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Old 01-09-2013, 11:33 AM   #21
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I really like Chris Christie. Rare is the politician who has strong convictions and will outright call you on your bullshit.

Plus I like his views on taxes and spending. Governor Christie and people like him are the future of the Republican Party.
I hope you are right with the bold/underlined portion, as it remains to be seen.
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Old 01-09-2013, 11:37 AM   #22
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While there are MANY things I don't like about him, he is about as bi-partisan as you are going to get now-a-days. I was very upset when he pvssied out on the MTA toll hikes...it wasn't state money, so he didn't care, and the people of NJ/NY got hammered again. It will be $15 to cross the Verrazzano shortly. Overall, based on what we have in this country, Christie is a rockstar.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:03 PM   #23
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Plus I like his views on taxes and spending. Governor Christie and people like him are the future of the Republican Party.
Christie seems like a reasonable geezer. But, whether or not he can make the main charts nationally is questionable. (not that he shouldn't, but, plenty of folks in this country don't want brutally honest people running for office)

Christie (or somebody like him) may be the future of the GOP but I don't think that particular GOP future will come about until 2032, more likely 2040. His views on gun control and immigration are doing to take quite a while for the GOP, as a political party and platform, to digest.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:14 PM   #24
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This. Mike Huckabee did it, so maybe Christie can too.

In terms of Christie, I voted for him last time around, but am now back in VA, so won't be able to. I absolutely love him. Definitely one of my favorite politicians today. Very, very closely matches my own politics (I'm a moderate Republican/Conservative). Tells it like it is.

That said, I don't know if he would make a great president. I hope he would, but am not sure. Sometimes, at that level, I'll admit you might need more tact.

But at the state level, or even in congress, I think he's fantastic. Can't say enough good stuff about the guy.

ETA: Carskibum, where in Hoboken are you? I was 2nd and Bloomfield for 2 years. You a member of the Hoboken ski club?

I was at 3rd and Madison for a year and just shuffled over to 7th and Adams. I didn't know there was one. Off to Google...
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I think he's a dick and I'd be surprised to see him get the nomination in 2016, too "moderate". Also he better stop eating all the cheeseburgers, Americans aren't going to elect a President that is morbidly obese, it's disgusting.
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I think he's a dick and I'd be surprised to see him get the nomination in 2016, too "moderate". Also he better stop eating all the cheeseburgers, Americans aren't going to elect a President that is morbidly obese, it's disgusting.
Yes, because his weight effects his policies. Maybe he will make assault sodas mandatory in all schools.
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Yes, because his weight effects his policies. Maybe he will make assault sodas mandatory in all schools.
You give Americans too much credit. Studies have been done that show attractive men are more successful and paid more. In a close race he could lose out because of his weight.

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Yes, because his weight effects his policies. Maybe he will make assault sodas mandatory in all schools.
It doesn't have any impact on his policies, but the electorate likes looking at "pretty" candidates. Not some dude who tips the scales at or near 300lbs, if I had to guess.

Ron Paul looked like a crazy old man who still wore his fathers 2-times-too-big suits and I would be willing to bet that that had a definitive impact on his success....or lack thereof, I suppose.
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It doesn't have any impact on his policies, but the electorate likes looking at "pretty" candidates. Not some dude who tips the scales at or near 300lbs, if I had to guess.

Ron Paul looked like a crazy old man who still wore his fathers 2-times-too-big suits and I would be willing to bet that that had a definitive impact on his success....or lack thereof, I suppose.
I think he is near 350lbs (334 to be close to exact). I think his personality is more than enough to combat this. Americans like the Tony Soprano look and attitude, especially the conservatives. He looks like "one of the guys".
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I think he is near 350lbs (334 to be close to exact). I think his personality is more than enough to combat this. Americans like the Tony Soprano look and attitude, especially the conservatives. He looks like "one of the guys".
Hopefully you're right, but I guess we shall see.
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He's ok in my book. The only real problem I have with him is his party affiliation.

I mean, what's a sane, earnest, forthright and outspoken individual like him doing in a party riddled with obsolescence, lunacy and bigotry..
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He's ok in my book. The only real problem I have with him is his party affiliation.

I mean, what's a sane, earnest, forthright and outspoken individual like him doing in a party riddled with obsolescence, lunacy and bigotry..
Rational thought and fiscal responsibility go hand in hand.
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Governor Christie and people like him are the future of the Republican Party.
Not if the Tea Party has any weight to what they say about him.
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Not if the Tea Party has any weight to what they say about him.
Since none of us like the extremes of either party, Christie seems to be the best blend of the two currently on offer. Is he my ideal candidate? No. I'm sure he isn't the ideal candidate for most of us...however, IMHO, he's the best we currently have.
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Since none of us like the extremes of either party, Christie seems to be the best blend of the two currently on offer. Is he my ideal candidate? No. I'm sure he isn't the ideal candidate for most of us...however, IMHO, he's the best we currently have.
I would disagree. He is not the best we currently have. I would certainly rank Jon Huntsman up there and I would prefer him over Christie.
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Since none of us like the extremes of either party, Christie seems to be the best blend of the two currently on offer. Is he my ideal candidate? No. I'm sure he isn't the ideal candidate for most of us...however, IMHO, he's the best we currently have.
3+ years is a long time in politics. He might be a leading candidate in the spring of '16, but, he could just have easily fallen by the wayside, forgotten, or had some "scandal" (real or manufactured by either side) and be gone.
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This. Mike Huckabee did it, so maybe Christie can too.

In terms of Christie, I voted for him last time around, but am now back in VA, so won't be able to. I absolutely love him. Definitely one of my favorite politicians today. Very, very closely matches my own politics (I'm a moderate Republican/Conservative). Tells it like it is.

That said, I don't know if he would make a great president. I hope he would, but am not sure. Sometimes, at that level, I'll admit you might need more tact.

But at the state level, or even in congress, I think he's fantastic. Can't say enough good stuff about the guy.

ETA: Carskibum, where in Hoboken are you? I was 2nd and Bloomfield for 2 years. You a member of the Hoboken ski club?
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Love that he speaks his mind and isn't overly motivated by "what's popular". Don't agree with him on gun control, immigration, and unemployment benefits but think he was a rockstar with the unions (law enforcement and teachers)
What don't you like? I think the issues you just described are some areas where one should be in the center.
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I would disagree. He is not the best we currently have. I would certainly rank Jon Huntsman up there and I would prefer him over Christie.
Agree 100%. I guess I was talking about the "major players."
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