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BLITZER'S BLOG: In some ways, Christie reminds me of Obama
October 3rd, 2011
12:57 PM ET

BLITZER'S BLOG: In some ways, Christie reminds me of Obama

By CNN's Wolf Blitzer

(CNN) – I don’t know whether New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will run for the Republican presidential nomination. By all accounts, he’s reconsidering his earlier adamant refusal to run. Indications now are he will announce his final decision within 48 hours.

He should be under no illusions if he runs. His entire life will be scrutinized and will immediately change. His positions on key issues will be examined. He will be questioned about tough domestic, social and national security issues.

I have no doubt that many tea party and conservative activists will be less than thrilled when they review his record on immigration, gun control, same-sex civil unions and global warming.

I watched his speech last week at the Ronald Reagan Library in California and was impressed. He certainly sounded like a potential presidential candidate. He can really deliver a powerful speech. But on some sensitive issues, he seemed considerably more moderate than other GOP candidates.

Christie spoke of the need for leadership but also for compromise. “We pay a price when our political system cannot come together and agree on the difficult but necessary steps to rein in entitlement spending or reform our tax system,” he said.

To me, that sounded like someone at least willing to consider some tax hikes in order to generate more revenue for the U.S. Treasury.

He was also blunt in criticizing a key strategic element among some conservatives to reduce the nation’s deficit. “The result is a debt ceiling limitation debate that made our democracy appear as if we could no longer effectively govern ourselves,” he said.

While listening to Christie, I was actually reminded of then-Sen. Barack Obama as he contemplated running for the Democratic presidential nomination. At that time, Obama showed great ability, but I wondered if he had enough experience. Christie, as you know, has been governor for less than two years.

We know how things worked out for Obama. We don’t yet know how things will work out for Christie.

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  1. barb

    Washington Journal this morning devoted 45 minutes to the question of Christie running or not..........during that entire time, 1 person advocated for his running and 1 was a maybe.....all the rest did not want to see him run, especially those calling in from NJ.

    October 4, 2011 at 7:56 am |
  2. SiriusVH

    How many more 'saviors' do we have to suffer? Bachmann and Perry were not enough? What is Christie going to say that has not been said already? Not to mention that the guy is not lunatic enough to get the votes of the Evangelicals and other radicals.

    October 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm |
  3. vision2020

    Wolf, don't worry about Christie, he is just as experienced as Sarah Palin. Just as a goo talker as her. no shame.

    If Christie behaves like he did to the parent who asked a fair question, it will make him a real world class leader. Kids will have a real role model. Oh, May God save America! or we all have to immigrate to Mexico.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  4. The Answer obamas close but he is not there yet

    Christie hasn t done anything, o he did give money to build another casino when the ones that are in AC are barely making it or bankrupt "Good Investment , Yaaa). Tax Reform Simple any one who makes 300000. income a year or more pays a flat tax thats the price to live in america. Americans should be kind and giving , take care of our own and others as we can, we are not all equally educated or capable of making a salary over or even 100000..(family of 4) The property taxes kill people in that bracket and they or we deserve to eat have a little fun help someone when we can , a good education. But live in our means .Higher income brackets have it good and can be easy if they live within there means and still have alot . And thats the price you pay for being American and helping the world be a better place. having piece. I thought thats what the USA was about , how quick we forget.Then there will always be taxes coming in and this would stop the large companys getting away with paying nothing wich happens alot! .

    October 3, 2011 at 10:38 pm |
  5. MarcNJ

    He may seem like he is moderate, but don't let his words fool you. He's a liar, and has not one care about bridging divisions between parties. He's a two-faced political bully.

    October 3, 2011 at 10:17 pm |
  6. Magda

    And which politicians have spoken at Occupy Wall Street exactly? Perk, educate yourself a bit...

    October 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm |
  7. GrandOldPatsy

    He can preach entitlement reform and cutting spending costs, but the man only waddles his fat *** a few feet to use the state helicopter, and then a few more to get himself in the state limo, and from there it's a couple of yards drive to wherever he needs to finally plant himself. But hey, he'll get a pass on his "experience" level from the conservatives, and the liberals will attack him for killing whatever silly programs they worship in New Jersey.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:59 pm |
  8. erich2112x

    He'll be the fattest president we've had since Billy Carter.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  9. KG

    I will take obama any day of the week. The GOP brings nothing to the table..they are constantly looking for some John Wayne billy stick carrying white boy to help move this country forward. The republican led congress has not done anything. They told POTUS that if we eliminated the bush tax cuts it would the hurt the job creators..FYI those tax cuts are still in place so WHERE ARE THE DAMN JOBS? Obama has demonstrated superior leadership skills .... do you think Ron Paul would gone after terrorist the way this president has? We have the health care bill(as a type 2 diabetic I get declined all the time for having a pre existing condition i can get insurance now after not having insurance for six months), first hispanic women on the supreme court, dont ask dont tell is gone, equal pay for equal work act for woman, the eventual draw down of troops, the stabilization of this economy.

    Not one republican running for office or in office as far as i know has still not come out and said this president is a US Citizen born here and these idiots still meet with Trump!? WTF ....pathetic!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  10. Its over

    And tell us CNN....what "message" are the occupy wall street nasties spreading ? That is is not cool to bathe. That they can sit on their Obamist Progressive arses and extort a living from the productive class ? CNN is part of the Obamist re-election operation.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  11. Its over

    Christie is not a fascist, ergo Christie is not like Obama.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  12. Ken in Philly

    Sure ... "it's worked out for Obama" ... but certainly not for the American people! Please Governor Christie ... America needs you!!! The time is now ... by 2016, with Obama, our fiscal position will be beyond repair.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  13. Hawkeye

    There is absolutely nothing about Christie that reminds ME of Obama. Blitzer's comment just confirms his inability to distinguish a silk purse from a sow's ear!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
  14. marybeth

    I'm not impressed with Chris Christie; he comes across as a bully, as a do as I say, not as I do (hates unions, but thinks nothing of taking a police helicopter for PERSONAL use). He's brash, abrasive, and arrogant. Those aren't qualities of someone who is willing to work with people who have opposing views and who want different things. Those are the qualities of a my way or the highway kind of person. Vote for him and you'll get more of the same, assuming that he wins the election AND that the House goes back to the Democrats and the Democrats retain their control of the Senate. Remember...Americans love divided gov't.

