Chris Christie

A long, hard fall for Rubio and Christie in New Hampshire

Featured image A new Granite State poll of likely New Hampshire Republican primary voters is out. The poll was conducted for WMUR by the University of New Hampshire. The results can’t be taken too seriously because only 1 percent of those surveyed say they have definitely decided how they will vote. But the results are interesting, nonetheless. Rand Paul is the leader at 15 percent. He is followed by “favorite daughter” Kelly »

Is Scott Walker on his way to 2016 front-runner status?

Featured image Scott Walker has a 16 point lead (56-40) among likely voters in his race for governor, according to a poll from Wisconsin Public Radio/St. Norbert’s. Among registered voters, his lead is essentially the same (55-40). The survey was conducted between March 24 and April 3. A Marquette University survey conducted between March 20-23 also showed Walker with a nice, though smaller, lead. In that poll, Walker outdistanced Democrat Mary Burke »

Is there life after college? Part Two

Featured image In this post, I matched up some of our most prominent politicians, including Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama, with a person you might have encountered in your college dorm. For example, Obama was the guy you could usually defeat in a late night argument, but only the most intelligent of your friends realized you had beaten him. Here are a few more: Chris Christie is the guy you never stuck »

Will conservatives give Marco Rubio another look?

Featured image Politico reports that Marco Rubio is “seeking to rehabilitate his image with much of the GOP base” by falling back on “staunch conservative positions” such as a “more aggressive U.S. response to Russia in the Ukraine crisis.” I hope that denouncing passivity in response to aggression by our adversaries remains a staunch conservative position. Rubio explained that “many of my supporters maybe disagreed with me on immigration — and disagreed »

Strickland stricken

Featured image Karl Rove demolished former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland on Fox News Sunday this morning in the course of responding to Strickland’s critique of Governor Christie and Bridgegate. Rove concisely demonstrated Strickland to be a critically flawed messenger of the Democratic Party talking points on Christie. Though it’s rare to find a Democrat shamed into silence — they have so much margin for error provided by their media enablers — I »

Christie lashes out at Wildstein

Featured image Chris Christie has gone on the offensive against David Wildstein, the former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge that now threaten to ruin Christie’s political career. Wildstein’s lawyer has claimed that “evidence exists … tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the Governor stated publicly in a two-hour »

But did he harass any gays in high school?

Featured image The Washington Post has a front page, above the fold story about how Chris Christie “stretched the truth” (as the print edition puts it) in 1994 when he ran for the county board in Morris County, New Jersey. Christie alleged that his opponents were “being investigated by the Morris County prosecutor.” In reality, the county prosecutor had merely conducted an “inquiry” into whether the incumbent commissioners had violated an open-meeting »

How Badly Has the Traffic Lane Fiasco Hurt Chris Christie?

Featured image The Democrats hope to use “Bridgegate” to knock Chris Christie out of the box as a potential presidential contender. That may yet happen, but if the polls surveyed by Politico are correct, New Jersey voters haven’t been much impressed by the scandal: The Pew Research Center poll reports that 60 percent of adults say their opinion of Christie has not changed since revelations that top aides were involved in politically »

Crisp Christie?

Featured image The case of Chris Christie presents a certain amount of irony for the Power Line editorial board.  Unlike Paul, I tend to like Christie, and think his overly enthusiastic embrace of Obama before the election in 2012 is possibly forgivable for the simple reason that it stemmed from his effusive style that has made him so effective on other fronts (like smacking public employee unions around), and as Churchill liked »

The lane-closure scandal, some perspective please

Featured image Piers Morgan thinks that the bridge scandal perpetrated by Chris Christie’s aides ranks “pretty well up there” with Watergate. As Andrew Johnson notes, even the lefty members of his panel realized that the comparison is ridiculous. But then, Morgan is the same clown who pronounced last spring that Arsenal should fire its great manager Arsene Wenger. The Gunners promptly went on a phenomenal run to close out the season. This »

Christie moves to limit the damage

Featured image Chris Christie took decisive action today in response to his administration’s scandalous creation of traffic problems at the George Washington bridge. He fired top aides, apologized for their action, and visited the Democratic mayor of Fort Lee, New Jersey whose constituents were victimized by his administration’s stunt. The mayor accepted Christie’s apology and said he took the governor at his word that he wasn’t involved in and didn’t know about »

Christie Bridge Scandal Puts Reporters Back In Business

Featured image I have no idea how badly the bridge scandal will damage Chris Christie, but we can say this for sure: it will do all the harm that the news media can gin up. The most striking fact about the story so far is the obvious contrast between reporters’ attitudes toward the many Obama administration scandals–ho hum–and the repellent glee with which they are pursuing the Christie story. (For just one »

Christie’s staff created major traffic problems out of political spite [UPDATED]

Featured image Chris Christie has a problem. Emails have emerged showing that Christie’s staff closed lanes on a major bridge in September in order to exact political retribution against Democrats. The shutdowns caused massive traffic jams in Fort Lee, whose Democratic mayor had refused to join other leading Dems who were endorsing Christie. One email, from a top Christie aide to a Port Authority official with ties to Christie, said: “Time for »

Poll has Clinton and Christie in a dead heat

Featured image For what it’s worth, and that may not be much, Chris Christie is in a statistical dead heat with Hillary Clinton in a poll by CNN/ORC International. The poll puts Christie at 48 percent and Clinton at 46 percent. Christie wins nearly six in ten votes among independents, and wins a majority of suburbanites and older voters. Clinton wins decisively among women. Unfortunately, Christie is the only Republican among those »

Chris Christie, the man and the myth

Featured image Chris Christie’s blowout win yesterday places him front and center among GOP presidential hopefuls. Much of the discussion among conservatives of his quest for the GOP nomination (assuming he makes that quest) will focus on his alleged electability (a plus) and his alleged moderation (a minus). But is this a sound way of viewing Christie? I have my doubts. As to ideology, some Christie bashers will compare him to Rudy »

Christie-Bloomberg 2016?

Featured image With Chris Christie heading toward what looks like a landslide re-election in deep blue New Jersey next week, speculation will turn immediately afterward to 2016.  I admire Christie’s ability, but have wondered two things even before his egregious bear hugging of Obama a year ago.  New Jersey is sort of the inverse-Texas of the northeast: would his particular and aggressive style play well outside of New Jersey?  And second, is »

Chris Christie’s “Berlin Wall” for sexual orientation

Featured image Nicholas Frankovich at NRO writes: Bradley Manning wants to change his sex, and the bien-pensants of the Left honor his decision, changing the gender of the pronouns they use to refer to him. Meanwhile, John Doe wants to change his sexual orientation, but that’s different: They rush to save him from the horror of his self-hatred and psychological self-punishment, as they see it. Hence the bill that Governor Chris Christie »