Governor Chris Christie stumping in Iowa during Election 2012.
Pass the 2013 mashed potatoes, Save Jerseyans, and the put the 2014 jello mold on ice. Your 2016 course is already warming and ready to be served this Thanksgiving day whether you’re ready for it or not.
We had two new Election 2016 polls hit this week and both contain conditionally good news for the New Jersey frontrunner.
“Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are the 2016 leaders to Ohio voters, locked in a statistical tie,” said Peter Brown, director of the Quinnipiac Polling Institute; its latest poll showed Chris Christie performing the strongest against Hilldawg in battleground Ohio, losing by 1-point (42% to 41%). “Ms. Clinton easily defeats a bevy of other potential GOP aspirants. Interestingly, when voters are asked whether she would make a good president, more say yes, than say they would vote for her. Conversely, Vice President Joseph Biden is not presidential material in the eyes of Ohioans. Only 28 percent think he would be a good president.”
He’s off to a very Jersey start! We’d expect nothing less…
After enduring a snide “welcome” column from a former Democrat chairwoman in the state’s paper of record the Union Leader, Matt fired back with a guest editorial of his own at the invitation of his new Granite State antagonist:
Senator Rand Paul visited the Special Report with Bret Baier all-star panel on Monday night, Save Jerseyans, where he fielded a variety of questions that contemplated his expected 2016 presidential candidacy for the GOP nomination.
Among the highlights? Rand said Governor Chris Christie harbors many “moderate” positions but expressed his opinion that there’s “room for moderates in our party.” Big tent talk with a not-so-subtle swipe… quite a rhetorical feat! Christie told Jake Tapper on Election Eve that he’s no moderate. Rand doesn’t care.
Watch and awe:
I love Rand Paul on the domestic front, folks. Then he starts expounding on foreign policy and my head hits the desk. Time will tell whether he gains traction and, in the event he manages to make it all the way, if the big chair has the same sobering effect on him that it does on every foreign policy idealist who’s ever graced it.
Think about it: they’re both tough-talking blue state governors who developed national personas taking on and beating the public sector unions. Christie is undeniably the more charismatic of the two governors but Walker’s conservative street cred hasn’t yet been called into question.
That’s why everyone in the political world is enjoying this photo of the gubernatorial pair (right) from Sunday’s Packers/Giants match up. Like their states’ respective teams, these two political giants might be at each other’s throats by this time two years from now. Enjoy the serenity now in case it doesn’t last!
The silver lining: as you might imagine, we like this game day picture of our governor much more than the one from October featuring the folks who were largely responsible for sinking his legislative candidates. Like night and day…
The New Jersey Legislature plans to address its “lame duck” agenda on Monday, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Chris Christie will be in Washington, D.C. hunting for 2016 support among the business community.
He’s one of the elite invited guests at this year’s Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s annual meeting at the Four Seasons Hotel Washington.
The event’s format is unique and, as chance would have it, well-suited to the New Jersey Republican; a group of Wall Street Journal editors pepper A-list guests including Barack Obama and Paul Ryan with topical public interest questions as big wig corporate executives watch.
There are plenty of things that I could say about former Governor Sarah Palin’s new interview with Jake Tapper, Save Jerseyans (the comment about Chris Christie’s extreme weight was interesting; her comments about the Pope were aggravating). I land in hot water with some of you whenever I do. But I’ve got to live my life and you do, too.
For now, focus on Tapper’s McCain question at the 1:57 mark and Governor Palin’s answer:
Goodness gracious. Hypocrisy might be a better word than irony given her active support for GOP primary challengers across the country…
Building on criticism lodged last week in a committee hearing, U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) continued to take shots at Governor Chris Christie on Monday, Save Jerseyans, this time from the Harbour Club in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, a key 2016 primary battleground.
“The main theme of his candidacy seems to be, I got you a lot of federal money,” Paul reportedly responded when asked why he considers the New Jersey Governor a “moderate” Republican (h/t theRun2016). “It doesn’t sound like a conservative message. It sounds like a moderate to big government message.”
“I’m not arguing against aid,” Paul continued. “I’m just arguing that the fiscally responsible way to do that aid would’ve been one year at a time and offsetting it with spending cuts elsewhere.” We can’t really disagree with him there.
Just a little post-Election Week reflection for your Saturday cereal consumption, Save Jerseyans:
Veteran readers will remember back in 2009 when, along with MoreMonmouthMusings, we brought to light a robocall scheme perpetrated by New Jersey Democrats to siphon votes from then-Candidate Chris Christie and redirect them to Independent candidate Chris Daggett, all for the benefit of incumbent Jon Corzine.
It didn’t work, Save Jerseyans. The rest is history. We caught’em in the act! Daggett’s support collapsed to under 6% on Election Day, capturing just 139,579 votes, and Christie managed to inch by with 48.46% of the vote to Jon Corzine’s 44.88%, a difference of 86,714 votes.
Virginia advocates of Ken Cuccinelli weren’t as fortunate. Terry McAuliffe prevailed by only 55,220 votes on Tuesday, but the libertarian third party candidate Richard Sarvis’s 6.6%, equating to 145,762 votes, was enough to swing the election to the Democrat.
There’s some evidence that Sarvis didn’t actually cost Cuccinelli the election. There’s also a clear indication that powerful Democrats thought Sarvis could cost Cuccinelli the election and, operating under that assumption, threw serious money in the libertarian’s direction. We may never know for sure (unlike in New Jersey where the robocalls made it pretty darn obvious). Hmmm… I can’t help but wonder! We’ve been through this ourselves.