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Chris Christie Tea Leaves: No to 2012 but Losing Weight, Mulling National Fundraising

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he's not going to get into the 2012 presidential race. He says it a lot, including very emphatically last week at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.

But for those looking for clues that he might not really mean it, here are two new ones: He's losing weight and might set up a national fundraising committee.

Christie told the Associated Press that he's been trying to eat better and he has been working out three times a week with a trainer. "Slowly but surely I'm taking the weight off," he said. He said his four children, ages 7 to 17, are the reasons for the health regimen. "I need to be around for them," he said.

The Courier-Post in New Jersey, meanwhile, quoted a close Christie adviser as saying Christie might form a national fundraising committee. "There's so much interest out there, it's leaving money on the table by not having one," said the adviser, Bill Palatucci.

The paper initially reported that it would be a presidential exploratory committee, but later corrected that. Still, a national fundraising committee or leadership PAC is the norm for anyone with national ambitions. The money would allow Christie to travel and help other candidates, raising his own profile while developing national networks of donors and supporters.

Losing weight is also time-honored prelude to a political campaign, a ritual immortalized in Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour's classic remark that if we saw him losing 40 pounds, "you'll know I'm either running or got cancer." Barbour is halfway there and a likely 2012 contender himself.

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Gov. Christie is attacking the notion that primary and secondary school teachers deserve tenure regardless of performance and that public employees should have higher wages and guaranteed employment that people in the private sector do not have. What's unfair about that? Don't we want to keep the good teachers and fire the bad ones? Why should the government be spared of cost cutting when all citizens have to do this on a daily basis?

He is being criticized for biting the hand that fed his democratic predecessors, plain and simple. Democratic politicians of the past promised police, fire and teachers unions sweetheart packages of pay and pension if they supported their man when he runs for office. Now, Christie is the governor who is beholden only to balancing the budget and the people of New Jersey, NOT THE PUBLIC WORKS UNIONS WHO CORRUPTED DEMOCRATIC POLITICIANS OF THE PAST!!!

Which states have the biggest budget deficits? Let's look; New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Michigan and California. What do they all have in common? They are all among the bluest states in the country with the reddest balance sheets.

Good for you, Governor Christie. You are taking the first step to make our tax dollars really go to work. Continue cutting through the waste. You also did right in cutting the largely unfunded extra NJ-NY tunnel and avoided adding further debt for New Jerseyans!

February 22 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

He should run, but I do not think he will in 2012, but 2016 he will. Governors have serious problems in thier states and Christie was the first to take real steps to deal with the problems. Many others are following now. Hopefully they can get the state budgets balanced. Federal government need to balance its budget also. Christie would be a good person to have in charge to try and do that.

February 22 2011 at 9:50 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

Cristie is 5'9 410 pound. He's a cornflake Republican nothing great about him or walker. Pick on the middle class and the poor is nothing new about the republican party playbook. Give take break to the wealthiest while balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and middle class.

February 21 2011 at 3:20 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

I find it hard to believe that anyone is putting Christie's name up as a presidential contender. He will never be able to live down turning down all that federal grant money to build a new NJ/NYC trans-Hudson connection, so desperately needed for future economic growth. He is a bulky man but a small thinker.

February 21 2011 at 12:50 PM Report abuse +6 rate up rate down Reply

If Christie does not run in 2012 there may be a movement to nominate Governor Walker of Wisconsin. The county needs a strong leader who will solve the problems and not care who is offended.

February 21 2011 at 12:24 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to joe's comment

Just because someone is good at pushing people around, doesnt mean they will make a good leader. Christie or Walker would be any good.

February 21 2011 at 2:05 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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