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2012-11-06 08:27:20 AM  
Ouch.
 
2012-11-06 08:37:27 AM  
It's almost as if he had more important things to worry about.
 
2012-11-06 08:58:13 AM  
Chistie is no dummy, he doesn't want to be seen anywhere near this loser
 
2012-11-06 09:11:57 AM  
Romney can't grasp that there are others with political ambitions.
 
2012-11-06 09:53:37 AM  
20 minutes? He could've taken a helicopter.
 
2012-11-06 09:54:42 AM  
The only thing keeping Christie from the presidency in 2016 is his weight.
 
2012-11-06 09:55:07 AM  
It's not all about Romney, Christie doesn't want to look like a Bush stumping for people out of state during a time of crisis. I don't think this is a slight against Romney.
 
2012-11-06 09:56:08 AM  
He just keep making the right political moves....republicans are going to be calling him a RINO and getting stoopider. I can't wait for the Obama win, I will immediately switch on fox news.
 
2012-11-06 09:57:29 AM  

bulldg4life: 20 minutes? He could've taken a helicopter.


Well we definitely know it wasn't 26 minutes...
 
2012-11-06 09:58:02 AM  
He prefers the dark meat anyways.
republicannewswatch.com 

/OM NOM NOM NOM
 
2012-11-06 09:58:15 AM  
There's a reason the GOP candidates this year were extra crapsauce. The good candidates waiting in the wings know they have to wait for the Tea Party to eat itself. You can't swing that far right to pick up the nom and hope to come back to the center for the general and still win.
 
2012-11-06 09:59:25 AM  

Sasquatchuan: The only thing keeping Christie from the presidency in 2016 is his weight.


And demographics.
 
2012-11-06 10:00:58 AM  
Y'know, I don't like Christie at all, but he seems to be the only Republican governor with a working brain and a conscience.
 
2012-11-06 10:02:11 AM  
Wait, this is news now?

Christie running away from speculation early on that he might be offered the GOP VP nom was the fastest I've ever seen the guy move. It's been pretty much accepted for well over a year around here that the GOP ran a weak pack this time around because the brighter ones with serious political ambition like Christie could see Mitt's FAIL from space with the naked eye and therefore did not want to attach themselves to the campaign beyond the obligatory rah rah noises expected from them by the party when the nom was made official.

/Well, that and the whole "running against a popular incumbent who killed Bin Laden and saved GM" thing.

Hell, anyone watching Christie at the GOP-Con this year knew damn well they were watching Christie promote himself more than he was touting Team Rmoney
 
2012-11-06 10:03:49 AM  

Sasquatchuan: The only thing keeping Christie from the presidency in 2016 is his weight.


You'd think the ADA would have forced the White House to widen its doors by now.
 
2012-11-06 10:05:55 AM  
Christie knows where his bread is buttered.

/at the Wayne Diner on Rt. 23
 
2012-11-06 10:08:39 AM  

Jaws_Victim: He just keep making the right political moves....republicans are going to be calling him a RINO and getting stoopider. I can't wait for the Obama win, I will immediately switch on fox news.


That was very entertaining in 2008.
 
2012-11-06 10:09:11 AM  
After this storm though, if Christie plays it cool for the next 4 years, he would win NJ in a landslide for a presidential election.
 
2012-11-06 10:09:52 AM  
Not if Romeny had included a plate of cookies and a side of beef ion the deal.
 
2012-11-06 10:15:03 AM  
See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.
 
2012-11-06 10:15:36 AM  

Boxcutta: Christie knows where his bread is buttered.

/at the Wayne Diner on Rt. 23


God, I miss real diners.
 
2012-11-06 10:21:48 AM  

Summoner101: See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.


Nah. He's a typical Republican governor. Waging war on public employees' unions. Killing desperately needed infrastructure improvements (the ARC tunnel) in the name of "fiscal conservatism." Vetoing a marriage equality measure passed by the state legislature.
 
2012-11-06 10:21:51 AM  

Summoner101: See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.


I like that he is able to set aside politics and compromise, but his basic political philosophy and attitudes toward government and its role in the country I heartily disagree with still. Its too bad the GOP is all too willing to toss their more electable members aside for "disloyalty" but I would rather have Warren 2016 than Christie 2016.
 
2012-11-06 10:24:49 AM  

quatchi: Christie running away from speculation early on that he might be offered the GOP VP nom was the fastest I've ever seen the guy move.


That being said, could you imagine how reversed everything would be if Christie was the VP nominee when the storm hit?

