June 17th, 2010

Chris Christie, the un-Obama

It’s so refreshing to hear this guy speak:

Christie has a quality rare in politicians, that of a smart guy telling the truth and speaking from the heart. It’s a quality many thought they saw in Barack Obama, but from the first I was puzzled by that reaction to him.

Christie is a guy who seemingly came out of nowhere to score his stunning upset as New Jersey’s first Republican to hold any statewide office in the last twelve years. With Christie, what you see is (apparently) what you get, a half-Italian half-Irish lawyer who is New Jersey born and bred, speaking in the familiar cadences of his home state, and telling it as he sees it.

Without a teleprompter.

19 Responses to “Chris Christie, the un-Obama”

  1. Curtis Says:

    Christie is a social moderate, that much seems pretty clear from his policy positions on abortion, marijuanna and immigration. (On the latter, he states that simply being here without documentation is not a crime, but a civil wrong.) He supports gay civil unions but not gay “marriage.”

    This moderate stance is very similar to Sarah Palin. I think both Palin and Christie exemplify that conservatives are much more capable of compromise. What both have in common, besides economic conservativism, is that both speak to the public honestly. They are conservatives in their private lives and views, but for the good of the United States, have pragmatic policy views.

  2. Occam's Beard Says:

    It’s official. I love this guy, and desperately hope he runs for President.

    Imagine Christie debating the Messiah! I’d pay to watch that.

  3. SteveH Says:

    Reminds me of a history teacher i hated after the first week and absolutely loved by the end of the year. Theres something refreshing about people who will hurt your feelings and trash your sensibilities because they actually care about how you’ll end up.

  4. Artfldgr Says:

    Cristie has read Hayek…

    [note that MS does not correct his name. just as it doesn't know what misandry is...]

    Read Misis “the Road to Serfdom”

  5. Artfldgr Says:

    Palin is a progressive…
    Christie is not…

    Sometimes a faker looks more real than the real…

    [especially if you have lived on hollyweird pablum]

  6. J.J. formerly Jimmy J. Says:

    Basic, common sense economics. It’s what we need in this country. Can we clone this man?

  7. Mr. Frank Says:

    It was reported today that the Democrat dominated New Jersey legislature will pass Christie’s proposed budget.

  8. neo-neocon Says:

    Mr. Frank: now that’s leadership.

  9. FenelonSpoke Says:

    Christie is only the second Republican I voted for (after McCain) in my 30 plus years as a (still) registered Democrat. t . He is very smart and very refreshing and the unions are now raising their dues to launch more attack ads on him. I hope he runs for President some day, but we need him here in NJ for his term and possibly longer.

  10. waltj Says:

    And that, folks, is how you make an extemporaneous speech. No teleprompter, no notes, no hesitation. It helps to know your topic and your audience thoroughly, but what helps most of all is to speak from the heart. Gov. Christie is sold on what he says, he means every word of it. It’s almost enough to make me want to move to New Jersey. Almost.

  11. michaele Says:

    I watch every youtube video of him that is brought to my attention. I can’t get enough of the guy!

  12. Mrs Whatsit Says:

    Wow.

  13. Occam's Beard Says:

    FenelonSpoke, to hell with New Jersey. The country needs him. He’s our Cincinnatus.

    Over the next two years he’ll be Palined, but we need him. Badly. Hell, we need him right now.

  14. Occam's Beard Says:

    the unions are now raising their dues to launch more attack ads on him.

    Outlaw public sector unions. All of them. If you’re paid from taxes, you don’t get to unionize. Period.

  15. Sergey Says:

    “a quality rare in politicians, that of a smart guy telling the truth and speaking from the heart.”
    Isn’t this a quality REQUIRED from all polititicians? Isn’t this what politics should be all about?

  16. Curtis Says:

    I goofed. I brought up the subject of Joe Barton’s “apology” to BP in Neo’s thread about Olberman and The Daily Kos.

    Here’s a goal and it is at least something I can do:

    To have a command of the issues, facts, and language to communicate and win. Be Christie like.

    What is somewhat ironic about Christie is that he is an attorney, lobbyist, and politician. Haven’t we all been agreeing that this is what is wrong with our current president?

    Christie has no executive experience!

    Let me suggest that the “executive experience” prerequisite doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Christie, most likely, has had some executive experience in his various roles because he is not an isolated narcissist with idealogical (religious) beliefs that constrain him from knowing the truth. And Christie is competent. His success is based on ability and hard work.

  17. Gringo Says:

    FromWikipedia regarding Christie’s executive experience:

    Christie served as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey from January 17, 2002 to December 1, 2008. His office included 137 attorneys, with offices in Newark, Trenton and Camden. Christie also served as one of the 17 U.S. Attorneys on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ advisory committee.

    Similar to Sarah Palin’s mayoral experience in Wasilla, Christie was a freeholder for Morris County.

  18. bandmeeting Says:

    An incredible speech. I’m not going to go back and watch it again but when I saw it several days ago I was thinking that he didn’t say, um, a, er, or any other filler word. Every word that came out of his mouth was meaningful. What a contrast to the big O.

    The real beauty of this vid (there have been several) is that there is no “grand slam” here. He is simply speaking important truths. Six minutes of real, meaningful words.

  19. Donnie Says:

    So now we come to August…ask him why he didn’t do his homework…he just cost your state 400 million!! Maybe he should have a (tele)prompter to show him how to fill out one page, eh? Then he fires the guy that brought it all up…a little thin skinned, perhaps? Just a tad. Keep him in N.J…

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