One of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign has been the curious and sometimes controversial performances of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. Now, campaign insiders tell POLITICO that Christie was Mitt Romney’s first choice for the Republican ticket, lending an intriguing new context to the continuing drama around the Garden State governor. The strong internal push for Christie, and Romney’s initial instinct to pick him as his running mate, reflects how conflicted the nominee remained about choosing a running mate until the very end of the process.
But Mitt finally had the good sense to pick Ryan, to bolster his conservative base and bring in his knowledge of Capitol Hill. Contrary to other reports, Christie would have taken the promotion to VP candidate in a heartbeat.
Regardless of the discussions prior to the decision, Mitt Romney made the right choice at the end. I like Christie, but he would have been a bad fit for the message Romney needed to deliver to the nation.
First excellent decision by Romney NOT to pick Christie. Christie has shown he is unreliable and not too smart. He played right into Obama's hands on Sandy. Gave Obama a photo op. Obama disappears as is his pattern. Now people are freezing and starving but Obama got what he wanted thanks to Christie.
I'm glad he thought better of it. Christie is to pompous to be president. Also, he doesn't know how to keep his emotions under control. A leader should have dignity and Christie does not. Romney exhibits just the right amount of righteous indignation when necessary without going over the edge as is the case of Christie.
I also thought the display with Obama on the Jersey shore was over the top and for political purposes for both of them and not in good taste. If they wished to do what they did, they should have had the press stay away.
I am not overly religious, but it seems a higher power has a hand in this election. It remains to be seen what the final outcome will be, but I can tell you first hand that Mitt's enthusiasm level went way up after the surprising pick of Paul Ryan.
I think it was sour grapes that Christie had that love fest with Obama. Christie was like, "You did not pick me for VP. Take that."
Boy, that didn't take long. Using great amounts of praise and very little direct criticism, Romney's people stand Christie in the spotlight and direct everyone's attention to his disloyalty and betrayal of the one he was so eager to help.
Sweaty fat boys, black or white, are gross, and Sumo wrestler Christie is over the top. Ryan on the other hand, is bright, and charismatic. Romney was thinking correctly. Pick an asset, not a tub of lard. Christie running = heart attack.
Christie had little choice but to be very nice to the man who could help or hinder assistance to Christie's stricken state. He's not my ideal Republican, but Texans evaluate politicians a little differently than New Jerseyites.
MSM would have much preferred Christie snub Obama at the expense of the people of NJ. What a story that would have been. Really could have spun that for O right before an election. Now the poor babies are stuck with nothingburgers like this.
The image of a fit-as-a-fiddle Romney and the rotundness of Christie out on the stump is something I'm glad we avoided. Not only do I not believe Politico/DNC, I don't believe Christie was Mitt Romney's first choice - especially after Christie's speech at the RNC. You know, the ''it's all about me and what I've done'' speech.
There are two gigantic problems with this story.... Mike Allen and Jim Vandehei.
In addition to that, who would care if it were the truth, which it couldn't be or these Politico hacks wouldn't have written it. I'll bet if you could stand to turn it on, you'd find these Obamonkeys on MSNBC.
Thank God Mitt chose more wisely. And even just by a coincidence, we got lucky. Can you imagine if Christie was the VP nom and Sandy happened? He'd be out of the campaign taking care of state business right before the election.
This may influence future VP picks as well if it's true (we're talking about Politico here). Choosing a sitting governor might be a bad idea when you consider they might have to take off mid-campaign to take care of their state.
Well Christie has burned his bridges in the GOP. He might as well pull a Charlie Crist and switch parties as he has no future as a Republican. Indeed he he doesn't change his eating habits he has no future period. This pig is toast.
Thank God, he did not make that mistake!I heard that Mitt is supposed to be very good at picking the right person for the right job! Is there a pandering czar job available? Christie might be the choice, but I would drop this weight and never consider him for anything!
I liked Chris Christie before this election, and I will like him after this election. Christie's a relatively rare commodity: an interesting politician. Most politicians simply repeat their carefully rehearsed positions. When Christie talks, I genuinely don't know what he's going to say before he says it, and I find that spontaneity appealing. He reminds me of Mayor La Guardia, and that's high praise.
