The truth is, he isn’t your friend, nor is he the Republican messiah. To the latter point, I’m beginning to doubt that he’ll have any chance whatsoever of becoming the Republican nominee for president in 2016, with or without crossover support from Democrats.
He happens to be staunchly anti-choice on reproductive rights. He’s historically opposed to gun control laws, including one that would’ve restricted gun purchases to one-per-month. Evidently Christie thinks Americans should be able to purchase multiple guns every several weeks. And this morning on the Today show, Christie took the NRA position: he dodged gun control entirely and blamed video games and mental health issues instead, just like Wayne LaPierre did in his through-the-looking-glass press conference following Sandy Hook. How mavericky of Christie to basically rubber-stamp LaPierre. He’s also certifiably insane when it comes to economic and fiscal policy, vetoing tax hikes on millionaires while cutting infrastructure and education spending. He’s never met a supply-side proposal he didn’t like, except when it comes to transporting him to soccer games. Then it’s spend, spend, spend.
In terms of his public style, the same personality that gives us honest press conferences like last week, as well as his unapologetic kudos for the president back in October, also gives us snippy goombah reactions to the press and the public at large, behavior that makes George W. Bush’s more petulant outbursts seem statesmanlike (links via Charles Pierce).
Relevant excerpts from a very good essay about Chris Christie and his faux-broad appeal.