New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie recently won a resounding victory in a traditionally blue state. Soon after he was deemed the great white hope that would restore the White House to Republican rule. Not so fast people. Christie may be riding a high, but on closer examination he would be a very flawed presidential candidate.
Here are seven reasons why Christie will never be president:
- He is too liberal. Christie is perceived as a moderate by hard-line Republicans, because he has reached across the aisle to work with President Barack Obama on Hurricane Sandy aid. But while some people may see this as a positive in today’s Republican party it is negative. The modern-day Republican party has lurched to the far right, and anyone who does not fit that line of thinking is deemed a liberal. Right-wing nut Glenn Beck recently said what was the point of voting for someone like Mitt Romney or Chris Christie who he deemed as “progressives.” Of course this is ludicrous, but it gives you an example of how far right the GOP has become.
- He doesn’t seem to hate minorities. Christie has been seen embracing Obama, and that may come back to haunt him, especially considering how much some Republicans hate the president. In addition, Christie also defended his appointment of a Muslim judge in New Jersey. That is also a major no no in today’s Islamophobic GOP.
- He is pro gun control. Christie is governor of a northern state which has cities that have been plagued by urban violence,. Because of this he has come out in favor of gun control. This will not go down well with the gun-toting wing of the GOP.
- He is from the north. The modern-day GOP is a Southern neo Confederate party. The GOP’s strongholds are in the South. I can’t see these Southern, truck-driving, gun-toting Bible thumpers getting down with a northerner like Christie. He can eat all the barbecue he wants and pretend to go hunting, but he will still come across as a carpetbagger.
- He is overweight. Christie is overweight and this will work against him. Although many Americans are overweight, there is still widespread prejudice against large people. There is also the issue of his health. What kind of effect will a grueling presidential campaign have on his physical well being? Christie seems to realize that his health is a liability and recently underwent gastric bypass surgery.
- He is rude. Christie has a reputation for being combative and while some Republicans might see this as an asset, it isn’t on the presidential campaign. Presidential campaigns are long and grueling and they demand candidates who have the patience of a saint and the ability to grip and grin constantly. How will Christie handle months of campaigning and equally combative journalists asking him pointed questions?
- He has skeletons in his closet. Christie’s record is not exactly pristine. Mitt Romney’s staff vetted him for vice president, and they found enough skeletons to drop him from the process. These problems would only come back with a vengeance if he won the Republican nomination.
So on first glance. Christie seems like an ideal candidate who can win Reagan Democrats, but in reality he is candidate fraught with problems. The GOP will have to keep looking for a candidate to go up against Hillary or whoever the Dems run in 2016.