The sad truth is that the only way Republicans may ever win a presidential election again is to elect a Republican with a really, really broad tent. Christie is outspoken and can stand up to anyone verbally, even the press, which makes him somewhat of a standout, and he has a very broad tent.
Chris Christie has so far been snubbed by CPAC though Christie claims to be a Conservative. Is CPAC making a mistake?
Krauthammer says the lap dance is over:
Chris Christie bought into the Medicaid Expansion yesterday, reinforcing Obamacare, but Eric Bolling thinks he is a legitimate Conservative candidate for the presidency in 2016:
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Christie pulled NJ from the cap & trade program because it “wasn’t expensive enough” to make a difference and he banned coal. Check out Christie on cap & trade here.
The New Jersey governor is concerned about “an abundance of guns out there,” and backs the current strict gun-control legislation in his state. Christie has attacked the National Rifle Association, calling an ad the group ran in the wake of the Newtown shooting “reprehensible” and “awful.” [townhall]
When the Republicans tried to get the pork out of the Sandy relief package, Christie called them disappointing and disgusting to watch. He ignored the fact that Democrats had filled it with unnecessary spending to the tune of tens of billions of dollars which would not go to Sandy victims.
Chris Christie caved on the urban slush fund though it does not appear to meet his test for fiscal responsibility.
On the Conservative side, Governor Christie has pushed for vouchers, championed a new state law weakening tenure in public schools, and signed a contract with the teachers union in the state-run Newark schools that will allow performance bonuses. He also signed a law requiring teachers, among other public employees, to pay more toward their pension and benefits.American Thinker
In 2008, when Christie was the U.S. attorney in New Jersey, he told a church forum that “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.” He said that an immigrant lacking documents is a civil wrong. “The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime. “Don’t let people make you believe that that’s a crime that the U.S. attorney’s office should be doing something about.” Christie supports taxpayer-funded tuition credits for people here illegally. LATimes
Christie is pro-life and he supports civil unions, not gay marriage.
Christie slammed the NYPD for spying on NJ Muslims and said the NYPD was arrogant, paranoid or both.
In an interview with Larry Bulman, political director for the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters, Governor Christie said,
[Bulman] said when he told Mr. Christie he is from upstate New York, “he said, ‘I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.’ ” Mr. Bulman said Gov. Christie “sees value in the building trades, which are private sector unions. He complimented us and said he uses us as an example of a pro-business union.” Capitol Confidential
Christie appears to be tough on unions though he has some significant support from private labor unions. It will be interesting to see if he signs or vetoes the upcoming Project Labor Agreement for government projects, which force non-union labor out of competition and cost the taxpayers more. PLAs would require Hurricane Sandy reconstruction projects costing $5 million or more to utilize project labor agreements. The majority of the state’s workforce is non-union – 86% in fact – and PLAs ignore the bulk of NJ labor. The PLA bill, S2425, is now sitting on Christie’s desk. He pledged to not sign them when he ran for office. TheTruthAboutPLAs
CPAC also rejected GoProud but they said it is because they are not legally allowed to endorse them and they are welcomed to attend.