As recently as a couple of months ago, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was the obvious front runner for the Republican nomination for President in 2016. Christie was so sure of himself, in fact, he had already begun crafting the message of bipartisanship he would sell to the American people, as the former Republican governor of a liberal stronghlold like New Jersey. In fact, when the corpulent Governor famously hugged President Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, causing the collective implosion of the entire right’s sanity, it is a certainty that he did so to get that “bipartisan” message rolling for 2016.
And that may be where things started to go wrong for the Governor. Many believe that the reason behind the Christie administration’s absurd attempt to close Fort Lee, New Jersey’s access ramps to the George Washington Bridge was because that town’s Democratic Mayor Mark Sokolich refused to endorse the Governor in this year’s election. Obviously, Christie was pushing hard for as large of a margin, and especially as many endorsements from state Democrats as possible, in order to burnish his bipartisan credentials.
Well, it turns out that bipartisanship by bullying actually ISN’T that popular with the voters, or at least getting caught doing it. The New York Times is out with a new poll on who Americans would like to see run for President in 2016, and it’s not pretty for the New Jersey Governor, trailing all Republican rivals, and as the only person on the list with a net negative on the question. All of that, despite being the most well known politician on the list, with only 28% saying they lack the information to make a decision, versus upwards of 50 and 60 percent lacking information for the likes of Rubio and Cruz.
|Would you like to see [____] run for President of the United States in 2016, or not, or don’t you know enough about [______] to say?|
In case you were wondering, the NYT asked the same question for likely Democratic contenders Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and, according to Jed Lewinson:
Among Democrats, 82 percent say they want Hillary to run compared with 13 percent who don’t. Biden and Warren were both in positive territory with a net “should run” of 3 and 5 points respectively. More than 80 percent didn’t have an opinion on O’Malley and of the 36 percent who have an opinion on Cuomo, slightly more than half think he shouldn’t run.