Will Christie's moment last?
November 7th, 2013
11:25 AM ET
1 year ago

Will Christie's moment last?

Washington (CNN) - The path to the White House is paved with former frontrunners - or maybe call them buzzleaders, since we're three years away from 2016 and nobody is officially running for president yet.

Time magazine has put three different GOP lawmakers on its cover. First it was Marco Rubio. Then it was Rand Paul. Now it is Chris Christie.

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  1. Hooper

    About as long as it can. When it's time has come to expire, the media will make as big a stink as they can. It sells advertising.

    November 7, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  2. Fair is Fair

    Lovely. Just lovely. Time Magazine puts Chris Christie on it's cover in an Alfred Hitchcock pose with the caption "The Elephant in the Room". I mean they didn't even try to make it subtle. Nah... no bias there, eh Time? No wonder your subscription base is now limited to waiting room fodder.

    November 7, 2013 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Data Driven

    "The Christie narrative goes like this: The dynamic New Jersey Republican has flourished as a red governor in a blue state. He's defied unions and enacted conservative policies without doing something too drastic, the way Mitt Romney did with health insurance reform. He's shown a willingness to work with Democrats. He showed leadership after Superstorm Sandy."

    Yeah, well, that's the Christie *narrative*; not so sure if that's the Christie *facts*.

    As to the question of whether or not Christie's moment will last, well, that depends on whether or not the media does its job in vetting him. The Romney campaign did just that, and found him wanting.

    November 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  4. Gurgyl

    No. This NJ guy is silly, stupid. He is not worth my dime.

    November 7, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  5. Joan

    Ted Cruz must be spitting mad. Isn't he supposed to be the new face of the Republican party, at least in his mind?

    November 7, 2013 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. GOP = Greed Over People

    Christie is a "rational RINO" and the closest thing the GOP has to being able to win a general election.

    But, when up against Hillary, he cannot even take his home state in the exit polls.

    So, he will still lose a national general election, IF he can make it past the TP terrorists and the GOP primaries/conventions!

    Keep up the good work, GOP!

    November 7, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  7. sam

    Not until he funds the thousand of homeless from the Sandy storm. They are still waiting after a year. They are being ignored, while he spends millions on his family campaign ads. Christie refused to discuss this lack of funding these families with the press, the FEMA Aid is suppose to be transparent, but not with Christie, CNN or Fox News will not question him on why he is holding back on issuing money. He is holding billions in his bank account

    November 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    "And don't forget: Romney, the Republicans' 2012 presidential nominee, was governor of the first state to allow same-sex marriage when courts there OK'd the practice back in 2004."

    Honestly. Where do journalists come up with such drivel? Yes, Romney was crowned the GOP leader and for all intent and purposes, the folks on the right loathed his candidacy run.

    Could Christie run an "etch a sketch" campaign similar to Romney? Indeed. Christie is already on the fast track of shaking that damn thing to kingdom come even before he begins the rigors of a national campaign. But, lets not get too carried away. If Chris Christie was not a viable V.P. candidate for Mitt Romney, how on earth is the media going to re-make him into a viable candidate for President ... without jeopardizing the GOP much is the same manner Palin jeopardized the GOP?

    Directly because OF Palin, Americans are much more wary of what happens in presidential campaigns. Including the "isn't he/she wonderful" nonsense they heard from those who should have known better to push that particular envelope too far: ie ... GOPers and media pundits.

    November 7, 2013 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Christie's name will stay in the news. He's the next Chairman of the RGA, which means he'll be traveling all over the country. I think Jindal currently holds that post.

    November 7, 2013 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Awww, Fair is offended. Too bad, Republicans ARE elephants, and Teas are snakes. Lovely, just lovely combination.

    As to following Curly and Moe on the cover of "Time", maybe he should hope they don't. These two are flailing
    around like fish out of water..........which BTW is what they are. No direction, a lot of whining and talking in
    circles. They don't quite rise to the titles of "Savior" and "most influential".

    November 7, 2013 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. ST

    Unfortunately I do not like this man although he is working hard on his personal look. Let him do it for his family and for himself and not for the entire nation. He is a bully man and I always hate those people of such a character.

    November 7, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  12. Fair is Fair

    Anonymous

    Awww, Fair is offended.
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    No, I'm not offended whatsoever. Just pointing out blatent bias in Time's double entendre (look it up – I know that might be too big of a phrase for you). BTW... why don't you grow a pair? I mean "Anonymous" is soooo... anonymous. Hiding from the NSA or something? They're watching you anyway...

    November 7, 2013 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  13. rs

    Christie's moment will last as long as it takes the Right to figure out how toxic they have become under the likes of Paul, Cruz, Santrum, et al.
    Look at just one little fact: Cuccinnelli lost the sinle woman demographic in Virginia by 46 points. Because of their racism, the TEA Party has already lost for the GOP the vast majority of Black and Hispanic votes. Once the GOP figures out that there is no way for them to win national elections based upon that math and they MODERATE (such as one may call Christie "moderate") , then, yes, Chistie is their hero. If they keep tying their wagons to Cruz and the mad dogs, Christie is a flash-in-the-pan. Nothing more.

    November 7, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Just pointing out blatent bias in Time's double entendre"

    Oh bull pucky. Reading into it that way, as a dig at Christie's weight issues, is just as silly as when people were trying to claim that Obama called Palin a "pig" by using the "lipstick on a pig" idiom. Using a silhouette for his photo was obviously meant to be a visual representation of what "the elephant in the room" means. Christie is getting props from Time and the rest of the MSM. He's their only shot at a horse race narrative in 2016 and everyone, especially their ad departments, knows it.

