Christie Says No, but Plans Next Move

Ryan Mauro is a fellow with the Clarionproject.org, the founder of WorldThreats.com and a frequent national security analyst for Fox News Channel. He can be contacted at ryanmauro1986@gmail.com.


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Christie is still far from a shoo-in as a future presidential candidate. In 2012, criticism of his appointment of Sohail Mohammed as a Superior Court Judge and defense of Imam Mohammed Qatanani could have jeopardized his candidacy. Steve Emerson, Daniel Pipes, Robert Spencer, I and others have raised this issue. He has also been criticized for his stances on the Ground Zero Mosque, gun control, illegal immigration and global warming.

Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani remain the last two holdouts in making a final decision. Giuliani has sent a senior advisor to New Hampshire, and says he’ll enter the race if the Republican Party is “truly desperate” for a candidate who can defeat Obama. He acknowledges the difficulties he’d face as a candidate, and his entry is unlikely. There are mixed signals coming from the Palin camp. Close associates of Palin’s Political Action Committee are making calls to research the final filing dates in critical states. On the other hand, her top fundraiser in Iowa hasn’t heard from her in weeks. In a TV appearance late last month, she seemed to be setting the stage not to run. She commented on how running for office can inhibit the ability to make a difference.

The candidates officially in the race can relax a bit with Christie’s announcement. The speculation about his decision was taking up all the oxygen as the second-tier candidates tried to get attention. Polls show Herman Cain overshadowing a rising Newt Gingrich and replacing Rick Perry for second place, while Michele Bachmann continues to falter. The next debate is October 11, and it will be an exciting one.

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  • maturin20

    My lips are wet with anticipation for the next debate.

  • cedarhill

    Christie is wrong on climate change and the fraud that goes with it. That makes Christie wrong on energy which makes him wrong on agriculture, transportation, environment, food, heating, air conditioning, iPhones, highways, public transportation, and just about everything else except unions – especially the barking mad teachers unions.

    Which, simply, makes Christie wrong for the US. He'd be great as Education Secretary or Teachers Union Secretary or the Prime Minister of the UK. For the US? Nada.

    Energy is life. Cheap energy is prosperity. Christie is against all of it.

    • van

      Hammer meets nail on head, Great Summary of the matter, cedarhill!

  • StephenD

    Good. Maybe over these next couple of years someone can educate him on the very real problem with the political Islamic agenda and perhaps he won't pass it off so cavalierly as he has to date. He, not knowing the reality of their goals, becomes dangerous to those of us that otherwise would have supported him.
    It is time for Newt Gingrich to show the world what a true Statesman he is.

    • ObamaYoMoma

      My main concern with Gingrich so far is he has dodged the issue and avoided like the plague the question of what to do with the illegal immigrants already living here in America. In one of the debates when Gingrich, Santorum, and Bachman were all asked that question they all dodged the question by claiming that it was premature to answer that question until after the borders have been sealed, which is a major cop out. Hence, if it is premature for them to state their positions on what is one of the most volatile and contentious issues in the past 10 years, then it is premature for me to even consider voting for them. So for the only candidate in the field that has publicly stated their position on what to do with illegal immigrants already living in America is Romney, as he has unequivocally stated that there will be no amnesty for illegal immigrants under any circumstances if he is elected president.

      • StephenD

        I'm not convinced the question should even be raised unless and until the borders are secure. Saying they'll deport them and leave the border open is shoveling sh*t against the tide. Should any of them suggest securing the border not be a priority then I have a real problem with that candidate. To my mind, the real question when it comes to the issue of illegal immigration is who among them will make it priority one to secure the border? After that, you can talk about how to get the rest out of OUR country. We waste our breath until there is a clear and protected border.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          So in your opinion, after the border fence is built and the borders are deemed secure, it doesn't really matter to you either way if the 22 million illegal immigrants that Mexico claims lives in America illegally receive amnesty or not? I can tell you one thing, if a pathway is created to provide these illegal immigrants a back door amnesty, the magnet it will create will not be stopped by building a security fence or by flooding the borders with thousands of national guardsmen.

          Additionally, if those illegal immigrants are provided a backdoor pathway to citizenship, i.e., amnesty, the Dhimmicrat Party will become a permanent majority party in America forever and you can write off America as it once was, as it will inevitably morph as it is already currently doing into another banana republic.

          • StephenD

            Perhaps you missed it when I wrote "After that, you can talk about how to get the rest out of OUR country."
            I'm all for enforcing the laws on the books. Illegal means ILLEGAL. First…secure the border then we'll talk.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Apparently, you are willing to vote for a candidate even before you know whether or not that candidate supports a pathway to citizenship, i.e., amnesty, on one of the biggest issues of our time. While I, on the other hand, want even consider voting for any candidate whatsoever unless I know exactly where they stand on the issues and especially on the issue of amnesty. I'm not leaving anything up to chance.

  • LindaRivera

    Anti-Free World Chris Christie has Ties to Radical Islam

    America is in desperate need of patriotic leaders! A number of articles have been written re rabidly pro-Islam Christie.

    January 17, 2011. Fan of Chris Christie? Check Out His Muslim HAMAS Judge Pick & Other Islamo-Pandering, By Debbie Schlussel
    http://www.debbieschlussel.com/31739/fan-of-chris

  • ObamaYoMoma

    He has a remarkable record of bi-partisanship, as his close friendship with Democratic Mayor of Newark, Cory Booker​, shows.

    Christie is a carbon copy stealth leftist like GWB who morphed the Republican Party into the second coming of the Dhimmicrat Party and as a result the Republicans lost both houses of Congress in 2006 and the presidency in 2008 because of a conservative backlash. Hell, the Tea Party Movement is also a product of the leftwing train wreck inflicted on the Republican Party by GWB and his ilk. Thus, Christie has about as much chance of winning the Republican Party nomination as John McCain had of winning the presidency in 2008, as his many leftwing positions would have been exposed to the light of day in the debates.

    As for as entertaining the idea of him being a vice presidential running mate goes, I wouldn't entertain the idea of voting for him if he ran for dog catcher and was the only candidate in the race, because I don't vote for leftist masquerading as Republicans, and I certainly won't support any candidate that makes him their running mate.

    Sarah Palin and Rudy Giuliani won't fair any better than Gov. Rick Perry because their Achilles heel is the same: they are both weak on illegal immigration, as they are both supporters of comprehensive immigration reform, i.e., pathways to amnesty for illegal immigrants.

  • BLJ

    Good riddance. One more less RINO to worry about.

  • Asher

    Chris Christie told us he wasn't ready to be President, so let the guy serve out his term as governor. I also think his ties to Islam would have created huge problems for him, had he decided to get into the Presidential Race. We will not replace the U.S. Constitution with Sharia Law…No Way!