The Governor Went Down To Mexico

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in Mexico on a trade mission, but the trip also looks angled towards a 2016 run. Matt Katz, reporter for The Christie Tracker from WNYC and NJPR, and reporter Heather Haddon, in Mexico covering the trip for The Wall Street Journal, talk about the Governor's reasons for going and what it may signal to voters. 


Heather Haddon and Matt Katz

Comments [15]

At this rate I barely remember having a governor who spent most of their time in the state working on actual problems we have in New Jersey.

Sep. 03 2014 12:47 PM

Brian/WNYC, stop wasting New Jersey-ans taxpayer money by trying to bring down their governor, your 'Bridgegate' attacks have cost NJ taxpayers aplenty already maybe they should sue you and your fellow talking heads and WNYC to recover some of the lawyer charges.

As for the Mexico story.
Appeasing some people can lead to your own exit, especially when their 'fifth column' is already here. So be careful what you wish for.

Sep. 03 2014 11:06 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Walter

Technology and medical science is what makes "the world a better place." If you want to make the world a better place discover a cure for a disease. As for politics, every primate society engages in it. When are a kid and if you are lucky to have parents who can give you stuff you may grow up with the delusion that world is basically a nice place. But the world is as it has always been, a jungle. Only a more sophisticated one today, but still a jungle at its core. How you survive depends on what you are equipped with, or what skills you develop to "get along." It's usually the ones who grow up in a middle class environment who are deluded for the longest time. Those who had to hard scrabble for everything, including basic food are usually less deluded in how they see the world.

Sep. 03 2014 10:29 AM

Really, Brian? Really!? Asking if the Mexican media will be covering Bridgegate during Christie's visit. Do you truly think that Mexican residents are interested in Bridgegate, or were you looking for an opportunity to take a political dig at Christie? I don't think that was professional, especially following the joke about traffic on the bridge between Mexico and the US. Even the reporter was a bit embarrassed and made sure to point out that you made that reference/joke and not him.

Please try to keep it professional and non-partisan.

Sep. 03 2014 10:28 AM
Walter from Across the Hudson

"Mexico is to the US what the UKraine is to Russia. We often forget that half the territory of the US today was Mexico before 1835."

What?! That analogy is so far off base. Yes, but before 1835, that territory was part of Spain. And before that, it was Native American territory for 12 years. And before that, it was part of Spain. And before that, it was a loose patchwork of Native American tribal areas.

Sep. 03 2014 10:22 AM

Katz says Christie won 51 PERCENT of the Latino vote.

Does that mean anything with such a low turn out 2013?

Sep. 03 2014 10:22 AM
Carl Ian Schwartz from Paterson, New Jersey

In answer to "Walter from across the Hudson," politics is prostitution by people who otherwise have to pay for sex. They whore out their oaths of office to serve the voters and the Constitutions (both State and Federal) in order to get elected, which means that after they leave office they're set for life with either corporate or lobbying jobs.

After the unholy alliance between the GOP, the NRA (its self-styled S.A. or S.S.--armed auxiliary), and so-called "christian" fundamentalists was given voice by Pat Buchanan as the keynote speech of the 1992 GOP Convention, I registered as a Democrat. I remember earlier iterations of such talk leading to the Nuremberg Race Laws, Kristallnacht, and worse, killing off what family of mine remained in Europe. Perhaps an overreaction, but as survivors of the Final Solution (both victims and perpetrators) die off, and it is no longer covered extensively in curricula, it could happen here again, either to Jews or to Muslim-Americans (thanks to ISIS, Al Quaeda, et al., perverting that religion).

What we DON'T need at this point is a thuggish opportunist running for high office. Tony Soprano had more charm.

Sep. 03 2014 10:19 AM
Walter from Across the Hudson


Agree to disagree. The world is not so black and white. What is the endgame with this kind of attitude? What you call 'winning' isn't making the world a better place.

Sep. 03 2014 10:18 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

Mexico is to the US what the UKraine is to Russia. We often forget that half the territory of the US today was Mexico before 1835.

Sep. 03 2014 10:15 AM
Joel from Hoboken

FYI: Heather from the WSJ is wrong about the telecommunications industry in Mexico. It was not government controlled, it was controlled by Carlos Slim's monopoly under the private company, Movil.

Here is more detail:

Sep. 03 2014 10:10 AM
John from Fanhwood

I'm hoping our governor will say he's running for president of Mexico. Maybe he could push Putin around from down there.

Sep. 03 2014 10:10 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Walther

Why become a politician? Well same as becoming anything. Partially it may be only about money and/or power, but most often it is also because you are good at it. You "enjoy the game." In any case, everything is politics, even marriage and relations with children. It's all about give and take, and getting what you can out of the relationship or "game." Politics at work; politics at home; politics in government, it's all different levels of the same game. Some are better at it, and some can't play the game at all. The latter are called "losers.":)

Sep. 03 2014 10:10 AM
BK from Hoboken

Thx CC for using my tax dollars for your 2016 campaign!

Sep. 03 2014 10:07 AM
David from New York

Thanks Brian for having Matt on. He's always just terrific! What a great reporter and NO ONE knows NJ politics like Matt!

Sep. 03 2014 10:03 AM
Walter from Across the Hudson

Why become a politician? Answer: To get rich and feather one's own nest.

Political office has nothing to do with serving a common good or civic responsibility or using particular talents or gifts to help others. This guy and his cronies are the perfect example of a corrupt governance, and they are laughing at any and all attempts to pin them down to their multiple misdeeds because there is always someone else willing to play along in exchange for something else.

Does anyone really think AT&T will produce incriminating texts between Christie and Egea when she worked as a top executive for the company just a few years ago? Take a look at the campaign donations she made to get where she is now, for instance. Same way Christie ended up where he is in the first place. Disgusting.

Sep. 03 2014 08:58 AM

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