    If he decides to run, all of you Christie lovers had better take a good look at his running mate and think hard about him as Christie is a heart attack waiting to happen and then you'll have someone else in the Commander-in-Chief's job.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  15. Ken in Philly

    Sure "it's worked out for Obama" ... but CERTAINLY NOT for the American people! Please Governor Christie.. join the race ... America needs you!

    October 3, 2011 at 9:37 pm |
  16. Robg

    What care about the environment, wants to compromise, next thing you know he will want to tax the rich. A republican? I must of woke up in an alternate universe.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:36 pm |
  17. Aaron

    Yep. Take about 350 lbs off of Christie, darken him up, get that stupid overfed look off of his face, and it's the spitting image of Obama.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:15 pm |
  18. doradohp

    He has not said yes or no and the media already started the character destruction by comparing him to Obama who is, as we all know, down on the polls. This is not news, it is manipulation.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:12 pm |
  19. O.T.

    Christie is a fiscal conservative. Obama is a destructive, divisive preacher of class warfare who is leading the nation off a cliff. There is a difference.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  20. Don

    QUOTE:" His entire life will be scrutinized and will immediately change. His positions on key issues will be examined. He will be questioned about tough domestic, social and national security issues."
    Maybe if you press guys had done this with Obama last election cycle, we wouldn't be in the mess we are in. Try asking the Boss some hard questions this year, huh?? Stop be a lackey. Man up, Sally. Do your job.

    October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  21. Vaughn Samuel

    Wolf, I used to watch your program because of your objective reporting but now, I cant even spend 5 minutes watching you. Isn't time for the LOVE OF AMERICA you kept these politicians HONEST. This problem started not with Obama but with GW. I agree that Obama is clueless as to how to solve it but then, Who has the clue? Everything that He is doing is trial and error. We need above all things to work together. GW gave tax breaks when Defense spending were increasing.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
  22. bill

    here in new jersey we would like him to run – right out of the state. He is no different than any republican who was a goverrnor before in this state. He cuts taxes then does not fix anything that is broken or worn out – like state roads, town streets , bridges and tunnels. The streets are so bad that the unusual wear and tear on your car cost 10 times more money to fix than the tax savings you get. To move 100 feet when you reach a toll booth on the turnpike takes you 40 minutes because he cut all the toll collectors. He is a complete scam.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm |
  23. todd

    Obama was never investigated. But the dems will be going through your trash and your private life.

    October 3, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  24. J Mil

    Christie is gonna lie just like all the other republicans. He can't decide because there is dirt in the closet. But that's what silly Americans seem to like is to be lied to.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
  25. J Mil

    You people never learn. Obama is the beat thing that has ever happen to America. His only flaw is waiting on greedy republicans. The issue that we are addressing now are bushes problems. Or was I not supposed to remind a the fools of that. He tried to raise taxes on three percent of the population and fools that don't make over 250 grand fought it. He tried to fix the credit card situation, fools doubt it. For those that don't know, the credit card companies were using outragious percent rates for fees. He regulated bank fees who were also over charging. Bank of America.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  26. Len Smith

    If Christie enters the race, what will we be getting? Will it be any different than those in the race right now? President Obama has done a very good job while in office and working with what he has cannot be easy. He has had a great many accomplishments to the good of this country. Now we need the GOP to get on board and follow him to create more jobs, and rebuild our infrastructure and do it now.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  27. Mick Yuille

    Wolf, you are completely wrong on the tax issue. Tax reform, for one, does not mean to increase taxes. Two, increasing the tax rate does not guarantee higher revenue. And finally, Christie ran on lowering the budget deficit in New Jersey WITHOUT raising taxes. So I doubt he would raise taxes. DUH!

    October 3, 2011 at 7:26 pm |
  28. TomPaine32

    It's probably the physical resemblance that Wolf is talking about.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
  29. Phil, Bridgeton, jersey

    Republicans Need to pass something out of the JOBS bill, something. Or come up with their own and pass that. There is no excuse not to do anything at this time when our economy and americans are suffering so much. Their are plenty of things in the jobs bill that they have agreed to in the past and other things democrats can support that they can pass through. Nothing is just not an option!! They really show with each day that they dont give a damn about America. President needs to force their hand everyday, call them to the white house, go to congress, go to republican districts, get business people to tell them, encourage marches; this is urgent and needs to be passed now.

    October 3, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  30. NeilSeattle

    We need to get the extremists out of our legislative bodies by adopting either "nonpartisan blanket primaries" (like California, Washington, and Louisiana use for at least some races), and/or "instant-runoff voting", which is used in several US cities, but is more commonly used at various levels by current and former members of the Commonwealth of Nations.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:47 pm |
  31. I like

    I watched Mr. Christie's interview with P Morgan. As a left winger I was not only amazed, I was impressed! He is his own man, not like the current clowns sucking up to the vocal extreme right.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
  32. Drake in Vancouver

    Not similar in style. Obama is introspective, analytical, adaptable. Christie is brash, confident, forceful.

