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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could upend GOP race

Budget-cutting governor is latest heartthrob

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  • LDSareChristians Anchorage, AK
    Oct. 4, 2011 6:00 p.m.

    Rifleman posted: Interesting that you'd single out protection for Bush but would omit the same protection Clinton and Carter receive.

    Romney is refusing his Presidential Salary. Perhaps that will offset the cost for Secret service team in his post presidential era.

  • New Mexico Albuquerque, NM
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:01 p.m.

    Chris Christie = flame out getting ready to happen

    Sincerely,
    A very strong conservative voter

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 8:01 p.m.

    @ Furry1993
    Furry1993 wrote: "the Republicans are willing to let the country go right down the toilet so they can "get" Obama"

    The Republicans will be getting all the help they need for the Democratic senators who will be trying to hold on to their seats in 2012. They won't vote to tax the richest of the rich or the greediest of the greedy corporations. Voting for increased taxes in 2012 will be like touching the third rail.

    Obama dug the hole he's in and Democratic strategist James Carville has just one word of advice for him: Panic.

  • Maverick West Jordan, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    Does the Dnews just take articles from Fox News these days?

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 6:03 p.m.

    Mitt's going to be teflon coated on these pages. Everyone elsw will have to suffer at least a little bit of criticism.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Oct. 3, 2011 2:42 p.m.

    If I were Mitt Romney I would thumb my nose at those who are chanting for Cristie or anybody else and not give them the time of day. QUIT groveling to that class of people and run as a President of the United States. Mitt Romney told Huckabee that he would propose a Constitutional amendment to define life as soon as the egg is fertilized, in or out of the body. Mormons are the only Religion that believes that the Spirit is not created by this process. We don't know when the Spirit enters the body. So why define it by a Constitutional amendment? Those who want to believe that the Spirit enter instantaneously with the union of a sperm and an egg can do so. I don't but I have no idea of when it does. That is a question answered by God only. Just about everybody is sickened by using abortion casually or for birth control or gender selection but to criminalize it in the case of rape, incest or life of mother is a crime itself.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 2:41 p.m.

    To Flying Finn | 1:52 p.m. Oct. 3, 2011

    In other words, the Republicans are willing to let the country go right down the toilet so they can "get" Obama. You're right.

  • Flying Finn Murray, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 1:52 p.m.

    @ Mark B

    Interesting attitude that you share with President Obama. His attitude is part of the reason why his popularity is headed down the toilet and why his own inner circle are advising him to panic. The Republicans appear unwilling to help him out of the hole he has dug for himself, but they are interested in seeing how many Democrats he will pull down with him when he goes in 2012.

  • Fred44 Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 1:25 p.m.

    Mr. Christie is exactly what the far right tea party wants. He cuts taxes for big business and the wealthy. He attacks and demonizes all unions, specifically teachers unions and he is extremely derogatory to anyone who may have a differing opinion. He belittles all government workers, yet he is one. He wants to cut benefits for all government workers who spend there life working for the citizens, yet does nothing about the benefits for elected officials who work for a short time or even part time, but receive ridiculous insurance and retirement benefits. In the tea party candidate manual, that means he is a leader. I fully expect him to run and win the republican party nomination and force many of us who are conservatives, just not extremists to vote for President Obama (which I didn't do the last time).

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 3, 2011 1:18 p.m.

    Rifleman,
    I'm sorry for the offense caused by the "back of the bus" comment you referred to from last year by President Obama. I'm sure he'll apologize to everyone when we hear apologies from Bush/Cheney - "Sorry, no WMD's." "Sorry for wrecking your career with the CIA, Mrs. Wilson." "Sorry for loading you up with garbage to take to the UN, Mr. Powell." "Sorry we let the banks lead the way in wrecking the economy." "Sorry we almost doubled the deficit in eight years." "Sorry we never even investigated Bernie Madoff." I'll wave any apologies from Reagan or Nixon. I won't hold my breath waiting for one from Rush, either.

  • atl134 Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 12:46 p.m.

