Posts Tagged ‘Chris Christie’

  • Christie’s Out. It’s Time for the GOP to Rally

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    It’s official: Governor Chris Christie has finally made his decision and will not run for the Presidency, choosing to continue as Governor of New Jersey. While we may have been strung along a bit longer than we’d like, at least we can get on with the important job of choosing a GOP candidate for 2012.

    The GOP needs to move towards deciding on a viable candidate that we can get behind and defeat Obama in 2012. We must totally envision defeating the failed policies and lack of leadership of BHO. His failed policies have catapulted America towards a double-dip recession, a tanking stock market, and a pervasive socialist agenda that’s permeating every segment of our economy and psyche.

    Beyond working toward victory in 2012, I call on the leaders of the Republican party to do something to reverse the course Obama has set for our nation. First, we must repeal Obamacare. I have written extensively about how Obamacare is destroying the world’s greatest healthcare system. One of my early posts on the subject, Obamacare: Swindle of a Lifetime still holds true.

    Obamacare was shoved town the throats of the American people by a Congress that didn’t bother to read the bill before passing it. The new law started to reveal itself over the months following its enactment and the American people began to realize how devastating its costs and impact will be. Yet it is just one example of the nanny state that’s growing like a malignant cancer on our liberties and freedoms.

    The GOP now has four serious contenders for the presidential nomination – Romney, Perry, Cain and Gingrich – and it must work to stop the infighting. Any one of the aforementioned candidates would, in my opinion, go a long way towards victory. The GOP cannot simply sit on the sidelines and criticize. It must go on offense in Congress to undo the damage Obama has done while grooming its candidates to take on Obama in 2012.

  • The GOP Field’s Techtonic Shifts

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    I was somewhat discouraged after last weeks realignment of the GOP presidential race as Mike Huckabee and Donald Trump announced they wouldn’t run while Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich continue to hang on in the face of issues that are plaguing them in the polls. A favorite of the inside-the-beltway crowd, Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, also bowed out of contention.

    This weeks winner: T-Paw

    The latest group to offer themselves to the GOP this week includes pizza empire mogul Herman Cain, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty, and former Utah Governor and Ambassador to China John Huntsman. Cain is an impressive wealthy, self-made figure touting conservative, common-sense values and a solid grasp of free market capitalism. But with Daniels out, the big winner of the week is Pawlenty.

    Tim Pawlenty ‘s speech after his announcement on Monday has taken many by surprise. He came out swinging against the destruction Obama has caused the country and has staked out at least one bold position that holds both risk and reward: Opposition to ethanol subsidies which will win him favor among the base seeking fiscal discipline while posing risks in all-important Iowa.

    Pawlenty was effective in his speech in which he laid out a vision to return our country to the greatness that we all know and love and restore a future for generations to come with a strong economy, healthcare system and exploitation of our domestic energy resources. I give a huge plus to Tim Pawlenty for his powerful and articulate message that effectively included real policy details. We all are ready to see a strong candidate for the GOP, and Pawlenty is making a good case.

    Donald Trump, either serious about wanting to run or not wanting to lose the attention he’s been getting, indicated he may want to re-enter the race. As long as he does not set himself up as a spoiler or simply suck the air out of the room, I say let him campaign on his message of his love for his country and his grasp of our capitalist system.

    Bachmann: Laying the groundwork for a Senate run?

    Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann, who is a wonderful person and the creator of the Tea Party Caucus in the Congress, is giving it her “all” as she plans an announcement to join the ranks of the Republican Party presidential hopefuls this week. Bachmann will be a great addition on the campaign trail and she’s a leading force to repeal Obamacare. She’s also a possible contender for the US Senate seat held by Amy Klobacher, and a presidential campaign will be a good training ground for a Senate run.

    On the Chris Christie front — Do Not Count Him Out! It is early and as you have witnessed, players are entering and departing the field at a fast rate. Obama’s detectives are out in Christie territory in New Jersey as we speak seeking to uncover any skeletons in his closet. I predict that he and Paul Ryan (and Pawlenty if he stays on course) can defeat Obama in 2012.

    Victory in 2012 is critical for the survival of our country, our free market system, our liberty and our freedoms. We need strong candidates, and they may be emerging.

  • Down and Out on the GOP Trail

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    The 2012 GOP field has shifted considerably in the past few days. Although I was pleased with his connection to the issues facing the GOP, I thought we would get more of the positive side of Newt Gingrich before he “stepped in it” — but after his statements to David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press that Paul Ryan’s Plan for Medicare was “radical engineering from the right” there may be no recovery phase for the former Speaker.  Back circa 2004 Gingrich had created a health care initiative and I spoke with him as he was out promoting it. Both he and his plan seemed to lack focus and I was not impressed with his understanding of the healthcare industry in America. His comments Sunday only reinforce the fact that he doesn’t understand healthcare. Newt’s campaign may be done before it really begins. It’s done with me.

