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Chris Christie: I’d Be President If Trump Hadn’t Run

Chris Christie: I’d Be President If Trump Hadn’t Run

Uh, no.

What can you say about soon-to-be-former governor of New Jersey Chris Christie?  At one time, it seemed his star was rising, that he was destined for the White House.  That is the historical moment to which Christie apparently clings.

Christie, who leaves office—and almost certainly any political future—on January 16th, believes that if President Trump had not run in 2016, he’d be president today.

The New York Post reports:

Outgoing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said he believes he would “absolutely” be the president if Donald Trump had decided not to run, according to a report Sunday.

“It’s incredibly frustrating to think to yourself, ‘Wow, if this guy were not in the race, we’d win this thing,’” Christie told NJ.com, describing internal polling by his campaign. “And I absolutely believe if Trump had not gotten into the race, I think we would have won.”

There is no reason to believe that Christie would have won the GOP primary, let alone the White House in 2016.

By that point, Christie had made two “unforgivable” missteps that made him toxic to Republican voters.

The first, of course, was his well-publicized “hug” with Obama following Hurricane Sandy; his subsequent gushing and fawning over Obama didn’t help.  At the time, the right was just as avidly opposed to Obama as the left is to Trump now.

Christie capped off the “hug” (that wasn’t a hug) moment by gushing about Obama.

Watch:

The optics of the supposed “hug” and the gushing were anathema to Republican voters who saw this not only as a betrayal but as a slap in the face.  Christie tried to salvage the situation in a town hall meeting.

But Christie was facing other problems with the Republican base.  He was too centrist, too supportive of radical Islam, and too dismissive of our legitimate concerns regarding immigration, Common Core, and ObamaCare.

The final nail in his political coffin, however, was Bridgegate.  The allegation was that Christie’s team shut down access to the George Washington bridge to cause problems for a mayor who had not supported him.  Corruption, pettiness, abuse of government power, and ultimately sitting silent while his allies and aides, including top aide Bridget Anne Kelly, were sentenced to prison for their role in the politically-motivated shutdown all weighed against Christie for those still willing to support him after the Hurricane Sandy debacle.

Christie himself, as he faces his final days as governor, noted that Bridgegate hurt him.

Fox News reports:

Christie, who leaves office on Jan. 16 to make way for Democratic Gov.-elect Phil Murphy, also conceded that his standing as governor and presidential candidate was damaged by the “gate” scandals – Bridgegate and Beachgate.

“What Bridgegate did was deprive me of the benefit of the doubt – that’s all. That’s a big thing. But that’s what it did,” he said of the outrage created when two of his associates closed down two lanes of the George Washington Bridge in 2013.

What Bridgegate actually did was show him to be a petty, corrupt coward inflated by and instilled with a sense of his absolute power in New Jersey.  It was not a pretty picture, and many of his supporters who stood by him during Huggate, stepped away for good at this point.

The left likes to hammer Beachgate, but Christie lolling on a beach during a government shutdown was a yawn for the right.  We already had his number, and any time the government shuts down is just fine with us.

Ultimately, though, the numbers tell the story of Christie’s 2016 prospects.  We already knew he would not find support among any Republican base.

He turned off moderates with things like Bridgegate and his abrasive manner; he turned off conservatives with his big-government, big-spending ideas and with his dismissal of legitimate concerns about radical Islamists in America; he turned off the establishment for all of the above.  In short, by 2016, Christie was done.

This played out in the GOP primaries.  He lost Iowa, and came in 6th in New Hampshire.  The latter was the end for Christie because as a blue state GOP governor and in hopes of taking an early primary, his campaign had spent the most time and money there.  To come in at 7.4% of the popular vote was a humiliation:  By comparison, Tump won New Hampshire with 35.2% and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) came in second with 11.6% of the vote.

Following this result, Christie bowed out of the 2016 presidential primary in February of 2016. His insistence that he’d be president if Trump hadn’t been a contender is ludicrous.  At best.

 

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Comments

“If Trump hadn’t run, I’d be president”

No, if Trump hadn’t run the only thing you’d be is fat.

rustyshamrock | January 8, 2018 at 9:24 pm

If Trump hadn’t run, Hillary would be president.

I’ve always wondered what happened to Christe in the Trump Transition Committee. Trump put Christe in charge, then a month, 6 weeks later, VP Pence took over and threw out Christe’s work.
I wonder if the work product was bad or if it had to do with Christe being named as an unindicted co-conspirator in “Bridgegate”.

    According to sources, Christie was trying to bulk up the transition team with his own team of New Jersey thugs. None of whom, apparently, bothered to so much as answer phones.

