Yup, he's right, it's not the heartland of Republican politics. So, maybe the reason he's popular there is because he doesn't do things a whole lot differently than the Democrats that rule there?Gov. Chris Christie, saying it’s time to get over 2012 and begin working toward 2016, told Republicans on Thursday that the party could learn from what he has done in New Jersey.
Sounding more and more like a presidential candidate for 2016, the blunt-spoken governor told a closed-door Republican National Committee meeting that he has won strong support from minority groups, labor unions and voters of all stripes because he stood up to Democrats, held firm to conservative policies and convinced voters that he does what he says.
“Let’s not forget something: This is New Jersey,” Mr. Christie said. “This is not, you know, the heartland of Republican politics.”
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He wasn't being particularly conservative when he was sweet-talking Obama for help after Sandy. Why didn't he step in when the electricians' unions wouldn't let the electricians who came from other states to work to help NJ?
It wasn't Christie or Obama or FEMA who got the public utility workers to NJ to help them out. The public utilities, themselves, have these assistance plans worked out. And these utility companies pay for the labor of those workers. (Had a friend who used to work for our local utility company, and she used to write the checks for that.)
He's also a fan of more gun control.
He may be a rough-and-tumble speaker, but not really sure he's as "conservative" as he makes himself out to be ... any more than Obama was as "moderate" as he made himself out to be on the campaign trail.
Steve Munisteri, chairman of the Texas GOP, said many in the audience came away convinced that Mr. Christie is planning a bid for the 2016 Republican nomination.
“I interpreted what Gov. Christie was saying as he was going to be a candidate in 2016, even though he didn’t say that,” Mr. Munisteri said.