If you've seen any of the satellite photos of New Jersey, especially the coast line, pre Sandy and post Sandy I think you'll go a little easier on Christie. He needs all the help he can get. Even if it means a photo op with the worthless one.
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Democrat Anthony Weiner said that the new sexting firestorm that set his City Hall campaign reeling last week will in the end make him a stronger mayor and better able to deliver for Staten Island and the rest of the city. "I´m going to be a successful mayor because of it, because it´s going to give me a level of independence," he told the Advance in an exclusive interview. "I´m not constructing a campaign around the approval of my peers. I´m constructing a campaign around the aspirations of my neighbors."
Rush Limbaugh began his radio show Monday morning by addressing the news that Cumulus Media, the second-biggest radio broadcaster in the country, plans to drop his show from its stations by the end of the year. Limbaugh assured his readers that “nothing is going to change” in terms of their ability to hear him every morning. “There was another POLITICO story that ran last night on this program,” Limbaugh began, referring to Dylan Byers‘ report. “Someday, I am looking forward to detailing all of this for you,” Limbaugh continued, but for now he said he “must use proper business restraint.”
Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, who oversees the IRS, made the rounds of four Sunday morning TV talk shows (all but CBS’s Face the Nation) to promote President Obama’s latest “pivot” to the economy, but ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CNN’s Candy Crowley failed to take advantage of the opportunity to press him on the IRS scandal. NBC’s David Gregory squeezed a question in at the very end of their session, but then didn’t follow up on Lew’s insistence “there’s no evidence of any political involvement.” Gregory: “Mr. Secretary, I’ll leave it there.
Not a bit like the vigilante posses in the movies, the Rev. Al Sharpton’s posse will be out in 100 cities this weekend. But although the mainstream media’s not admitting it, Al’s is a posse that is already flagging before it starts. Missing from the the Rev. Sharpton’s planned “Justice for Trayvon” day, is the real spontaneity and consensus of the posses of yore. Rev. Sharpton’s planned weekend protests in 100 cities, relies on the mainstream media and politicians of the day fueling the fire of racial unrest.
The cover of Friday´s edition of Rolling Stone magazine featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The cover of Rolling Stone magazine has most often been the domain of musicians, actors, comedians, and the occasional politician. But this week, the periodical has raised eyebrows by letting Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev grace the famous front. The issue, which hits newsstands Friday, features an picture of an unsmiling Tsarnaev above the bolded legend "The Bomber." The subhead promises to reveal "[h]ow a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster."
The 60 million yuan (£6.4 million) Jibaozhai Museum, located in Jizhou, a city in the northern province of Hebei, opened in 2010 with its 12 exhibition halls packed with apparently unique cultural gems. But the museum’s collection, while extensive, appears ultimately to have been flawed. On Monday, the museum’s ticket offices were shut amid claims that many of the exhibits were in fact knock-offs which had been bought for between 100 yuan (£10.70) and 2,000 yuan (£215). The museum’s public humiliation began earlier this month when Ma Boyong, a Chinese writer,
MSNBC came in a distant fourth place in the cable news ratings during the George Zimmerman verdict Saturday night despite three weeks of extensive trial coverage, Politico reports. In the 10-11 p.m. hour Saturday night, when Zimmerman was acquitted in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, MSNBC had just 1,298,000 total viewers according to the preliminary ratings. First-place Fox News (3,682,000) had nearly three times as many, and MSNBC was also far behind HLN (2,203,000 viewers) and runner-up CNN (3,407,000).
On May 14, the FBI claimed they launched an investigation into the IRS fiasco. FBI Director Robert Mueller was famously told Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio on June 13 that he didn’t know the name of the lead investigator at the Bureau spearheading the effort. That’s almost a month into the alleged investigation. This is a national story. It’s a major scandal – and you don’t know who the point guy, or gal, that’s tasked with getting to the bottom of this debacle?
