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  • #2
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    His statements may very well have been the death toll... He has lost a future outside of NJ in politics, at least as a Republican....
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    He'll never be able to run for president, until he looses weight. In this latest presidential bid, Christie was favored over Romney to run,but decided not to for obvious reasons.
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    @isis2012 which shouldn't be. He's fat. A lot of people are. What part of being politically correct should losing weight be?
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    @NJBE22 There's a different, between being overweight and obese. Chris Christie is definitely obese. If Chis Christie was a female, the media would be all over her about her weight. It's ok for men to be overweight, but not women. Just look at all the gossip magazine covers, with female celebrities on the front and the headlines read such&such gained weight or so&so lost 30 pounds in two months. A Leader of a country should be the picture of health and to show the citizens their health is something that's going to a priority.
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    @isis2012 I understand and I wasn't singling you out, I was talking generally. Fat, chubby, obese- all words with different levels of negative connotations attached to them. Man or woman, I realize the media wants everyone on the public eye to fit a prototype and it's unfair IMO and adds to the negative public perception. I'm not fat, or obese, or overweight. Far from, i just believe people should be as they are comfortable being. I respect your opinion that a leader on any platform in the public eye should be the picture of health. I even agree to an extent. I just have a hard time supporting the idea that anyone SHOULD be anything other than they are or that we can tell others what they SHOULD do.
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    You can't blame Christie for telling the truth. He gave credit when credit was due. It doesn't mean he's changed his opinion of someone's policies.
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    The problem wasn't Christie's interaction with Obama. It was the media's harping on it for days on end. Rather than praising Christie for his non-partisan response, they speculated endlessly about how it might affect the election. They created the perception of Christie's behavior as traitorous and, sheep that we are, we fell for it hook, line, and sinker.
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    That is exactly all it is. Such small issues compared to the real issues at hand. The media is a joke and so are those that fall for it - all around
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    "we fell for it hook, line, and sinker"

    If the "we" you are referring to are the folks on the Right, I might agree. But I don't think for a second anyone left of center thought he was being a traitor. I think the Left might just know Christie better than his own party.
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    @MRMacrum The "we" I am referring to is the voting populace in general. Surely you aren't suggesting that voters left of center are immune from media influence. This is an example of the type of divisive "us vs them" comment that exacerbates the already-existing animosity. The American public in general accepts what they see and hear in the media without questioning the slant inherent in information put forth by reporters with their own thoughts and opinions. To suggest that only those who vote conservatively are susceptible to media manipulation (whether intentional or unintentional) carries with it an implication of superiority that simply doesn't exist. Once again, I am reminded why we are unable to have civil discourse between the two major parties.
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    @SophieB - I made no suggestion, I flat out said it. In this case I feel the Right (not all, but many more than the Left) felt it was a betrayal. And as you say, the media pundits did not help. I never meant to imply one was more superior than the other. That would be patently false in my opinion. But the skin on the Right at the moment is quite a bit thinner than the skin on the Left generally speaking. The Right for many years has pounded home the notion of party loyalty first, traitors will be drawn and quartered. It was one of the many reasons I left the Republican party in 1980. To their credit, the GOP built up a very intimidating party that had their goals and worked as one to achieve them. The Left was a disorganized motley crew in comparison. That all changed for both when the Tea Party began to infiltrate the GOP ranks. Now it is the GOP's turn to feel what trying to herd cats is all about. The Left, it appears, has figured it out.
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    @MRMacrum First, perhaps I've missed something but I'm a little confused. My post is not about the Republican or Democratic parties, but rather about the way the media has the power to influence the perception of voters. This is an excellent example of my point. Based on the media coverage, you are assuming that conservative voters feel that Christie's behavior was traitorous. I am politically conservative, yet I don't feel this way, nor do any of my friends. Your assumption that all conservatives now view Christie with contempt is support for my argument that people on both sides are influenced by the way the media chooses to cover the issues.
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    Of course. He should have put his state and people's needs second to Romney's needs.
    It was rather poor taste to act like a responsible elected official.
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    Not intentionally, but unfortunately according to the exit polls a pretty big majority cited the bipartisan and first show of presidential authority for 2 yrs. as a deal maker for Obama. That photo op of Obama and Christie sealed Romney's fate. So, I doubt Mr. Christie will be headlining too many Repub. events for a bit, he will be forgiven for bad timing though and be back as a fan favorite. I guess after years of a combative and partisan president, one who waged the dirtiest campaign in memory, that one bit of looking like a president surprised enough people to sway their vote.
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    If the right turn their back on him for stating the truth, then that speaks volumes about their character or rather lack there of.
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    he was helping his community they needed help you amaze me . WTH did the can goods do when the people of New Jersey didn't have a place to live.
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    "There is no place in our society for his brand of disloyalty. "

