August 19, 2011 |
Trenton Near the statehouse office of New Jersey's 55th governor sits a sort of shrine to the 34th. Fortunately, Chris Christie is unlike Woodrow Wilson . Christie, who resembles Falstaff in girth and Jack Dempsey in pugnacity, is a visceral politician who thrives on conflict. Wilson — lean, intellectual and pious, particularly about himself — regarded opposition as impious. Wilson acquired the governorship, his first elective office, in January 1911, having learned about government mostly from books he wrote about it....
January 30, 2013 |
TRENTON, N.J. Coyness is not part of Chris Christie's repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation. New Jersey's governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen, and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so popular that he seems to be cruising toward reelection this November and does not deny that he might look beyond that. His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state's 2008 budget.
January 8, 2013 |
A pair of polls out this week shows the dire state the Republican Party finds itself in — and a way out of the wilderness, should Republicans choose to take it. Poll No. 1: Rasmussen Reports found that views of the tea party — the wing of Republicanism that dominates party primaries and therefore the congressional Republican caucuses — at a new low. Only 8 percent of likely voters considered themselves tea-party members, down from 24...
October 3, 2011 |
Chris Christie must have spent the last week feeling a bit like one of those bodies on a crime show. He was poked and prodded, turned this way and that, examined from head to toe. He was found to be too fat, too aggressive, too undisciplined, too angry and — not insignificantly — too late into the race. Running for president is like intensive psychoanalysis. You find out a lot about yourself. Right off the bat, Christie was denounced as criminally obese not just by some important columnists — Eugene Robinson ...
November 29, 2011 |
Gov. Chris Christie is one of seven recipients of the 2011 Top American Leaders awards, bestowed by The Washington Post's On Leadership section and the Harvard Kennedy School's Center for Public Leadership. This year's recipients were chosen by a selection committee convened by the Center for Public Leadership, and will be honored at Ford's Theatre on December 5, 2011. Visit On Leadership to see more of the winners' profiles. Chris Christie is not, to put...
May 30, 2012
In his May 29 op-ed column, " The right running mate for Romney ," Michael Gerson wrote that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), "at his worst, is capable of nastiness and name-calling — tendencies he would need to keep in check on a national ticket. " Having seen Mr. Christie in action in interviews and on talk shows, I believe that his behavior is that of a bully. At a time when bullying is being addressed in schools and in the media, why on earth would anyone choose such a man as a running mate?