I don’t know how much more of this I can take – can’t sleep, no appetite, pacing the floor all hours, just waiting to see what Chris Christie is going to do.
It’s been interesting to see the media excitement and anticipation begin to turn to something close to skepticism, as reporters consider whether Christie has the talent, experience and temperament for the job, and whether there’s time to get the mechanics of a national campaign together.
One of the most interesting things I’ve seen is a piece by Steve Kornacki in Salon, which looks at Christie’s past ambitions and how they’ve played out. There’s this passage from the 1990’s…
Everyone knew he had gubernatorial aspirations. He’d briefly been an up and comer back in the mid-’90s, winning office in GOP-dominated Morris County, but his overt ambition, cockiness, and aggression alienated his fellow Republicans and he flamed out spectacularly, finishing dead last in the GOP primary in his 1997 reelection campaign.
And there’s an interesting section about the time in 2005 when Republicans were begging Christie to get into the governor’s race. Read it here.
If you’ve heard and read enough about New Jersey’s governor, here’s a couple of interesting pieces about Pennsylvania’s – veteran columnist John Baer explains why Corbett’s popularity has risen…
Corbett’s approach – look good, do little, show up only as needed – plays to the soul of a state among the national leaders in rural population, licensed hunters, covered bridges and mushroom production.
Read the rest of Baer’s piece here.
And John Micek takes a sobering look at the political ties and campaign contributions of Corbett’s new Advisory Council on Privacy and Innovation.