A Christie victory could transform national Republican Party

OCEAN CITY, N.J. — Move to the right or try to pull the GOP away from the tea party and toward the center? That is the question Gov. Chris Christie will face if he trounces his way to victory Tuesday in New Jersey’s gubernatorial race and turns his attention to the prospect of a 2016 presidential bid.

Some Republicans watching the final stages of the governor’s race say a decisive Christie win will send a message to the national party that the GOP can triumph without catering to the far right.

Polls show Mr. Christie, who opposed the partial federal government shutdown last month, is poised for a huge victory over his Democratic opponent, state Sen. Barbara Buono, and big-money Republican donors say the victory will become a rallying point as they battle Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and his tea party allies for tactical supremacy in Congress and for the upper hand in jockeying for the 2016 presidential nomination.

“His actions have galvanized the mainstream of the Republican Party to wake up and say, ‘We need to do something to get this party back,’” said Bobbie Kilberg, a top fundraiser who blamed Mr. Cruz and his allies for tarnishing the GOP image with the 16-day shutdown.

“I think Chris Christie has always been good for mainstream center-right Republicans, and I think this reaffirms that,” Ms. Kilberg said. “I think he is one of the rare officeholders in America today who has across-the-board appeal, and if the Republican Party is going to win back the presidency, they have to have broader appeal, not just speak to a narrow base.”

14 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Upaces says:

    Christie is already known to take $ from Muslims (See Logan Act). This IS illegal.
    Google Romney+George Soros.

  • Weld_County says:

    My Personal Opinion based U.S.A. and World Events: If Governor Chris Christie Runs for President in 2016, and unfortunately Wins, we will be Replacing a Democratic Islamist Jihadist Muslim ‘Appologist’ Sympathizer (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.) with a GOP “Republican In Name Only”‘RINO’ even more Islamist Jihadist Muslim ‘Appologist’ Sympathizer (Christopher James Christie or “Mitt Romney’s Code Name for Christie”: ‘Pufferfish’).

    Just a Few (of many) Links:

    “ACTION ALERT! Terror-linked CAIR plans to infiltrate the GOP now”
    “Muslim Brotherhood proxy CAIR tries to gain Republican support by smearing Republicans”

    “CAIR tired of infiltrating Democratic Party; now going after Republican Party” Walid Shoebathttp://www.shoebat.com/2012/12/04/cair-tired-of-infiltrating-democratic-party-now-going-after-republican-party/
    My Personal Comment from Reader WLH: “They ALREADY HAVE infiltrated the U.S.A. Government Democratic Party, with Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., NOW they think it’s time for them to “Take” the last Bastion of “U.S.A. Government Resistance – the GOP”.

    “Beck, Limbaugh Defend Bachmann’s Muslim Brotherhood Inquiry as GOP Leaders Turn on Her”

    “MUSLIMS ATTEMPTING TO INFILTRATE T.E.A. PARTY MOVEMENT TO ADVANCE SHARIA LAW” United States Defense League http://www.usdl.info/modules/news_english/item.php?itemid=1182

    “Islam Infiltrating TN Schools : Midtown Republican Club”

    “Report: Hamas, Hezbollah, Al Qaeda Worked to Infiltrate CIA”

  • Pam Dunn says:

    Christie is nothing more than a left winger Liberal lite democrat called a RINO
    RUnning him for President would do NOTHING but hand the WHite House to SHillary Clinton or some other democrat just like with McCain and Romney.
    The Republicans NEED a Tea Party Conservative candidate; Remember Reagan !!.

    1. awegweiser says:

      Remember Reagan? Sure- an absurd war against a little Caribbean island, destroying a labor union that then put air travel at great risk; selling arms to Iran to secretly support a horrible war in Central America, lowering taxes and then massively raising them. Yes, Pam you can have your Saint Reagan.

      1. BOC says:

        And who is your saint, the Emir Obama? I’m not sure where you fall in this argument other than you’re attempting to antagonize others with really stupid rhetoric. This is a typical tactic of a lunatic lefty, who barks at the moon and swoons when the Liar in Chief speaks from the teleprompter. Five years down the road of fascism, with a Banana Republic styled dictator must be right up your alley. Absurdity, are you kidding? Benghazi, Fast and Furious (oh that was a brilliant move by our DOJ to trump up Gun Control), lobbing missiles into Libya, the Arab Spring and you’re pissing about Grenada, which restored the rightful government from a bloody tyrant? Another regime run by clueless academics and baying sheep like yourself following in lock step. Crushing a labor union? Awesome! At least one public sector union snuffed out preventing the fleecing of the public at large? BTW, how many air tragedies occurred, due to Reagans’ actions? The answer? Zero, like you moron. Go back to the Daily Kos where the rest of the Looney’s reside in the land of Unicorns, lollipops, EBT cards, high unemployment, runaway debt, Occupy Wall Street and just utter and complete incompetence.

        1. awegweiser says:

          Nice barrage of personal attacks. Come back when you can present cogent arguments that do not attack those who just might not agree with you.

  • VirgoVince says:

    NO MORE rinos!!

  • Betty Bryant says:

    Ms. Kilberg couldn’t be more wrong. New Jersey is not a good example of what the rest of the country will do. Chris Christie does not have across-the-board appeal. If the “mainstream center-right Republicans” believe this crap, they are in for a rude awakening.

  • awegweiser says:

    I must admit, compared to the loons controlling the GOP, the man mountain has a few things going for him. Too bad he had to manipulate the election dates, costing the tax payers a couple of $ million. Also too bad he a loud, obnoxious, rude, boor in public. (And the Tea Party needs nobody to demonize them. They do a dandy job without assistance)

  • corposant says:

    The idea that Christie would somehow transform the Republican Party is absurd. The man is already committed to amnesty as he pandered to the Latino Leadership Alliance and he is for global warming/climate change; so what exactly then will he transform? How dare we have a candidate that might actually appeal to the conservative base, instead of the establishment. This article does two things: supports a loser candidate and demonises the Tea Party as a fringe element that should be kept at arms length.

  • Charles Kimberl says:

    I agree with BobM001, that fat RINO will not attract votes from real Americans. Also you notice on the evening news almost every night, the Sandy damage is still abundant. I thought his ‘boy’ in the White House was going to fix it for him when he delivered NJ for the last election?

    1. awegweiser says:

      Really difficult, Charles, isn’t it to recognize that our twice elected President happens not to be pure, lilly white? His “BOY” in the White House was denied funds from the Congress for NJ and which included a creep from Oklahoma who accepted such help quite quickly for their tornado disaster. Tell us more about your “real Americans”.

  • BobM001 says:

    This FAT RINO will NEVER get the votes of TRUE PATRIOTIC AMERICANS! Christie showed his TRUE COLORS when he “sucked up” to Obama after hurricane Sandy.

    1. awegweiser says:

      He “sucked up” to the President as they considered the terrible disaster that befell tens of thousands of Americans, blue, red or purple, to get the the same aid as other have received.? What mean, nasty and harsh Tea Party World do you live in?

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