Christie gets it right

It is common for many in politics to read more into an election than is there …
Take Chris Christie’s win on Tuesday. Some giddy Republicans think this is a rejection of President Obama. They may still be tipsy from Tuesday night. Christie won not because of Obama, but because Jon Corzine had a lousy record and was unable to rouse up his base.

Christie knows that. In fact, he said it more than once during the campaign. I recall seeing him interviewed on Fox News and being asked about the Obama factor. He said the race would turn on New Jersey issues. And he said basically the same thing today.


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

4 Responses to Christie gets it right

  1. mdl says:

    Christie is an honorable man and he must answer to the people of this great state, and at the same time he has a commander and chief in washington.
    The honorable way is for the people to say they are not happy about what the president is doing. So we told washington that new jersey issues are the countries issues and that we will not take it, no matter how you want to word it..

  2. P says:

    Christie won for a lot of reasons, and although Obama & the national Dems may not have been the overriding reason, their legislative agenda since the inauguration was one cause of Christie’s victory. The Republican base was much more energized than the Dems, mainly as a vote against Corzine, but partially against the Dems in WDC.

    Additionally, even if you don’t think they had a causal effect, I would argue that Rep. Adler did, otherwise he would not have voted against health care “reform” over the weekend. This election will have an impact on all the Dems in districts and states that are not solidly Democratic.

    Christie could not make the election about Obama because it would have brought more Dems out to prove Chrisite wrong. And he would like to think it was all about him, but elections are rarely ever JUST about the head-to-head match-up on the ballot.

  3. Ted says:

    Pbrain, In off year elections, the party not in the white house always wins back some power. It’s more about our innate desire for checks and balances, an historical low turnout of Democrats in off year elections and dissatisfaction with Corzine. You read too much into election results.

    Christie now has to transition into governing mode and figure a way to move forward with a Democrat controlled legislature.

  4. P says:

    In the mean time, all the Dems in swing districts in Congress need to think hard about how they vote on the Pelosi Health Care Plan, and next year, on the Pelosi Climate “Change” Bill. Otherwise, they may find themselves with a new title – former-Congressperson, at the end of 2010.

    P.S. How come we’ve been hearing for months that Corzine had it in the bag? I was told on numerous occasions that I didn’t know a thing about politics because I couldn’t see the genius in the Corzine campaign.

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