Chris Christie Is Being Watched Like a Hawk [POLL/AUDIO]
Gov. Christie insists the fact that he’s been labeled the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for President in 2016 is “meaningless,” but many political experts disagree.
“The fact that one is the frontrunner means one has national media attention all the time. It means people will parse every word you say, so it means that a lot more people will come to your banquets and pay money to hear you, but it also means you’re going to be in for a boatload of criticism any time you slip up,” said FDU political science professor Dr. Peter Woolley.
He also stressed it means that people are going to be setting their sights on you whether they’re in the Democratic Party or whether they are rivals in the Republican Party.
Woolley believes many possible successors – from both parties – will be coming out of the woodwork over the next several months.
“So I think you’re going to hear a constant refrain of, ‘This guy’s really running for President – he’s not governing the state,’” Woolley explained. “I think you’re going to have a lot of people taking that pot-shot as frequently as they can.”
He also pointed out that as Christie travels around the country in the coming months, campaigning for republican gubernatorial candidates, he’s going to find himself drawn into a number of issues that he has historically tried to avoid – many of them social issues like abortion or what to do about immigration.
“These are issues that are the basic stuff of Presidential campaigns. He’ll have to learn to handle a much broader spectrum of issues than he’s handled so far.”