After His Big Win, Christie’s Campaign Rolls On

On the heels of a broad-based victory, New Jersey's governor held forth Wednesday with the national press and announced trips to battleground states to campaign for allies.

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Eduardo Munoz / Reuters

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R) is surrounded by his family after making his election night victory speech in front of supporters in Asbury Park, New Jersey November 5, 2013.

The afternoon after he won election to another term as New Jersey’s Governor with historic minority turnout, Chris Christie visited Jose Marti Freshman Academy in one of the most minority-heavy cities in the Garden State to say thank you.

“It was a great night last night,” Christie proclaimed. “I am thrilled to have the campaign behind me and to get back to governing.”

But the next campaign appeared to be not far off. In his first formal press conference in nearly two months, Christie held forth with the national and local press on his plans for New Jersey and his own presidential ambitions.

Central to a Christie campaign will be his electability argument.  In 2012, 14,569 of Union City’s largely minority residents voted for President Barack Obama, with just 3,050 for Romney. On Tuesday, Christie won the city and took 51% of Hispanic voters and 21% of African American voters, an increase of 19 percentage points and 12 percentage points respectively.

Christie’s frequent outings his post-victory one Wednesday helped secure his win. Christie toured the school before addressing the media, his remarks carried live by MSNBC and CNN.

The school selected for the event, a charter school, is blocks from where his final campaign event was held on Sunday, drawing a heavily Hispanic crowd.

Winning the Latino vote, Christie said, “is what I’m most gratified about what happened last night.”

The governor said he would not let himself be distracted by speculation that he is preparing a bid for the White House in 2016, adding of the rumor mill, “I think that’s nothing but good for the people of New Jersey.”

“If you ask for the big jobs, then you’ve got to do ‘em,” he added. “That’s what frustrates me with Washington so much.”

Christie, who takes over the Republican Governors Association later this month, said that he’s going to encourage GOP candidates to have honest and open discussions with minority voters, rather than make small policy concessions.

“Only special interests [vote with checklists],” Christie said. “Real voters don’t do that. Real voters get a feeling for somebody. It’s an emotional, visceral thing. It’s in their gut.”

He said intends to help vulnerable Republican incumbents in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Florida, all potential prime pickup opportunities for the GOP–and for him–in 2016.

Asked whether he believes he is now prepared to be president, after ruling out a bid on those grounds in 2011, Christie replied that every day as governor makes him more and more qualified.

“I think every day that you do a job like this one makes you a better executive,” he said. “I am a better executive today than when I answered those questions about two years ago. You would think that would make you better to be president.”

5 comments
jmac
jmac

He hit the ground running.  

Well, okay, waddling.   Now he's got the Governor's Association to travel around collecting chits for the Big Game.   It's obviously game on - we knew that when he had his stomach stapled. 

drudown
drudown

Such misplaced analysis conspicuously places far too much emphasis on the "personhood" or alleged "character" of each referenced Presidential candidate (Hillary v. Christie). Sorry, that is just backwards. I know that is what the lobbyists tell the candidates, but it is a lie.

Voters are more interested in choosing the candidate that is going to best serve their interests. What, does anybody think voters "actually care" about the alleged nexus between random Benghazi "killings" when juxtaposed against the FACT that the GOP has stated in no uncertain terms that they want to KILL Medicare/Medicaid/Social Security? Uh…no,

Moreover, I fail to see what difference Hillary's purported "history" makes to Baby Boomers staring at their potential destitution under a "no new taxes = no entitlements" GOP agenda. 

Get real. 

The "conservative v. liberal" propaganda era is over. Voters are going to vote with their heads, not based on their real or imputed "ideological principles". The latter is just a pretext for the GOP to "justify" their Big Business agenda. Libertarianism is just code for "deregulation". Voters now understand that means "destitution" to the GOP. 

Hence they will vote for the lesser of two evils.

"Everyone acts according to self-interest." - Gracian

gregholston
gregholston

The far right of his party want total capitulation to their world view, as opposed to the far left who want... ah. Nevermind.

tommyudo
tommyudo

Christie's NJ record is going to be gone through with a fine tooth comb. His phony tough Tony Soprano on steroids schtick will only go so far. It's a NJ thing - all meatball and no marinara. Primary voters in Iowa like nice/nice, and in South Carolina they want you to kiss the Bible. He claims that he wants to work in a bipartisan fashion, but the far right of his party only wants total capitulation to their world view. Being bipartisan means surrender. Wait until he gets baited and needled in debates by the likes of Santorum, Paul, and Cruz. Image will only go so far, and his record will be there for all to see. Of course, this won't stop the MSM girly men like Chris Matthews who envy and idolize faux tough. Matthews is already starting to get that special tingle all over Christie, and Joe Klein will probably be next.