Watch: Chris Christie Announces 2016 Run

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie officially entered Monday in what is an already crowded field of Republican presidential candidates. His rollout, including a Jersey-esque slogan “Telling It Like It Is,” focused on his family roots, the economy, and Washington gridlock.

Christie made the announcement from his high school in Livingston, N.J., Tuesday beside his wife Mary Pat and his four children – Andrew, Sarah, Patrick, and Bridget. “I had to come home, and Livingston is home for me,” Christie said.

The second-term governor acknowledged his brother and sister, Todd and Dawn, and his parents, who were both raised by single mothers.

The New Jersey governor also cited his time as U.S. attorney. “That fight has not made me more weary. It has made me stronger, and I am now ready to fight for the people of the United States of America,” he said.

Christie touted his accomplishments in reforming the Garden State public worker pension and benefit system, as well as reforming teacher tenure, two hotly contested issues.

The governor said that in the past year, he visited 37 states and argued that Americans “are not angry” but “filled with anxiety.” He added: “The president doesn’t talk to Congress and the Congress doesn’t talk to the president.”

We have to do it together; we have no choice but to work together. This country has no choice but to work together again, not against each other.

This statement could be perceived as a jab at some of the other Republican candidates in the race already serving in Washington, including Sens. Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Rand Paul, R-Ky.; and Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Christie also called for 4 percent economic growth. “We gotta get this country growing again,” he told the friendly crowd. “We have an economy that is weak.”

We need a tax code that is simplified and will put CPAs like my dad outta business.

Turning his attention to foreign policy, Christie said that after seven years of the Obama administration, President Obama “lives in his own world, not our world.” He also took a jab at the former secretary of State:

After seven years of a feckless foreign policy, we better not turn it over to his second mate Hillary Clinton… We better stop caring about being loved and start caring about being respected.

Christie’s campaign released this video ahead of the announcement:

Matt Rooney, a family-law attorney and editor of Save Jersey–one of the most widely rest conservative websites in the Garden State–applauded Christie’s showing today but contended he has a lot more to do if he is to get back in the mix. “The country is learning that he’s the best retail politician since Bill Clinton. Love him or hate him, the guy can give a speech,” Rooney said. “Most of what your average outside New Jersey primary voter has seen, to date, is sound bites.” Rooney, who has followed the governor since his time at Rutgers Law School, was “surprised” by Christie’s decision to make the speech jersey-centric. “It’s risky because New Jersey is not in good financial condition, and the state’s brand nationally is not the best. But he appears prepared to live and die on his record,” he noted. One person following the speech put into context what that means:

While the RealClearPolitics average has Christie polling in the single digits, Rooney expects the governor to get a bump–but points out the stakes are higher for him, as opposed to former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina:

She doesn’t have his name recognition but she also doesn’t have negatives among prospective GOP voters that rival Trump’s. One recent poll found more than 50 percent of primary voters not willing to consider voting for Christie before the general election. It’s harder to change minds than make a first impression.

Christie will also have to answer for Bridgegate, the scandal in which a former high-level staffer allegedly ordered lanes on the Fort Lee, N.J., side of the George Washington Bridge to be closed going into New York, allegedly because the town’s mayor did not endorse the governor for his reelection bid.

If you would like to watch the entire announcement, here it is:

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Chris Christie Flips On Gun Control. Here’s The Heartbreaking Story That Converted Him…

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has straddled the fence on gun control. A reinforced, double-walled, stainless steel fence. Probably leaning more left than right. In 2009, he said that he wanted to make sure there wasn’t an ‘abundance of guns out there.’ Christie knows all about abundance. Okay, that was the last one, I promise.

Well, he quickly changed his tone when faced with the story of a woman who was murdered because she couldn’t get a gun permit in time. Let me give you the short end of the story.

Carol Bowne of Berlin Township had a crazy ex-boyfriend. She feared for her safety, filing a restraining order as well as installing security cameras and an alarm system in her home. As per New Jersey law, she also began the months-long process of obtaining a handgun. During that waiting period, she was stabbed to death by her crazy ex-boyfriend.

It’s a tragic story, one that really breaks my heart. One that showcases two glaring truths about guns.