On a humid morning in Tanzania on Tuesday, two American presidents stood side by side in a ceremony where neither spoke. One was the son of a Kenyan whose election broke barriers for African-Americans. But it was the other one who might command as much, if not more, respect among many Africans today. While George W. Bush is remembered at home for war, terrorism and national security, in Africa he is seen as a lifesaver
Three weeks ago, Edward Snowden told the Guardian newspaper that “the sense of outrage” over the secret surveillance programs he had disclosed “has given me hope that, no matter what happens to me, the outcome will be positive for America.” But now that hope is being undermined by one man: Edward Snowden. The 30-year-old computer whiz seems all too concerned about what happens to him and entirely unconcerned about what harm he does his country in securing his safety. At the start, Snowden’s revelations to the Guardian and The Post promised to put him in the distinguished company of Daniel
The Obama administration has decided to delay until 2015 its enforcement of the employer mandate, a provision in its health-care law that requires businesses to provide insurance to employees. Assistant Treasury Secretary Mark J. Mazur announced the change in a statement on Tuesday, noting the administration’s concern that businesses won’t be ready to comply. My colleague Chris Flavelle writes that the decision boosts the odds that other groups will be able to win further changes to the law, such as eliminating the excise tax on medical devices. It may also create some stress on the implementation
LA PAZ, Bolivia — The plane carrying Bolivian President Evo Morales home from Russia was rerouted to Austria on Tuesday after France and Portugal refused to let it cross their airspace because of suspicions that NSA leaker Edward Snowden was on board, the country´s foreign minister said. Foreign Minister David Choquehuanca denied that Snowden was on the plane, which landed in Vienna, and said France and Portugal would have to explain why they canceled authorization for the plane. "We don´t know who invented this lie. We want to denounce to the
President Obama asserted the unilateral power to "tweak" inconvenient laws in last Friday´s news conference, underscoring his Administration´s increasingly cavalier notions about law enforcement. So it´s good that the judiciary—a coequal branch of government, in case the Administration forgot—is starting to check the White House. In a major rebuke on Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals issued an unusual writ of mandamus, which is a direct judicial order compelling the government to fulfill a legal obligation. This "extraordinary remedy" is nominally about nuclear waste, writes Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the 2-1 majority, yet the case "raises significant questions about the
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The Missouri chapter of the NAACP appealed for the U.S. Department of Justice and the Secret Service to launch an investigation and open a federal case against the rodeo clown who donned a mask of President Obama’s face and mocked with the crowd: Do you want to see a bull run down Mr. Obama? The NAACP says the clown was guilty of inciting violence against the president. In a statement reported by Breitbart, the NAACP’s state president, Mary Ratliff, wrote: “The activities at the Missouri State Fair targeting and inciting violence against our president are serious and warrant a full
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In the wake of a rodeo clown’s anti-Obama skit this weekend, the Missouri State Fair is forcing all clowns to undergo sensitivity training. The state fair commission voted Monday to ratify the decision to ban the clown in question who wore an Obama mask as the rodeo announcer asked if the crowd wanted to see him get run down by a bull. The crowd enthusiastically approved, according to local media reports. But the state commission went further, saying it will require that before the Rodeo Cowboy Association can take part in any future state fair, “they must provide evidence to
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Over the weekend, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is “for big government and trying to go along to get along.” She added that Christie has “got a schtick going there where he’s got a YouTube videographer following him around, kind of these set-up situations sometimes so he can be seen as perhaps a little bit avant-garde and going rogue on things.” Christie said nothing in return. He should. Here’s why.Taking on Palin is good politics for Christie or Jeb Bush or anyone else who is planning to run as a quasi-establishment candidate for president in
The Missouri State Fair will force rodeo clowns to complete sensitivity training after a clown mocked President Obama in a stunt one spectator likened to a Ku Klux Klan rally. The fair’s commission also approved a lifetime ban on the offending clown. The controversy began on Saturday at the fair in Sedalia. A clown in an Obama mask with a broom handle attached to his backside moved into the arena as another clown called out over the microphone, “This bull’s going to get’cha, Obama! He’s gonna get’cha!” The fair commission has called the stunt “unacceptable,” and approved a measure that would