Is Chris Christie Courting Donald Trump For the VP Slot?

There are any number of articles running around the internet suggesting that Donald Trump garnered the endorsement of Governor Chris Christie by waving the vice-presidential nod under the governor’s nose.

But it’s not likely to happen…because Mr. Trump has promised us he would only hire the best and brightest…that kinda leaves Governor Christie out of it…aina?

Gannett Papers and Governor Chris Christie

In what may be an indication of what Milwaukee may expect from Gannett Newspapers when they complete their acquisition of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel…six of their New Jersey papers have called for the resignation of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

Six New Jersey newspapers issued a joint editorial calling on Christie to resign following his failed presidential campaign and subsequent endorsement of Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

“We’re fed up with Gov. Chris Christie’s arrogance,” the papers wrote. “We’re fed up with his opportunism. We’re fed up with his hypocrisy. We’re fed up with his sarcasm. We’re fed up with his long neglect of the state to pursue his own selfish agenda. We’re disgusted with his endorsement of Donald Trump after he spent months on the campaign trail trashing him, calling him unqualified by temperament and experience to be president.”

The newspapers — the Asbury Park Press, the Bridgewater Courier-News, the Cherry Hill Courier-Post, the East Brunswick Home News Tribune, the Vineland Daily Journal and the Morristown Daily Record, each owned by Gannett — published the call for Christie’s resignation a day after the governor held a contentious press conference where he refused to answer questions related to his endorsement of Trump because, he said, “I don’t want to.”

“For the good of the state, it’s time for Christie to do his long-neglected constituents a favor and resign as governor,” the papers wrote. “If he refuses, citizens should initiate a recall effort.”

The papers concluded: “New Jersey needs someone whose full attention is devoted to making life better for New Jersey’s citizens. That won’t happen until Christie steps down or is forced out.”

Some of this reminds me of our Governor Walker…at least the part about the inattention to the needs of Wisconsin and his protracted absences for his own campaign.

But then it gets worse for Governor Christie…the New Hampshire Union-Leader took back it’s endorsement of Governor Christie in his presidential bid:

The New Hampshire Union-Leader would like to take back everything nice it said about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

“Christie was our bad choice,” Joseph McQuaid, the publisher of the paper, wrote in an editorial on Monday night. “Boy, were we wrong.”

Chris Christie endorses Donald Trump

Wait…….whaaaaaatttt?!?!?!?

After attempting a murder-suicide against Marco Rubio in the last debate before the New Hampshire primary — and causing a humiliating performance by Rubio that at least partly explains his dismal fifth-place showing there — Chris Christie is back to torture Rubio once more, this time by openly endorsing Donald Trump.

Christie argued that Trump has the executive experience necessary to be president. “This is only guy on the stage, other than Gov. Kasich, who made executive decisions, made executive decisions throughout his life,” Christie said. “Who put together budget and makes sure money is spent efficiently and effectively in order to create profit, and would make sure the country moving forward would get on that kind of track. This guy knows how to do that better than anybody on that stage.”

Seriously…..I thought this was an early April Fool’s joke, but apparently it’s not.

Should Carly Fiorina Be In Tonight’s Debate?

Because she didn’t meet the criteria for tonight’s GOP Debate on ABC, Carly Fiorina is being excluded from the debate. This really doesn’t make a lot of sense because she’s about the only candidate still standing who’s not attending…and quite frankly her campaign isn’t any more dormant than Kasich, Christie or Carson at this point. So what’s the deal?

Anyway, here’s some other insight:

To a lot of the Republican Party leadership, Fiorina’s exclusion doesn’t make sense. 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney tweeted, “Hey @ABC: put @CarlyFiorina on the debate stage! She got more Iowa votes than John and Chris. Don’t exclude only woman,” setting off a Twitter storm of support from Newt Gingrich, New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Nebraska rising star Sen. Ben Sasse, state party chair Jennifer Horn, and primary candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson. But the national Party, possibly mindful of the fact that the Growth and Opportunity Project report also concluded that in the 2012 cycle voters were overwhelmed by a “ridiculous” number of debates, and content to let whatever blame is cast fall squarely on sponsor NBC (sic), has declined to get involved.