    Which brings up one of what I consider a severe failing found swirling around the ideology of the Right. Many on the Right, granted not all, but many on the Right seem to consider party loyalty more important than any other concern. Add in their complete lack of tolerance for any view other than their own, and it is not surprising the Republican Party appears to be a sinking ship. It is time for the moderate voices of the Right to take back the message and their party. If they don't, The Republican party will go the way of the Whigs. But what do I know? I'm just a moderate hover around the middle moderate who leans left most days but can be enticed to the Right on occasion.
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    @MRMacrum You nailed it on the head! Why be so close minded to others opinions just bc they aren't in your party? This isn't high school, we are a country that needs to consider every aspect of repair.
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    Gov Christie, the press who loves Obama just made a big something out of a big nothing. I am amazed at the fact I see no follow up from the President, he has plenty of time to revisit new Jersey to follow up on Fema and the lousy job they seem to be doing.
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    I DEFINITELY feel Chris Christie helped Obama win. I, for one, could kick his fat behind. I hope his future in politics ends, for being such a hypocrite. Christie SHOULD have told Obama it was NOT a good time for he, and his entourage, to invade such a devastated area. I used to think HIGHLY of Christie, but now I see him as a turncoat.
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    Not at all. I do find fault in biased news agencies that claim to report news. Christie was mitigating a response to a natural disaster but the media put a spin on Christie somehow supporting Obama for reelection. So 4 more years of socialist rule and potentially unrecoverable financial collapse.

    Best of luck democrats. Republicans not bailing you out of this one. I plan on doing my part when the Chinese show up by handing them fliers on where they can start with their collections.
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    I don't see what so remarkable about this story. Democrat or Republican, they worked together and made the government do what it was there to do. And Christie didn't lie when Obama did everything he could to support the people affected by Sandy. Christie spoke the truth. As Christie is known to do.
    All politics aside. The federal government under Obama's direct instruction did everything possible to support New Jersey, New York, and Delaware, and their state governments worked in concert, and what we got was the best possible outcome of a very bad situation.
    And then people get mad at Christie for saying things are going well. What the fuck people. Get over your political partisanship.
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    now here is where it becomes partisan. The republican party want to see unhappy people, poor, homeless, destitute, and desperate so that they will vote for a change in congress or presidency. But they have heard a resounding "NO" to them from the national election of our president for a second term.
    It really has backfired on them, the whole obstructing everything platform. There are few failures of Obama's because Republicans won't let him or his party do anything. There is nothing there to attack. Nothing substantial anyways. If they had allowed his jobs acts to pass or his equal pay for women act to pass, then maybe they would have some fodder to use against him to call him incompetent or wasteful or whatever. But instead they filibustered. It means that Obama can propose anything he wants, and as long as he knows he will get filibustered, he knows it will have no real effect on our society or economy. It allows him to pander to whatever constituency he wants!
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    @norezen If Obama proposed limiting presidency to 8 years, the republicans would probably fight him on that too. I would like to see him in office for 12 or 16 years personally.
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    Both Obama and Christie, for a moment, put their partisanship aside and did the job they were hired to do. I thought it was excellent.
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    Such media tripe and instigated bloviating. All parties were doing the job they should have, simple as. Sad we live in a Nation of tabloid drama............
  • #76
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    Of course not. In my view, Governor Christie had nothing to do with anything in the national
    election. He should continue his efforts to make New Jersey solvent.
  • #75
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    A ridiculous question. Why would anyone think Christie's loyalties changed simply because he and Obama both had jobs to do and did them?
  • #74
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    I lost all respect for Christie. He killed his chances in the Republican party. What a traitor to fawn all over Obama in his photo op.
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    Absolutely not. He was the first Govenor to publicly support Romney. He campainged for Romney and raised millions of dollars in contributions. I voted for Obama.

    I am from NYC and have watched Christie on the news and the way he has handled the Sandy disaster is admirable. On the ball and on his game. I am an independent and will most likely vote for Christie come 2016 - that is how much I am impressed with Christie, he's honest and calls it like it is and is able to extend a hand over party lines!

    Go Christie.
    Moogg
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    Well, I am sure he feels as though the weight of the world is on his shoulders with the storm and I really dont think he would have given the President the great photo session if it was not for the need of assistance for his state. He is the same man he was prior to the storm. As for his ability to run for president, I dont think his weight will be anywhere near the issues. He is a good man, and has a good heart. He is not a politician though, that is why his mouth tends to get him in trouble. But that is also why he is so well received by the people. He is a straight shooter and tells it like it is which is refreshing.
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    I dont feel that in anyway that Romney/Ryan lost the election because of the fact that Christie told the truth. I think there is going to be alot of soul searching in the Republican party after this election cycle. I think the the House is going to have to work with the Sentate as well as the Whitehouse to deal with the problems that are facing the nation. I feel if they dont come to the table and work with what the people have stated they wanted then in 2 years they may lose the House to the other party.
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