It’s no surprise to anyone who stops in here that I am no fan of new jersey Governor Chris Christie; in fact, I have often referred to him as Krispy Kreme, even after the lapband. But, let me take a moment to explain why I, well, loathe him.
Hurricane Sandy. Did he help? Sure. Was it good that he was praising President Obama and going all bipartisan in the days following the storm? Sure. But, that was over a year ago, and Krispy, er Christie, is still using that to win elections. And you can bet when he runs for the White House — saying Suck it, New Jersey in the process by not finishing his term — he’ll trot out how much he did for the state. It’s reminiscent of Rudy Giuliani slapping himself on the back when he ran for president, by acting as though he single-handedly saved New York City in the days after 9/11/ Sure, Christie helped, but, um, isn’t that his job as governor?
So, there’s one reason I don’t like him.
Reason Two? Same-sex marriage. This is a man who’s against it, which is his right, but he tried goose-stepping all over it until he realized people were pushing back and then did nothing. And when he said he’d tell any of his own kids, who might be gay, that he loved them, would treat them equally, but felt they didn’t have the right to marry, well, he sealed his fate with me.
But then he goes and does this, another slap in the face to the LGBT community and same-sex couples: Christie went to Oklahoma to help Governor Mary Fallin campaign for reelection.
This is the same Mary Fallin who sought to block the state National Guard from offering spousal benefits to same-sex couples. And when this looked like it might not work, Fallin denied all marriage couples — straight and gay — from receiving benefits. Yes, she punished everyone because she couldn’t punish just The Gays, and then Chris Christie rolled into town to help her campaign.
Christie has also come out saying, that electing and re-electing GOP governors is "priority one, two and three." So much for that bipartisanship thing he espoused when touring storm-damaged New Jersey with president Obama.
But if you need another reason, I have one.
When Governor Fallin, whose boots Krispy is currently licking — I guess they’re covered in gravy — likened the Dream Act to "amnesty", Christie agreed with her. In fact, in his own state he opposed extending in-state tuition to the children of people who came to this country illegally, but then, big surprise, just before the election — which he won by a landslide, garnering some 51% of the Latino vote — Christie changed his mind, saying he supported the idea. This week, though, he changed it back, now saying he opposes a state Senate version of a bill working its way through the Legislature.
So, there you have it, a plethora of reasons why I loathe Chris Christie. And all of those reasons will come back in future blog posts when he decides to throw his considerable weight into a run at the White House.
I mean, do we need a president who thinks The Gays are less than? Do we need a man in the White House who bragged about bipartisanship when it suited him, but now says all governors should be Republican? Do we need a president who said he was against allowing children of undocumented workers in-state tuition, then changed his mind while running for office, only to change it back after a win?
The simple, answer is No.