New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made his long anticipated announcement that he will seek the Presidency, and he did so at Livingston High School where he was president of his graduating class. Typical of Governor Christie, the event was long on biography and personality and short on specifics.
Anyone who runs for President is driven in large part by ego. But Christie doesn't respect the voters, and believes that every time he has the podium it is time to tell you about himself and his "you-may-not-like-me-but-I'm-telling-the-truth" uniqueness.
Mr. Christie's team was clearly operating in a manner that was abusive, vindictive, and downright nasty. These are the people Mr. Christie chose as his senior team, these are the people Mr. Christie directed, and these are people Mr. Christie had known for years.
The Marijuana Policy Project came out with its report card for 22 presidential candidates and hopefuls and the headline is that no one is sticking their neck out very far when it comes to the legalization of marijuana or the loosening of federal pot laws.
As governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie deliberately and repeatedly broke his promise to firefighters, nurses and teachers that he’d strengthen their hard-earned retirement funds, and instead, rewarded Wall Street and big corporations while his state’s public servants suffered. What kind of president will he be? You decide.
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Of all the announced Republican candidates -- and those still queuing up this summer -- Christie, without question, enjoyed the most unique and encouraging relationship with the Beltway press corps. For years, there was an almost tribal affection for Christie and his bullying personality among the Acela media class.
While our fellow New Jersey residents continue to suffer, Governor Christie has spent more than 200 days of the last year out of New Jersey campaigning for a job that he will not get, while ignoring the job that the people elected him to do.
Last night I heard some GOP shill confidently declare that Booby Jindal would bring subsantive policy proposals "to the table" and that he'd even "been accused of being a policy wonk." Accused? Was she praising him or dissing him?
I worry that the media and the public will focus on the wrong things and damage her electability. I worry that she will stumble late in the campaign. I worry that there is no Democratic back-up plan.
With over a dozen candidates officially declared for 2016, it's tough to keep track of where everyone stands. Just how liberal are Hillary Clinton's policies compared with those of her fellow Democratic candidates? Which GOP hopefuls can claim to be "true conservatives"? Who are the moderates? Who holds the most extreme views?
Christie now argues that he opposes in-person early voting because it "increase[s] the opportunities for fraud." He offers no evidence to back that assertion, however, probably because there's none available.
Something is rotten in the state of Michigan. One city neglected to inform its residents that its water supply was laced with cancerous chemicals. Another dissolved its public school district and replaced it with a charter school system, only to witness the for-profit management company it hired flee the scene.
This week, Hillary Clinton took on the war against voting. In a speech on Thursday, she called out governors Scott Walker, Chris Christie, Rick Perry, and Jeb Bush, demanding Republicans "stop fear mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud, and start explaining why they're so scared of letting citizens have their say." She followed it up with sensible proposals to make voting easier. Meanwhile, speaking of wars, on Monday Senator Lindsey Graham -- whose solution to every foreign policy problem boils down to armed conflict -- entered the 2016 race. Right on cue, three days later, responding to a question about the fact that Americans are tired of endless war, Graham said, "Well don't vote for me." Duly noted. It's an odd impulse to constantly want to start wars in the name of democracy while simultaneously undermining it here at home.
Should Americans join the military if the next commander-in-chief of the armed services is an arrogant, ignorant, irresponsible, war-happy hawk? Many of America's best and brightest join the armed services. But with the U.S. constantly at war, joining is a life or death decision, dependent on the judgment of whoever sits in the Oval Office.