26 May

Christie Is Not One of Us

I feel something washing over me. I’m standing in New Jersey, so it’s probably red ink. No, wait a minute — it’s glowing ink! It could only be one thing: more conservative hagiography about the Garden State’s GOP governor.

Chris Christie is so not one of us that articles like “Christie Is One of Us” — a new contribution to the genre, from National Review’s Noah Glyn — are churned out regularly as the governor’s smitten admirers, from Ann Coulter to NR staffers, labor to convince us of what they’ve convinced themselves of: that an ostensibly gruff, internally milquetoast, progressive-lite, pro-Islamist Republican must be the second coming of Ronald Reagan because he has managed to make a basket-case blue state marginally less of a basket case. And “marginally” is the operative word. Glyn’s valentine to Christie is unfortunately timed. It was published just as Moody’s declared that Christie’s claim to have put New Jersey’s fiscal house in order is grossly overstated. More on that in a bit.

Mr. Glyn contends that I was “unfair” in portraying Mr. Christie as a “tough-talking moderate” whose record does not match his rhetoric. I’d realize Christie is really a “tough-talking conservative,” Glyn asserts, if only I were one of “the citizens of New Jersey who know him best.”

As it happens, I am a citizen of New Jersey, so my reasons for examining his record closely go beyond my day job. It is based on that examination that I see Christie as wildly overrated. Sure, his YouTube smackdowns of overmatched lefty hacks are catnip for the Right. The routine gets old fast, though. The tantrums have become as mundane as “Pass the salt.” Christie now erupts not only at teachers’-union drones but at NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly, New York congressman Pete King, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, anti-sharia “crazies” who resist Islamic supremacism, all those “completely intellectually dishonest” conservatives who think Romneycare may not have been a fabulous idea, and, one infers, just about anyone who happens by when Governor Grumpy is having a bad day . . . which seems to be often. Plus, there’s not much rain in them big winds: Christie’s bully-boy études do not drown out his nonstop symphony to “bipartisanship,” nor obscure that it is “compromise” with the Left that sends him into (not infrequent) frissons of self-adulation. 

To be sure, Christie is a very talented politician and a deft extemporaneous speaker. He has done some good things in a heavily Democratic state dominated by municipal unions. He is certainly, as blue-state governors go, better than average. That does not make him a conservative, much less the “consistent conservative” of Glyn’s portrayal.

On that score, Glyn’s reliance on Quinnipiac’s recent poll misses the point. The university was polling the governor’s job approval, not his adherence to conservative principles. I have my problems with Christie, but I’d probably have been among the 59 percent of New Jerseyans who approve of the job he’s done.

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About Curt

Curt served in the Marine Corps for four years and has been a law enforcement officer in Los Angeles for the last 24 years.

4 Responses to Christie Is Not One of Us

  1. JustAl says: 1

    I completely agree, this fellow is a false prophet followed by the “Rockefeller” side of the GOP. Has he even made a single statement about his state coming into compliance with the 2nd amendment? I doubt it.

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  2. Bobachek says: 2

    Interesting article Curt…I can say that I am one of the people who does enjoy his blunt approach to issues and that he does not seem to mind sharing his opinion regardless of what others think but I do not live in New Jersey so I, nor many others, would have the insight you would about the guy.

    It reminds me of all the people out there from other states who feel they know what’s going in Wisconsin with our Governor. Many simply don’t have a clue yet if they lived here for a while, going on 24 years for me, they might.
    I would certainly trust your opinion about Christie long before I ever considered trusting somebody from the National Review.

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  3. As a Jersey girl myself, I do like Christie but like every other politician, I view much of the rhetoric with skepticism. He is not a strict conservative, never has been. His views on the 2nd amendment need definite adjustment.

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  4. Ditto says: 4

    I’m getting really tired of listening to the parroting of business-as-usual, establishment supporting Republicans (and yes even Democrats) who keep trying to sell us on the idea that “this” or “that” moderate is “really a conservative”. I think this is no different than the MSM, who in the previous presidential election were selling Obama as a “moderate” when they knew full well, from what they knew about his past, nothing supported such a claim.

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