Update – Governor Christie now says: “As RGA chairman, we’re looking to elect Republican governors in every state. Once that’s cleared up as to who the Republican candidate is going to be, then we’ll make an assessment at the RGA about the worthiness of investing in that race,” he said.
Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey seems confused about what party he is in. The NY Post calls his behavior ‘bizarre.’ It’s not bizarre if we are looking at a politician who is out of place in the Republican party.
After Hurricane Sandy, immediately before the presidential election, Gov. Christie warmly – very warmly – welcomed President Obama to New Jersey but refused two requests to join Gov. Romney on the campaign trail.
Christie’s warm embrace of President Obama
Christie opened the Republican National Convention with a speech that was less than stellar, certainly we didn’t see the usually colorful Christie. He had little to say in the way of complimenting Romney during his speech. It fell flat.
When Ken Cuccinelli asked Gov. Christie to campaign with him, Christie refused. That has bothered many conservatives.
He has outdone himself now according to the NY Post. After the Post reported that Christie would back Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino as the Republican candidate to go up against Andrew Cuomo in the gubernatorial race next year, Cuomo called the Post to tell them it was not the case.
“I spoke to Gov. Christie this morning, who told me the exact opposite,’’ Cuomo insisted.
Christie and Cuomo, new best friends?
Christie is the head of the Republican Governor’s Association whose purpose it is to elect GOP governors.
Christie has offered no comment on the issue despite requests from the Post.
There have been other concerns about Gov. Christie’s loyalty to the party from supporting Obamacare, to condemning coal, embracing tougher gun control laws, promoting citizenship for millions of people here illegally, and discounting spending cuts and proposals for tax reform.
He has become a supporter of Islamic radicals, not customary for a Republican.
According to the National Review Online,Christie has also literally embraced some Islamist extremists. He appointed Sohail Mohammed to the bench. Sohail had slandered the DOJ for prosecuting jihadists prior to the appointment.
Christie championed a Hamas operative, Mohammed Qatanani, and opposed the federal government when they tried to deport him. He was seen hugging Qatanani and called him a man of ‘great good will.’ Qatanani is tied to the Holy Land Foundation case and has called for an end to the occupation of Israel.
Christie called Rep. Peter King and former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani ‘anti-Sharia crazies.’ He attacked Ray Kelly for monitoring Muslim communities.
Christie isn’t shy about expressing his contempt for the Libertarian wing of the party and has called them ‘dangerous.’
He has said that “there are elements of the tea party that are Republicans at their best,” when talking about their belief in limited government and lowering taxes, neither of which Christie has adhered to as Governor. He has held the line on real estate taxes but has not hesitated to boost other taxes in the very over-taxed state.
In early November, Jake Tapper, an anchor for CNN, asked Christie if he was a moderate and Christie responded, “I’m a conservative. I’ve governed as a conservative in this state, and I think that’s led to some people disagreeing with me in our state, because it’s generally a left-of-center, blue state.”
The question could now be, does he thinks of himself as a Republican. Perhaps he needs to seriously consider changing parties for his own good and the good of the Republican party.
Chris Christie’s gruff, no-holds-barred verbal jousting was once novel enough to lure voters, but it’s wearing thin as the reality of Chris Christie the person reveals himself.