Supposedly, Christie was #1 on Romney's VP list, but they soured on him because of his lardiness tardiness to campaign events. I bet everyone on the campaign is quietly contemplating what could have been, and maneuvering to make sure that someone else takes the blame for striking Christie from the short list.
 
2012-11-06 10:25:42 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Summoner101: See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.

Nah. He's a typical Republican governor. Waging war on public employees' unions. Killing desperately needed infrastructure improvements (the ARC tunnel) in the name of "fiscal conservatism." Vetoing a marriage equality measure passed by the state legislature.


And while he has some disagreeable positions, he actually has positions and seems willing to work with the other side. It'd have to depend on the Democratic candidate, but he's at least reasonable enough of a conservative that I wouldn't be voting against the man or at the very least not be terrified if he was elected.
 
2012-11-06 10:28:14 AM  

Wicked Chinchilla: Summoner101: See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.

I like that he is able to set aside politics and compromise, but his basic political philosophy and attitudes toward government and its role in the country I heartily disagree with still. Its too bad the GOP is all too willing to toss their more electable members aside for "disloyalty" but I would rather have Warren 2016 than Christie 2016.


And I would agree with that sentiment. But like with Huntsman this cycle, it would've been nice to have a conservative candidate that wasn't absolutely terrifying. I would probably disagree with Christie on many issues, but he's at least reasonable enough to where there's a possibility of dialogue.
 
2012-11-06 10:39:12 AM  

bartink: Sasquatchuan: The only thing keeping Christie from the presidency in 2016 is his weight.

And demographics.


What do you mean? I expect Christie would win New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Even if he lost Florida and Texas he could still win with that.

If he gets through the primaries, I expect him to win the general election. The Democrats are great at picking people that a majority of Americans had never heard of, but I don't see them coming out on top. Maybe if Hillary ran....
 
2012-11-06 10:39:22 AM  

Summoner101: Doc Daneeka: Summoner101: See, the disconcerning thing here is that Christie could actually be someone worth voting for. He's one of the best the GOP has to offer as a potential candidate, and he's likely to get torn down for distancing himself from Romney and working with Obama.

Nah. He's a typical Republican governor. Waging war on public employees' unions. Killing desperately needed infrastructure improvements (the ARC tunnel) in the name of "fiscal conservatism." Vetoing a marriage equality measure passed by the state legislature.

And while he has some disagreeable positions, he actually has positions and seems willing to work with the other side. It'd have to depend on the Democratic candidate, but he's at least reasonable enough of a conservative that I wouldn't be voting against the man or at the very least not be terrified if he was elected.


I've been saying for a while that the Dems will put up Deval Patrick (D-MA, Gov) for 2016, but most people are saying Biden or Warren.

Christie is a serious threat though, the possibility of turning NJ red, with a bit of leakage making PA closer than it has been of late? Dems would have to hold VA, retake NC, just to keep alive
 
2012-11-06 10:39:50 AM  

Summoner101: Vetoing a marriage equality measure passed by the state legislature.


That's where I take issue with him. I can understand the economic theories. Reducing govt spending when your states economy has tanked, like it or not there is a metric ton of waste in the NJ government, they have to reduce its sink on the state economy.

But people should be treated fairly. Gays are not gonna steal your kids, your guns, or ruin the economy, they deserve equal rights.
 
2012-11-06 10:47:45 AM  

Sasquatchuan: The only thing keeping Christie from the presidency in 2016 is his weight.


Pretty much, if he drops weight over the next four years and maybe tones the bombast down a notch or two, he'll be in amazing position to run. Admittedly that is based on just a quick scan of his record, there could always be a skeleton lurking somewhere that sinks him.
 
2012-11-06 10:52:24 AM  

Klivian: I've been saying for a while that the Dems will put up Deval Patrick (D-MA, Gov) for 2016, but most people are saying Biden or Warren.


Not to beat the dead horse of northeastern governors, but I will bet good money that Andrew Cuomo is going to run in 2016.
 
2012-11-06 10:55:05 AM  

Klivian: I've been saying for a while that the Dems will put up Deval Patrick (D-MA, Gov) for 2016, but most people are saying Biden or Warren.

Christie is a serious threat though, the possibility of turning NJ red, with a bit of leakage making PA closer than it has been of late? Dems would have to hold VA, retake NC, just to keep alive


Nah, we won't put up Patrick. Obama may take him for a cabinet post (at least according to my Dad, they're bffs) but I can't see him making a splash on the national stage.
 
