Why the GOP Field Wants - but Shouldn't Get - Chris Christie

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 - 12:39 PM

Chris Christie at a town hall meeting in New Jersey Chris Christie at a town hall meeting in New Jersey (Bob Hennelly/WNYC)

If people want to understand the appeal of Chris Christie, and why there is a clamor from the political community in Iowa and other places for him to run, look no further than his reaction to being asked to run for president:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he never tires of being asked to run for president, but he insists he's still not doing it.

"How self-important would one have to be to become tired and annoyed by having people ask you to run for president?" Christie said Monday morning during an interview on a Philadelphia radio station.

"I'm a kid from Jersey who has people asking him to run for president. I'm thrilled by it," he said. "I just don't want to do it."

How refreshing. While other candidates may play coy when asked, Christie reacts so authentically. Me? For president?! Wow!

We've become a nation that begins our presidential election process earlier each time. The GOP field is still forming but people can't help but fall for Chris Christie, the savior of New Jersey and the plain-spoken governor who isn't afraid to tell people how things really are, even if it means his own poll numbers suffer. I'm a big Chris Christie fan. His speeches are to political geeks what Star Wars conventions are to... regular geeks. But like with so many of the Republican party's political stars like Bobby Jindal, Allen West, and Sarah Palin before them, they haven't been in office all that long and still there's a rush to get these newly elected politician into even higher office.

Despite Barack Obama's election, and specifically because of it, we shouldn't look to leaders with limited experience to be our president.

Obama frequently seems out of his depth, from the time he laughably sent a video of himself to Iran, as if that would make them surrender their nukes, to our current incoherent entanglement in Libya. It seems that a quick rise to power is all too often accompanied by a sense that the leader can simply will things to go his way. A seasoned politician would never believe the power of their personality is enough to solve the world's problems. Perhaps Chris Christie would transcend this, he does seem like he has his ego firmly in check.

Instead of taking the chance, though, why not let him save New Jersey for a few more years before running for president?

Born in the Soviet Union and raised in Brooklyn, Karol Markowicz is a public relations consultant in NYC and a veteran of Republican campaigns in four states. She blogs about politics at Alarming News and about life in the city with her husband and baby at 212 BabyShe can be followed on Twitter.


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Comments [3]

Vito Danelli from Darien, CT

Chris Christie is nothing but a Karl Rove/Frank Luntz-scripted airbag. The union-bashing theme that he and Scott Walker are doing may play well to the know-nothing Tea Party types, but it's alienating what was once called the Reagan Democrats.

These GOP stooges don't have the political courage to address the social and financial cost of both LEGAL and ILLEGAL Immigration - costs like education, medical care, housing subsidies and food stamps to name a few.

It seems to be very politically-incorrect to mention or criticize immigrants in any way, shape or form.

May. 12 2011 06:20 PM
Karol from NYC

I agree that he's excellent. I just don't like the rush to higher office. It makes for a more effective president if they've been in a leadership position for more than 2 years beforehand.

May. 11 2011 11:05 AM
Laura Wesselmann from Carlsbad, California

While the cult of the personality does exist in politics, Chris Christie defies the definition. He understands economics and is able, in simple English, to convey facts clearly to the voting public. We're not afraid of the truth, we're tired of philosophical arguments, race-baiting and class war-fare. Lay it out. Expose the public pensions. Numbers don't lie. I'll settle for a Chris Christie clone.

May. 10 2011 11:46 PM

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