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…
I’ll say this for Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Menendez (D-Dominican Republic, Ecuador), Save Jerseyans: his foreign policy track record is a lot better than Joe Biden’s. That’s not saying a WHOLE lot, but there you have it.
For example, when he joined Jake Tapper to discuss the Ukrainian/Russian situation last week, only hours before the invasion, Menendez correctly identified Putin’s imperial ambitions:
And yes, it was all preventable. Western weakness invites eastern aggression. Every. Damn. Time. Yet the Left never learns its lesson because its adherents are too busy trying to rewrite history than learn something of value from it.
Is it not okay to die in one war because it was George Bush’s but okay to die in another because it’s Obama’s war, Save Jerseyans? Why is this not an electoral issue? Have Obamacare, illegal immigration, and gay rights turned everyone’s attention away from the fact there is still a war going on?
When the last U.S. combat troops departed Iraq in December 2011, they left behind a defeated al-Qaeda and an Iraq; two years later, al-Qaeda had seized major cities where hundreds of U.S. troops died. Even as we drawdown in Afghanistan, as was proven with Iraq, any gains made by the United States will be quickly lost under the wrong leadership.
“We respond as Americans,” Christie bellowed following a congressional adjournment which occurred without a vote, “at least we did until last night… it was disgusting to watch.”
A majority of conservatives were of a decidedly different opinion, ranging from disinterest to feelings of betrayal. Their disgust was reserved for an event that occurred approximately two months earlier, before the Mitt Train officially derailed, when the rockstar GOP Governor embraced President Obama on Garden State soil, a move which public exit polling suggested could’ve helped move the needle in the incumbent’s direction in key 2012 battleground states like Virginia and Ohio. Base political calculation at its worst? Or simply emotions getting the best of an emotional guy?
I genuinely, sincerely hate to say “I told you so,” folks, but I most certainly did. Now look at the mess in which our Governor finds himself heading into Thursday’s much-anticipated Middletown town hall meeting, the first such gathering since Bridgegate and Sandygate changed everything for the inhabitants of Christie World…
It’s ugly. Real ugly. But there’s still a way out.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has turned down a request from the Christie Administration that the rule requiring that reconstruction work on homes damaged by SuperStorm Sandy stop upon the homeowner applying for Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) aid, according to an Associated Press report posted on NJ.com and other outlets.
HUD rules require that the plans for all work on properties receiving RREM grants be evaluated and approved by the government. Work done without the RREM approval is not eligible for reimbursement under the program, even if the work complies with all requirements. This process has created a major logjam is funds being awarded and homes being rebuilt.
Salem County NJDOT road crews prepare to combat a winter storm. (Photo credit: @GovChristie)
New Jersey got smacked with another few inches of snow last night, Save Jerseyans, as you’re already painfully aware. One more good snow and I might qualify for an arm transplant.
We’re heading into a “warm up” period over the next several days (temperatures in the 40s and 50s), but then it’s right back into the lower temps next week and, surprise surprise, a strong a possibility of additional accumulating white powder. And NOT the kind that President Obama used recreationally as a younger man.
More snow is en route to the Garden State on Tuesday, Save Jerseyans, but thanks to an archaic quirk of federal law, we may be going into it without sufficient road salt.
The real question is whether partisan politics is entering into the equation, too…
Long story short,a shipment of salt is stuck at a Maine seaport because of the 94-year old Merchant Marine Act of 1920 or “Jones Act” which demands, in part, that all goods moved between U.S. ports be transported by way of United States flag ships that were both built in the United States and owned, staffed, and operated by American citizens and permanent residents:
Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC tried to further the laughably-absurd “Chris Christie fooled us” media narrative this week, Save Jerseyans, in an interview with Alex MacGillis, author of a much-discussed New Republic piece that paints an unflattering picture of Chris Christie’s political career.
Try to make it through the segment with a straight face.
I dare you:
Do you know what this foolishness brings to mind? Or more accurately, to what it stands in stark contrast?
There was a time and place where the worst you could say about the Star-Ledger editorial board was that it had a hopelessly liberal bent. Sure it was annoying. Still, there’s nothing particularly unique about that, right?
These days, the Ledger opinion-slinging page can’t even compliment the Governor without reversing itself for self-serving reasons or assigning original credit to a friendly ideological entity or individual for the the good idea.
“But we know that people’s frustrations run deeper than these most recent political battles. Their frustration is rooted in their own daily battles — to make ends meet, to pay for college, buy a home, save for retirement. It’s rooted in the nagging sense that no matter how hard they work, the deck is stacked against them. And it’s rooted in the fear that their kids won’t be better off than they were. They may not follow the constant back-and-forth in Washington or all the policy details, but they experience in a very personal way the relentless, decades-long trend that I want to spend some time talking about today. And that is a dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility that has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain — that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead.
I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: Making sure our economy works for every working American. It’s why I ran for President.”
No one from the Clinton camp made Chris Christie’s subordinates close the G.W. Bridge’s Fort Lee lanes, Save Jerseyans.
There is mounting evidence that they’re doing everything within their power (which is considerable, by the way) to pile on and make the New Jersey Governor politically radioactive ahead of 2016. She’s unambiguously the one with the most to benefit. And from all outward appearances, the full might of the Obama Democrat establishment is lining up behind Miss Inevitable…