As covered yesterday, some of the U.S. Congressmen from New Jersey are expressing their thoughts and opinions on the debt ceiling debates dominating Washington, DC right now. It almost seemed like only a matter of time before New Jersey’s governor and maybe in his mind, the nation’s governor, would decide to weigh in on the state of events. Governor Chris Christie has been very opinionated during his tenure and was just in Iowa earlier this week explaining his approach to education reform.
Whether it happens to be politically motivated or just common sense rational; Christie is conveying a message that members of both parties should start to embrace as August 2nd nears. He even went as far as to state what seems like the dreaded “C” word: compromise. As he expressed,
“There is no excuse at all for the bickering that goes on among political leaders both in this country and elsewhere.”
Christie did show a little bit of his political leanings by criticizing President Barack Obama’s leadership during this process especially when it comes to Obama’s lack of a written plan or agenda. Obama as preferred to let Congress do what they are constitutionally obligated to do: legislate and craft legislation that the president goes about approving or vetoing. As Christie stated when discussing Obama,
“He has to put his plan in writing and show it to people and let’s have a great debate about it. You can’t lead from behind. There is no substitute for executive leadership.”
Then, Christie articulated his opinions over the decision making process of Republicans in Congress, in particular. Christie has been adamant about not raising taxes and creating a balanced budget in New Jersey. That approach is what is causing a divide in Washington and leading many hard line conservatives to not budge from a pledge given last year. Essentially, it is a pledge that basically prevents any type of compromise. For Christie, though,
“I would encourage all of them to step up to the plate and get this done.”
At the end of the day, Christie wants both parties in their own ways to step up.
If both sides do not step up and act like adults; credit and payments in the country could face stark changes that shake up the foundation of what the country’s currently sees and knows. Some have called President Obama’s grim worries about not being able to pay all the country’s bills and make its payments like checks for social security and military pay as nothing but political fear mongering. There is definitely some concerns that might become reality in a week from now. That future outlook is something Christie also weighed in on and in particular, what the future of Washington’s credit might mean for states like New Jersey.
As Christie pointed out,
“I can’t imagine that both parties will be so irresponsible as to let that happen. I want to add a positive contribution to encourage them that when I talk to real people out here in New Jersey, what they want is both sides to put their cards on the table to show some compromise. We have shown Washington and the rest of the country how divided government can work.”
Just as Christie is chiming in on Obama’s leadership and the current debt ceiling debate, his national future became a top story again. After brushing aside any thoughts of running for the Republican nomination for president next year in Iowa earlier this week, Christie’s name was dropped by a very likely nominee for the party next year.
As reported by Bearing Drift, a Virginia blog for conservatives, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is already starting to compile a short list of possible vice presidential choices and Christie happens to be on that list. Speaking at a fundraiser in Virginia Beach, Romney talked up Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell. McDonnell came to power the same day and election as Christie in November 2009. Like Christie, he helped change political power in his state from Democrat to Republican. McDonnell has been used for a presidential “State of the Union” address response and is certainly someone for top tier Republicans nominees to consider.
McDonnell might sound like the early favorite, but it was not too long ago that Romney was in New Jersey having dinner with Christie. Some Republicans operatives believed Romney was trying to get Christie’s early support in a state that he placed second behind eventual Republican nominee Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in 2008. Christie has proved to be a key fundraiser and if that was paired with Romney’s campaign cash advantage over the field; the two or least Romney would have that much more of advantage especially down the stretch when cash available becomes sparse.
Besides Christie and McDonnell, another rising Republican star; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL); has been named as a potential Romney running mate. Rubio’s Florida and McDonnell’s Virginia are going to be major states for Obama and his Republican opponent, who might be Romney in 2012. Rubio offers something that Christie or McDonnell do not: a potential outreach to a fading Hispanic vote for the Republican Party. Often candidates who are party nominees try to find a candidate much like themselves or someone who could make up for their deficiencies. All three could provide either in different ways for Romney.
Some sources close to Christie along with reliable Republican operatives in New Jersey agree that Christie’s personality only truly fits the role of a leading actor as opposed to a co-star role. Being a vice presidential nominee would force Christie to rein in part of who he is and many believe it will tough for him to control himself at times. Romney is much more soft spoken and over time; the two could find themselves disagreeing on logistics related to running a presidential campaign.
New Jersey, Virginia, and Florida all voted in favor of Obama in 2008. That is something that all Republican candidates like Romney will be considering as they wade through potential running mates.
Christie’s points and opinions on the debt ceiling debate might unintentionally spark more 2012 talks as blogs like Bearing Drift continue to report Christie’s name being floated around in some fashion.