New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Reveals His True Colors at RNC Meetings

chris_christie_New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has made a name for himself recently for calling out some of the more radical members of the Republican party.  Most recently he had a week long “feud” with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, one of the more vocal (and controversial) prominent Republican members of Congress.

And while I’ve enjoyed seeing a Republican call out the more right-wing radical members of his party, I’ve warned people to be very careful about Governor Christie’s motives.

His actions often remind me of the old saying, “a wolf in sheep’s clothing.”  He seems like a smart man who knows that Republicans stand no chance at winning back the White House if extremists like Rand Paul and Ted Cruz are going to be the representatives of the party’s values.

Well, after reading a few of his comments he made during his speech at the RNC meetings today in Boston, my instincts about Christie’s motives were more or less confirmed.

First there are his comments about his dealings with New Jersey’s teachers’ unions and what he interpreted as his two options for dealing with them on pension reform in his state:

“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.”

This comment, by witness accounts, was met with enthusiasm by most of the 200 state GOP chairmen.

But of course they were enthusiastic.  Nothing quite like talking about “punching” the teachers’ union when you’re trying to strip teachers of their benefits.  They’re “overpaid public employees” anyway, right?  Isn’t that what many Republicans have called teachers in the past?  Isn’t that how the Republican party treats teachers in this country?

But his comments about “winning” basically confirmed what I already figured was the case as it relates to the New Jersey Governor:

“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.”

And I absolutely believe him.

I think Governor Christie is smart enough to see the writing on the wall that the current radicalism that’s taken over the Republican party has no chance at appealing nationally.  And while it might sound nice to see a Republican calling out his own, his intentions behind these remarks seem more calculated to purposely seem more moderate in an attempt to appeal to voters nationally.

Because it’s clear Christie has 2016 Presidential aspirations and knows no GOP candidate stands any chance publicly carrying on with radical political stances such as those taken by other possible 2016 candidates like Ted Cruz and Rand Paul.

And his seemingly calculated public political maneuvers should worry Democrats.

While all politicians shape their beliefs based on what they feel might serve them best to get elected, Christie seems particularly callous.  Especially when you consider his speech at the RNC last summer seemed more like a Presidential campaign speech for himself rather than an endorsement of then candidate Mitt Romney.

Christie has seemed to go out of his way to make calculated moves to appear moderate and level-headed—especially on national issues such as Hurricane Sandy relief and the aftermath following the storm.  Yet his comments at the RNC summer meetings (meetings that the press isn’t allowed access to) show a skillfully maneuvering man who clearly states, without question, his intentions.

He wants to win—and he’ll say or do anything to put him in that position.

And anyone who will say or do anything to win, is someone who can’t possibly be trusted.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • mwgirl

    spot on

    • Alexis Betancourt

      I’ve been saying it all along. I am from NJ and I know he isn’t for anyone but himself. He has been taking away our union rights, teachers rights, giving vouchers to private and charter schools and won’t let the minimum wage pass. He is not good at all.

      • Elaine Steskal

        He talks a good talk, after all he’s a politician. Republicans need to realize the Middle Class needs help, the minimum wage needs to be raised, It has not been brought up to the rising costs of everything. Most of what Conservatives say is bullshite.Saying raising the minimum wage of people who work at Wal-Mart or McDonalds would double the cost of items, Not if the CEO’s finally realize enough is enough for them. they don’t need to make 400 times more than their employees.

      • Jessica Neubauer

        Seriously, at what point will they have made enough that they can share the rewards with the people who helped them make it? How much? Maybe if we start asking for actual numerical figures, the dimwits voting against their own interests will finally get it.

  • Jim Wetherell

    He is still an anti union anti choice GOPper. nuff said.

  • ShoreBudMike

    I wouldn’t trust him as far as I could… oh… well, there you have it.

    • Robyn Kern

      You can’t throw him !!!!!!

    • redwolf68

      …spit? 🙂

  • mikey

    This guy goes out of his way to attack people who don’t like him. ( NJ Teachers union) I can’t believe he is still riding on the sandy drama.

    • Donald Wolc Jr

      Don’t forget he stole money from Sandy relief to run his campaign.

    • HelenRainier

      Our government is still riding on 9-11.

  • Jam

    Great article bit please stop saying Rand Paul and prominent in the same sentence! He is anything but!

  • Walden

    Gov. Fat will have the same problem Romney had. He’ll have to woo the extreme right wing neo cons. voting bloc while trying to attract a sizable number of independent voters. Romney’s campaign was noted for his Mitt flops as he had to reverse his position according to the voters he was trying to attract. He had to lie everyday. It was very obvious. I think voters noticed.

  • MARTinNJ

    Christie? ‘A wolf in sheep’s clothing’? More like ‘A Cow in Pig’s clothing.

  • Diane

    I will only repeat words of wisdom from my dad- “beware of who you trust-the devil was once an angel”.