1.) Access to guns is more important in helping women than men. The only way a woman can equalize the playing field with a larger, stronger man is a gun. Taking the guns out of the hands of male aggressors helps zero, as an unarmed man can still generally do whatever he wants to a weaker woman. That woman’s only chance of survival against a man seeking to do her harm is having a gun. Would a gun have saved Carol Browne’s life? Not necessarily. But it’s the only thing that would have given her a fighting chance. Period.

2.) This is why nobody in the government, media, or hell, even your neighborhood watch should be able to dictate how many guns you can buy and own, at any time. I was asked this question on Russia Today a while ago (seen in the video below). “Why would you need to buy more than one gun in a day?” Read this story. If you still ask “why?” then go screw yourself.

Back to Christie. He said that it was a shame New Jersey :is not yet a dictatorship” so that he could scrap the state’s tough gun laws. That’s one heck of a change from his previous statements in 2009, when he said that he supported aggressive enforcement of the state’s gun laws. Of course, that was while juggling the idea of making sure the police were safe on the streets…because it seems that Christie believes gun control actually stops criminals from owning guns. Fat-head. Okay, that’s the last one.

So, I’m glad to hear about his change of heart… but that’s a kind of stupidity that just doesn’t disappear overnight. I’m not sold on him yet.

But… he’s better than Bush? Maybe?

 

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Watch: Lib Host Just Gave This One Reason Hillary Can ‘Scold’ Repubs In A Way Obama Couldn’t

On Friday’s edition of Hardball with Chris Matthews, the host discussed, in an exchange with Michelle Bernard of the Bernard Center for Women, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s ability to “scold” Republican candidates, something they contend President Obama could not do during his 2008 and 2012 campaigns.

“Is this something that a white woman presidential candidate can do that an African-American president can`t do?” Matthews asked Bernard Friday. “I mean, why didn’t Obama give this sterling point-by-point scold you, you, you, Christie, Rick Perry, calling them out?”

“She can do it,” Bernard replied. “Obama could not do it, for example, like he couldn’t have done it in 2008 or 2012 and he can do it now because he`s in the last quarter of his presidency.” The women’s rights activist added:

But remember, we’ve talked about over and over again. The image of the quote, unquote scary black man was something that Obama had to deal with.

“But she can morally indict these guys, the other white people,” Matthews answered.

“Absolutely.” Bernard said. “And if you go and look at their numbers, the people she selected to talk about, Chris Christie does well with African-Americans. Rick Perry, Jeb Bush do well with Hispanics.”

“Anyway, I don’t think they are doing it because they don`t like black people,” Matthews said. “They do it because they like more Republican votes.”

Bernard concurred with Matthews’ point. “Exactly.”

Bush is slated to officially announce his candidacy for president Monday, two days after Clinton holds an event on New York City’s Roosevelt Island. Perry announced last week; and while Christie has not made any plans to announce, he said his family wants him to run, according to Politico.

h/t: WeaselZippers

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Christie Dead Wrong About NSA Spying

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave an impressive performance this week, glorifying the unconstitutional NSA program collecting and recording every American’s digital communication.

Standing in front of flowing waters at the Portsmouth, N.H., shipyard, Christie strongly delivered a litany of lies:

Christie: “The vast majority of Americans are not worried about the government listening in on them.”

Reality: Nearly all polls reveal the vast majority of Americans believe the NSA program of spying on Americans goes too far. The majority of Americans in most polls say they want the collection of their personal and professional digital communications to stop.

Christie: “It hasn’t happened.”

Reality: Christie is pretending we don’t understand how the program works. The NSA records and collects all digital communication and stores the millions of gigabytes for future searches. He’s not fooling anyone by pretending NSA agents aren’t actually “listening” 24/7. This is Clinton-style weasel-wording.

Christie: “What happens if we don’t catch the bad people who want to harm our country? So here’s how we catch ’em. We need to toughen our terror mechanisms to do their job.”

Reality: The NSA program has caught no domestic terrorists. None. Nada.

Christie: “Over the last couple of years our allies including Great Britain, France, Canada and Australia have announced plans to toughen their laws to better detect terrorism and extremism.”

Reality: Christie is using the liberal reasoning that “everyone else is doing it, so we should, too.” This is the foot-stomping, childish logic used to argue for a failing government-controlled national health care policy.

