Everyone is talking about Chris Christie these days.
Chris Christie as candidate, Chris Christie as moderate, Chris Christie as conservative, Chris Christie as RINO, Chris Christie as Winner, Chris Christie as Governor, Chris Christie as Republican Savior etc etc etc.
There is however one aspect of Chris Christie’s that nobody seems to be talking about at all. Chris Christie as party leader.
Chris Christie is the highest ranking GOP official in the state of New Jersey. As such one of his unofficial duties is to promote the GOP brand within the state.
I would expect he would be good at it. For all the complaints we Tea Party types have his record in the state of NJ is rather good. He’s held back Taxes, Cut funding to Planned Parenthood and spending overall, cut business taxes etc etc etc. And all of this had to be done while dealing with Democrat majorities in both houses.
So naturally I expect he’s love to see more Republicans in the state house to vote with him and make this job easier. My favorite speech of his discusses this. While I talk about the “grandfather” part a lot the entire speech deserves to be noted in terms of why you need to elect Republicans.
“35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”
We would expect that Gov Christie would make the same case in the state that he made on the campaign trail nationwide doing all he can to help elect more republicans in NJ. After all a swing of 8 seats in the NJ House and 4 seats in the Senate would mean at least one chamber behind him.
Since Christie is so popular and won re-election so decisively one would naturally expect he brought success for the party with him. After all , if he is the poster boy for the GOP nationally he would be the model to elect party members following his lead all over the state right?
Despite Christie’s 60 percent showing on Tuesday, Republicans didn’t make up any ground in the state Senate.
Somehow that line in the Washington Post story Chrissie’s win got no play nationally, neither did this piece from NJ.com (emphasis mine)
Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly withstood Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s decisive victory over Barbara Buono on Tuesday, retaining majorities in both houses of the Legislature and ensuring at least four more years of divided government in Trenton.
With most of the votes counted Tuesday night, Democrats said they would hold onto their 24-16 majority in the state Senate. They also appeared to hold a majority in the Assembly — currently 48 to 32 — though they lost at least one seat.
One house seat? That’s it? You mean to tell me Chris Christie, the Savior of the GOP, the model for Republicans nationwide, success in advancing his party within his own state was barely more successful than a camel spotter in an election he won by 20 points?
Contrast this to what the Tea Party, that the GOP establishment hates, did for Republicans during the big read wave of 2010 down ticket
in 26 states the Republicans now hold majorities in both legislative chambers, up from 15 before the election.
The GOP took control of the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, the Minnesota Assembly and State Senate and, for the first time in decades if not more than a century, both legislative chambers in Maine, North Carolina, and Alabama. They also won back control of the Indiana House, the Pennsylvania House, the Ohio House, the Iowa House, the Montana House, the Colorado House, and the Michigan House of Representatives while not losing control of a single chamber they already held.
and that’s not even counting the 63 seats in the US house.
Given the lack of coattails for the GOP that Chris Christie beings vs the Tea Party I can certainly understand why the media and the left keep pushing him forward as the great GOP hope, the GOP establishment, not so much.
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