Dear Chris Christie: It’s Time to Give Up on 2016

You’re a distraction, and you’re hurting the party.

AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Chris Christie. AP Photo | Julio Cortez

Dear Governor Christie:

It is over. For the good of the Republican Party, the State of New Jersey, you, and your family, it is time to put to rest all speculation that you may run for president in 2016. Have one of your famous news conferences — call us all idiots if you’d like — but officially announce that you’ll not be running for president.

I know it is difficult to do. This time last year you were the favorite to win the Republican nomination, riding post-Sandy approval ratings that doubled those of most Republican governors. What is now the most famous traffic jam in history changed all that.

I actually don’t think Bridgegate is as bad as a frothing Rachel Maddow has made it out to be. I think spending taxpayers money to hold a special election for Frank Lautenberg’s Senate seat so that popular Democrat Corey Booker didn’t soil your landslide re-election win was at least as bad. Using federal Hurricane Sandy relief money to put together what amounted to a campaign ad instead of giving it to families struggling to rebuild was worse. Charges that you used Sandy relief money to try and extort the Mayor of Hoboken are far worse.

But then again, I am a fiscal conservative, the kind you were when you went after the teachers unions and state budget with a vengeance. I was one of those who was taken in by your You Tube theatrics. You really seemed to be fighting for fiscal sanity. I didn’t mind that you were labeled a bully, as long as you were fighting for us.

But something has changed. You have recently started to show that that it is not about us, it’s about you. The state money that you took from state employees, you had no problem spending for your own personal gain.

And that brings us to the million dollars in taxpayers money you gave to your attorneys to investigate the Bridgegate allegations against you. To no one’s surprise, their findings clear you of any and all wrongdoing. The findings were supposed to help you get out in front of more serious investigations to come. How did that work out for you? The investigation has been universally ridiculed, as apparently everyone else involved is to blame but you.

But everyone else is in your administration. Don’t you take the ultimate responsibility? You can’t be both victim and chief executive. If you didn’t know, you should have. And if those under you are “inexplicably stupid,” as you told Diane Sawyer, you’re the one who hired them.

You see, there is no way out of this, at least not for 2016. But you are a young man, who is slimming down and will be fit and ready in 2020. It is possible to change the narrative by then. Stay in the media. Get a job at Fox News. Mend fences and help fellow Republicans. Most of all, you need to make friends.

That should have been made painfully aware to you when none of your fellow Republicans rushed to defend you. You wanted to go this alone, now you are on your own.

Your fellow Republicans remember when that even though you were first to endorse Mitt Romney, it was about you. You wanted something in return. When you were given the keynote speech at the Republican National convention, it was all about you. You barely mentioned Romney’s name. You were running for President even then and Romney was in your way. And when Hurricane Sandy hit a week before the election, there you were hugging Romney’s opponent, effusively telling the world what a great job the President has done. You made yourself the story, but, then again, that’s how you wanted it.

Rachel Maddow loved you then. You were a convenient electoral tool for an immediate MSNBC agenda. Did you really think their media love would last? I guess you really thought you were going to win on pure celebrity. But celebrity can be a double-edged sword.

My fear is that you will continue doing what you have always done, attempt to just bull through this scandal. It won’t work. The New Jersey Democrats won’t allow it. Worse, the U.S. Attorney in Trenton is investigating. I think you will be personally cleared of any wrongdoing, but it will be too late and a Presidential campaign is no time to rehab an image.

If you announce you are not running now , much of the attention and the pressure will dissipate. You will be doing yourself, your family, and the party a favor. If you run, you cannot win. You will be a sideshow and take attention away from serious candidates.

In Las Vegas last weekend, you said to Republican donors, “I don’t want to win an argument. I want to win elections.” It was a battle cry to nominate electable candidates. For now, that eliminates you Governor.

You have long said that being a leader means making the tough decisions. You have one that needs to be made now. Do us all a favor and announce that you are not running for president.