Christie: “This is a big debate in congress right now and courts have expressed their views.”

Reality: True. The program has been ruled “unconstitutional” by U.S. District Judge Richard Leon, who said the National Security Agency’s bulk collection of metadata – simply phone records of the time and numbers called without any disclosure of content – violates privacy rights.

Judge Leon famously declared, “I cannot imagine a more ‘indiscriminate’ and ‘arbitrary invasion’ than this systematic and high-tech collection and retention of personal data on virtually every citizen for purposes of querying and analyzing it without prior judicial approval. Surely, such a program infringes on ‘that degree of privacy’ that the Founders enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Christie: “Right now that debate is dominated by intellectual purists worried about theoretical abuses that have not occurred.”

Reality: The NSA’s Inspector General was compelled by Republican Charles Grassley to admit numerous agents have been caught using the NSA surveillance tools to spy on their lovers and spouses. Some resigned, some were fired, others reprimanded and demoted.

These include cases of NSA employees actually listening to their paramours’ conversations in addition to listening to recordings and reading emails. Yes, they can be doing this right now with your communications.

Christie: “If you’re an ordinary, hardworking American, this law has no effect on you..”

Reality: Unless it does.

Christie: “It could prevent the next attack from taking place and killing our fellow citizens.”

Reality: Former NSA Director Keith Alexander admitted he lied when he said surveillance data collected by the NSA program provided the initial tips to “unravel the threat stream” of 53 plots.

When presented with studies that showed no plots were uncovered by the NSA program, Alexander mewled, maybe “one or two” plots were uncovered. No, none were. Not one, not two. None.

Researchers analyzed cases involving 225 people recruited by al-Qaeda or other terrorist groups and charged in the U.S. since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The majority of cases started with traditional techniques, such as use of “informants, tips from local communities, and targeted intelligence operations.”

Bulk collection of American communications has had no discernible impact on preventing acts of terrorism and only the most marginal of impacts on preventing terrorist-related activity, such as fundraising for a terrorist group,

Christie has succeeded in differentiating himself from House Republicans who have come to recognize the program’s unconstitutionality.

He now stands with Hillary, Mitch McConnell, and Obama.

Not good company.

This commentary appeared at CagleCartoons.com.

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The Weirdest Republican Candidate Merchandise

Here are some decidedly odd products for sale relating to the Republican presidential candidates:

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There are some who say that Rand Paul fans are fanatics. I would never call them fanatics. I would just say that some of them like to go to sleep at night wrapped up in a giant photo of Rand Paul.

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Rand Paul flip-flops. I think the bottom of the left one (the “left” one, get it?) says “Cut the military,” and the bottom of the right says, “Build up the military! More drones, we need more drones!”

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Ok, I’m guessing this dart board probably isn’t an official product from his campaign. Do you think they got that photo from drone footage? Just wondering!

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Is Ted Cruz really hot? Perhaps a woman can speak to this in the comments section!

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Ok, I’m seeing a LOT of ladies clothes here with Ted Cruz’s name on them. Is he some kind of Latino heartthrob, like a modern day Marc Anthony?

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This is a bargain at only $500. Who would pay $500 for this? Do you think it’s valued so highly because it’s written in English?

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Two comments about this: (1) It’s a paper plate. When you’re done with it, you crumple up and throw out Jeb Bush’s face. And (2), if you’re eating a medium rare steak, when you’re done, you have blood all over Jeb’s face. How weird is that?

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We can only envy the inroads Bobby Jindal has made with the African-American community.

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Ok, this is very weird. Marco Rubio underwear? As a man, I would feel more than a little homosexual wearing Marco Rubio underwear. They don’t look like they’re made for women; what kind of audience do you think he’s going after here?

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A Chris Christie doll, stopping traffic at the bridge! Just remember, though, that this is a doll doing this; the real Chris Christie has no knowledge of it.

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An interesting sticker!

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I think this is Lindsey Graham’s #1 constituency. I just hope it’s not meant to be taken literally.

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Ok, this is just weird. For one thing, Huckabee has a short Hitler moustache every day at 9 o’clock.

A closing note: I tried to find interesting products related to Scott Walker because, as many of you know, he’s my top favorite from my list of least favorites. However, all his products were decidedly ordinary and boringly normal. A harbinger of things to come?

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