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  •  He's up for re-election in 10 months, (6+ / 0-)

    and the voters of New Jersey won't have forgotten about Sandy by then. He has to do something, otherwise his opponent can just run ads that Christie, big wig Republican, conference keynote speaker Christie, did nothing while the GOP dithered about Sandy aid.

    If this drags on for another few months, it's going to be hard for Christie to stay in the GOP and get re-elected.

    Repeal the 2nd amendment.

    by Calouste on Wed Jan 02, 2013 at 12:07:24 PM PST

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    •  The 2nd Amendment is a tool (0+ / 0-)

      the Republican political establishment and they MIS-READ IT ON PURPOSE.    The 2nd Amendment only protects gun ownership for "members of the militia".  That, today, would be the National Guard.  If gun owners want to JOIN the National Guard, then they are protected by the Amendment.  Otherwise, the Amendment DOES NOT PROTECT GUN OWNERSHIP.  

      The U. S. has the highest rate of gun ownership in the world --- an average of 88.8 guns per 100 people.  War torn Yemen, the second highest, with 54.8 guns per 100 residents, while Iraq has 34.2.  There are 14 million active hunters in America today, or 1 out of 18 people.  IS the American gun ownership about HUNTING?  Bushmaster once promoted their rifle in a magazine ad that showed the menacing weapon under the words: "Consider your man card reissued".  If you need a weapon to prove your manhood, there wasn't anything there to begin with!
    •  Christie (0+ / 0-)

      is a Jersey guy through and through (I was a high school classmate of his younger brother Todd, and almost certainly met him at least once or twice even though I don't ever remember doing so).  From everything I can tell about him, he really does genuinely care about his state, which is a lot better than I can say for a lot of Republican governors (Messieurs Rick, to get started).  I don't think it was some kind of political need to be seen doing something.

      When he ran for governor, he did have a primary opponent, Steve Lonegan.  Lonegan's pretty high up in the Americans for Poverty crowd.  Unlike a lot of other Republicans running for office at the time, Christie did not swerve hard to the right.  He ran as for what passes these days as a moderate conservative, dared Lonegan to do his worst, and has, as best as I can determine, governed in that way.

      He's the sort of person that in a "perfect storm" situation, if the Republican Party as a whole were more rational, I might conceivably vote for (the one time I voted for Republicans was in 1990, when William Weld was running against John Silber for governor of Massachusetts -- Weld and Paul Cellucci were actually to the left of Silber on social issues, and there were other "good governance" issues involved).  Christie's more conservative, so it would have to be a really extreme situation (and again, it would have to be a situation where it weren't empowering the current bumper crop of nuts, so it couldn't be today even with that blast).  But I wouldn't be mortally scared of him as I was by, say, Mitt Romney.

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