LOS ANGELES, June 30, 2015 — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is being attacked from all sides. He would have you believe he would not have it any other way. As he launches his presidential campaign, he wears his combative nature like a badge of honor. Unlike his liberal critics, he actually got things done. He may have far more difficulty winning over conservatives. Whether he wins the Republican nomination or receives less than 1 percent of the vote, his place in political history is secure. Chris Christie rid the political world of Jon Corzine.
His liberal critics despise him because he does not kiss their brass rings. Simultaneously, conservatives see a man who hugged President Obama at the worst possible time. They also fail to understand why he is so desperate to have Bruce Springsteen like him.
The liberal critics can barely contain their sanity when discussing Christie. MSNBC will not report on Benghazi or IRS abuses, but Rachel Maddow obsesses over a bridge scandal in which Christie was fully exonerated. She pursues him with the obsession of a fisherman unable to accept that the white whale really is a minnow.
Speaking of whales, expect comedians with a lack of talent and writing ability to tell a million jokes about Christie’s weight. These same individuals would not dare risk the wrath of the politically correct feminists. Mentioning Hillary Clinton’s plump posterior busting out of her pantsuit is too risky when speaking truth to power can come from attacking a white male’s gut.
Conservatives initially wanted to rename Dec. 25 Chris Christiemas. Then came Hurricane Irene. Next came the infamous hug, where Christie turned from Christ to Crist, as in former Florida Gov. and Republican turncoat Charlie Crist. Christie’s effusive praise for President Obama one week before the 2012 election helped turn a four-point Obama deficit into a narrow election victory. There was grumbling among conservatives that Christie deliberately sabotaged Mitt Romney so he could rack up his own landslide New Jersey re-election and set up his own presidential campaign.
With both parties focusing on his words, it is his deeds that must be examined. He raised millions of dollars when he headed the Republican Governors Association. He won a 22-point re-election in a blue state by getting the job done. Jon Corzine was determined to turn New Jersey into a socialist haven. Christie cut taxes, reduced regulations and turned New Jersey into a better place to do business than the anti-business climate in neighboring New York. He worked with a hostile Democrat legislature without caving in. He kept the unions from running wild. He even told a schoolteacher making $83,000 a year to stop complaining. It is one thing to take down the mafia. Christie took on teachers and their bloated system that put students last.
Conservatives have every right to question his positions on issues near and dear to their hearts. Gun-owners see Christie as somebody willing to enact gun control. Israel supporters have concerns over his alleged ties to Arab figures who loathe the Jewish state. Tea party supporters have said they will never accept him. The establishment has already anointed their next designated successor. Christie does appeal to independents, but his ability to attract doctrinaire Republicans from either the moderate or conservative wing seems to be a major challenge.
None of this can take away what he has already accomplished. Along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Christie was not afraid to ruffle feathers to get the job done. Like Giuliani, Christie was a tough prosecutor under President Ronald Reagan who busted corruption on a national scale. He then took his crime fighting skills to the Garden State as its chief executive. New Jersey was drowning in debt and scandal under the Corzine reign of error. Corzine would eventually go on to fail at MF Global, bankrupting the company and being unable to locate over a billion dollars in customer funds. MF Global could have been New Jersey had Corzine been given a little more time. For those who did not want New Jersey to become Greece, Chris Christie was the sane, rational fiscally conservative alternative.
Chris Christie rescued New Jersey from near insolvency. America is drowning in domestic debt and more vulnerable than ever to global terrorist threats. Christie has proven to be a competent, capable executive. His bravado is matched by his accomplishments. The only question will be whether the straight talking leader has made too many enemies waiting to bring payback and thwart his ambitions.
Whatever happens, Chris Christie can take pride in his record. The Obama-Corzine model of governance has failed at the national level. Thanks to Chris Christie, the people of New Jersey stopped it in their state after one term. Unfortunately, perhaps thanks to Chris Christie’s hug, Americans nationwide are suffering through two terms of it.