OPINION: It's too late for Chris Christie to run
September 28th, 2011
08:04 AM ET
10 years ago

OPINION: It's too late for Chris Christie to run

Editor's note: Ari Fleischer, a CNN contributor, was White House press secretary in the George W. Bush administration from 2001 to 2003 and is the president of Ari Fleischer Sports Communications Inc.

(CNN) - I'm a Chris Christie fan. He's refreshing, he's raw, he takes on the big challenges, especially fiscal ones, and he's a Republican governor in a blue state, a helpful fact for a presidential candidate. But he's also late - too late to successfully mount a winning campaign for the Republican nomination.

As the latest, and final, round of speculation about his candidacy peaks - led by powerful contributors who see the New Jersey governor as the Republican party's best chance of winning the White House - it's important to keep in mind how hard it is to win the presidency, or even the nomination, and why in the modern - meaning instant everything - Internet era of campaigning, getting in this late can doom even the best candidates.


Filed under: 2012 • Chris Christie
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I have citing Oct. 1 as the deadline to either be in or out of the race. It is way past time for anyone to begin a start up to meet that deadline. So if is too late for Christie, doesn't that also mean that it is too late for Mayor Palin to join the race.

    September 28, 2011 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  2. John, PA

    No it’s not too late for Christie to run or anybody else. We are looking for the best replacement to put in the oval office. The American public has already made up its mind that they are not going to vote for Obama. If the Democratic Party continues to support Obama and not run another candidate; you will see the Democrats get massacred in the 2012 election.

    September 28, 2011 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  3. Colorado

    "At least Christie "Knows his limitations". No way he could win the general elections!!! Another Tea pipe dream??? Vote them out,or we all will be "Burger Flippers" Dah?

    September 28, 2011 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  4. MaryM

    He should lose some weight first or He will have a heart attack before the election.

    September 28, 2011 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  5. Lynda/Minnesota

    Two weeks ago it was Rick Perry. On Sunday it was Herman Cain. This week it's Chris Christie. I wonder who is pushing these folks more, the media or the GOP? Oh, and by the way, Ari ... I agree that Christie is "raw", perhaps not in the same manner you seem to be glorifying though. His weight alone suggests "big" challenges aren't new to him - a battle he seems to be losing. Truth is, Christie is not fit, either physically or emotionally to become our next president.

    September 28, 2011 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  6. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Lord this is pitiful, still looking for a good candidate at the 11 and 1/2 hour? Really?
    The Democrats will continue to stand behind President Obama as their choice for 2012. They are not shopping. even with the economy in the condition that newly elected GOTeatards have put it in, Obama stand skyscrapers above the Clowns on Parade that the GOP is offering, and yes that would include one-foot from the grave Paul, and whispering Huntsman.
    Obama 2012.

    September 28, 2011 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    And for the record I like Christie's soprano-like in-your-face style. I really do. He makes me homesick for NYC, BUT after reading up on how he conducts business in New Jersey this is not the man that I'd want dealing with foreign powers, nor redressing our economic woes.
    So gracias, but no gracias.
    Obama 2012

    September 28, 2011 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Christie faces a similar decision Obama had for 2008, it's now or never. Had Obama not run in 2008, it was a safe bet that a Democrat would have won, and probably again in 2012. It's also reasonable to assume that a Republican would win in 2016, and get re-elected in 2020. It's anybody's guess which party would be in the driver's seat for 2024.

    What all of this means is that Obama realized run in 2008, or wait 16 years before a good opportunity for a Democrat to win presents itself. Running and losing against a likely Republican winner in 2016 and 2020 would only brand you as a perennial loser, so your chances of winning in 2024 will surely be diminished. Christie faces a similar scenario. He either runs now, or quite possibly wait 16 years before the window appears again. That is too long a period to remain a strong candidate without suffering some political damage. It appears Christie really has no desire to be POTUS, people.

    September 28, 2011 09:53 am at 9:53 am |
  9. Rick McDaniel

    He isn't running. All this media hype, is just that......hype.

    September 28, 2011 10:19 am at 10:19 am |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    As for Christie, you Cons can yap all you want, we Dems are still SOLIDLY behind President OBAMA, and will remain so, no matter what you cons or the media try to blow at us. We are also smart enough to realize that the media also consists of huge, globe straddling conglomerates that answer to a shareholder bottom line, so it is not surprising that MEDIA CORPORATIONS are printing out doom and gloom for President Obama. The first thing that the cons would do in office would be to try and repeal any and all regulations on Wall St, Banks, insurance companies and corporations (including Media Corporations) and promptly return the country to the same forces that sent the economy into a nose dive with their 'smartest guys in the room' policies, practices, and procedures in 2007. If you think the people of this country are going to set ourselves up for that AGAIN, your nuts.

    September 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  11. bb

    What part of no that some people don't understand? He doesn't want to run.

    September 28, 2011 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  12. Rudy NYC

    Rick McDaniel wrote:
    He isn't running. All this media hype, is just that......hype.
    It's not media hype. It's the media reporting what conservative polictians and pundits are talking about. You most certainly don't hear any Democrats calling for Christie to run. In fact, all of the media reports are quoting conservatives. No, this is not a media manufactured false argument. It's coming from within the conservative ranks.

    September 28, 2011 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  13. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He just doesn't know how to behave like civilized person. He doesn't know how to let go of his prosecutor mind set. He was caught bringing someone (a questioner) back up to the stage he was on with a state trooper escort. Talk about intimidating! That was an unnecessary thing to do. He enjoys the fear.

    September 28, 2011 10:50 am at 10:50 am |