And from Ms. Fiorina herself:

“If ABC and the RNC don’t change their minds they’re not dissing me, they’re dissing New Hampshire,” Fiorina said Friday, where she was appearing at an addiction recovery round table in Manchester. (Fiorina lost a stepdaughter to drug addiction.) “I earned my way on this stage when Iowa voted. We don’t need polls when we have votes.”

My opinion? She’s as viable a candidate as at least four of the others who will be on stage…at this point it would be a bigger plus than minus to have included her. So I say let her play!

Last word:

“The RNC put out an autopsy report after the 2012 elections,” he (Ovide Lamontagne: brought in to run the NH Fiorina campaign) notes. The Growth and Opportunity Project report concluded that the Republican Party “needs to stop talking to itself” and make a concerted effort to connect with minority voters and women. “This is the first woman ever to run in the [Republican] New Hampshire primary,” Lamontagne explains. “And now we’re not smart enough to make sure she’s on the stage.”

Chris Christie on Syrian refugees: Not even ‘orphans under 5’

In an interview with conservative radio talker Hugh Hewitt, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hunkered down on refusing Syrian refugees. After being asked about orphans under five, here’s what the governor had to say :

The fact is that we need appropriate vetting, and I don’t think orphans under 5 should be admitted into the United States at this point,” Christie said.

“They have no family here. How are we going to care for these folks?” he asked

The are orphans for crying out loud…how likely are orphans to have family here?

Ok, no orphans under five…what about a fetus Chris? Can we accept Syrian refugees if they happen to be a fetus? We must do everything in our power to protect a fetus…

meanwhile, back at the ranch:

Most of the Republican field has slammed Obama on the issue since the weekend, and a number of governors said they would try to thwart Obama’s plan in their states.

For his part, Obama issued a passionate defense of accepting Syrian refugees during a Monday press conference.

“The people who are fleeing Syria are the most harmed by terrorism, they are the most vulnerable as a consequence of civil war and strife,” Obama said. “It is very important … that we do not close our hearts to the victims of such violence and somehow start equating the issue of refugees with the issue of terrorism.”

Rick Perry drops out of 2016 Republican presidential race

This should surprise absolutely no one…

After months of struggling to gain traction, former Texas governor Rick Perry on Friday said he is suspending his campaign, becoming the first Republican candidate to drop out of the crowded race for the White House.

“We have a tremendous field—the best in a generation—so I step aside knowing our party is in good hands,” Perry said, during an appearance before a conservative conference in St. Louis.

Perry, who has made his mark on the political landscape as the longest-serving governor in Texas history, in recent weeks wrestled with fundraising woes and an inability to break out of the bottom tier during his second presidential run.

I think we can expect to see at least one or two of the other bottom-dwelling Republican presidential candidates from the group of Sen. Rand Paul, Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Gov. Bobby Jindal, and former Sen. Rick Santorum follow Rick Perry out of the Republican presidential race, with my money on Lindsey Graham as the next likeliest to drop out of the race.

Gov. Chris Christie’s exorbitant food & drink expenses

According to a new report by Mark Lagerkvist of New Jersey Watchdog, New Jersey’s Republican Gov. Chris Christie has some very expensive habits when it comes to food and drink.

Chris Christie’s expense account tells a story of appetite and ambition, one that pits government waste versus the New Jersey governor’s waistline.

Christie spent $360,000 from his state allowance during his five years in office. More than 80 percent of that money, or $300,000, was used to buy food, alcohol and desserts, according to a New Jersey Watchdog analysis of records released by the governor’s office.

Among Gov. Christie’s expenses for food and drink was over $82,000 in food and drink bills for professional football games Gov. Christie attended at MetLife Stadium.

Christie’s most notable spending spree occurred during the 2010 and 2011 NFL football seasons at MetLife Stadium, where the New York’s Giants and Jets play their home games. New Jersey’s governor traditionally enjoys free use of luxury boxes for games and other events at the government-owned venue, but food and beverages cost extra.

On 58 occasions, Christie used a debit card to pay a total of $82,594 to Delaware North Sportservice, which operates the concessions at MetLife. The governor’s office did not provide any receipts, business reasons or names of individuals entertained, but defended the expense.