Another potential 2016 presidential contender is coming through the Garden State, Save Jerseyans.
Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned pediatric neurosurgeon and NY Times Best-Selling Author who made national headlines by criticizing Obamacare (to the President’s face) at the 2013 National Prayer Breakfast, will serve as the keynote speaker at the May 16th New Jersey Right to Life annual banquet in New Brunswick.
Context: Governor Christie told Diane Sawyer last month that “they love me in Iowa,” Save Jerseyans, but a new Suffolk University poll out Wednesday strongly suggested that the steady drumbeat of Bridgegate news, manufactured or not, is close to ending the presidential aspirations of the man who these same polls reported could give the GOP its best chance of defeating Hilldawg in 2016.
More than a few significant GOP donors believe Jeb Bush should be the Republican Party’s 2016 presidential if Governor Chris Christie is unable to recover from Bridgegate. These money men and women would tell you that they’re not so much concerned by problems with the Bush brand as with polls showing most other GOP potential nominees (Paul, Rubio, Cruz, etc.) trailing Hillary Clinton by wide margins.
With all of that in mind, the former Florida governor went out of his way to make it abundantly clear over the weekend at an event celebrating the 25th anniversary of his father’s administration that his views – on issues ranging from illegal immigration to “winning the election vs. the argument” – are very much in-line with Christie’s own (if not a large segment of the base):
Governor Chris Christie listens to a resident’s question in Belmar. March 25, 2014 MMM photo/Art Gallagher. Click for larger view.
Governor Chris Christie may have just had his best week of 2014, Save Jerseyans, or at least since January 9th.
We found out on Thursday that the Republican Governors Association (RGA) had posted a whopping $23.5 million in donations for the first quarter of 2014 (January 1st through March 31st), an achievement which is almost 3x better than its previous record high of $9.1 million.
Since Christie took over last November, the RGA raked in $33 million.
Remember the name “Sohail Mohammed” going forward, Save Jerseyans. Rightly or wrongly, the Indian-American Muslim serving as a New Jersey state trial judge is going to remain a hot topic for as long as Governor Chris Christie remains a 2016 GOP primary contender.
I’d submit “wrongly.” There isn’t much legitimate reason for concern. None, actually. Criticism of Judge Mohammed centers around the fact that, in private practice, he defended some pretty shady people in the aftermath of 9/11. Critics, many of whom love quoting their pocket constitutions, conveniently (and ironically) forget the Sixth Amendment’s right to assistance of counsel for criminal defendants.
Most importantly, Mohammed in his capacity as a family court jurist hasn’t issued any rulings which suggest that he’d ever substitute fealty to the Constitution and state law for Sharia.
But good luck relying on facts and logic, folks, when the scrutinized party’s patron is a candidate for president…
Governor Christie receives a security briefing at the Golan Heights (April 2012)
The world is on fire, Save Jerseyans. In case you hadn’t noticed.
My fellow Americans seemed distressingly willing to give President Obama a partial pass on Libya and Syria since that portion of the globe is constantly inflamed and, after all, it’s clearly a product of George Bush’s instigation. Right?
Unfortunately for the DNC and DCCC, the unchecked resurgence of Russian territorial ambitions is a little harder to push off on their leader’s predecessor. There isn’t an American alive who can remember a peaceful Middle East. Most Americans (myself included) can remember watching the Berlin Wall crumble on live television.
Bad polling news at home in a blue state isn’t easy to take, Save Jerseyans, but a new Des Moines Register Iowa Pollcould prove decidedly more problematic for a Bridgegate-battered GOP Governor looking to go national. Some excerpts:
“57 percent of Iowa adults disapprove of the way Christie, the New Jersey governor and one of the most-talked-about potential 2016 presidential candidates, has handled the controversy.”
“Another 25 percent approve, and 18 percent say they’re not sure, according to the Feb. 23-26 poll of 703 Iowa adults.”
Republicans in Iowa are a little more understanding: 47 percent disapprove of how Christie has dealt with the controversy surrounding his staff’s involvement in closing lanes on the heavily trafficked George Washington Bridge last fall as retaliation for a mayor’s refusal to support his re-election bid. Thirty-four percent approve.”
Ann Coulter offered up a few good points in her CPAC interview with Sean Hannity, Save Jerseyans, including a critique of the mob mentality of those conservatives going after Mitch McConnell in this year’s Kentucky Primary.
Not because Christie came into that hotel in Maryland and blew everyone away with a heavy dose of juicy conservative one-liners (as so many try to do at the yearly conference), but because he largely did no harm to himself with a group that, at least on the national level, has been a bit hesitant to get behind him.
Pretty soon we should be able to see how this “do no harm” strategy worked out, because the poll numbers that created the backdrop for this speech are not looking pretty…
Fox News is carrying a live-stream of CPAC 2014 on Thursday, Save Jerseyans, including Governor Chris Christie’s much anticipated address at 11:45 a.m. Today’s speech comes on the heels of a brand new WashPo/ABC poll which found the RGA chieftain’s popularity down significantly relative to the rest of the probable 2016 presidential race field.
The “big” 2016 news on Tuesday consisted of three new polls, Save Jerseyans, each showing Governor Chris Christie trailing Hillary “Hilldawg” Clinton by significant margins in three separate states.
Two aren’t surprising (albeit disappointing). One is much more concerning.
The joint venture of Roanoke College in Virginia, Rutgers-Eagleton in New Jersey, and Siena College in New York found the former Secretary of State leading New Jersey’s top Republican by 8 points, 10 points and 36 points, respectively. A dissenting Virginia survey from Christopher Newport University dropped Monday found a statistical tie with Clinton ahead 43% to 41%.
More and more we are reading and hearing information that leads us to believe Hillary Clinton may not run in 2016.
Of course, every politician always wants to keep all his/her options open.
And, if nothing else Hillary is an adept politician. So, don’t expect Mrs. Clinton to show her hand anytime soon – not if she doesn’t have to.
But rumors persist about her health. These all surround the blood clot that she suffered as well as concerns about a possible brain tumor or minor stroke. On top of all that, everybody agrees that she seems worn out.