    • neffer

      So very true thanks

    • Robyn Kern

      Well put!!!!!

    • Screaming Mandrake

      Excellent nugget of wisdom! With a tip of the hat to your dad, I’m stealing this one to use when the occasion arises. 🙂

  • Mainah

    Scary. Who wants a president that will do anything it takes to get what he wants? That just screams moral, upstanding and leadership to me! not.

    • Sn0w

      Is that ALL of them? I dislike the GOP but frankly te dems are being just greedy for accomplishing nothing.

      • Shawn Picklesimer

        Wrong, actually both parties are greedy, every politician wants to use his office to enrich his bank account. The difference is dems want to do enough good to balance that greed and be remembered in a positive light. Republicans don’t give a damn how they’re remembered as long as there’s more 0’s at the end of their account balance. Democrats will try to help the middle class, even though the middle class is not known for being a major campaign supporter, they fight for women’s rights even though women isn’t the name of a corporation that funnels billions into their account to influence their vote. Republicans will fight for the NRA, Haliburton, the Koch brothers, exxon, and any other corporation that pays them. If you have not personally put at least a million dollars into the hands of the republican candidate you support, that candidate wouldn’t cross the street to piss on you if your hair was on fire.

      • Mainah

        Is that all of what? My comment was snarky not all encompassing. I am an independent. The extremes I see in congress are disturbing.

  • BethDunham

    Voting Republican is voting to F ur self

  • BethDunham

    Cuts food stamps But spends 12 million tax payers dollars on his OWEN FAT ASS what another Republican PIG

  • Mike Mark Sopp

    So? He’s someone who is considering running for higher office. Why wouldn’t he want to win and why wouldn’t he want to position himself in a position to win? i’m a democrat, but i don’t see much problem with this.

    • sfromana

      finally. someone with some sanity in this thread. all politicians do whatever it takes to win. every single one. democrat, repub, whatever. good for him. the sad thing is, he is a breath of fresh air compared to the past 8 of GOP madness. I’m curious to see where he’ll end up.

  • Jessie James

    Hypocrites, every last one of you. Oblabla, his cronies, Bill-ary and the like all said the same thing(s) over and over. You progressives make me laugh. You prefer a collective, but when everyone is part of the collective and there is no one left to pay for it, then what? Sill liberals, politics are for adults.
    Economic justice in the eyes of Progressives…

    America is capitalist and greedy — yet half of the population is subsidized.

    Half of the population is subsidized — yet they think they are victims.

    They think they are victims — yet their representatives run the government.

    Their representatives run the government — yet the poor keep getting poorer.

    The poor keep getting poorer — yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about.

    They have things that people in other countries only dream about — yet they want America to be more like those other countries.

    • Elaine Steskal

      Well, people who work at WalMart get subsidies/Food Stamps because they don’t make enough money, so they qualify. Just think about this, if everybody made enough money, living wages, they wouldn’t need government assistance.

      • raggedcompany

        I didn’t realize that was such a difficult concept for so many.

      • Jessie James

        What is a “living wage”? I worked for minimum wage, when I was 17-19. And I worked multiple jobs to make a “living wage”. Then I realized I needed to do something else to make more money. So I did. On my own. No help from ANYONE but myself. “Living Wage”. Lol. That’s funny.

    • wes

      Believe everything you hear on FOX, brilliant? You sound like a tape recorder. Do you know anyone who actually needs help and do you know why? No, just listen to the morons on television. Real people do not think that way. The GOP are hateful disgusting people who do not care about anyone. When all the lower middle class tea baggers, in the states with no money, wake up, they will shoot themselves with those automatic weapons they dream the Dems are taking from them. You are all living somewhere else. The GOP are taking over my life, in ways that they have no right to do. For people who say they want smaller government, they are passing laws that are changing my freedoms!!!! I haven’t seen them, or heard them try to do anything to make anyone’s life better. All they do is take away woman’s rights, talk about African Americans as if they do not work or go to school, and insult people who want to come to our country….oops….there are no people left who want to come here. You are another moron and you are why I am leaving my home country, and as a health care worker, when you have no insurance, yes, I will be working in a country with socialized medicine because I have a heart and a brain. And all my progressive friends work their butts off. If they have lost their jobs, for reasons, different in all cases, I have never heard one person speak as if they are a victim……just go and tape record Hannity, Limbaugh and all the rest making millions from your moronic friends.

    • Robyn Kern

      What about the corporate subsidies? Should these rich fat cats still be subsidized? I think not. If we are going to cut subsidies, we need to start at the top!!!!

    • Hammond Eggs

      Nice tirade, clown. Now, do you actually have anything to say about THE ARTICLE?????

