Will Gov. Christie do battle with New Jersey’s Democrat-controlled Legislature when his second term begins in January, tacking to the right to prepare for an anticipated presidential bid? Or is the Republican governor already in a solid position to seek his party’s nomination?
Republican and Democratic strategists debated that question while discussing the upcoming legislative session today at a forum hosted by the New Jersey Business Industry Association at the Renaissance Woodbridge Hotel in Iselin.
To curry favor with conservatives, Christie “is going to have to move drastically to the right,” said Julie Roginsky, a Fox News contributor who was a consultant to Democratic U.S. Sen. Cory Booker’s campaign. She predicted “complete loggerheads” with Democrats in the Legislature.
Gov. Christie continues to be popular among New Jersey residents as he prepares for his second term, even as few people say they have a clear idea of what policies he will pursue, according to a Monmouth University/Asbury Park Press poll released Tuesday.
Sixty-five percent of Garden State residents approve of Christie, a Republican who won a landslide 22-point reelection last month, while 25 percent disapprove. Those ratings are similar to past surveys of Christie’s job performance taken since Sandy.
Only 23 percent of residents say they have a clear idea of what Christie plans to do in his second term. Thirty-six percent have some idea, while 40 percent say they do not have much of an idea or have no idea at all.
Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – It took just one question Thursday to get to the issue that seemingly everyone wants to ask Gov. Christie about – 2016.
“I’m stunned that we’ve gotten that question right out of the box,” Christie deadpanned here at his first, and only, public appearance at the Republican Governor’s Association conference, where he is set today to become the group’s chairman.
“2016’s a long way away and I’m two weeks out of a campaign and I’m not looking to start speculating about other campaigns already,” Christie said to a roomful of national and local reporters.
Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Scottsdale, Ariz. - If you thought the Christie-2016 speculation was a bit much already, you 're out of luck.
New Jersey' s fast-rising governor gets a formal national political job today in Arizona, when he' ll become chairman of the Republican Governor s Association, a job that will have him crossing the country to campaign for fellow governor s, raising money, picking up IOUs and likely visiting states such as, oh, Iowa and New Hampshire where presidential campaigns live and die.
Christie formally gets the job at the RGA conference here today (we wrote about the gig at length today in the Inquirer and on Philly.com) but that didn' t stop the media from harping on his future Wednesday - even prodding the likes of Louisiana' s Bobby Jindal and Ohio s John Kasich - two governors who might also like their names to be added to the great hype machine of 2016 chatter.
This article ran in Thursday's Inquirer.
UNION CITY, N.J. - Fresh off a 22-point reelection victory in a Democratic state, Gov. Christie on Wednesday left wide open the possibility of pursuing the presidency and said he didn't mind if reporters kept asking him about running.
"It's flattering and I have no problem with it, but I want to be clear about this: I have a job to do; I was reelected to do a job," Christie said.
Yes, she was outspent 10 to 1, meaning fewer staff and fewer ads and fewer everything. Yes, the Democratic party, as she made abundantly clear in her concession speech, abandoned her. And yes, she was up against a man considered the best New Jersey politician in a generation, a national figure who will one day be a presidential candidate.
But Barbara Buono, who lost in a landslide and only garnered two-thirds of the Democratic vote, didn't help her own cause in at least nine specific ways:
1) Relationship building. Democratic sources constantly and consistently gripe that Buono never developed the relationships in Trenton needed for a statewide campaign. Here's one anecdote: Sources say they didn't see her at the funeral for the mother of the top elected Democratic in the state, Steve Sweeney, earlier this year. Christie, on the other hand, attended and stayed the whole time. Her absence -- and his presence -- were noted by party elders.
By Matt Katz
ASBURY PARK — Gov. Christie, who wooed New Jersey with candor, humor and gruffness and then cemented broad support with a willingness to cross party lines after Sandy, cruised to a landslide reelection victory Tuesday on the way to what his constituents believe is an inevitable campaign for the presidency in 2016.
Moments after CNN called the race just after 8 pm, a roar went up from the crowd at the historic Asbury Park Convention Hall, where the Christie victory celebration is taking place.
But that seemingly insurmountable lead didn't stop a feisty pro-Buono teacher from confronting the governor after a campaign event Saturday down the Shore in Somers Point. And it didn't stop Christie from an apparently feisty response.
Unfortunately, no video or audio of the incident has surfaced. But the picture, above, tells at least part of the story, and that's this: With First Lady Mary Pat Christie smiling wide next to him, the governor yelled at a constituent.