    I don't know if America has the patience for Obama, Some people seem to want Christie to tell them they are ok and everything will be all right.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  33. tsicby

    He makes lousy decisions and I don't like the guy. Not enough experience. We don't need a repeat of Obama.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  34. Cedric

    We certainly know more about Christie from his term as a decisive governor. Obama largely voted "present" when a senator, not taking a stand. As to Blitzer, he's accomplished less than either so I don't think his opinion matters much.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
  35. fred ca

    Christie is nothing like obama. We know the truth about Christie. Obama's life is a 'work-in-progress where the lies are made to support the moment or audience. Christie put-away bagmen for corrupt, thugish political crime families. Obama made his bones as such a bagman. Christie stands up and accepts his responsibilities. Obama curls up and whines. I could go on and on but my fingers are getting tired and I am becoming depressed thinking that a non-entity such as obama could become President.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:10 pm |
  36. Eerf

    In some ways Obama reminds me of Martin Luther King, while Christie reminds me of Tony Soprano...at Bada Bing.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  37. farleftlibnutjob

    realy blitz? scrutinized? like....how far did you scrutinized the FIVE Forged faked photo shopped
    birth "certificates" obama posted on internet?
    or his fake SSNs?

    so much for hypocrisy from the left....only those on right get "scrutinized"
    by the way
    if BUSH killed an AMERICAN without due process, like OBAMA did last week, the left
    would be screaming bloody murder and asking for his head

    remember in 2012 throw out BO and his ilk

    October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  38. Daniel Bekerman

    Incredibly insightful Wolf. Such commentary. I was especially riveted by that last cliffhanger "We know how things worked out for Obama. We don’t yet know how things will work out for Christie." Good thing CNN drafted you from your old job as a weatherman who stands outside in the rain reporting: "It's raining". I feel like the next thing you're going to say is "I like cookies, they taste good in my mouth". Seriously Wolf, you are the the real figurehead of all that is wrong with media, not Glen Beck; you are the embodiment of the misperception that the antithesis of being an unthinking partisan blowhard is to be an unthinking non-partisan blowhard. Good thing you're so unintentionally hilarious or I'd have to start crying.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  39. Jim Thomas

    No, I beleive he needs more experience and a better backing than what he will get.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    October 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  40. Dawn's Daddy

    Wolf you were close to the first to fall in love with Obama. You were also among the first to be kept from coverage of anything Republican in 2008. you are in the top 3 of partisan media people.

    So, it is no surprise that you would find fault with Christie who is doing well as governor of a bankrupt state and was a federal prosecutor before that. and it is no surprise that you would find a way to compare Christie to that enpty suit, un-American Obama. You are fooling nobody.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
  41. andrew

    Christie knows he will NEVER again get a shot at the White House if he does not run this year. The timing is not good for him personally but his window of time is now. I hear zero disagreement about his ability to win again in NJ. What does that tell you? It means the nation better investigate why folks in NJ feel this way before they elevate him to national office.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  42. WILLIAM TRASK CPA

    Obama is by far , the poorest excuse for leadership ever,, the DNC set up a light skinned intelligent black man to dupe the USA and the world, Shame on them,, teh position of President requires much more than Obama will ever be capable,, it takes intelligence , guts , priciples, leadership,, experience and much more,, Obama just ought to quit now!!!!!GOD HELP OUR COUNTRY !!!!!!!!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  43. Mack Johnson

    While Christie may remind Wolf of Obama as he contemplated running for the Presidency, make no mistake that his treatment if he should run and win will NOT resemble that visited upon Obama–he does not carry the skin color curse. He will not face the complete denial (reversal) of a previously supported position by the self avowed "principled" GOPers simply because Obama says he agrees with the position taken–that my friends is the color curse that is so prevalent in American society.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • gkingii

      The comparison parallel is valid only in that both have had little experience. As far as the "skin-color curse" argument, that passes ridiculous, at least in media. There is such media sensitivity to skin color that words real people use are banned. The only curse is if you happen to be republican... then you're held up to smart-as* ridicule from people who don't even have a logical argument for disagreement. They're liberals by rote, and like Mr. Johnson, automatically jump to the race card if anyone even breaths a criticism of Pres. Obama.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • Dick Dover

      While Obama may remind Wolf of Christie as he contemplated running for the Presidency, make no mistake that his treatment if he should run and win will NOT resemble that visited upon Christie–he does not carry the fat person curse. He will not face the complete denial (reversal) of a previously supported position by the self avowed "principled" left Wingers simply because Christie says he agrees with the position taken–that my friends is the fat man curse that is so prevalent in American society.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm |
  44. Bill

    This is irrelevant. I don't think he has the appetite to run.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
    • gps137

      Well if there's something he doesn't have an appetite for, I'm sure it's physical exercise.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
    • Justinstl

      lol...That man has enough appetite for anything ...especially food!. There's no way that he can be a role model for American children being as obese as he is . He can just step in the same line as Mr. Paul . Just as there is no room for an old man as president there is certainly no room for a morbidly obese man as a leader of our nation either. but go ahead n let him run it will be good....good enough to take votes from the other crazy repubs!

      October 4, 2011 at 10:35 am |
  45. Bonnie

    Gov. Christie is nothing like Obama. Obama had no executive experience and Christie does. Obama was given a free pass by the media and Christie won't. Obama spoke in a condescending way to his fellow candidates, Christie would never do that. Obama was courted by the press, Christie is called "fat" by the press. Yeah, CNN, lots of similarities.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
    • Mo

      Bonnie, have you heard Christie speak? He is condescending to pretty much EVERYONE.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
    • Angel

      I guess you haven't seen the interview with Christie where he talked to one of his constituents like they were dirt underneath his shoe.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • sanity

      Christie won't be condescending? Are you serious? Every time he opens his mouth he shows complete contempt for anyone with differing views, including the voters in his own state.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • astro11

      Very well said.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:15 pm |
    • Reggie

      Right On Bonnie...I take him over BHO anytime...

      October 3, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
    • Pat Ukaleley

      If you think Obama has been given a free pass by the media – you should leave whatever rock you live under immediately. Jeez.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:15 pm |
    • Bob Daniels

      @Bonnie – "Obama spoke in a condescending way to his fellow candidates, Christie would never do that."

