Is Chris Christie Still a Viable Presidential Candidate?

Maybe. Maybe not.

Chris Christie

Politico tries to answer the question in our headline, and comes away with an ambiguous answer:

No smoking gun has emerged in Bridgegate. No one has replaced him as the early Republican front-runner in 2016. A big chunk of the Republican establishment remains dead set against Rand Paul. The person most likely to replace Christie as the establishment favorite, Jeb Bush, has receded to the background after a burst of attention this spring. And in his home state, Christie is working on mending fences with fellow Republicans he has feuded with in the past.

Yet while Christie tries to rekindle the magic around his brash style, some Republicans doubt it can work.

“The thing I think about Christie that’s hard is that his one trick, which used to be adorable and fun — that he would piss off the news media and speak truth to power — now often comes across as bullying and boorish,” said Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, who advised Mitt Romney in 2008.

There’s really only one way to find out: Christie is going to have to run for president. That should end the speculation, right?

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  • Joe Jones

    “Working on mending fences with fellow Republicans” can only mean one thing: more attacks on pensions and benefits for state workers. That’s always been his other trick.
    Look out, here he comes again, vilifying workers for his own personal gain.

  • Joanne Peek

    Candidate beware is how Christie should be seen. How could Christie be considered a viable candidate when he did not balance New Jersey’s budget for six years straight . He purposely manipulated the projected budget and then came back to say the budget cannot be met because of burden state pensions. The problem is he did nothing to increase revenue in the state. Additionally, he does not have a diplomatic way of speaking or dealing with people. He insults and demeans anyone with a question he doesn’t like. How would he deal with Congress and other leaders? The same way. There are also several federal investigations into the GWB closure and dispersal of Sandy funds and numerous lawsuits by state unions. This is not the candidate who could win approval of the American people. Lastly, he boldly broke campaign promises to state workers and also broke his own law on contributions to state pensions. These are only some of the many issues that will not pass the scrutiny of the American public.

  • Kathryn Cox

    How many New Jerseyans voted for this bully, fraud, liar, charlatan, etc.? You reap what you sow.

  • John Hall

    Christie should not be considered a viable presidential candidate. He has failed as a governer of New Jersey! His administration lacks transparency towards public and fails in simple aspects of completing any task. Hoboken was denied of sandy funds because the mayor of Hoboken opposed a high rise plan that Christie wanted to build. He serves his own purpose and does not care about the general public issues or concern. The property tax rose by 20% in NJ after Christie took office. in last couple of years NJ has lagged economic recovery. Also he did not work towards creating jobs in jersey, I guess he was too busy in his scams and scandals. This guy is also rude and mean when talking to people. I don’t think that Chris Christie is physically or mentally fit to take the office or even think about it. I think most of his frustration comes from not being able to do much or having hard time moving around.

  • Christie is a big government micro meddling marijuana prohibitionist who has no idea that Americans are more fed up now over the drug war than when “fight marijuana legalization tooth and nail” Romney lost.