Chris Christie has been serving as the Republican governor of New Jersey since January 2010. He’s married to his college sweetheart. They have four children and Christie is unabashedly pro-life. What’s not to like?
I’m looking for a Constitutional Conservative. Someone who still believes in Rule of Law, Separation of Powers, and Checks and Balances. Someone who believes in the Tea Party values (Yes, she went THERE!) as stated by the Tea Party Patriots:
Tea Party Patriots Core Values:
- Fiscal Responsibility – protecting your money
- Constitutionally Limited Government – defending your freedom and your rights
- Free Markets – providing the best opportunity for you and your family to succeed
So, this is not what Chris Christie stands for. All Republicans these days like to throw around the word “Conservative,” but darn few live it. Darn few put it INTO PRACTICE.
Chris Christie is a bulldog. He is fun to listen to, sometimes. He’s bombastic and he stands up for himself and the people of New Jersey. He spoke well at the CNN debate, delivering this zinger among others, “While I’m as entertained as anyone by this personal back and forth about the history of Donald and Carly’s career, for the 55-year-old construction worker who doesn’t have a job, who doesn’t have money to fund his child’s education, I gotta tell you the truth. They could care less about your careers. They care about theirs,”
HOWEVER, he has a terrible rating at Conservative Review, the conservative watchdog site whose chief political consultant is Deneen Borelli. So, my thinking side (yes, we Conservatives think AND feel, contrary to popular belief that we are logic-minded automatons, incapable of compassion or empathy) examines this analysis of Christie and comes up with not much to like. The one bright spot is he has finally seen the light on a pet issue of mine. Christie received his sole Good rating from Conservative Review in Education.
The governor, speaking at Burlington County College in Pemberton, declared Common Core is “simply not working.” Christie wants to assemble a team to develop a state-based group to develop “new standards right here in New Jersey, not 200 miles away on the banks of the Potomac River.” ~Matt Arco, NJ.com
But, even *I* know, once all the Pearson materials have been purchased, does it really matter if a school system says it is “not following” Common Core? As Bill Gates said in a 2009 speech to the National Council of State Legislatures, “When the tests are aligned to the common standards, the curriculum will line up as well—and that will unleash powerful market forces… For the first time, there will be a large base of customers eager to BUY PRODUCTS (emphasis mine).” So, yeh, it ALWAYS was about curriculum, and finally Christie is taking a stand against it. Probably too little, too late.
And… my feeling side will not forgive the revolting “bromance” between Christie and Obama mere days before the election. “I cannot thank the president enough for his personal concern and compassion for our state and the people of our state.” With each passing day, more people were waking up to the hypocrisy and failed promises of Obama’s “Hope and Change.” Inch by inch, Romney was gaining ground in a very tight race. (Yes, I said tight. Romney lost by 1/2 percent, distributed among four key states.) Here comes loud, proud Christie, pandering to great effect to make sure HIS state got every Federal dollar possible to help with recovery from natural disaster Hurricane Sandy. There he was hugging, kissing, and bragging on Obama. It was classic Bromeo & Juliet. Rough city kid with Joisey accent (Republican Christie) paired with elegant, dashing, and oh-so-deeply-caring intellectual giant (Democrat Obama). White and Black. Big and little. Opposites attract. A match made in Leftist political heaven. The mainstream media ate it up and made sure we saw it over and over.
Look how well Obama “bridges” (pun, of course, intended) the gap between Left and Right, between Liberal and “Conservative,” between Republican and Democrat. Don’t think for a minute that Independent voters didn’t see this and weren’t filled with all kinds of rose-petal and unicorny, fluffy-cloud good thoughts about Obama “the Great Uniter.” And, thusly, pulled the lever on election day for Obama.
Should Christie have known better? Should he have considered the optics? Yes, he’s an adult and by all indicators, an intelligent person. I know he wanted to do right by New Jersey. He seems to really love the place. But, a waning tide lowers ALL boats and he should have thought about the country AS A WHOLE.
My position on candidate Chris Christie: a Conservative pretender who at the very least cost us votes when we sorely needed them.