Sunday, November 03, 2013

You mean Chris Christie may not actually be the second coming?

By Richard K. Barry 

The new book by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann chronicling the 2012 presidential campaign contains some interesting revelations about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, the man so many in America seem ready to anoint an across-the-aisle-working, pragmatic saint who can save America.

In a review of Double Down: Game Change 2012, CNN's Peter Hamby writes this, referring to the Romney team's vice presidential vetting file:

According to the authors, Romney and his team were shaken by what they discovered about Christie during "Project Goldfish," as the hush-hush veep search process was known. [The] "disturbing" research file is littered with "garish controversies," the authors write: a Justice Department investigation into his free-spending ways as U.S. attorney, his habit of steering government contracts to friends and political allies, a defamation lawsuit that emerged during a 1994 run for local office, a politically problematic lobbying career that included work on behalf of a financial firm that employed Bernie Madoff. And that's not to mention the Romney team's anxiety about the governor's girth.

Hamby adds this:

For Christie, who is coasting to reelection on Tuesday and already laying behind-the-scenes groundwork for a 2016 presidential bid, the book's revelations are a Drudge-ready public relations nightmare that will send his advisers scrambling to explain awkward aspects of his record and his personal life just as he is stepping onto the national stage.

Never did like that Chris Christie.

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