Chris Christie winning re-election this evening in New Jersey wasn’t any kind of a shock to anyone. For weeks polls had showed him headed towards an easy victory over his Democratic opponent Barbara Buono.
What concerns me is how many liberals I’ve spoken with actually praise Christie and say they might consider voting for him in 2016 if he were to run as the Republican nominee for president.
Those kinds of comments deeply concern me because, while Chris Christie isn’t what anyone should call a “radical tea party Republican,” he’s still a Republican who harbors a deep-seated opposition towards most of the ideological beliefs liberals fight for every single day.
To me, Christie epitomizes the phrase, “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” This man will say and do whatever he thinks will get him votes. Granted, not in the same way Mitt Romney seemed to literally flip-flop from interview to interview, but he actually admitted a couple of months ago during an RNC meeting that his motives were often calculated and deceptive.
“You got two choices as a governor. You either sidle up next to them and whisper sweet nothings in their ear or try to hope they don’t punch you. Or your second alternative is you punch them first.”
That one comment he spoke at that meeting clearly shows that, while not a radical right-wing Republican, Christie is willing to lie in order to put himself in a position to get what he wants.
He also went on to say during that meeting:
“For our ideas to matter we have to win. Because if we don’t win, we don’t govern. And if we don’t govern all we do is shout to the wind. And so I am going to do anything I need to do to win.”
Another clear sign that Christie has no problem saying or doing whatever it takes to get what he wants. So sure, he’s going to say and do what he can to seem moderate in an effort to appeal to a broader range of voters than just far-right Republicans, but is that what he really means? If you go by the statements he spoke during this meeting, Americans should really never trust what he’s saying.
Hell, to be honest, his actions during last year’s presidential campaign seemed more like a setup to his future presidential bid than an actual endorsement for then candidate Mitt Romney.
And while the possibility of “President Christie” doesn’t terrify me the way “President Cruz” or “President Paul” would, it’s still something I never want to actually see happen.