    If anything, "the elephant in the room" is terrible here not because of your oversensitive reading of it, but because it means there is an "obvious truth being ignored or going unaddressed." Christie is absolute, positively, inarguably NOT "ignored" or "unaddressed." The MSM has been tossing his salad for months and months at this point, and the MSM's tunnel-vision for all things Christie will only ramp up as 2016 approaches in hopes that they can get their horse race.

    November 7, 2013 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  15. Ol' Yeller

    Lynda/Minnesota wrote:
    "If Chris Christie was not a viable V.P. candidate for Mitt Romney, how on earth is the media going to re-make him into a viable candidate for President ... "

    That's right, let's not forget Christie basically flunked the VP vetting process of Romney (who wasn't very forthcoming himself, refusing to allow the American people to see that he did not pay any taxes for years) and got trumped out by the grown up Eddie Munster. His day in the sun will be short lived. The press only puts someone on a pedestal so they can knock them down later.

    November 7, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. just asking

    Data Driven
    Yeah, well, that's the Christie *narrative*; not so sure if that's the Christie *facts*.
    -–
    i'm sure the far left hit squads are busy manufacturing their own lies to smear him just like they did romney.

    As to the question of whether or not Christie's moment will last, well, that depends on whether or not the media does its job in vetting him.
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    and just what job did they do vetting the disaster of a president we have now? they did nothing. they actually buried stuff and sold him which is why they don't do any digging. the msm is totally invested in obama. they are his water boys. and the country is now paying the price for it.

    November 7, 2013 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    You know, if anything, the silliness of the "elephant in the room" metaphor here...in that Christie has been an MSM darling for so long and is not being ignored whatsoever...is just proof of what I've been saying. Time is literally trying to rewrite the narrative to make it sound like Christie hasn't been getting all sorts of attention, etc., all to provide the justification for giving him even MORE rabid attention. Well, fine. TALK ABOUT HIS POLICIES AND THE DAMAGE THEY'VE DONE IN NJ. TALK ABOUT THE ETHICS PROBLEMS. TALK ABOUT THINGS THAT MATTER RATHER THAN HIS LAP BAND.

    November 7, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    "they actually buried stuff "

    Yeah, nobody heard about the birthers or Rev. Wright or Ayles or a whle slew of other things until like, oh I dunno, last week.

    November 7, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Rudy NYC

    rs wrote:

    ... ... Once the GOP figures out that there is no way for them to win national elections based upon that math and they MODERATE (such as one may call Christie "moderate") , then, yes, Chistie is their hero. .... ...
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    Not so fast, pal. The GOTP has looked at the numbers and they have figured out a way to win. Look at what happened in Colorado, secession. What if they started splitting up states into sub-states? Liberals tend to live concentrated in urban areas. At least 75% of the square miles in this country lie within red districts in Congress. They have gerry mandered the House. Creating more conservative states would effectively gerrymander the Senate, creating a filibuster proof majority. The strategies coming out of the right wing tend to be long term, stretching over decades, which is why so many people never see it coming.

    November 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  20. Thomas

    Ted Cruz and Randy Paul , Legends in there own minds , AquaBuddha Brothers !

    Chris Christie / Ann Coulter
    We've Lost that Lovin Feeling 2016

    November 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. Woman In California

    None of these three belong anywhere outside of the circus atmosphere especially the one who opposes civil rights, but please continue this nonsense about their "journey" to the White House and the good times they have with their families and friends as their states dwindle and the taxpayers support this journey.

    November 7, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  22. S. B. Stein

    None of these men really hold the key to the future. The problem with Christie is that he is an ideologue and doesn't understand that his mouth may be charming to those that like him but will cause problems for everyone else. He doesn't look at the full picture. He has failed to keep up with the payment to the pension funds that he said that he would. He doesn't see what will help the poor is better that supporting the wealthy.

    November 7, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  23. Data Driven

    @just,

    Read Sniffit's answer.

    I'll add that Mark Halperin is hardly a liberal. And yet his new book claims that Christie was so ethically dubious that he failed to pass Romney's VP vetting. But by all means, continue to rewrite history from 5 years ago. The bubble will suffocate you, Just. Get out of it, breathe deeply, face facts.

    November 7, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  24. Ol' Yeller

    Just asking or Just saying wrote:
    "and just what job did they do vetting the disaster of a president we have now? they did nothing. they actually buried stuff and sold him which is why they don't do any digging. the msm is totally invested in obama. they are his water boys. and the country is now paying the price for it."

    What did they bury? I mean it isn't like the conservatives do not have control of the largest media network in America- FAUX, and the paper with the largest subscription- WSJ, and the radio show with the biggest audience- rush. How in the world did they bury anything. They didn't have time to bury anything because they were all in overdrive trying to make stuff up. Still didn't work. Had the righty SCOTUS hear a case to release a flood of money to the right- Still didn't work. Truied to run a multi millionaire with unlimitted funding- Still didn't work. Created a bogus third party (which has turned on you heh, heh) as a last ditch effort- Still didn't work.
    Your party is toast, your chance to win the next Presidency is toast, and your hateful, ignorant ideas are toast.
    Buh, bye....

    November 7, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |