Chris Christie Presidential Bid a Question of Politics and Appearance

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In an interview with S.E. Cupp on the Piers Morgan show, radio host Glenn Beck slammed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his politics and his appearance.

Not a stranger to controversy, Glenn Beck is known for never holding his tongue when it comes to defending his conservative ideals. That being said, there can be no surprise that when questioned about New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, and his bid for presidency Beck stated, “no, Chris Christie is a fat nightmare”.

Republicans have often considered Chris Christie for the 2016 presidential nomination, due to his perceived strengths. In fact, a recent Quinnipiac national poll shows Christie is currently in the lead over Democratic hopeful, Hilary Clinton. Strengths and polls do not matter to Beck however. For him, Christie is just not conservative enough for the nomination.

When questioned on why he would snub his fellow conservative and ruin chances of Republicans winning the next election Beck states, “He’s not a conservative. He’s a progressive…have you ever looked into his, uh, nightmare of global warming?” Beck also voiced concern about Christie’s position on guns.

What then do Beck and like minded conservatives think about Chris Christie signing New Jersey’s “Dream Act” on Friday? According to Reid Wilson of the Washington Post, Christie has taken a huge risk in signing the act. In a recent article, Reid discusses the 2011 Republican nomination for president and how Republican hopeful Rick Perry may have lost the bid due to a similar act.

In September of 2011 Rick Perry engaged in a debate with fellow Republicans, during the debate he received a lot of scrutiny for a bill that he passed in Texas a decade before. The bill gave undocumented immigrants who came to Texas as children the ability to pay in-state tuition to attend colleges. At that point Rick Perry was leading all national polls but after this debate and another in which the Texas governor defended his stance, he began to lag in the polls.

It almost seemed that Chris Christie would not sign the bill. Opponents argued that Christie’s delay in signing the bill was an example of him back peddling.  Earlier this year Christie stated that he supported allowing children of undocumented immigrants, who graduated from New Jersey high schools, the ability to attend college with in-state tuition. Opponents argued that it was simple a ploy to gain Hispanic votes during his reelection bid.

In addition to his political stance Chris Christie has received rebuff from both Republicans and Democrats because of his weight.

Glenn Beck is not the first person to call Chris Christie a “fat” something or another and Christie has not been shy in confronting such critics. Dr. Connie Mariano, a former White house physician, made a comment suggesting that the New Jersey Governor may be too fat to be president. The comment was made during an interview with CNN this year and received immediate response from Christie.

The fact that Chris Christie’s weight is mentioned at all whenever his presidential candidacy is being considered is just one example of the prejudice faced by those who are labeled “obese.” The National Association to Advance Fat Acceptance (NAAFA) has taken up the task to eliminate discrimination based on body size. The negative views that the public has about overweight people has long been documented. In this thin obsessed nation the common opinion is that being overweight is a testament to a person’s lack of self-discipline and willpower.

It is no secret that appearance plays a role in how voters determine who to elect to a political position. A study by Princeton psychologist Alexander Todorov suggests that beauty and the appearance of competence are what draw voters to certain candidates. According to the study, for voters who know nothing about a candidate, the look of competence, “masculine but approachable, with square jaw, high cheek bones, and large eyes” is what helps determine who voters will select.

Studies like this suggests that anyone who does not fit a particular mold will have difficulty winning an election. Of course there have been times when this theory did not apply. However, for Chris Christie’s appearance, in addition to how fellow Republicans view his political stance, may put a damper on his presidential hopes.

By Earnestine Jones


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