Expectations have been high all week for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Did he deliver? Give us your thoughts on his speech.
Expectations have been high all week for N.J. Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote address at the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.
Pundits beforehand predicted Christie would tone down his typical bombast, leave the “Jersey Comeback” stories in Trenton, and instead focus the spotlight of blame squarely on the Obama administration for America’s economic woes.
Some hoped his presences and style would help unify the Republican Party, bridging establishment conservatives and the often divisive Tea Party.
Did the speech meet your expectations? Were there any surprises?
This may well have been the most important speech of the governor’s political career. After shirking calls for him to run for president, and avoiding the short list for Romney’s running mate, it’s not clear whether Christie has his sights set on Washington, but the keynote of a major-party convention has a way of thrusting one into the spotlight. Ask Barack Obama.
Do you think it’ll make much difference in how New Jersey is viewed from the rest of the country? Or do you think the speech did more to help Chris Christie than New Jersey?