Chris Christie is making a big impact as New Jersy Governor. His direct combative style is a vote winner, and so far he’s made a good job of facing down the state school teacher’s union. He has a style and presence that has convinced many he’d make a good President. Its an upside that looks good, even considering he’s a Northeasterner. The trouble is, there’s just too much on the down side. Lets start with the Second Amendment. Chris Christie supports the assault weapons ban and all current gun laws. He opposes attempts to permit conceal and carry laws in New Jersey. In an October 27 interview with Sean Hannity, Gov. Christie admitted that he favors gun control. Transcript-
Christie: We have a densely populated state and there’s a big handgun problem in New Jersey. Now, I don’t support all the things that the governor supports, by a long stretch. But on certain gun control issues, looking at it from a law enforcement perspective, seeing how many police officers were killed — we have an illegal gun problem in New Jersey.
Hannity: Should every citizen in your state be allowed to get a licensed weapon if they want one?
Christie: In New Jersey, that’s not going to happen, Sean.
Christie: Listen, with the Democratic Legislature that we have, there is no way those type of things –
Hannity: Would you support it.”
Christie: Listen, at the end of the day, what I support are common sense laws that will allow people to protect themselves. But I also am very concerned about the safety of our police officers on the streets. Very concerned. And I want to make sure that we don’t have an abundance of guns out there.
Not a very solid defence of the Second Amendment there. Let’s see where he stands on illegal immigration. In late April of 2008, at church forum sponsored by the local chapter of the Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey, Christie said
“Being in this country without proper documentation is not a crime. The whole phrase of ‘illegal immigrant’ connotes that the person, by just being here, is committing a crime. Don’t let people make you believe that [entering the country illegally] that’s a crime that the U.S. Attorney’s Office should be doing something about. It is not.”
Governor Christie also opposes Arizona’s efforts to control illegal immigration. He said that without federal border security, enforcement of existing laws and a “clear” path to legalization for immigrants, there would never be a fix. This is code for amnesty.
Christie also refused to take a clear position one way or the other on the Ground Zero Mosque. The little he did say suggested he might not be that opposed. Mark Levin really made my mind up for me. He said the following about Christie on his radio show the other day-
The man supports gun control. The man appoints a radical Islamist to a judgeship. The man is for amnesty [for illegal aliens]. The man is, to some extent, part of the “green” movement. He campaigned for Michael Castle. And it’s interesting. [Mitt] Romney is being attacked, correctly by the way, for RomneyCare. Yet here we have Obamacare, we have 28 states challenging it: 26 states in one suit; Virginia in another suit; Oklahoma in another suit — and New Jersey’s sitting on the sidelines.
Why? I cannot believe it’s the cost. Because I have offered, as have others, to do it for free. Just sign your name on a brief. That’s free. And yet Christie sits on the sidelines. So he either supports [Obamacare] or I don’t know what. Maybe while Romney’s explaining RomneyCare, Christie can explain his [tacit support of] Obamacare.
But the idea that if we don’t back Christie, who’s already said he’s not qualified enough to be president, that Romney is the winner and that we were warned about McCain, is a little rewrite of history. Nobody was more against McCain than I. Then at the very end I said we had to vote for him to stop Obama. But I fought him every step of the way. Ask McCain’s people. They hate me. Feeling’s mutual!
Anyway, it’s a little bizarre to me. The way I see Chris Christie is he’s Christine Todd Whitman as a male. I do like his fiscal positions. I do like the way he deals with the public sector teachers’ unions. That’s all to the good. But when you’re the president of the United States, you’ve got a whole lot of issues that affect a whole lot of people. And it’s not good enough to be good on one out of 20. So this [obsession with Christie] I don’t get.
I don’t get it either Mark, and as a strong supporter ot the Tea Party, where the focus is on returning to Constitutional government, how could I ever support an anti-second amendment gun grabber? Nope. Chris Christie is a far better Governor of New Jersey than a President of the USA.