s keeping tax dollars in America to help our veterans, disabled and elderly. It’s not about nation building in other countries, trying to “Americanize” them or spread democracy around the world. It’s common sense spending, small government and no more deficits. It’s maintaining sovereignty at our borders, our land ownership and our trading. But Trump gets that, he put it together.
Chris Christie doesn’t get that. Neither does Pence, Desantis, Scot, Hailey or the rest. They never did. You don’t either.