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What price Christie? cont’d

Featured image We now resume our long running series testifying to the singular strengths of Chris Christie as a presence on the national scene. Ambushed by Washington Post opinion writer/editorial board member Jonathan Capehart regarding his veto of a gay marriage bill in New Jersey, Christie, shall we say, more than held his own on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. According to Noel Sheppard, Christie smacked him down. According to me, Christie showed Capehart »

What price Christie? NR’s look

In a series of posts titled “What price Christie?” we have watched with great admiration the arguments presented by Governor Chris Christie to the people of New Jersey concerning the need to get a grip on state spending and taxation. We have seized on the dramatic videos in which Governor Christie makes his case, but we have done so without placing them in the context of the political battles in »

What price Christie? part 7

For readers who are new to this series, let me repeat my explanation of the title. In Volume V of Martin Gilbert’s monumental biography of Churchill (Winston S. Churchill:The Prophet of Truth: 1922-1939), we learn that an enormous poster appeared in the Strand and at other prominent points around London in the last week of July 1939. Placed by an advertising agent who was anxious “to get people thinking of »

What price Christie? part 6

Kyle Smith observes the doings of Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey this year and notes: “Chris Christie may look like Chris Farley, but in terms of conservative principles he’s as sexy as Christie Brinkley.” He then recounts Christie’s response to the reporter who suggested that he might be a bit “confrontational” in the video we posted in the first number of this series: Watching Christie respond was a revelation. »

What Price Christie? Part 5

These days, there is no more effective public servant than New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie. In this CNBC video, he runs a victory lap following the New Jersey legislature’s adoption of his austerity budget on a bipartisan basis. The budget closes a massive deficit by cutting spending by 9%, with no increased taxes. Every special interest group hated the budget, and some have threatened to sue. Governor Christie’s response: “If »

What Price Christie? Part 4

Who is the most inspiring conservative leader in America today? Happily, there are a number of pretty good answers to that question. But I’m not sure anyone tops New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Here he is again, speaking at a town hall meeting in Perth Amboy yesterday: UPDATE: So, how is Christie doing with New Jersey voters? Pretty well. Scott Rasmussen finds his approval/disapproval ratio at 51/45. Considering how deeply »

What price Christie? part 3

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has only been on the job since January, but he is already engaged in a death struggle with New Jersey’s public sector unions. He is articulate, combative, committed, spirited. He does not shy away from the fight. I don’t think we’ve seen his like in quite a while. If he survives and/or prevails, he will be an unstoppable force. I can’t get enough of the »

What Price Christie? Part 2

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is the new hero of conservatives everywhere. Earlier today, he showed why when he conducted a town hall meeting in Bergen County. In the video below (via Cassy Fiano) he responds to a teacher who thinks she is underpaid, and someone who is outraged that state funding for the local library is slated to be cut: »

What price Christie? cont’d

Responding to “What price Christie?” a reader writes from New Jersey: I think you have to have lived in NJ for a while to really appreciate what Christie is trying to do. You might be surprised to learn that there are four branches of government in NJ: executive, legislative, judicial, and NJEA (NJ Education Association — the teachers’ union). Of the four, the last one is the most powerful. Never »

What price Christie?

It was widely noted by Ted Bromund and others last year that upon entering office President Obama returned a bronze bust of Winston Churchill. The bust had been on loan as a symbol of the Special Relationship from the British Government to the United States since 9/11. According to Newsweek’s report, a White House spokesman said the Churchill bust was removed before Obama’s inauguration as part of the usual changeover »

Chris Christie rides again

Roger Kimball takes note of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s latest video hit: I almost felt sorry (almost) for Marie Corfield, an elementary school teacher who stood up at a question-and-answer session with the governor and demanded to know how his reforms would help teachers since his budget cuts had resulted in so many lay-offs among the selfless pedagogues that populate New Jersey’s public schools. “We have some of the »

Christie in context

The BusinessWeek profile of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie supplies the political context of the several videos we have posted in our “What price Christie?” series. Will Governor Christie prevail in the Battle of New Jersey? He himself leaves it an open question, as he did in his interview with Paul Gigot earlier this summer. The BusinessWeek profile broadly outlines the challenges involved in Christie’s struggle to reduce New Jersey’s »

A great communicator

We have hailed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in a series of posts titled “What price Christie?” The video below demonstrates that one element of his leadership is exemplary rhetorical skills. The guy is a great communicator. Is there anybody else like him on the Republican side? I don’t think anyone else comes close. In the video below he is asked the question whether he is going to fire anyone »

Mid-Week in Pictures: July 4 Edition

Featured image Look at the bright side (so to speak): at least Governor Christie didn’t take off his shirt. That would clear any beach, and might have brought down the plane the snapped the pic of him validating why the government should own as little land as possible. In any case, here’s to the 4th: But let’s remember what we have to celebrate on the beach this summer: And coming next month—more »

How will Jeb do tomorrow? (and why it matters)

Featured image New Hampshire voters will answer several potentially consequential questions tomorrow: How badly will Sanders beat Clinton; what will Trump’s margin of victory be; what price (if any) will Rubio pay for repetition in debating? For me, though, the biggest question is: How well will Jeb Bush do? Here’s why. There has been much speculation about the degree of winnowing the Republican field will undergo after New Hampshire. In particular, how »

Tell me why

Featured image Tell me why no one attacked John Kasich last night. He’s leading the governors/former governors in New Hampshire, and conventional wisdom holds that only one (or at most two) governors will survive the New Hampshire primary. He’s a bona threat to finish ahead of Marco Rubio (and this was true even before last night) and Ted Cruz. If he finishes a close second, he could even hurt Trump going forward. »

Dave Begley: Not live from Council Bluffs

Featured image Nebraska attorney David Begley has covered the appearance of the presidential candidates in Iowa over the past year. We’ve posted his reports in the “Live from…” series (usually “…Council Bluffs). As the Iowa caucuses approach, Dave takes a look back: For a non-journalist, I may be unique in having seen and reported on all of the major (and some minor) 2016 candidates with the exception of Jeb Bush. Readers should »