      Really? Do you even follow/listen to Christie? This sentence shows you do not.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm |
    • Nicole

      Obama does not get a "free pass" from the media. That's what people like you say when you don't get your way. He WON with SELF-IMPOSED FINANCE REFORM – FINANCED BY THE PEOPLE who like him. I bet you think "the people" means you and people you like, and not me and other Obama supporters. You think we don't count in we the people, that when we do there is a mistake, because you are NOT Christian, you are NOT a constitutionalist, and you DON'T LIKE THE PEOPLE. Except your own. When you are as prejudiced as you are, you really should not comment on democracy. You just don't get it.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:18 pm |
    • Tony

      You sound like you are son of this Christie guy who will sure end the world in 2012.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:14 pm |
    • Brian

      Great points. Also, let us not forget it was Obama who sat in that church for 20 years . . . 20 years he listened to that racist hate speech and somehow he did not know what was being said. Yes, the press did give him a free pass and now look at how our country is doing.

      October 4, 2011 at 9:49 am |
  46. deborah seibert, co

    I hope so. Our country is in desperate need of his leadership. This is truely what we call "Public Service", putting aside your own comfort and feelings to serve your country when needed most. That is exactly what our military does and what our Founding Fathers did in time of perill.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      Doesnt matter who you have as a leader if a certain percentage of your governing body sign "pledges" to the contrary and take "vows" to make you a "one term President". I wish people would be honest about this, versus wether Obama is a good leader or not. Take an excellent teacher (for example) and put that teacher in a class of students that flat out refuse to learn. You cant blame the teacher. At some point, the students are responsible for their failings. Obama shows up day in and day out, despite opposition to everything he does. The public needs to start voting out the Republicans for lack of doing ANY job. Saying no isnt a solution. Its a cop out. Obama is still working to try and help the recovery. Republicans.. NO NO NO.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:16 pm |
    • Deb G.

      He would tell you one thing and do another. This man is a wolf in the hen house.
      OUR state owes the federal government money for the tunnel project that he canceled and fees on top of that for canceling the project. HE thinks he can keep it (palin kept the bridge to nowhere monies to build a road to nowhere) and we may end up paying more on top of that by the time we "return it".
      He decimated the schools, lied to the police/fireman about protecting their jobs, disrespected our teachers, and lied to the elderly about rebate money on property taxes that he cut, then gave it back to them with another cut. We live in the state with the highest property taxes in the nation and he does not care about the poor, the sick or the kids.
      Gov. Jerk even spent our tax dollars on helicopter rides to his sons games. Yes, he paid for that one but that is the one he got "caught" doing.
      He is out of state more than in and God forbid you challenge him be bullies and outshouts you. I shudder to think he could be up for the highest job in the nation.

      October 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  47. Hmmm...

    The problem with both Christie and Huntsman is that they have to survive the primaries, and the base [translation: Tea Party] pretty much rules the primary process. Christie and Huntsman are both too moderate [translation: reasonable, normal] to appeal to rabid primary voters.

    Unfortunately the best hope is that the public will get so fed up with the current situation that they will turn the extremists back out. The problems with that scenario are (a) it will likely have to get even worse before that happens; and (b) it still likely won't happen in time for Christie or Huntsman to take advantage of it.

    Probably the best feasible scenario for centrists/moderates [translation: reasonable, thinking individuals]: re-election of Obama accompanied by yet another turnover in the House, or at least some more reasonable Republicans.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:11 pm |
    • jimmmyc1955

      Don't be surprised if a lot of tea party people support Christie because he understands compromise – but that spending can not continue. And difficult choices will have to be made and entrenced self interested groups – unions come immediately to mind – will have to give ground if we as a nation can continue the 224 year old experiment in representative democratic government will really survive. I truely believe a majority of Americans are willing to give on both edges of the issue, tax increases and spending cuts to entitlements. I believe that 20% of the radical opinions such as the hard left (bleed the rich and corporations) and the hard right (end social security and medicare) are what keeps our elected leaders from doing the right thing. I think Christie has shown an understanding that what used to be called the silent majority do get it -and will support him – not vocally but at the polls they will.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
    • TeaPartyNonApologist

      Excuse me, but you label Tea Party folks as extremists and everyone else as 'moderates'. What is 'moderate' about spending twice as much as you take in. Alternatively, what's extreme about wanting a balanced budget. Is it the fact that rather than paying more, we prefer to have government do less to balance the gap? Explain to me what is unreasonable about this position? Do not use platitudes, do not call me racist, do not label me as uncompassioniate – just answer the question – I dare anyone to impune this position as unreasonable. My household income is greater than my expenses, if my income drops, I'm going to cut costs – I expect no less of my government, yet it has done the opposite for the better half of a century.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:38 pm |
    • Jonathan

      We need to get the moderates out to vote. If someone like Christie runs, we need to motivate the middle of the party to get out and counteract the extremists that too often determine who gets to the election.

      Of course, better than trying to run as a Republican, what we need is someone like this to step forward and take a stand against both parties. Run as an independent, or better yet, run with no party affiliation. Declare that they aren't going to run with a political party. If we have to have a write in for him, do that. Make a statement that he recognizes that the current political system is broken and that he's not going to continue to support it.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:44 pm |
  48. CitizenA

    How exactly have "things worked out for Obama"? Oh, you mean the lack of congressional support? A prepared GOP rebuttal after each speech? Permission slips needed for a Presidential address concerning education?

    I would be more concerned (and highly wary) with someone who was extremely adamant about not making a bid for the office then suddenly changes his mind. Is that how Christie plans to run his administration – say/promise one thing to the fullest then turn 180 and do the exact opposite?

    At any rate, another candidate with a lack of real integrity or meaning behind his words. Yay... just what America needs....

