Still Vote Chris Christie For President? [POLL]
Well, now that it’s official and the Governor has been sworn in for his second term, all eyes will be on the prize that is 2016 – if they haven’t been already.
What amazes me is the amount of vitriol readers and listeners are expressing over the “Bridgegate” scandal and the recent revelations by Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer that she was being pressured into approving a project favorable to allies of the Governor.
Regarding the Governor, many are saying words to the effect that he’s better than the alternative – even though we don’t know what the alternative is yet.
Unless I’m reading the tea leaves all wrong, indications are right now that the Governor may have some misgivings on the prospect of running for President. ( I say “may have!”)
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey told top Republican donors on Sunday that his presidential ambitions were on hold until next year, amid a widening state investigation into a bridge closing ordered by his aides, and further allegations that he has bullied local officials.
At a reception with about 200 top donors hosted on Sunday by one of his biggest boosters, the Home Depot co-founder Kenneth G. Langone, Mr. Christie sounded refreshed and upbeat after a turbulent week that saw him muted and put on the defensive.
But at that event, in North Palm Beach, Fla., and at others over the weekend, the governor said his fund-raising in 2014 would focus entirely on other governors’ races and on his other responsibilities as chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
Appearing before Mr. Langone’s guests, Mr. Christie was blunt about any questions regarding 2016: “Come see me next year,” he told them, according to one participant.
His focus for now, Mr. Christie told guests, would be doing right by the people of New Jersey. “I have not enjoyed the last 11 days. No sane person would,” Mr. Christie said. “I am being tested. I will be fine. We all face challenges in life, and we have to deal with them.”
It’s probably wishful thinking on the part of the national Democrats that the recent stories may have taken some of the wind out of his sails – but given all that – assuming he were to finally throw his hat into the ring – would you be willing to vote for Chris Christie for President?
Again, 2016 is a long way off, but were it tomorrow, would Chris Christie get your vote for President?