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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Chris Christie: Using Your Political Cannibal
Former New Jersey Governor Brendan Byrne is quoted in this morning's Newark Star-Ledger suggesting that presumed Democratic Party gubernatorial nominee Barbara Buono drop out of the race. This may be smart for Buono, whose political career outside Union County would surely be ended by the impending landslide. But this ignores the larger issue. Why is Chris Christie still courting the most liberal of Democrats, labor unions and so on when he is up 30 points, his opponent is on fumes and a third party candidate (yet to emerge) could actually come in second? When you have political capital, you use it. Use it or lose it. But Christie is using this capital to move to the left. Why? Is he trying to become a Democrat? Is he paving the way to actually switch parties? If Christie were a genuine conservative (or even a moderate Republican) he would use that huge lead in the polls and fundraising to outline a Republican/conservative vision of the future. He would lead his party and develop its base. That is what Republican leaders do, especially when they are in dark blue states where Obama won by 17 points and Bob Menendez just got reelected by 19 points. Christie refuses to do that. Instead, he persists in building his own base with Democrats. He is building his party. But all indications, all the evidence, points to that being the Democratic Party. If you closed your eyes and ignored the party label, you would just never think he was a Republican. He will be reelected; that is not in doubt. But he is developing a huge margin of victory -- at the expense of the Republican Party. Instead of using his political capital, he is acting like a political cannibal. Perhaps Christie is simply not interested in building any Republican Party. It explains the effusive praise to Obama right before the election. It explains the self-centered convention keynote speech, which thankfully got eclipsed by an Empty Chair. It explains why Christie accepts endorsements from Democratic mayors and leaves their Republican opponents hanging. With these actions, do you want Christie's handpicked people running the Republican State Committee the next four years? Do you want his people keeping a state party dormant so Republicans -- other than Christie, naturally -- keep on losing? That's why I am running for Republican State Committee. New Jersey deserves a real Republican Party.