    • Sn0w

      You clearly haven’t been to Canada, Sweden, Or Germany. Stateing something like “yet they have things that people in other countries only dream about” is your noise. That is like the noise from “Poltergeist” exactly that a figment of imagination. When people speak of things like social healthcare the US is the ONLY non-3rd world country without it. Annual we spend $2000 more per capita on healthcare, that is 28% more than the second most expensive country. We still don’t have the best doctors except in plastic surgery. When talking about what other people in other countries would dream of having you are referring to 3rd world countries. You see there is a difference!! We want what people in other civilised countries have not what people in 3rd world countries have. But the GOP is taking it the other way. Shipping our jobs off to other countries why in the name of capitalism. Capitalism can still exist in our own country. I find it funny how Repubs cry about Mexicans jumping the border yet say ZERO about the companies that shipping jobs overseas?? A job is job shout about both of them!! Not just one of them hypocrit.

    • Richard F

      You can’t talk about subsidies unless you include Corporate benefits …….. and that includes the propping up of the banking system and enabling wall streeters to line their pockets with billions in cash

  • neffer

    I liked that chubby guy not no more

  • Linda Jenkins

    Yes, you will, large guy. Yes, you will…and we see you, Baby Huey~!!!~

  • Brandon Rubow

    I love how the article mentions Ted Cruz as a 2016 aspirant.
    Too bad he isn’t.
    At all.

    This is because he was born in Canada. Where is the editor on this type of thing?

    Otherwise, great article!

  • javadanny

    The way he talks to constituents, ordinary people, shows his true character. A recent example was his blunt, rude way of speaking to the father of a sick child. He was a condescending fat prick. Christie doesn’t have the temperament to be President.

    • Sn0w

      He actually changed his mind on that because his PR took a huge hit for his condescending manner in that.

  • maggie33

    Exactly. I don’t trust him one little teeny tiny bit.

  • Aaron Childers

    normally i agree with you about how how awkwardly out of touch the republican party is, but be careful. while i believe he was being completely honest in his statements, it also applies to democrats. you don’t get far in politics without a sponsor, and although i believe democrats to be the lesser evil, they are just as full of shit as their counterparts.

  • memeremalek

    It can he said about all politicians, that is, they’ll say what they need to in order to get elected. While I am a registered Democrat, of the progressive persuasion; a “feminazi” as Limbaugh refers to us, we women in favor of equality for ALL, I will always votenby candidate, not party. Ppl who cast their precious votes across the board for one party or another, I do not get. What has any political party ever done for voters; they merely help their candidates win elections. They raise gazillions of dollars to fund campaigns. It’s not like they’ve ever done anything humanitarian with their mega fund raising capabilities. I respected Christie following Hurrican Sandy; specifically, he did what he had to do for his constituants at that time, regardless of the ensuing flack he sustained as a result of his positive remarks about Pres. Obama. While somewhat rough around the edges, from what I’ve seen, he’s been a decent Gov. for the ppl of NJ, my neighbor State. His self-serving speech at the RNC seemed as though it might have been the alternative to applauding Romney since he his chances of winning that presidential bid were already unlikely, so he used the time & platform for himself. Wise choice. His remarks here, about teachers unions, is pretty offensive but again, look at who his audience was…union buster wannabes. Taking an actual fact into consideration; New Jersey schools are some of the best in the country. Perhaps he was just speaking to the RNC to what they wanted to hear from him, some tough guy on unions talk. As a Republican, I think he’s the best they’ve got, and maybe not all that bad. He’s a politician. It’s their nature to schmooze their audience. Not willing to write him off as a run-of-the-mill GOP bum, yet. My inner jury is out for deliberation.

  • Parker Gabriel

    In the gubernatorial election that elephant evilly stole, there had been but ONE human participant–and that elephant had LIED to voters by evilly equating him with their common donkey enemy.

  • Kraig34690

    Christie is actually far more dangerous than a Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, or some other obviously radical rightist. The reason is that Christie is not your normal slick politician. Instead he is refreshingly frank, and that becomes the focus of those who pay attention to him. Get beyond this, though, and you will see that his policies are every bit as radical as those we consider to be the real extreme. Hopefully, should he run for President, the press will take a long, hard look at what he has done in New Jersey.

    • Alexis Betancourt

      You are so 100% right. Thanks for putting it correctly into words I couldn’t.

  • Andrew Sommer

    Thats a Jersey boy brash no nonsense frankness that the National Republican Party lacks. I don’t agree with many of his policies but hes a breath of fresh air for the Republicans.

    • Mainah

      You do realize that’s a contradiction, right? He’s frank about doing anything to win. Which means lie.

  • C. Terry Ross

    He’s running for the primaries so he will slant his lies to the tea party. If he gets the nomination, he will then slant his lies to seem more moderate. Lie, cheat and steal – the republican way!

  • deedee2die4

    The ‘liberal media’ has allowed ridiculous ideology as the norm making yesterday’s Reagan Democrats looking like demonic socialists.

  • melvin lafleur

    governor krispy kreme is just trying to establish himself as a distinct brand among all the rest of the right wing extremists.