I can’t tell you how unpleasant it was living during that period when the conservative movement had a man crush on Chris Christie because his people were good at pumping out viral videos of him yelling at somebody. That period ended decisively during his dalliance with Obama after the hurricane.
It didn’t however keep him from being ‘around’. And he still is. Unfortunately.
Christie was about as conservative as Obama. He played the populist in video clips, but he just continued running a mafia state further into the ground by embracing every leftist agenda item.
Including letting criminals run loose. It’s so bad that Democrats are cleaning up after him.
Eight years ago, then-Republican Gov. Chris Christie teamed up with Democrats to pass a major overhaul of New Jersey’s criminal justice system, ushering through legislation that made the state among the first in the nation to effectively eliminate cash bail.
There was little political uproar.
Now, some of the state’s most powerful Democrats want to roll back those changes amid rising crime and political lessons from neighboring New York, where another bail overhaul became a major issue in the midterms and fueled key House losses for the party.
The new push in Trenton, likely to win supporters among Republicans who were already pushing to change the law, represents a stunning reversal for the social justice movement, demonstrating just how rapidly recent calls for reform have given way to a new era of tough-on-crime politics.
We’re a long, long way from tough-on-crime politics. These days, suggesting that we might need to stop releasing axe murderers 5 seconds after they get their fingers inked is considered controversial.
“We’ve ended a debtors’ prison in New Jersey with these actions,” Christie, who had an eye on the White House, said while heralding the achievement.
And he kept on defending unleashing criminals using the same fake tough guy routine.
Christie was responding to a comment from a listener who said bail reforms that took effect in January are not working and allow more violent offenders to be released without any oversight.
Christie argued that bail reforms target nonviolent defendants, many of whom are given electronic monitoring bracelets as a condition of their release. He also said he suspected the critic was either a bail agent or was repeating the “crap they put up there” on Facebook.
“The bail bonds community has made a fortune over the years predominately off of the poor in New Jersey, and we now are stopping them from doing that, and they’re pissed,” he said in a New Jersey 101.5 interview. “Too bad. You shouldn’t be making money off the poor that way.”
That was 5 years ago. Christie, as usual, has a whole new tune now.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie argued on Friday that New York’s bail reform failure and the attack on Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., could “catapult” the congressman to victory in the gubernatorial election.
“You add to it this revolving door bail reform that they did in New York that is foolhardy and always has been. And everybody from the beginning, who knows anything about law enforcement, has said that this is wrong,” Christie told “The Brian Kilmeade Show.”
“Because people are seeing this every day in their neighborhoods all across the state of New York, and they’re tired of it. And they’re tired of the woke liberalism that’s personified by D.A. Bragg in Manhattan and all these other woke legislators.”
All that woke liberalism, indeed.
The whole thing is a reminder that as much contempt as you might have for Chris Christie, it’s never enough. It ought to be as bottomless as his belly. It’s also as bottomless as the contempt he has for the people listening to him.
Gotta get in shape for 2024.
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) indicated during a television appearance that aired Friday he was not ruling out another run for president.
During an appearance on “Real Time With Bill Maher,” Maher presented Christie with a viewer question, asking him if there’s any truth to the speculation that he’s considering a 2024 presidential bid, to which Christie quickly replied, “sure.”
Happy days are here again.