    Obama stopped the downward spiral of the economy (and is now at 19 straight months of 0 or positive job growth after inheriting -700k/month) and it's Republicans that are getting in the way of passing what is needed to help in the recovery (they'd rather just cut spending which eliminates even more jobs). I think he's done a pretty good job, though if his goal is to destroy this nation... he does kinda stink at that since I don't see the destruction.

  • There You Go Again Saint George, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 12:40 p.m.

    Chris Christie:

    Half term Gov.

    Attorney.

    Top fund raiser for George Bush 2000 presidential Campaign.

    Registered Lobbyist.

    200 word limits do not allow adequate reference to list all accomplishments, however, consider the following, for starters:

    "...Christie's involvement with a $311 million fraud settlement with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Christies office deferred criminal prosecution of the pharmaceutical company in a deal that required it to dedicate $5 million for a business ethics chair at Seton Hall University School of Law, Christie's alma mater. The U.S. Justice Department subsequently set guidelines forbidding such requirements as components of out-of-court corporate crime settlements...".

    or

    "...Christie using his office in crafting deferred prosecution agreements to award lucrative federal monitoring positions in no-bid contracts to friends, supporters, and allies. Questions first arose after Christie awarded a multimillion dollar, no-bid contract to David Kelley, another former U.S. Attorney, who had investigated Christie's brother, Todd Christie...".

    Daily, we see comments referencing President Obama's "Chicago Style Politics".

    So, by electing Christie, we are going to substitute "New Jersey Style Politics" for "Chicago Style Politics"?

    Or, is it, "New Jersey Style Politics" are acceptable because the perpetrators are Republicans and not Democrats?

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 12:06 p.m.

    @ Mark B
    You wrote: "Ute's use of the phrase "your boy o" is, deliberately or not, offensive"

    May of us that Pres. Obama's comment about the GOP joining Democratic efforts for reform was offensive. On Oct 26, 2010 Mr. Obama said They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back. Is that really the kind of thing the President of the USA should say? It is no wonder that he has earned such little respect.

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    Oct. 3, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Ute's use of the phrase "your boy o" is, deliberately or not, offensive.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 11:07 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 10:23 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011
    "Now, where is the criticism for EVERY u.s. president about this obvious waste of tax payer dollars..."

    There isn't one single solitary member of congress with an elevator that goes all the way to the top floor who does not support protection for retired US presidents.

    Interesting that you'd single out protection for Bush but would omit the same protection Clinton and Carter receive.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:55 a.m.

    ute alumni | 10:44 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011,

    So, the person who HAS been running the country for the last three years is not 'fit'...

    but the guy who uses state funds to go to his son's baseball game is better?

    *'Osama bin Laden Killed: 'Justice Is Done,' President Says' - By DEAN SCHABNER - ABC News - 05/01/2011

    'Osama bin Laden, hunted as the mastermind behind the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, has been killed, President Obama announced tonight.'

    Wow. What did Chris Christie do to kill Osama Bin Laden Ute?

    And let's be real. You can't handle my reply...

    and yet, the ONLY time you post is in reply, to me.

    Example?

    My post about Chris Christie using STATE tax dollars to fly to his son's baseball game?

    9:19 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011

    Ute reply: 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011.

    When you contribute about a story, I'll read it.

    Until then, you ONLY ever comment on a story...

    after, a comment I, made about it.

    If your afraid of contention...why not post a blog?

    Oh, wait.

    You could only ever do it, AFTER I make a comment.

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:44 a.m.

    the difference between christie and o is that christie admitted that he does not have the experience to run the country and o after three years will still not admit that he is incapable of running the country. o is so far over his head that the country would be better served if he just left office now and picked up his stapler and posters and went back to chicago.
    i'd respond to paganette's questions, but then we get another 20 responses from him.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:23 a.m.

    'Is it conceivable that you were unaware that EVERY US President receives Secret Service protection for life after leaving office?' - Rifleman | 10:13 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011

    I am perfectly aware of it.

    As, are you.

    Now, where is the criticism for EVERY u.s. president about this obvious waste of tax payer dollars...


    and not JUST Obama?

    Well?

  • Howard Beal Provo, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:17 a.m.

