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Chris Christie Will not give “Shermanesque” Refusal to Appoint Himself to Replace Menendez

Chris Christie Will not give “Shermanesque” Refusal to Appoint Himself to Replace Menendez

“I don’t give Shermanesque statements on anything.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has declined to make a Shermanesque statement that would flatly rule out the possibility that he would appoint himself to fill the Senate seat of Democrat Senator Bob Menendez. Sen. Menendez is currently under federal trial, facing bribery and corruption charges. Should Menendez be removed from office or resign before Christie’s term ends on January 18, 2018, Christie would have the power to appoint his replacement.

In a recorded interview aired on this today’s Morning Joe, New York Times reporter Nick Confessore said to Christie, “I’m looking for a Shermanesque statement here.”

Replied Christie: “I don’t give Shermanesque statements on anything.”

Christie went on to brag about having an “executive personality.” Later, when asked about his dismal popularity ratings in New Jersey, Christie boasted, “I’ve been the predominant public voice in my state for the last 16 years.”

Note: when Confessore told Christie that “Senator Christie” has a nice ring to it, Christie retorted that “Governor Christie” has a better ring. Maybe so, but Christie is term limited, with the election to replace him just two months away. So he won’t be “Governor Christie” for long. What has a better ring to him: “Senator Christie” or “Out-of-office Christie?”

Note segundo: on the subject of his poor approval ratings, Christie said that “of course” it bothers him. But he added, “do I care? No.” What sense does that make? If something bothers you, doesn’t that by definition mean you care?

JOE SCARBOROUGH: Some speculation about the governor’s own political future.

NICK CONFESSORE: So Governor, I have to ask you. There’s a chance, perhaps an outside chance, of a vacancy in the US Senate. If Senator Menendez is convicted. And I’m curious. You said I don’t see it happening that you would possibly be the replacement yourself. So, I’m looking for a Shermanesque statement here. Is it even within the realm of possibility that you would appoint yourself?

CHRIS CHRISTIE: I don’t give Shermanesque statements on anything.

CONFESSORE: So it’s possible.

CHRISTIE: Listen, you can say whatever you like. I’ve said pretty clearly a number of times over the years that there are executive personalities and there are legislative personalities. And I think I’m an executive personality. I don’t know being one of a hundred down there, whether I’d be invited to lunch all the time.

CONFESSORE: “Senator Christie” has a nice ring.

CHRISTIE: Listen, “Governor Christie” has a better ring to it to me. Listen, we’ll see what happens in this trial. We don’t know if there’s even going to be a vacancy and if there is, whether I’ll still be governor to replace it. What I’ll guarantee the people of New Jersey is, I’ll do the same thing I did when Senator Lautenberg unfortunately passed away and I had to make a choice then. I’ll pick the person I think is best to represent New Jersey’s interests in the US Senate.

. . .

CHRISTIE: Does it bother me? Of course it does. Nobody likes to have low approval ratings. So of course it bothers me. Do I care? No. Because I know that I’ve done the very best job that I can and I know that I’ve made a huge positive for the people of my state. I also know, Joe, that I’ve been the predominant public voice in my state for the last 16 years.


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Will Christie appoint himself to the Senate?

The Senate cafeteria has free donuts.

You do the math.

Subotai Bahadur | September 4, 2017 at 1:28 pm

1) The odds of a Democrat politician being actually convicted of corruption in New Jersey are miniscule.

2) Chris Christie is not that different from Menendez in how he would vote.

Do it, Krispy, do it!

What, they get free donuts! Hell to the no! They’re being paid AND we still allow them to line their bellies with free pastries! Could they act anymore aggressive with spending our tax dollars! This unchecked aggression will not stand, man!

4th armored div | September 4, 2017 at 1:33 pm

Christi had expected that his ‘good friend’ the POTUS would bail him out with a sinecure – didn’t happen, now he has to do real work (maybe) in the senate. it’s a no brainier, which describes him to a T.

just glad that i don;t live in corrupt NJ (where it costs cash just to breath)

buckeyeminuteman | September 4, 2017 at 2:07 pm

Wow, I forgot all about that guy.

conservative tarheel | September 4, 2017 at 2:49 pm

trading one crooked Dem for another crooked Dem (lite)
and that is the only thing light about Christi ….

If Menendez’ is removed from office. the Democrats and their PR spokespersons the NY Times and WaPo will no doubt stomp their feet, yelling and screaming and come up with a myriad of bizarre “precedents” that only another Democrat can fill the seat otherwise it will be “stolen.”


Doesn’t he mean, “Rubenesque?”

    OK you just made me throw up in my mouth a little bit.

    characteristic or reminiscent of the paintings of Rubens, especially with reference to his voluptuous female nudes.

      Ok, sorry.

      How about “Donuteque?”

        Oops – meant “Donutesque.”

        The image of this slob hugging obama, and effectively reelecting the lunatic in 2012 – talk about throwing up.

          Yeah, the grotesque, self-centered pig certainly helped pull Obama across the finish line. He made a pathetic spectacle of himself then, and he was lying through his teeth about it again just last week while slamming on Cruz and Cornyn. He likes to go shooting off his mouth acting like a big-shot in public, one of these days somebody is going to beat his fat ass and when they do I’ll laugh.

What difference does it really make? Does ANYONE think that Governor Christie would be significantly different as a Senator than any other Democrat or Koch-sucking Rove Republican piece of shiite???

Geez, all the fat shaming…

I’m not a Christie fan, but thinking you all are not perfect physical specimen’s