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No one cares about Christie’s Bridgegate

The leftwing and the media are all trying desperately to hurt Chris Christie over his so-called bridgegate but it appears no one give a toss.

Pew poll from this week found the public paid little attention to Christie’s Bridgegate—less than the polar vortex (which was, after all, truly nation-wide) or even the Washington debate over unemployment benefits and the jobless rate. Meanwhile, national opinion of the governor has barely budged.

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Chris Christie not longer a huge fat bastard

You can always tell when a politician is about to make a serious bid for a top spot…they lose weight, get laser surgery for their eyes and wear better clothes.

Chris Christie was a massive fat bastard…and now he is shedding kilos…fast. In the video on the link you can clearly see his clothes are hanging looser on him. He is still big, but is losing weight.

On top of that he is combative and calls a spade a f**king shovel.

Watch Chris Christie work the crowds at the Jersey shore, and he may look like your typical glad-handing politician. But the New Jersey governor would be the first to tell you — proudly — there’s nothing typical about him.

“I’ll tell you what I think most American politicians sound like — and more important, what I think what citizens think, remember Charlie Brown’s teacher? Wah, wah, wah, wah. It all sounds the same, and you can’t really understand what it is? No one says that about me. Nobody says that about me.”    Read more »

Rift? What Rift? Rand Paul makes a good play

The media are beating up a supposed spat between Chris Christie and Rand Paul.

Well, that was a splendid little war.

Over the past week, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul took the GOP’s intraparty bickering to a new level, openly savaging each other on issues of national security, privacy and government spending. When Christie wasn’t challenging Paul to explain himself to the families of Sept. 11 victims, Paul was accusing Christie of demanding federal handouts for hurricane relief and, in an obvious double entendre, labeling the Garden Stater the “king of bacon.”

Both men stepped back from the brink of nuclear-level confrontation on Wednesday, as Paul told a New Hampshire radio station that while Christie started the fight, he’d be glad to “ratchet it down.” Christie dismissed Paul’s barbs as “juvenile” in his own radio appearance.

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What happens when you stand on principle

This is what happens when you stand on principle and refuse to budge when confronted with rowdy special interest groups:

Seven-in-ten voters approve of the job New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is doing in a new poll released on Tuesday, and the Republican incumbent continues to lead Democratic state Sen. Barbara Buono by 35 points in his November reelection bid — leading the director of the Quinnipiac poll to say Christie’s poll numbers have settled at a “now-routine astronomical level” following his performance during Hurricane Sandy last year.

In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, conducted March 19-24, 70 percent of voters approve of the way Christie is handling his job as governor, down a tick from the 74-percent rating he earned in two polls earlier this year. Just 23 percent disapprove of Christie, roughly equivalent to his performance in the three other polls since Sandy.  Read more »

Sledging Chris Christie

Not many people get a sledge on Chris Christie, usually he sledges himself with self deprecating humour.

Commentator Bill Kristol did though:

“Christie’s a very impressive pol. If he has a biology-related problem (and I’m not sure he does), it may turn out to be more his thin skin than his ample girth.”

Christie of course won’t complain…he will simply call people out like he did in 2009:

[H]is size has prompted questions, and attacks, since his first successful election in 2009 against Democratic Gov. Jon Corzine. He stood out for telling Corzine to “man up and call me fat” after a TV ad with images that seemed to amplify his size.  Read more »

