We don’t need another fast-talking, well-meaning freshman U.S. senator trying to run the government. We are still seeing the disastrous effects of the last such choice. [New Hampshire Union Leader]
AFTER WEEKS of gaining traction inside New Hampshire by camping out in the state, Chris Christie finally catches a break with a big endorsement. You’d think with the Republican primary base so excited about the bloviating, fact-free style of Donald Trump, someone with vastly wider experience, but a mouth as wide and obnoxious, would be preferable.
It’s clear that New Hampshire doesn’t want any part of Marco Rubio, with the “well-meaning freshman U.S. senator” line certainly not applying as perfectly to Ted Cruz, though that could be my take since I don’t think Mr. Cruz is “well-meaning” in any sense of the word. Hey, but that’s my own liberal prejudice sensing a little condescension from the editorial board, which was also meant to hit Rubio’s general immaturity.
When you compare Donald Trump’s bloviating to Chris Christie’s bullying bluntness, it sets up the perfect battle in New Hampshire.
I’m sure Trump would have no problem penning hogs so they can’t turn around, which Christie also supports, even vetoing bipartisan legislation in New Jersey to outlaw the animal cruelty. Everyone knows why he did it.
But if New Jersey passes the bill, Soukup says, Iowa pork producers and animal-rights activists alike will take note that it happened under a Republican governor, and one who has national ambitions that may run through their state. “Iowans do not forget,” she says. [National Journal]
Unlike Trump, who admits marijuana legalization is something politicians will have to accept eventually, Chris Christie has pledged to “enforce federal law” and make medical marijuana a crime in states where the citizenry has voted to approve it. It tracks perfectly with Christie ignoring New Jersey voters.
Christie will find himself under assault if the New Hampshire Union Leader endorsement starts to help him move in the polling in that state, with his history of leadership problems inside New Jersey sure to make the next CNN debate a brawl.