    October 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm |
    • Kris

      If he was anything like that than yes he would be extremely similar to Obama.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
    • Fizzy

      And the Dems don't have prepared responses to a Republican presidents speech? Wake up

      October 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
    • TeaPartyNonApologist

      REALLY?! Everyone wants to focus on 2010 – The trinity of Obama, Pelosi and Reid held a fillibuster proof majority in both houses of congress for most of the first 2 years, and a majority the entire 2, and still control the senate and you want to blame the GOP for not playing nice? Please go reform your complaint and try again.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:41 pm |
    • Matt

      He had two years of total control of Congress. His own party doesn't want to be attached to him anymore.

      October 3, 2011 at 9:58 pm |
    • Cranston Snord

      Actually, Obama had complete support of both houses for two full years. He and they succeeded in putting a neck shot into two large industries, thus further crippling the economy. His agencies heads (without congressional involvement) put neck wounds into two other industries during that time. As to prepared GOP rebuttals after each speech, jeepers, every president since Eisenhower has had that to deal with. Obama was an amateur and pretender with charm. As a manager of a large an important enterprise, he's proved mediocre or failure. Christie's record is thinner as a politician, but much broader as a leader and manager. He's had success in hard circumstances with lots of spotlight and heavy criticism. Not so for Obama.

      October 3, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
  49. Carl Carlsson

    Moderate? Hmmm...sounds good to me. Unfortunately our 2-party system and ridiculous primary process will ensure that we weed out the moderates and swing the pendulum far in the other direction. Wonderful the way that perpetuates economic uncertainty for the business community, so they can feel more confortable investing in other countires.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  50. tstorm

    Really? You mean if Obama were anti-middle class, obese, hot tempered, anti-US government moron?

    October 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  51. Scott

    Well, 2 years as Governor is 2 years more experience as an executive than Obama had. Not to mention, Christie has also been successful at something other than editing his school newspaper before getting into politics.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
    • KeepFearAlive

      well the last two years have showed us that what one man named Obama does must be overcome by hundreds of irrational members of congress who have nothing but disdain and hate in their Phony Christian hearts as they try to slash and trash this countrys economy and middle class for nothing more than the prospect of getting re-elected .. or worse.. signing phony pledges forced in thier faces by the un-elected son of a Billionaire who never worked a real day in his whole life . . .

      October 3, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • works4me

      Yea... writing a New Jersey restaurant guide.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • peakarach

      You forget to mention Obama has more experience of being a Commander in chief than fat Christie.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Bammer 52

      Give me a break! President of the The Harvard Law Review is a little more than "the School Newspaper"

      October 3, 2011 at 10:48 pm |
  52. ALAN J

    Christie is nothing like President Obama Wolfe please. He's a big brash bully who has absolutely no respect for women or anyone else for the fact. He lies a lot!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
    • tsnootch

      I am pretty sure you just described most male politicians

      October 3, 2011 at 7:50 pm |
  53. C'mon Wolf

    Are you so desperate for something new to report on that the entire media is going to force Christie to run, just so it isn't a slam-dunk for Obama? Christie is common-sense minded, a man who could win over swing voters, but he's not NEARLY Christian-conservative enough for the 25% of Americans who still think Palin is a good idea and for whom Perry isn't conservative enough because he wanted to immnunize kids and be compassionate about immigration. I welcome a real contest in any election, but Christie is only exciting for the media, not for conservatives who hate all of their own candidates...

    October 3, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
    • whodacares

      The Republicans have no idea what to do. They're unhappy with every candidate so they keep trying to throw another one in just to appease the Tea Partiers because they know they can splinter the conservative vote.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  54. Barbara

    What a hypocritic. He never voiced these concerns when Obama ran. It's always better to denigrate a republican while letting every democrat slide on every issue. Shame!

    October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
    • Mike C

      What concerns did he voice in this? Do conservatives read everything negative, that is not so overly positive in their favor?

      October 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm |
  55. Gomer

    As Obama has shown us, there is a lot more to leadership than just the ability to read a teleprompter. Experience and practical ability should be a major consideration in selecting a candidate.

    October 3, 2011 at 5:01 pm |
  56. Mike

    it's a shame the way our current president is and was treated...the office and not the man should at the very least earn the respect of all Americans....anyone who's willing to put their country first and run for this job and become president..should receive more respect. Our president has been called everything under the sun, his wife has been criticized, his children have been ridiculed...people have disrespected him and refused to work for the better of the country just to see him fail...seems like something is wrong with America..not the president

    October 3, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
    • Joe Citizen

      Lol... What an absurd argument to be making... I may disagree with you (but could respec) a belief that Obama is a good president who has received an undue amount of criticism. However, to say that anyone who runs for president automatically deserves all the respect just for doing so doesn't make any sense. Anyone who is American-born can run for president, including any sort of whacko out there.

      And frankly, where is the criticism when Sarah Palin and her family are scutinized? Like her or hate her, there is no way that the American public and press have treated her family with anywhere near the level of respect given the Obamas...

      October 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • Jose Head

      Everyone, including republicans, would treat Obama with a lot more respect if he acted like Lyndon Johnson and decided that he will not run in 2012.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:09 pm |
    • Sandy

      Right on! Could not have said it better myself. This country has no respect for anything or any one any more.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm |
    • Pete

      ...... hmmmm there for a second I thought you were talking about the Bush presidency

      October 3, 2011 at 8:08 pm |
    • Magda

      Nobody ever gives Obama a credit for what he did accomplish during his presidency. He set himself up during his campaign by making people believe that lives will change so readily. He had been passed The US-run-by-the-Bush/Cheney-for 8years mess and is accused of causing the economic downturn. It's so ridiculous, it's almost funny (and painful because the ignorance and lack of self-criticism is so rampant in this country).

      October 3, 2011 at 10:12 pm |
    • glddraco

      I couldn't agree with you more and it saddens me.