Whale Week What Was

682zoomWe started our Saturday by paying our respects to Norman Schwarzkopf Jr., the hard-charging US Army general whose forces smashed the Iraqi army in the 1991 Gulf War.  He died aged 78.  At The Standard 2012 Worst Political Blog Mike Smith is told some home truths about long term grass-roots Labour families heading for the Greens.  A quick vid on how to put out a boat fire the Kiwi way is next, followed by a vote for Best Minister.  The winner, at 52%, is Judith Collins.  The Whale Week That Was summarised all the stories this blog covered in the previous seven days.  A quite active Saturday Debate (for the time of year especially) led a post calling for nominations for Best Political Blog.  Those who see WOBH as any sort of threat to them (and those that don’t too), should take heed of this Malcolm Tucker quote: “marshal all the media forces of Darkness to hound them to an assisted suicide”.  A CNN piece showing Teachers in Utah taking a class on gun use shows some common sense around the gun debate.  A reader has taken yesterday’s US Fiscal Cliff graphic and created one for New Zealand – great work.  As Cameron Slater predicted from the outset, the Aussie Hoax DJs will not face charges.  The NZ Herald continues to amuse – this time a car crashed into a poll.  The blog then introduces us to two sexy taxidermists showing you don’t have to look like a front row forward to deal with dead animals.  And you’d think we’re picking on an incompetent NZ Herald, and you would be right.  This time they have Jesse Ryder beating himself at Eden Park in Wellington.  Then a hilarious story about a Queensland woman who fell into the longdrop and was there for two hours before being discovered by her husband.   Turns out that during the Falklands War the French tried to send missiles to Argentinia behind Margaret Thatcher‘s back.  Commerce first eh?  The last post of the day highlights a report of a man holding up a Countdown Supermarket with a hammer.  Our readers get fired up about the idea of hammer banning.

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Sensible on Drugs

The Trentonian

Some sensible comments on drugs:

Philip Diaz, a distinguished social worker with more than 35 years of experience in drug prevention, said, “Gov. Christie is one of the few enlightened governors who understands that addiction is a disease and criminal behavior is a part of the disease, and he understands they need to be treated and not punished.”

Diaz said Christie’s plan is “compassionate” and “fiscally appropriate,” adding that he believes “it will set a national model” for how to tackle the cycle of crime and addiction in the United States.

Christie said New Jersey’s annual incarceration cost is $49,000 per inmate, whereas putting an offending drug addict in rehab can cost half that amount over the course of a year. “We have statistics that will convince you that those who’ve gone through the current Drug Court program, those who get treatment, are significantly less likely to fall victim to recidivism than those who don’t go through the program,” Christie said.

Chris Christie on The False Choice

Gotta love Chris Christie, watch him tear apart what he called the “False Choice” argument of Democrat opposition to tax cuts.

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Chris Christie on Schools

Hard to argue with Chris Christie as he launches Renaissance Schools to help the poorest in New Jersey.

Chris Christie won’t run, yet

Bugger. Chris Christie won’t be running for the republican nomination for President this time around:

Saying “now is not my time,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Tuesday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the presidency.

Mr. Christie said he had taken to heart the appeals of influential Republicans and ordinary Americans to reconsider an 11th-hour campaign. But after only 20 months on the job as governor, he said he had “a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon.”

“So, New Jersey,” he added, “whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me.”

The decision ended a late flurry of political ruminating by Mr. Christie on his national ambitions, and dashed the hopes of Republican activists, pundits and donors who had hoped he would add his name to the field of candidates vying to challenge President Obama.

But Mr. Christie, who was elected governor in 2009, has long said that he did not feel ready to pursue the presidency. At one point, he joked that he would have to commit suicide to convince people he was not running.

Commentators in the US have been suggesting that Christie was too fat to run for President, one commentator proposes a different take:

Let’s imagine (yes, we’re pushing all sorts of buttons here) that Chris Christie were gay.

Would these same critics be insisting that he do everything he could to change his orientation? Or would they be highlighting the studies showing that homosexuality is in great measure about genetics? … Teasing out the moral distinctions in when and how much we are responsible for in our behavior is America’s national pastime, and has been, for right and left, since the days of the Pilgrims. Conservatives tend to emphasize personal responsibility for most everything, and liberals tend to find an explanation — an excuse, some say — for most everything. Except perhaps for the weight of their political opponents?

Andrew Sullivan nails it for me:

I have to say I’m struck by the data presented by John Sides. I couldn’t care less about how fat a politician is – but I do care that a politician is as candid and straightforward as Christie is in the video above. But maybe I have mistakenly misjudged my fellows