Friday, July 5, 2013

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie Prepares to Enter the 2016 Presidential Race

Has Now Met the Two Conditions for Running

Ever since he was elected as a Republican Governor in a Democratic state in 2009, speculation has been rampant that Chris Christie would run for President.  This Forum has long stated that there is a way to tell if Mr. Christie is serious about becoming a candidate.  He has now passed that test.

The first condition for Mr. Christie was to lose weight.  Earlier this year he underwent surgery to restrict his digestive track, and he said the reason was to be more healthy for his family.  Right. The second condition was that the Governor break with President Obama, whom he had embraced on several occasions. Now he is in the process of doing just that.

Chris Christie and Barack Obama are pictured. | AP Photos
BFF? - They said it couldn't last, and it didn't

So much for the Chris Christie-President Obama bromance.

The New Jersey governor, distrusted by conservatives after his hug of Obama following Hurricane Sandy, slammed the president at a town hall meeting on Friday as “more concerned about being right than he is concerned about getting things done.”

He also repeatedly described himself as a “conservative” leader.

So there you have it, Chris Christie is in the 2016 race.  His strategy, win big in blue New Jersey to convince Republican primary voters he can win a general election.  Gov. Christie now joins Senators Rubio and Paul as active candidates.  And given Mr. Christie’s famously thin skin (no pun intended) the entertainment value here, priceless.

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