The race is not always to the swift, but it might be to the fat
. Just-elected New Jersey governor Chris Christie is being Mentioned
as a possible GOP presidential candidate because of his riveting battle with the state`s public employees, especially its entrenched teacher union
. But NumbersUSA has just issued one of its invaluable Report Cards, grading Christie an F on immigration
because of his support for amnesty and loud lack of interest in enforcement. Numbers` Roy Beck bluntly describes
Christie as "a wash-out"
, which is strong talk for the herbivorous Beck.
Careful readers of VDARE.com will not be surprised. Nearly four years ago, James Fulford reported
a very nasty spat between then-U.S. Attorney Christie and the Mayor of Morristown, Don Cresitello, who, although a liberal Democrat, was urging that something be done about illegal immigrants in his town. Nearly a year later, we reported Newark Star-Ledger
columnist Paul Mulshine`s evisceration of Christie for his continuing attacks on the Mayor. Christie was not merely on the wrong side, but emotionally committed to it, in a horribly Bush-like way
Mulshine is clearly skeptical of Christie`s credentials. He wrote recently
If our boy went to the Beltway with the intention of stirring up support for a presidential run, he sure succeeded. My assessment: Mitt Romney had better watch his back.ALSO: Conservative New Jersey is still asking why Christie won`t join the suit against Obamacare. If he ever does run, this sort of thing will have to be addressed
(If Chris Christie`s trying to get some buzz going inside the Beltway...
, Feb 18, 2011. Link in original).
You can go a long way in politics just by having the right enemies, as I noted
about Sarah Palin the other day. But Christie is clearly vulnerable on immigration—if any of his possible rivals have the courage to act.