      October 4, 2011 at 3:38 am |
    • Steve

      You must have the current president confused with President Bush. Our current president's family has been off-limits (as it should be), while every miss-step by the Bush daughters was trumpeted on every media outlet. No one dares to be too critical of President Obama for fear of being labeled as bigoted.

      October 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
  57. Bill

    The only difference between Christie and Obama (apart from the the obvious policy positions drawn from their respective party stances) is that Christie shows grit, willingness to fight, defend his positions and stand up for his beliefs, record, his staff, and the people. If only Obama showed a spine!!

    Natural and political differences are normal and expected. But the people need a fighter in a President, no matter where his/her political positions lie. Clinton & Reagen were fighters and defenders, Bush too (though he fought for & defended all the wrong things). Obama – good record, but no bite, no approval. Lead us on or step away.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  58. Zero_gee

    GW Bush is the one that reminds me of Obama. Or vica-versa

    October 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • Scott A

      How many military funerals did G.W. Bush go to? At least one less than Obama. The man takes action to send thousands of people to their deaths and smirks about it. I know Obama isn't perfect...he's far from it (mostly because he surrounds himself with aides that G.W. Bush would have had), but unlike G.W. Bush, at least he tried (just not enough) to do some good.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:05 pm |
  59. FKell

    As a resident in New Jersey, I can tell you that he is probably pretty serious at looking at a run for the President, mainly because I am pretty sure he will be out of a job here at the end of his term.... While I am not saying that is good or bad, he certainly stirred up all the hornets nests and touched almost every "third rail" that exists in New Jersey politics.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
    • Deb G.

      You are right, Gov. Crispy creme has been a hell on earth governor. He lied to the police, firefighters and attacked the teachers. He took money from our kids, the poor and decimated our schools. He took our rebates-a shell game-away from us when we are the HIGHEST PROPERTY TAXES in the nation.

      Thank God he declined but mark my words he is courting the RNC and national attention for the next election in 5 years time.

      October 4, 2011 at 4:52 pm |
  60. toronto Girl

    Mr. Blitzer, while I like and admire most of your reporting, I think you are really planting bad images in the minds of the voters who are not well advised on many subjects that Americans should know about. Please convey to the public that President Obama, came into a situation very much at the sinking ship stage and is doing admirably I might add in bringing that said ship afloat albiet under the heavy scruting of a sometimes too hard schoolmaster.
    Thank you and keep up the great reporting!
    Friends North of the Border

    October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm |
  61. Scheer

    Cut the crap. What, you're trying to scare voters away? Christie is NOTHING like Nobama.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:50 pm |
    • JJinCVCA

      That's correct, Scheer, President Obama has had to put up with more than most modern presidents. Gov. Christie doesn't have a thick enough skin to be examined, prodded and maligned to the extent that President Obama's been denegrated by his staunch, blathering detractors like yourself.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:59 pm |
    • 303

      You seem like the kind of person who has a bumper sticker that reads.... GUNS GOD & NOBAMA!!!

      October 4, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  62. twgloege

    Poor guy don't stand a chance with the TeaParty in charge of the nominating process.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  63. Jimbo

    Obama should offer Christie the VP spot on his ticket. A way to impress our citizens that government has to change. It has to work to the middle–not to the extreems of each party. Compromise is essential, and this would demonstrate how it could work.

    Obama/Christie would win in a walk–and Christie would gain the necessary experience to run for the Presidency in 2016.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  64. Blue

    Bull ! Presdient Obama is the smart one.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  65. Darth Vadik, CA

    Yeah, Christie would remind me of Obama too if Christie was:

    - Black
    - Skinny
    - Democrat
    - Believed in equality
    - Wasn't so closely intertwined with big business
    - had a conscience
    - didn't use Police helicopters to go to his kids baseball games
    - etc etc etc

    October 3, 2011 at 4:44 pm |
  66. Lou Orleman

    I believe that there are far more centrists out there than ultra conservatives, and Christie is a very strong breath of fresh air for those of us. He hasn't been on the political scene long enough to get caried away with stupid ideology... and if this political system is going to survive past the doldrums of yesterday and today – and get back onto the winning track in a globalized world and economy – we need the likes of a Chris Christie or another unknown that carry tyhe ball and wield a big stick, when needed. I'm so sick of party politics, and seeing these stupid questionnaires from both parties asking for $$ for campaigns – for people who are has-beens and show MOTS (more of the same) when questioned. There isn't one candidate in either party right now that will stand up to the ideology of that party and say "it's over!" And, the sad part is that old ways are DONE, OVER, NIX, GONZO! Our society and previous hard times are not mirrors of yesteryear. Technology and rapis telecommunications have changed our society from an agrarian, manufacturing society, to a technological society. We cannot expect Pres. Obamn's jobs plan to do anything but place a band-aid on our deep problems.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Vaughn Samuel

      The problem started long before Obama. Its sad that no one in the media has the gut to lay bare what the situation is and How we got here. Imagine spending more than you earn just because you have credit cards. Infact, Imagine taking vacations for 8 years yet you are not earning income. Thats how we got here. Bush Tax cuts while we were increasing defense spending in Iraq and Afghanistan. The first Bail out was proposed by GW. Why cant we all work together and get this great nation moving again? I have not heard any republican tell us how to fix this country except continue the same Bush policies that got us here in the first place.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm |
  67. FedUp

    Obama reminds him of Christie? Sorry, Wolf. I disagree with you on that. Christie has actually worked all his life. He has held real jobs, not just community organizer.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
    • William ONeill

      Christie in sure connected and therefore is a heavy among lobbyist money groups who control all our federal representives in D.C.He will bring forward the upper 3% as pass REPUB's there concerns first and as REPUB's do, try to get some tickle down to the middle classes.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  68. mb2010a

    Obviously, not physically...

    October 3, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
  69. FoolKiller

    "We know how things worked out for Obama." Really? Are the rose colored glasses off at last??