    Like Bannon, Christie thought he had found his puppet and patsy in Trump. Like and much sooner than Bannon, he found out he was dead wrong.

    Honestly, all of this palace intrigue is boosting my estimation of Trump a great deal. He’s no dummy, and these wannabes crash and burn when they attempt anything beyond the scope they’ve been assigned. Every. Single. Time.

      maxmillion in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | January 8, 2018 at 10:36 pm

      That, and IIRC Trump also said he discovered Christie had lied to him about Bridgegate.

        Yes. Also, Trump was thoroughly disgusted by the whole thing. It’s not clear to me that Trump was disgusted by the abuse of power (I tend to think he takes it for granted that some people are more equal than others), but he was certainly repelled by Christie’s lack of loyalty and balls (courage) in defending and protecting his subordinates. Trump may have his faults, but he’s loyal and he’s got a moral compass (of his own; we may not recognize it as such). Once he deemed Christie as petty, weak, prone to delusions of grandeur, and lacking gallantry, Trump was done with him. I think that goes to Trump’s credit.

      smalltownoklahoman in reply to Fuzzy Slippers. | January 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

      To reference pro wrestling for a bit Vincent Kennedy McMahon had a great phrase for that: you don’t cross the boss!

fatolddrunkguy | January 8, 2018 at 9:33 pm

Remember when Christie threw Rob Astorino under the bus?

Christie said the RGA doesn’t “pay for landslides and we don’t invest in lost causes…If the New York race becomes competitive, I’ll consider campaigning in the New York race, but right now, by the public polls, there’s a lot more competitive races.”

He added, “I will spend time in places were we have a chance to win.”

I almost forgot all about that…

May Christie burn in hell.

Since when did Jersey legalize pot, and how many brownies did Christie eat?

And if pigs could fly…

That Kris Kristiekreme is so funny.

Christie is as delusional as Kasich.

And Bruce Springsteen sings his songs just for you, Chris. Jus for you, because he’s your bestest friend.

Rick the Curmudgeon | January 9, 2018 at 1:01 am

Don’t flatter yourself, Fat Boy.

No, he wouldn’t, win . He was widely anhorrd, esp re: Bridgegate.

Uhh, no if Trump hadn’t run the Ted Cruz would have whipped the floor with Hillary. Then again you could have pretty much used a sharpie and written an R on a toilet paper roll and it would have had more personality then Hillary.

Christie, fellow members moooochelle obama and oprah winfrey officially welcome you as a new member of club ‘Big, Fat and Stupid’.

DieJustAsHappy | January 9, 2018 at 5:43 am

Not if I had anything to do about it!

So arrogant. So delusional. He stood no chance.

However, if the choice had been between Fatman Christie and Crooked Hillary, I would have had no choice but to vote for him.
Now, if you all excuse me, I have to go puke. Ugh!

If the Packers hasn’t picked up Favre I would have won the superbowl

What the hell’s going on in that top photo? Is that some kind of New Jersey “thing” I don’t want to know about?

Alan McIntire | January 9, 2018 at 10:50 am

Chris Christie:” I’d Be President If Trump Hadn’t Run”

That statement is logically true, but trite. In logic, by assuming a false statement is true, you can prove anything.

p⇒qp⇒q is equivalent to ¬p∨q¬p∨q . So if pp is false, p⇒qp⇒q will be true irrespective of qq.

So “If Trump did not run in 2016, I’d be President” would be false only if one of the statements 1.Donald Trump ran in 2016 and did NOT become Presedent or 2. Donald Trump did NOT run for President and Chris Christie became President is true.
Since neither 1 or 2 is a true statement, Chris Christie’s statment is true. Incidentally, it also works for me .

In every example we have of the 2016 election where Donald Trump did NOT run, I was elected President.

In every example we have of the 2016 election where Donald Trump ran and lost, I won and became President.

If I hadn’t been conceived in the back seat of a 1937 Chevrolet, Oh Never mind!

smalltownoklahoman | January 9, 2018 at 4:22 pm

Christie vastly overestimated his popularity if he thought he had an honest shot at being president. If Trump hadn’t run it very likely would have been Cruz or maybe Rubio on the ticket given how the rest of things went.

Remember that both Christie and Kaisch pinned their hopes on New Hampshire and all they got for their efforts was finishing behind Ted Cruz, who largely ignored the state. I find that more telling than them losing to Trump who had higher name recognition and more media coverage.

It’s also an indication that Never Trump should have lined up behind Cruz at that point, and the fact they didn’t tells me that their opposition to Trump is more stylistic than driven by policy.

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