Chris Christie's keynote speech in GOP's Tampa convention
August 29, 2012
The morning after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gives his much-anticipated keynote speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa Bay, we take stock of the speech and what it says about Christie’s place in national politics, and how it may play in the Garden State. A new Rutgers-Eagleton poll found the Garden State’s voters unimpressed by their governor snaring the national spotlight at his party’s nominating convention, and similarly unfazed that Christie didn’t get picked as Mitt Romney’s running mate, and most said the speech wouldn’t make a difference in how New Jersey is viewed throughout the country. The tough-talking former prosecutor has won many fans and many enemies both in his home state and nationally, but boasts an almost 50-percent approval rating most of his political peers would pay for if they could. Joining us to help assess Christie’s keynote, and the message it attempted to send back home and to the world, is STEVE KORNACKI, political writer for Salon, co-host of MSNBC’s daily ensemble show “The Cycle” and former New Jersey politics reporter; and JOHN WEINGART, associate director of Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics.