The first Republican presidential primary votes won’t be cast for more than two years, but you need not look beyond New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s carefully staged press conference to see that the GOP’s clown show is already in full swing:
That’s not a press conference—that’s a photo op, disguised as a press conference. But if you’re a political junkie, it’s great news, because it means 2016 is here. On the other hand, if you’re a kid in school, you might find yourself getting sucked into being a prop for someone else’s political ambitions, which can be super-duper boring, as the expressions on these children’s faces show.
Chris Christie isn’t the GOP’s only presidential wannabe, but he’s clearly the flavor of the moment, and yesterday Rand Paul was more than willing to play the media’s game in order to capture some of the spotlight:
During a Senate committee hearing on post-Sandy recovery efforts, Paul asked Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan whether it was appropriate to use federal relief funds for television ads, a clear jab at the New Jersey Republican who starred in ads touting the Jersey Shore.“Some of these ads, people running for office put their their mug all over these ads while they’re in the middle of a political campaign,” Paul said at Senate Homeland Security hearing on recovery from superstorm Sandy. “In New Jersey, $25 million was spent on ads that included somebody running for political office. Do ya think there might be a conflict of interest there?”
That somebody, of course, was Chris Christie, and while Paul did not name him by name, the fact that he engaged Christie seems to have paid off, as he got broad coverage for it in the political press. And even better for Paul (in the context of a 2016 primary battle), Donovan defended Christie’s action—so not only did Paul throw a punch at Chris Christie, the Obama administration came to Christie’s defense.
How will Chris Christie respond to Paul’s barbs? We’ll get a chance to find out pretty soon: On Sunday, he’ll appear on Meet the Press.
- New Jersey exit poll pours a little cold water on Chris Christie’s 2016 ambition (dailykos.com)
- New Jersey GOP Gov. Chris Christie wins second term (bangordailynews.com)
- Christie re-elected governor of New Jersey (kvue.com)
- JEFF EDELSTEIN: Gov. Chris Christie will run for president in 2016, and quit New Jersey in 2015 (trentonian.com)
- A Christie victory in New Jersey would reverberate nationwide (washingtontimes.com)