Christie Tells Republicans It’s Time to Be Pragmatic
The November election of now-embattled second-term Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was seemingly a triumph for bipartisanship. Political commentators have described Christie as a proponent of pragmatism over ideology, and the governor himself said that his electoral victory should be lesson for the country’s broken political system.
Despite the fact that Democrats outnumber Republicans by more than 700,000 registered voters in New Jersey, Christie prevailed by winning the majority of the votes cast by women and Hispanics, as well as drawing a number of younger voters and blacks, key demographic groups that the GOP has trouble attracting. But amid the backlash over the exercise in political retribution organized by members of his political staff (read: BridgeGate) Christie has gone on the offensive against the Democratic Party.
Speaking before the Economic Club of Chicago on Tuesday, he gave a blistering critique of the Democratic Party platform and of President Barack Obama’s leadership style. But it was clear that Christie’s main goal was to redirect the national debate away from the scandal that has dogged the first weeks of his second term and toward the problems plaguing the leadership of the president of the United States.
Christie appeared to making an effort to reassert himself as the Republican standard-bearer and the best candidate to recapture the presidency. His commentary seemed aimed at showing he has the political prowess to bridge the wide gap separating to the two parties and break the legislative stalemate in Washington.