New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has frequently broken ranks with the extreme right. Unlike his fellow GOP members, he has proven he is American first, and a Republican second.
While a Gallup poll Thursday showed that Congress’ approval rating was at an ultimate low of 10 percent, Christie’s continues to rise among Republicans, Independents, and Democrats.
Although Christie says he disagrees with President Obama on many issues, but he has worked together with him to ensure aid for the New Jersey Shore, which was devastated by Super Storm Sandy. The two men met again last week at the grand opening of the new boardwalk.
Christie, who is up for re-election in November, has received the endorsement of some of the most powerful Democrats in his state.
Because of his bipartisanship, he has been shunned by many in his own party. Those who are party first, do not approve of Christie putting America first.
Known for being unconventional, this week he will venture into the political world of the all-powerful Clintons.
The New Jersey governor and Democrat Hillary Clinton, two potential 2016 presidential rivals, will be the headliners at a Chicago conference today called the Clinton Global Initiative America, and tomorrow on U.S. job creation sponsored by former President Bill Clinton. The Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, also is to participate in the event.
Criticism by his own party may stem from fear. His ability to cross party lines and accomplish goals for the people of his state, place him in a unique position. America’s voters, tired of the ‘do nothing’ politics in Washington, may be looking for a man like Christie. He stands alone within the party of “no.”
Last week, when Democratic Senator from new Jersey, Frank Lautenberg, passed away, Republicans expected him to appoint a fellow member of the GOP to serve the remaining 18 months of Lautenberg’s tenure. Instead, he took the proper action and set a special election for October 16th, and named the state’s attorney general, Republican Jeff Chiesa, to serve in the Senate on an interim basis.
Christie frightens the hard-line, extreme right of the GOP. He is a leader, he refuses to follow. While fellow Republicans will be in Washington, speaking to their base at an event hosted by Faith & Freedom Coalition, a group based in Duluth, Georgia, he will be in Chicago.
“This isn’t something that appeals to the Republican base,” said Linda Fowler, a government professor at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. “But that is part of his persona and part of his great appeal to many people.”
As for Hillary Clinton’s part in the conference, she gained the loudest applause when she spoke of the importance of women being involved in politics.
“When women participate in politics, the effects ripple out across society,” she told about 1,000 business, government, and foundation leaders in a hotel ballroom. She called boosting opportunities for women and girls the “great unfinished business of this century.”
For nearly two decades, I have been searching for a Republican I could admire. I briefly supported John McCain in 2000, but he has now joined one of the radical groups in his party. In addition, I lost faith in his judgment when he selected half-governor Sarah Palin as his running mate in 2008.
I am a fan of Governor Christie. Democrats and Republicans alike, support him for successes in his state. Bipartisanship works. Christie is an American who just happens to be a member of the GOP.
The Guardian Express