    Mitt Romney has the most cash (he just raised $10 million in one day), the best organization and decent polls — all things pointing to a campaign that’s in really good shape. That was until he doubled down last week on his signature law from his stint as governor of Massachusetts, Romneycare, the blueprint for Obamacare. Rather than admit the state-wide universal healthcare mandate has become a costly failure pockmarked by growing wait lists for care, he said he’d do it all over again. He won’t be able to square his defense of Romneycare when Obamacare ranks as one of the biggest objections to Obama by the American public. I believe Romney will have to exit the field as he faces an increasing backlash from GOP primary base on his seemingly irreconcilable healthcare positions.

    Donald Trump yesterday announced that he will not run for the Presidency because he has more passion for “business”.  Is it not ironic that NBC made a deal with him that he could not refuse (and may have threatened to replace him with a new business leader at the helm of Celebrity Apprentice).

    Mike Huckabee was in a good position to continue harnessing the strong support that he enjoyed during the 2008  presidential campaign. Some early straw polls placed him in the lead. Instead, his “heart says no” to another run. This isn’t surprising, as he was doing little to prepare and many surmised that he is having a great time and making money for the first time with his popular show on Fox News.

    Now we have a very open field and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will break out of the pack. Will safer, more conventional candidates like Gov. Mitch Daniels or Gov Tim Pawlenty fit the bill? Or will we have the opportunity to support two of my favorites: Congressman Paul Ryan and Governor Chris Christie? Will a draft movement get them in the game? I certainly hope so. After all, we must beat Obama in 2012!

    Update 5/22: Mitch Daniels is also out.

  • The 2012 Race: Enter Newt

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    Newt Gingrich announced today via Twitter and Facebook that he is going to run for the GOP nod in 2012. The timing of the announcement is excellent as numerous GOP contenders have been given a once-over, including the South Caroline debate. Two potential candidates who did not participate in that debate still have my attention: Donald Trump and Chris Christie.

    Newt Gingrich enters the 2012 fray

    Trump, although still unsure if he is going to run, is getting the correct message out about how our country faces extreme challenges and going down the tubes fast as the gasoline prices soar and the economy bottoms out due to the increasing and burdgeoning debt. Trump continues to enjoy very high polling numbers as the other contenders are wavering to stay in the double digits.

    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a long time favorite of the GOP and was asked again this week if he would run for the GOP nomination. Flattered, his answer was yet again “no”. If no clear frontrunner emerges that captures the energy of the base, the pressure on Christie to change his mind will remain.

    So today former Speaker Newt Gingrich enters the stage. Like looking at a chess board, Newt knows where all the candidates stand in the polls and he knows enough about each one of them to create his own successful niche in this race. Newt is a very smart man, a seasoned politician, and has a deep sense of commitment to reversing the decaying status of this country. I say Go for it Newt! Should you get the nod, I very much looking forward to your debates with Obama.

  • Obama wants this country to fail

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    Over the past weeks we have witnessed contentious partisan fighting between not only Democrats and Republicans — but rather it has been a triangle pitting Democrats, Republicans and President Obama against each other over the budget. Each has taken their corner and I believe Republicans have eeked out the victory, even if it was a disappointment that only $350 million instead of $63 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. I still stand by the Republicans.

    Bob Englehart, Hartford Courant

    Obama attempted to tear down Paul Ryan’s brilliant and well thought-out plan during a news conference — how tacky is that? The obvious was confirmed. Obama does not want to work anything out and appears set to sink this country! That is why we continue to have unemployment at about 10%. We are saddled with a multi-trillion dollar debt that is multiplying by the minute. And gas prices are moving above $4.00 a gallon with no domestic plans to increase oil production while Obama gives Brazil $2 billion to increase their oil production. Obamacare, which must be totally de-funded, is mushrooming out of control. Unelected Czars surround him and are making public policy.

    The latest demonstration of Obama’s willingness to drive this nation off the cliff is a warning from Standard & Poors that their credit outlook for the US debt has worsened and may lead to a downgrade in our credit rating. Obama has brought us to the abyss.

    I now believe that Obama would like to bankrupt this country before 2012. Then he will feel that his job has been done. As frustrating and frightening as it is to see this downward spiral — at least we have the Republican majority in the House voting through good legislation, even if it they don’t clear the Senate and Obama has nothing to veto. The House Republicans are slowing down Obama’s agenda, and this a positive.

    But more danger is on the horizon. The national debt ceiling will likely be raised, we’ll continue to print more money and rack up more debt by the day. We can only hope that our country can hold out until 2012 and that the Republicans run a strong candidate to stand up to Obama and lead a sweep of Congress. At the NRCC event on 3-30-11 Governor Chris Christie challenged every citizen to stand up and to be a patriot to fight to get our country back on track. It’s time to get in the fight.

  • A Nation at a Critical Crossroads

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    I attended the National Republican Congressional Committee Annual meeting and dinner. Here’s what happened.