    I don't think the guy is electable, too many incidences of helicoptering to see his kid play soccer and chewing out teachers at town hall meetings. These instances may appeal to tea partiers but when the general population gets a closer look at his mean streak, I don't think it goes over. President Obama has been fairly criticized for having a thick skin when aggressively questioned, this guy takes it to a new level. IMO, we somebody that knows the economy, will listen to others and acts presidential when dealing with others. Christie seems to be lacking there.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 10:13 a.m.

    Re: Pagan | 9:52 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011
    "Says alot when George W. Bush lives on his texas ranch with tax paid secret service and you say nothing..."

    Is it conceivable that you were unaware that EVERY US President receives Secret Service protection for life after leaving office? Do you think you could simple walk up to Bill Clinton without the Secret Service stopping you?

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:52 a.m.

    'pagan
    when did your boy o reimburse the taxpayers for his date nights and vacation? i think it will be more than $3,000.' - ute alumni | 9:30 a.m. Oct. 3, 2011

    And when did you ask for that reimbursement from any. Other. President ute?

    *'Iraq war could cost taxpayers $2.7 trillion' - By David Goldman - CNN - 06/12/08

    '...told members of Congress that the war costs taxpayers about $430 million per day...'

    Says alot when George W. Bush lives on his texas ranch with tax paid secret service and you say nothing...

    but Obama can't go on a date with his wife.

    Still waiting.....

  • ute alumni Tengoku, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:30 a.m.

    pagan
    when did your boy o reimburse the taxpayers for his date nights and vacation? i think it will be more than $3,000.

  • Rifleman Salt Lake City, Utah
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:26 a.m.

    Gov. Christie put the brakes on the the nation's most expensive transit project, a rail tunnel under the Hudson, and signed a bill requiring public workers to contribute more for pension, health benefits.

    Gov. Christie has shown more guts than anybody in Washington. We need someone with his fiscal conservatism.

  • Pagan Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:19 a.m.

    *'AP: Lawmaker seeks hearing on NJ gov's chopper use' - By Angela Delli Santi - AP - Published by DSNews - 06/02/11

    'TRENTON, N.J. A Democratic state lawmaker said Thursday she'll convene a hearing into (Republican) New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's use of a state police helicopter to fly to his son's baseball game. (sic) '(Chris) Christie's (Gov. Republican NJ) spokesman says the governor won't reimburse taxpayers.'' Article

    He later paid the almost $3,000 dollars charged to tax payers.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:18 a.m.

    Has anyone else had comments on this article denied. I don't understand why I keep getting denied by saying that Cain's popularity increased when he proposed a 9% corporate tax, 9% income tax and 9% sales tax known as the 999 plan. Perhaps a new candidate could propose even lower taxes with a 666 plan. Why is that offensive?

  • bluejean Farmington, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 9:13 a.m.

    Have we learned nothing from 08? Yes, he can talk the talk, but he knows and is correct in his assessment that he needs more experience before he can walk the walk. We literally can't afford to repeat the Obama debacle. Republicans need to stop thinking the grass is greener, its beginning to make all their candidates look like a joke.

  • Cougar Blue N. Las Vegas, NV
    Oct. 3, 2011 7:39 a.m.

    Oh please! He's worried, big time, that he won't even win a second term as governor of New Jersey. He thinks he needs a new gig. Why don't a bunch of our readers just throw their names in the hat. Couldn't be any worse than what is out there.

  • Cats Somewhere in Time, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 7:12 a.m.

    Chris Christie is great, but he's really NOT ready. I hope he doesn't succumb to the pressure and run. He needs to stay in New Jersey, learn, grow and run eight years from now. I think a run now could be disastrous for him, the Party and the country. We need Mitt to get the nomination and the presidency. He's the one who has the expertise and experience to turn this mess around.

  • Doug10 Roosevelt, UT
    Oct. 3, 2011 6:41 a.m.

    Another what if article

  • no fit in SG St.George, Utah
    Oct. 2, 2011 11:09 p.m.

    Christie is not an evangelical, tea partier, or a Mormon.
    Maybe that is why "they" want him to run.
    He probably will start working out, getting healthier, and turn out to be the Moderate the Republican Bosses are looking for.