Chris Christie Claims He Can Deliver the Black Vote

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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To be fair, nothing that Chris Christie is saying is wrong, except that he’s acting like his election was due to revolutionary campaigning when he had the backing of Obama and the media… and was running against a non-candidate.

A non-candidate he outspent 10 to 1 in order to buy himself this landslide and the status of most electable candidate.

“If you want to triple your African American vote you need to show up. You need to go to those neighborhoods. You need to campaign in those places. I’ll give you a perfect example, Chris. I did a town hall meeting in the city of Irvington, New Jersey in Essex County. I got 4.7% of the vote there in 2009. There were more people in the church than voted for me in 2009. That’s the way the Republican Party will make themselves more relevant to a much broader group of folks. And the fact is that is exactly what Ronald Reagan would have done.”

Reagan would have done that. But Reagan also appealed to the base, something Christie doesn’t bother with. That makes Christie more Huntsman than Reagan.

Christie says that he tripled the black vote. But he neglects to mention that he went from 9 percent to 21 percent. That’s not technically tripling. It’s more like doubling. Still impressive, though hardly that much of a blowout. Nobody thinks he would have even gotten that going up against Cory Booker. Or if he had been running on the same ticket at Lonegan.

But if the GOP is in the market for a Liberal Republican who can break the 20 percent mark on the Black vote… while running against a Black candidate… they can look toward…

… New York City Mayor Bloomberg who scored 23% of the black vote in 2009 while running against a black opponent. He also got 43 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Christie isn’t doing as well with black women as black men and based on the exit polls, they appear to be the ones who actually vote.

If Christie wants to brag about something a bit more relevant, he won the Hispanic vote 51 to 45. That’s not something Rubio ever managed with the non-Cuban vote.

On the other hand, Christie somehow managed to lose voters 18-29 to a boring political establishment hack who hardly ran any ads and wasn’t even a serious candidate.

But let’s not pretend that 2013 was a real test of Christie’s capabilities. This was a non-race.

Going back to 2009, Christie had fairly typical successful Republican numbers among minorities. He won 9 percent of the black vote and 32 percent of the Hispanic vote. He won 45 percent of the female vote and 56 percent of the white female vote.

By 2010, his numbers were terrible and his approval rating was at 33 percent. Obama and Sandy were major gamechangers for Christie. How will those translate after a second term in a national election when the media hates his guts and his opponent is running on her gender?

You guess.

  • http://www.clarespark.com/ Clare Spark

    Christie backs education reform. Whether or not this becomes a big issue in 2016 depends on more than his own will. You have opposed teachers unions in the past, as does he. See http://clarespark.com/2013/05/26/eva-moskowitz-and-the-charter-school-movement/. “Eva Moskowitz and the Charter School Movement.”

    • puciferaneous

      And that’s why he would be a good candidate. Teachers unions have done more damage to America than Muslims in the US

  • onecornpone

    Ever heard of “mystery meat”? Mc Loon was somewhat of a mystery candidate for the (R)s. Christie seems to fit in that genre too. I’m ready for someone who is straghtforward, with no big surprises, as I believe are a lot of people.

    In ’09 Christie won the Hispanic vote by 32 %, which ironically is the same percentage of them who believe in capitalism. What do we need with more citizens, 68% of whom prefer socialism, statism, to our system?

    If they are too ignorant to understand the superiority of capitalism, we still don’t need them… or a loose cannon candidate like Christe who has the potential to drop dead while on the campaign trail or in office.

  • puciferaneous

    Christie is probably the best we can hope for in 2016. This isn’t the sort of country that could elect a Reagan anymore.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      It might… if we had one

    • john spielman

      Christie is your quintessential politicial whore who will say ANYTHING to get the vote. He will prostitute himself to the highest bidder to get elected and to stay in office. He has already been “bed ridden” by muslims, so he is certainly not the man to steer the country after the next election.

    • defcon 4

      Maybe instead of appointing muslimes to superior courts, he’ll be able to appoint them to rule in the SCOTUS. Yeah that sounds good, as does a President who celebrates Eid (as the fat bastage had done in the past).

  • http://fdnyretiree.com/ Ed FDNYRetiree

    Interesting, isn’t it, how no one is interested these days, in the WHITE VOTE!

  • defcon 4

    We already know the fat bastage has the muslime vote!

  • Lanna

    The Left wants Christie to run so Conservatives don’t vote, and deliver the Presidency to Hillary for 2016. Simple as that!