    The day started with Congressmen Paul Ryan, Ed Royce and Scott Garrett and the topics centered around balancing the budget and limiting the size of the government. Ryan emphasized that we have reached the “tipping point of our government” where one quarter of our GDP is spent by Washington for growing government — unparalleled since WWII. Freddie and Fannie should be privatized. Property values have yet to bottom out and and will go ever lower because of micromanagement of the private sector by an over-inflated government. It was government control of sub prime mortgages through Freddie and Fannie that burst the housing market bubble he contends.

    Speaker of the House John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor sent a powerful message that we are a nation at a critical crossroads. Every single American must continue the fight as the country is spiraling downward. Fortunately, the House has voted to repeal Obamacare, stop Cap and Trade in it’s tracks and end net neutrality, which would get government into the business of regulating the internet. The negative force of The Obama Administration is so strong and so pervasive that we must continuously speak up and fight back.

    Buzz-worthy Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was the evening’s keynote speaker. He delivered a common sense approach to Government: Don’t run it as if you have money growing on trees, but rather return to fiscal conservatism. He  stated that he is not in politics for his own glory, but simply to do the job he was elected to do. Christie reminded everyone also that we have a big job ahead of us and we all had to be and continue being patriots and remind others to do the same — particularly for 2012. Our country, he reminded us, must have a free enterprise system, strong national defense and a to return to a strong economy.

    Christie said that the candidate for the presidency may be present at this dinner. I sincerely hope that he was talking about himself.

  • Obamacare: One Year In

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    Today marks the first anniversary of the passage of Obamacare. Each day since its passage, more is learned about the contents of this monstrosity. Remember when Nancy Pelosi boasted that once you read it you will like what’s in it? Well, more have read it and most do not like what is in it!

    The list of those who don’t like it continues to grow. Just look at the list of companies and organizations that have secured waivers exempting them from compliance. Waivers are coming out of the woodwork because citizens are now aware that it isn’t what it was cracked up to be. Budget conscious people now believe that Obamacare is so unreasonable that this is going to cost us all a lot more to insure everyone.

    Court challenges to Obamacare cannot get to the Supreme Court fast enough. If the Supreme Court does not overturn Obamacare, Democrats are going to do everything in their power to put this on the back burner as candidate Obama ratchets up his 2012 Campaign.

    I just wrote about Newt Gingrich’s prediction that Obamacare will be repealed in 2013. It will, but only if Republicans win the Senate, keep the House Leadership, and take the oval office in 2012. The only potential candidate I see right now that has the leadership and courage to beat Obama in 2012 and tackle this issue head on is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

    One year in, and Obamacare continues to reveal its insidiousness. We must keep up the pressure to repeal it and defund it or we face a reality where Obamacare becomes increasingly entrenched as it’s implementation phases take root.

  • New Republican Majority Event: You’re Invited!

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    Representative Pete Sessions, Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, asked me to forward this invitation to my readers.

    The New Republican Majority is holding a very special event on Wednesday, March 30 at the Historic National Building Museum in Washington, DC. The March Dinner will begin at 6pm.

    The Honorable Chris Christie, Governor of New Jersey, will be our keynote speaker.I encourage you to attend! For information and reservations, please call Speaker John Boehner‘s office at 1-877-218-7381. Space is very limited. Hope to see you there!

  • Chris Christie: “The Party’s Over”

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    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continues to make waves by telling it like it is. No other elected official cuts to the chase and levels with voters rather than telling them what they want to hear.

    View this video of Christie discussing the hard realities of New Jersey’s budget situation, the burden the state’s taxpayers are enduring, and how everyone needs to contribute to solutions to health care and other priorities.

    “Other politicians made you promises they couldn’t keep. I’m the guy who has to be here when the party is over.”

    Refreshing!

  • Two to watch for 2012

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    2011 is now well underway, and we inch closer to the 2012 presidential election. As the field begins to take shape and heat up, I would like to bring attention to two notable contenders — and my current picks.

    Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey. The latest Fox News poll shows one potential GOP contender that would defeat President Obama if the election were held today. Governor Christie receives 43% to Obama’s 40%. The White House is obviously paying close attention to this rising star, inviting the governor and his wife to “rub elbows” with the President and First Lady at The State Dinner for President Hu of China Tuesday evening. He’s getting as much attention for what he does as a tough governor tackling daunting budget issues as the attention he gets for what he says.

    Congressman Paul Ryan of Wisconsin. Another authentic “doer” in the GOP field is Rep. Ryan, the no-nonsense Chairman of the Budget and Finance Committee in the House. True, America hasn’t sent a congressman to the White House only once in our history (James Garfield), but Ryan’s star is rising fast and has to be considered one of the front-runners for 2012. He has been chosen by the GOP leadership to give the Republican message following the State of The Union Speech, where he will provide the GOP’s vision for fresh solutions to our fiscal and health care entitlement woes. Reactions to his performance will provide an early barometer of his 2012 prospects.