    October 3, 2011 at 4:32 pm |
    • manhandler

      He obviously meant that Obama ended up being elected...drop your anti-Obama hysteria lpng enough to think.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
  70. Wild Willy

    Wolfe, your comparison of Christie and Obama isn't even close. How can you compare success with failure? How can you compare a real man with a community organizer?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • Angel

      Looking at what Obama has accomplished as President and what Christie has done for my home state of New Jersey, you are clearly mistaken.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • nina

      I agree that Obama isnt even close to being the leader that Christie is.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • manhandler

      Obama's a real man and we're thankful you're not a community organizer. That's a good comparison.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      I didnt know Christie was a community organizer! Wow. Maybe he can learn to be a real man from Obama someday.

      October 3, 2011 at 8:17 pm |
  71. Alina77

    Yep, to all of the "bouquet " of problems and uncertainty, the asthmatic President is exactly what we need. Why Republicans want him to die?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
  72. Wild Willy

    Wolfe, you are really over the edge if Christie reminds you of Obama. Christie has actually accomplished things in his life, not a perpetual failure like Obama. Christie has actually cut the debt, unlike the community organizer, who has generated $4 Trillion more in Debt in three years, but has nothing to show for it. Christie has actually made improvements to government, where Obama continually adds to the government bureaucracy. Christie is a man who doesn't need a teleprompter. Obama is a teleprompter who needs a speech writer. Why does Obama keep bringing up his stimulus two plans when his stimulus one failed so miserably? Because Obama can't remember anything new his teleprompter writers put in front of him.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
    • William ONeill

      NJ is one of the biggest indebted States with over 30 BILLION this Fy and over 10 BILLION more owned to the state retirement fund that he himself Borrow off of.Obama since jan. 20 2009 his first day in office actually save Christie from more debt by Bailing out his State in Fy2009 and 2010 or there Bonds rating would of going down to JUNK states were it almost is in Fy2011 because of Christe mismangement of States funds!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Angel

      Yes, Christie has cut school budgets, turned a blind ear when begged to provide funds to allow police officers to keep their jobs in the capital of NJ that is ridden with crime. Cutting debt at the expense of the safety and education of New Jersey residents and children is a real HUGE accomplishment.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
    • manhandler

      Christie had a legislature that was'nt comprised of a group of Republican attack dogs.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:16 pm |
    • Magda

      Oh Willy, you're really goin' wild!

      October 3, 2011 at 10:16 pm |
  73. Some Guy

    I am a registered independant, but have voted Democrat in the presidential election since I was old enough to do so. To be honest, I would seriously consider voting for Christie over Obama. This is NOT the case for the rest of the nutjobs currently in the Republican field.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  74. analyster

    "reform our tax system" does not imply "consider tax hikes," Blitzer, but I understand that's just the liberal inside you speaking.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:23 pm |
  75. contessa

    I don't know how you make this comparison, Wolf! If you are considering the fact that Christy is an upstanding and rising politican in the Republican Party, so be it, but in reality, one could never compare the personality and/or demeanor of Chris Christy vs. Barack Obama! As President Ronald Reagan would say: Chris Christy, you are NOT Barack Obama!

    October 3, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
    • cal usa

      Contessa,

      It was not Reagan who used the line, "you're not" but Lloyd Bentsen to destroy the ridiculous effort by Dan Quayle to compare himself with JFK. I do agree that Christie is not Obama, but he is the only leading potential GOP candidate that recognizes the need to compromise, that is not pandering to the Christian fanatics and that has denounced the Tea Partiers as idiots. Unless he starts flip flopping ( as Romney and Perry are doing) he will become unacceptable to the extremists as soon as they start looking at him a bit closer. What will they do then?

      October 3, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
    • c.lanzetti

      And Christie would sincerely thank him!

      October 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  76. Jose Head

    It really doesn't matter who runs against Obama. Anyone is better.....

    October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
    • manhandler

      Except that all the republicans have to offer are Mickey and Minnie mouse.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  77. anothermuse

    Would be nice to see a moderate repbulican. I thought they were extinct...I am hopefull, and also hopeful that the primary's won't be stacked against him. He could, from the little I have seen, be a tremendous indpendent candidate that might just force the sides back to the middle.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm |
  78. Airborne Forever

    He mentions Christies experience. Funny that it didn't matter with Obama

    October 3, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  79. MikeMazzla

    Im a Dem but I could probably tolerate Christie because he is a moderate and he is an east coaster so I like his blunt way of speaking etc. But he will be hated but the teabaggers because of that. his views on gays. abortion, etc . I dont see him getting the support

    October 3, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  80. AL in West Palm

    He is republican, so he will NEVER have my vote. Other than that, I don't believe he can be any worse than those (let him die if he has no insurance, boo a uniform wearing soldier because he is gay) clowns currently running.

    On the other hand, he will be swallowed whole by the teapublican party.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  81. svscnn

    I don't know enough about Cristie to determine how I'd feel about him as a candidate, but if it'll knock Perry and/or Bachman out of the race, I'm all for him dropping his hat in the ring.

    Sure would bring the dedates back to reality.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:16 pm |
  82. Osama

    What happened Wolf? Is Perry a sinking ship now?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
  83. Voiceinthewind

    Why dosen't he like Far Right Lunatic fringe Zionist Jooz?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  84. Mike

    I would say we don't know "how things turned out" for President Obama- yet. Also, where do you get off calling the President of the United States "Obama"? What happened to "The President", or "President Obama". The lack of respect toward our President and Commander in Chief is becoming endemic.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm |
  85. Sortakinda

    Yeah, they remind me of each other, too. Except Christie is fat and white and Republican. And he's a 1st term governor and Obama was a first term senator. Need I go on?

