Could Chris Christie run for President?

November 30, 2010 2:03:51 PM PST
If you'll recall, Barack Obama was a U.S. Senator for less than two years before he announced he was a candidate for President.

His lack of experience had some precedence: George W. Bush was Governor of a state with a part-time legislature before he became President.

One of the great tells of the 2000 campaign was Mr. Bush explaining to The New York Times that when his dad was in the White House he looked at then-Vice President Quayle's lack of experience and wondered to himself: Hey, if he can do that, then can't I do that too?

Since the second Bush Presidency, experience has gone out the window as a prerequisite for taking up residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. For all his smarts and brainpower, it's hard to argue (even for those most ardent Obama supporters) that the current President hasn't been hurt by his lack of experience.

But that seems beside the point these days. It also seems that might be good news for Governor of New Jersey. Chris Christie has been in office all of nearly 11 months, but he's now being touted as a possible Republican nominee for President in 2012.

He's done a lot in those 11 months, but 11 months worth of work isn't a lot in terms of a resume. Whether what he's done in New Jersey, and it mostly involves teachers and students, will actually work remains to be seen. Some things can't be played out in less than a year, like economic policies.

The Christie bandwagon got two big boosts in the past 24 hours. Last night on Fox News' Sean Hannity show, Republican strategist Dick Morris suggested that Gov. Christie might be the best candidate to take on Pres. Obama in 2012. A verbal tussle erupted after that, with Mr. Hannity (who refers to the President as "the anointed one") took issue with Mr. Morris' assessment that Sarah Palin would be a weak candidate because most Americans, even after her national campaign as a candidate for Vice President, isn't qualified to be President. Hannity thinks she is. Morris pointed out why he thinks she's not.

But for a Dick Morris to suggest all this on Fox News, home to Sarah Palin, was akin to launching a political stink bomb. Palin represents the anti-Northeast Republicans after all, she just called the elder Bushes "blue bloods" last week. And Gov. Christie is carrying the more moderate banner once hoisted by Republicans like Nelson Rockefeller and George Pataki.

The second boost is a story on the Times website, offering that Christie's YouTube videos, one of them with more than ¾ of a million "hits", and others with tens of thousands of hits are giving him a surprising entre to a national audience, and fueling speculation that he has his sights set on some bigger office. The videos show Christie in a variety of settings, usually getting tough with an angry teacher in the audience.

Should be quite a campaign for President coming up. We'll have the latest on all things political, tonight at 11.

We're also following the latest developments in the Charlie Rangel Congressional censure drama. Word was that it was going to happen this afternoon, but so far, nada. There's also a report questioning the long-time Democrat from Harlem's use of PAC money to pay for some of his legal expenses.

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We'll also have any breaking news of the night, plus Lee Goldberg's AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark with the night's sports. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER

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