As governor of New Jersey Chris Christie has spent the majority of his first year pursuing a Tony Soprano like vendetta against the state’s powerful teacher’s union and its educators, making him something of a darling of the GOP and the oversized apple of Glenn Beck’s tweaked eye.
He seems to have made it bashing the state’s teachers a sport worthy of an event at the Meadowlands.
Christie, who won a decisive victory over incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine last year, has been making waves as a poster child for a new brand of conservative politician and potential 2012 candidate, but on Don Imus’s Fox Business show Tuesday he vigorously squashed the talk of a run.
IMUS: You’re not gonna run for President, definitely?
CHRISTIE: No, no. Come on. Look at me. Me for President? Come on, seriously. No way. No way.
I mean, I know I’ve heard all these weasel words that other people use ‘Well, I have no plans right now’, ‘I don’t think that would be something I would like to do’.
I’m looking at you: No, ain’t happening. Not doing it.
IMUS: Something in your background that would come out you’re worried about?
CHRISTIE: Oh, let me tell you something, Don. You and I could have an off-air conversation about that. That would be quite a conversation. I don’t feel like getting in an airplane in November or December for the next two years of my life. It’s just not what I want to do and I love this job.
Hillary Clinton made evading the big “President” question so popular in 2006 that it is an impeachable offense not to outright dismiss the question. Of course, Hillary eventually ran.
So what on earth is a governor of an east coast blue-state doing in Iowa?
It seems as though Governor Christie is about to embark on an extended road trip in which he is
scheduled to be the featured speaker at an Oct. 4 fundraiser in Des Moines for GOP nominee for governor Terry Branstad. Moreover, the Iowa trip is part of a campaign swing that will take Christie through at least seven states beginning in California at the end of this month, where he’ll headline a fundraiser for gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R). Christie is also expected to visit Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Ohio and Pennsylvania just so happen to be very significant swing states? No, that’s just ‘weasel words’.