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  • spirach2

    It’s gonna be pretty tough for Chris to run for President, or anything else, in 2020;
    he’s gonna be in Federal prison (where he desperately belongs).

    • matthew brandley

      Again you clowns whom accuse people of everything before they are even proven guilty. As a true conservative I dont like him one bit! Dont even want him to run. Rather have rand paul. BUt to have people like you say he would be in prison over a damn bridge is a joke along with the feds investigating. What about Benghazi, fast and furious, The irs scandal? wheres obamas transparency on that? that s o b has yet to provide a damn thing on any of them !

      • spirach2

        Have you ever had your IQ tested, Matt?
        (Just curious.)

        • matthew brandley

          Truth always hurts liberals like you doesnt it? Go suck it!

          • spirach2

            Great answer, Matt. Pretty much confirms what I figured.

            I’ll try and explain it to you briefly. (I’ll use small words, and speak slowly.)

            Anyone who can read, pays a tiny bit of attention to what’s going on, and is gifted with an IQ of, say, 90 or better, recognizes that Governor Christie is not only a *gigantic* criminal who has *literally* used the highest office of his state like Tony Soprano used Essex County, he is also one of the biggest and most complete Frauds to emerge in the highest echelon of American politics in many years.

            Anyone who *still* supports him after everything we now know about him is either a) so *frighteningly* stupid that they simply can’t process the information in front of their face,
            b) so absolutely ignorant about Christie and his career that it’s incredibly embarrassing they’d even dare to open their mouth on the subject, or c) a real low-life scumbag, who *does* see what Christie is, but *admires* liars, thieves, frauds, and criminals, and therefore sees Christie as ‘their kind of guy.’

            I can’t be sure which of those options applies to you, but it’s certainly one or more of the above.

            For most people like you, I’d guess that it’s most likely some unfortunate combination of all three afflictions. (Whoops, I used a bigger word there, didn’t I? Sorry. You do know how to use a dictionary, right?)

            I realize your brain is almost certainly too feeble to grasp any of this, but it needs to be said on occasion anyway.

            I take great comfort in the fact that guys like you are a dying breed.
            Every year, there are fewer of you idiots left, and your pathetic, nonsensical rantings are more and more ridiculous and irrelevant.
            It’s kind of funny to watch, actually.

            Why don’t you do something productive with your deep attraction to Governor Christie; start planning to visit him regularly in prison.
            You can bake him a cake, bring him some magazines, tell him how much you love and support him.
            I’m sure he’ll appreciate it.

            And it’ll keep you busy, so decent people won’t have to deal with your presence so much. That’s gotta be good for everybody, right?

            In the meantime, you should really go take that IQ test.
            That way, you at least can narrow down the cause of your problem.
            If you manage to crack 90, we’ll know the main deficiency lies elsewhere –though I wouldn’t count on that.

            Try to remember that people vastly more intelligent and better-informed than you –like me– tried to warn you what was happening with your hero Big Chris, and told you ahead of time that his political career was over, his Governorship would end before his term does, and he would very likely wind up in jail.

            So, when it all happens, there’s really no reason to freak out, and give yourself a stroke.
            Though, honestly, if you really *want* to give yourself a stroke, let’s face it: society at large would be better off.
            So, hey, you knock yourself out, Matt.

            Best of luck to you, Buddy.
            (You’re really gonna need it.)

        • KlugerRD

          It is evident that your IQ isn’t a tick past 10 given you inane unsupported comments and your psycho stalking.

          As I said, instead of acting like a keyboard tough guy why don’t you come out from behind the keyboard and meet so that I can better explain about Christie and learn why people like you should not be allowed within 10 feet of a computer.

          You posted in Newsday which means you are in the area. So let’s meet.

  • ericccclark

    He lost the very people who made him electable in 16. He knows it as evidenced by his attendance of Cpac. So now he finds himself an island. No longer having support from across the aisle, he shifts to the extreme right base who will chew him up and spit him out should he (unlikely) make it to primaries. He’s stuck between a rock and a hard place without a way out.