2012-11-06 11:05:02 AM  

Doc Daneeka: Nah. He's a typical Republican governor. Waging war on public employees' unions. Killing desperately needed infrastructure improvements (the ARC tunnel) in the name of "fiscal conservatism." Vetoing a marriage equality measure passed by the state legislature.


The ARC Tunnel, BTW, was a boondoggle. It would never have come close to its promise, it would have actually just created *MORE* of a transportation mess, and it was so expensive (with Jersey responsible for all cost overruns) that it was insanity to proceed. It was only hurriedly put into place because Corzine wanted a photo op and a bullet point for his re-election campaign. I support mass transit (I rode the train for 7 years), I support expanding the rail service around here, I even support new tunnels, but this particular project needed to die.

As background: this was NJ Transit going off on its own to do things. Amtrak would still have to create its own tunnels, because ARC didn't go anywhere useful. It didn't connect to Penn Station, or the subway system, or anything. It would have required the construction of a brand new, fully-underground terminal. It was so deep that just getting up to the street would take forever. It wasn't actually near anything, so if you had to transfer to a different train, you'd still have to walk a few blocks. One of the original stated goals of the ARC project was to connect to Grand Central eventually from Penn Station; this particular tunnel would have done neither.

Canceling the project forced NJ Transit to start talking with Amtrak again about coordinating efforts (and, therefore, money and risk). Now, one can criticize Christie for trying to reallocate the ARC funding to non-ARC projects, and that's fine, but there is no *valid* criticism about canceling the tunnel project as it existed.
 
2012-11-06 11:05:58 AM  

somedude210: Klivian: I've been saying for a while that the Dems will put up Deval Patrick (D-MA, Gov) for 2016, but most people are saying Biden or Warren.

Christie is a serious threat though, the possibility of turning NJ red, with a bit of leakage making PA closer than it has been of late? Dems would have to hold VA, retake NC, just to keep alive

Nah, we won't put up Patrick. Obama may take him for a cabinet post (at least according to my Dad, they're bffs) but I can't see him making a splash on the national stage.


Setting the stage for Governor Scott Brown?
 
2012-11-06 11:15:17 AM  

wooden_badger: Setting the stage for Governor Scott Brown?


Hahahaahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahah a haahahahahaahahahaahahahahaah, I think we have a better chance of having Warren run and win as either Governor or President first
 
2012-11-06 11:30:09 AM  
There were a lot of successful powerful Republicans who point blank refused to be put on the shortlist for Romney's Vice President. It was all over the news last year. Would you want to be that doofuses Veep?
 
2012-11-06 11:30:24 AM  

somedude210: wooden_badger: Setting the stage for Governor Scott Brown?

Hahahaahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahah a haahahahahaahahahaahahahahaah, I think we have a better chance of having Warren run and win as either Governor or President first

shrug

We've had our share of "Republican" governors.....Weld, Mittens, Cellucci.....of course they'd all be called dirty commies anywhere else. 

/yeah, Mittens was one on of his earlier flips then.....
 
2012-11-06 11:59:36 AM  

wooden_badger: somedude210: wooden_badger: Setting the stage for Governor Scott Brown?

Hahahaahahahahahahahaahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahahahahahah a haahahahahaahahahaahahahahaah, I think we have a better chance of having Warren run and win as either Governor or President first

shrug
We've had our share of "Republican" governors.....Weld, Mittens, Cellucci.....of course they'd all be called dirty commies anywhere else. 

/yeah, Mittens was one on of his earlier flips then.....


Weld and Cellucci weren't bad governors and I would be in favor or someone who is not the same party as the legislature, but I don't know who would possibly try that here. Maybe Brown, but I think he's gonna be too busy licking his wounds.
 
2012-11-06 12:27:44 PM  
You know, another major factor/possibility. Christie isn't an idiot. He knows/thinks that Romney is going to lose and that there will be negative blow back on anyone who got too close to him.
 
2012-11-06 02:34:10 PM  

CPennypacker: There's a reason the GOP candidates this year were extra crapsauce. The good candidates waiting in the wings know they have to wait for the Tea Party to eat itself. You can't swing that far right to pick up the nom and hope to come back to the center for the general and still win.


I was willing to give Romney a pass just because of this. I understand the reality of elections, *especially* considering the obscene amount of crazy that we've seen for the past 2-4 years. Flip super-conservative to get the nom, then flop moderate to get the general. But HE KEPT GOING BACK AND FORTH! I f*cking got whiplash!

/can I sue Romney for political whiplash!?
//any of you Farkers have your law GED???
 
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