    October 3, 2011 at 4:09 pm |
  86. crazyvermont

    whether agreeing with Chrisitie's policies or not, he at least has governed, he takes a position, and acts. Considering these facts, I see very little in common between the two

    October 3, 2011 at 4:06 pm |
    • ANTHONY76

      Dont confuse being obstructed with not governing. Every aspect Obama has had with out Republican interference he has succeeded. You may twist your facts and convince the few.. but the silent majority of intelligent Americans are paying attention, keeping score, and will do all the talking at the ballot booth.

      See you in 2012

      October 3, 2011 at 8:22 pm |
  87. gearloose

    "Christie spoke of the need for leadership but also for compromise."
    I'll vote for Christie in a second if he keeps this up. This is exactly what this nation needs.

    October 3, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
  88. fed up

    How did things work out for Obama? What kind of vague general question is that? Comparing Christie to Obama is not accurate. At least Obama knew he wanted to be president, unlike Christie who can't decide. In this respect he's more comparable to Sarah Palin.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
    • Nobama

      Sometimes you don't think you are ready right up until the point that you think you are. I would certainly rather have a guy who wasn't sure he was ready yesterday in office than the guy the we KNOW is not ready currently sitting in the White House. Obama has tried now for nearly 3 years. He can't get the job done. You would be doing him a favor sending him home to Chicago or Hawaii. As long as he leave Washington DC.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:49 pm |
    • manhandler

      He meant that it turned out that Obama was elected.

      October 3, 2011 at 7:21 pm |
  89. Ross Columbus

    It is amazing that the story of the day seems to be Christie's weight. I would think that the economy, unemployment and actually doing something about the politicians inactivity to get something done would be more important. Your making Canada look like rocket scientists but i still would not want to fly with them.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:28 pm |
  90. logicinLA

    Most logical politicians are similar in some ways. But the big, white guy who shoots from the hip has nothing in common with Obama- sorry Wolfe.
    Mr Christie would never tolerate what congress has done for 3 years without calling them out. There is something to be said for the rough edges of New Jersey that Obama does not have. I am an Obama guy, but have to give it to the straight talking Christie for candor.

    October 3, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  91. barb

    Gov. O'Malley did a great job on Face the Nation enumerating Christie's lack of success in NJ so far: zero net growth re: jobs last year; two credit rating downgrades under Christie; a school, system which used to be considered one of the best in the country is no longer so, etc. TalkingPointsMemo.com also wrote a piece which highlighted some of the baggage Christie brings with him re: incidents prior to becoming governor. So exactly what is it he brings to the table?

    October 3, 2011 at 2:39 pm |
    • Angel

      Thank you! Finally someone who actually knows what they're talking about vs. just jumping on the latest bandwagon. Life in New Jersey has certainly gotten worse under Christie. I'm not exactly sure what these other posters are talking about. Clearly they have no idea what Christie has done during his time in office.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm |
  92. 2cents4free

    I can see them playing the video where he says "Deep in my heart, I know I'm not ready to be president." Over and over again.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
  93. Noah

    Could you leave him alone already?! The man said NO!!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  94. Really

    I'm sorry, but Barack Obama is not mean, rude and unpleasant like Christie.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
    • Disagree

      Interesting perspective, but I believe President Obama is extraordinarily disagreeable, something he promised he would not be. He repeatedly bashes anyone with a competing idea, and continually uses straw man arguments to try to make others look silly.

      October 3, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
      • Magda

        What?! Yes, yes– you're absolutely right Disagree.... I totally disagree, or wait, I AGREE with you.

        October 3, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • Angel

      I agree...Christie is extremely rude. I have never seen a politician speak to his constituents like I've seen Christie.

      October 3, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  95. John

    Interesting observation. I think Christie, like Obama before he became president, is a fresh face with attractive attributes. However, as you note he has a limited record and limited experience at governing. He like Obama will have a steep learning curve. I think in general people like Obama and Christie are attractive because they don't have a lot of history and baggage...they are like a blank sheet of paper in some respects and you can write in what you will. Unfortunately, experience matters, particularly when you look at the complexity and breadth of the challenges this country faces.

    October 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
  96. Laverne

    As soon as Christie start to talk sensible, logical things the republican party will abandon and drop him like a bad transmission!

    October 3, 2011 at 2:02 pm |
  97. felicia

    I can't underrstand how he sounded so Presidential. He told the lady I don't care what you feel I'm not running for you , you or you. I don't understand what these people are thinking. If he left the door open why would you want someone who is not certain of where they are going. You can't pressure someone int Presidency. The people have to vote and I don't think anyone wants to put more strain on him than he has with Jersey and family and all. That's understandable. They are looking for another Walker who says what you want to here and when voted in does everything he's told. he's a big shot now but like pudding an a minute. Let the tea party get to him. Maybe everyone in Jersey will carry guns to the lounges there too.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
  98. Harris

    We need someone with experience and someone who knows how the government works.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  99. Rudy NYC

    Mr. Blitzer, Gov. Christie faces a similar choice that Obama faced in 2006. Obama realized that if he did not run in 2008, another Democrat would probably win, and be re-electd in 2012. Voting patterns say that a Republican would most likely win in 2016, and would also be re-elected in 2020. The choice was pretty blunt. Run in 2008, or wait 16 years to run in 2024.

    Obama seized the moment while the moment presented itself and the wind was at his back from his 2004 convention speech. Christie faces a similar dilemma but without a wind blowing at his back that is of his own creation. Christie seems to know that the wind at his back is being created by others.

    October 3, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  100. Perk

    Do Christie and Obama "Occupy Together" the same financial agenda ? How's Wall Street today ? Do you think instead of bells ringing and "Operation Twist" they may need to play the song by Checker and explain to young people what the economic agenda is ! Are the politicians speaking at these Occupy Wall Street protests yet to address and explain their economic and financial agendas ? NAFTA take a hike ! Needs to say Made In The USA !

    October 3, 2011 at 1:15 pm |
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