By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Campaigning in New Hampshire this week, Governor Chris Christie refused to commit to any particular candidate ahead of Thursday’s 10:00 a.m. speaker election to replace John Boehner. Here’s a nice little overview on the process if you’re interested.
“No, I don’t have a dream candidate for Speaker. What I have is a dream for what Congress could actually be which is actually a responsive body that actually gets something done,” Christie told reporters. “That would be a dream. And what they’re doing right now down there is a nightmare. And so I don’t care who the Speaker is, I really don’t, Claude, it doesn’t matter to me. It don’t care who the Senate Majority leader is, I don’t care who the parliamentarian is, I don’t care about any of those guys, ok? Just do something, reform the tax system, repeal and replace Obamacare, defund Planned Parenthood. Do something. Do something worthy of the position you’ve had. That’s what I want them to do. And whoever is the person who can do that as Speaker? That’s who I’m for.”
Christie’s ire for Congress isn’t completely a product of presidential political calculation; back in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Christie berated John Boehner for the pace of Sandy federal aid approval. Ironically, it was one of the few times that movement conservatives took the embattled speaker’s side. Go figure…
What’s more interesting is how the Governor is lapsing back into the “I’m a better manager who can get stuff done” theme, one which I’m not sure plays in a year when experience seems to be more of an anchor than a propellant? We’ll know soon enough.