A while ago I mentioned here that the New Jersey Governor , who’s a Republican genuinely got along with the Mayor of Newark, NJ…
One or two people dismissed that….
That’s Ok….But in fact it IS true….
Cory Booker and Chris Christie do get along fine….
Now a Democrat running against Booker for the New Jersey US Senate Seat has brought up the fact that the two get alone….Which helps BOTH of these guys who happen to be different political parties….
All of this is being watched with the worry by some party people that a ‘good government’ bipartisan coalition is being born …And that worries the party people…..
Any effort to highlight the friendship will likely cause Christie some headaches nationally, as he’s already taken flack from conservatives who saw his praise of President Obama’s handling of Hurricane Sandy just days before the presidential election as party treason and evidence he’s a “Republican In Name Only.”
But while the relationship may be occasionally problematic, it’s ultimately useful in their political pursuits — both immediate and, for Christie, long-term.
“They both realize that a friendship between the two of them and an agreement not to challenge the other is mutually beneficial. Both are sort of the preeminent force in their parties in the state, and there’s no reason they both can’t be the kings of their hills in New Jersey,” said GOP strategist Matt Mackowiack.
Booker’s decision not to challenge Christie in the gubernatorial race was largely pragmatic — he’d have had a harder time winning a race against the popular, well-funded governor than he would a Senate race against either an aging incumbent or a handful of lesser-known lawmakers.
But New Jersey Democrats agree the friendship between the two made the gubernatorial race that much more distasteful to Booker.
With Booker opting out of the gubernatorial race, the friendship, to the extent that it helps Christie appeal to the centrist Democrats he needs to win big on Election Day, is a boon for Christie’s potential presidential hopes.
Christie has led in every poll of the New Jersey gubernatorial race by substantial margins, and if he sustains that lead through Election Day, he’ll be able to tout his blowout victory in a state as blue as New Jersey as evidence he can play nationwide.
A blowout win in November would also give him a mandate to govern on his own principles and potentially open up opportunities for him to pass conservative policies that he can point to in 2016.
It’s a strategy that’s banking on the belief that electability will trump ideological purity in the 2016 GOP presidential primaries.
The piece hints that GOPer Chris Christine might be embarking on a campaign of showing his party that HE’s the strongest in the party to challenge a Hillary run in 2016, even if he friendly with Democrat’s….
But This Dog does NOT think that’s gonna work with Conservatives who are More concerned about confronting Democratic policies than getting someone in the White House….