Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey….I really don’t know much about the man. I’ve watched him– actually cheered him– on youtube as he’s taken on the teachers’ unions and other big government organizations. He appears to be a man of conviction, a man of values, a man who isn’t afraid to go head to head with the meanest kid in town.
Or is he?
We’ve seen the governor declare time and again that he isn’t running for president, that he’s simply “not ready” for the job. We’ve watched him self-promote his decision on multiple occasions, each time stating that he will not be running, and each time declaring that the decision is final.
Yet, the rumor mill is going again. Just a week after delivering a full-media covered speech at the Reagan library where he once again claimed that he simply isn’t interested in occupying the White House, Christie is now going to make his final announcement.
Or his final announcement before his other final announcement which comes after his other final, final announcement.
Silly, isn’t it?
This, my friends, shows me a quality in Chrisite that I don’t want to see in our future president. I simply am not interested in electing a president who can be swayed by pressure, swayed by public adoration, swayed by ego. One final announcement? Fine. Five “final announcements”? That’s a guy who needs the stage, a guy who likes the lime-light rather than the dirty work.
This time around, we need someone who wants the JOB, not the publicity. I’m afraid that Christie has just shown us a side of himself that screams more “look at me” than it does “I want to lead.” If a man can be pressured by money or power to run for the highest office in the land, then can he be “bought off” when it comes time to raise taxes, to send through controversial legislation, to defend Israel?
Oh, and another thing: It appears that upon close scrutiny, Christie is a moderate Republican, not a conservative. This may sit well with Washington elites and those on Wall Street, but it will not past muster with the Tea Party or with the average American who has woken up, smelled the coffee, and doesn’t like what’s brewing these days.
When asked by Chris Wallace of Fox News about Christie’s views on Shariah Law, illegal immigration, and climate change, Herman Cain– Christie’s potential presidential opponent– had this to say:
“I believe that a lot of conservatives once they know his position on those things that you delineated, they’re going to not be able to support him.”
So where DOES Christie stand on these issues?
Well, “Mr. Big” has made it clear that doesn’t believe Shariah Law poses any threat to America, calling folks who believe otherwise, “crazy.” Christie not only appointed a Muslim, Sohail Mohammed, to serve as a judge in the Superior Court, he lashed out at those–including members of the Senate judiciary committee-- who questioned his decision to do so:
“Sharia Law has nothing to do with this at all, it’s crazy!” he cried. “The guy is an American citizen!” He concluded that the “Sharia Law business is just crap… and I’m tried of dealing with the crazies,” adding with disgust and frustration that “it’s just unnecessary to be accusing this guy of things just because of his religious background.”
Evidently, Christie hasn’t spent a lot of time researching organizations like CAIR or the Holy Land Foundation who have been linked to aiding Hamas. He hasn’t watched the footage of radical Muslim groups convening in Chicago, verbalizing their desire to turn America into a Sharia-complicit nation. He hasn’t read of the radical Islamic camps spread throughout the United States which recruit Americans from colleges and jails to join their ranks. He hasn’t watched the creeping number of cases of honor killings in American courts.
Whether or not Sohail Mohammed is a radical Muslim is debatable, but for Christie to come out with a blanket statement that Shariah is not a threat to our country is either political correctness run amok or ostrich-like behavior, neither of which will serve us well.
Then we have Christie’s stance on illegal immigration. Back in 2008 while serving as a U.S. attorney in New Jersey, Christie addressed a church forum, telling them that “being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime.”
Hmmm….a U.S. attorney, sworn to uphold the constitution says that being in our country illegally is NOT a crime?
Does he not understand the word “illegal”?
So where does Christie stand on global warming/climate change/one world government — which are all one in the same? Here’s what he has to say:
I can’t claim to fully understand all of this. Certainly not after just a few months of study. But when you have over 90% of the world’s scientists who have studied this stating that climate change is occurring and that humans play a contributing role it’s time to defer to the experts. Climate science is complex though and we’re just beginning to have a fuller understanding of humans’ role in all of this. But we know enough to know that we are at least a part of the problem. So looking forward, we need to work to put policies in place that act at reducing those contributing factors.
There you have it. Christie believes we should listen to the scientists who were paid mightily for their opinions. He wants to put “policies in place” that act on reducing greenhouse gases. Hey, let’s not look to all of the scientists who are jumping OFF the bandwagon or scrutinize the corruption within the ranks of global warming activists, much of which has been exposed in the past 2 years, let’s shut down the coal plants, change our light bulbs, tax energy.
Let’s put policies in place to stop something which we don’t even know exists just in case it does.
One more interesting tidbit about Mr. Christie:
According to a police report, Christie drove the wrong way down a one-way street in 2002 and hit a motorcyclist, who was taken to a hospital. But Christie, who told officers on the scene that he was a US Attorney and had his car towed by the police, was not ticketed for the incident. The motorcyclist later filed a civil suit against Christie that was dismissed, a legal case Christie told reporters in 2009 that he couldn’t recall ever happening. In a separate incident in 2005, Christie was ticketed for three violations by a traffic officer and reportedly also mentioned he was a US Attorney while arguing over the violations.
Huh. If most of us hit a motorcyclist and he filed a lawsuit against us, it would stand out in our lives as “memorable.”
There’s also evidence that Christie has indeed had his grubby hands in the cookie jar of corruption, things like handing out no-bid contracts to specific law firms while serving as a U.S. attorney. Read more here.
What does this all mean? Well, it means that it takes more than a youtube video or two to make a great, conservative president. We must peel away the layers of the proverbial onion to determine the true character, the true values of this affable man.
For those of you–including Ann Coulter and Bill Kristol– who cheer for Chris Christie to get into this race….
Be careful what you wish for. Be very careful what you wish for.