Christie endorses Trump!


#1

Trump didn’t have his best “debate” performance last night on CNN. What better way to deflect the narrative of the news cycle than this. Brilliant timing.


#2

Few of Trump’s debate performances have been very good if substance were to be used as the yardstick. Last night was no exception, as the Cruz/Rubio double-team was viewed as pretty effective by many. That said . . .

You are correct, OldDog - Christie’s “endorsement” of Trump this morning is about changing the narrative from last night’s debate.

But it’s more than that. Recall that Christie’s full frontal attack on Rubio a couple of debates ago slowed whatever momentum Rubio had at the time right in its tracks.

It’s obvious Trump has decided Cruz is probably finished as a serious contender, with Rubio being his only competition.

So, Trump has brought in Christie specifically to BLUDGEON Rubio about the head and body (figuratively of course) - until at least after the Florida primary - at which time the race will likely be over. In the meantime, in the unlikely event Cruz somehow comes to life, Christie can club him as well.

Christie is Trump’s dancing bear and attack monkey all rolled into one. Simple as that.


#3

I expect Huckabee will be along shortly.


#4

Christie of all people to give an endorsement. Is this supposed to help his campaign or harm it?


#5

Am I supposed to be impressed by an endorsement from Christie? Is somebody bragging or complaining?


#6

No you are not 2cent - the “endorsement” in and of itself, is not important. After last night, Trump wants to change the debate results narrative, thinks Rubio is the threat and, as a consequence, Rubio is now Trump’s target. Who better than Christie to bring in as Trump’s attack monkey to go after Rubio? Christie - the guy who almost took Rubio out 2 debates ago.


#7

This is a fair point. How this all unfolds is anyones guess, but at least the GOP have decided that the bully needs sand kicked in his face too. My guess is that Trump won’t like it.


#8

If anything this makes me even less likely to vote for Trump.


#9

The politics of this is brutal, but not unusual - Trump’s motives are simply more transparent than most. His goals come down to short-term strategy - getting “sand kicked in his face” by the GOP does’nt enter into the equation for him. It’s ALL about getting the nomination. By his calculation, if he can take Rubio and Cruz out of the race, the nomination will be over. In Trump’s world, a guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.


#10

Rubio and Cruz need to raise any harsh words Christie has had for Trump, even vice versa and present them publicly, use them in ads. Expose Christie as a hypocrite, ask openly what promises Trump has made him, etc.

This is a dirty campaign. Disappointing considering how much value other candidates bring to the table. If this becomes a battle of wits, Trump will be out of his weight class. He can only bully those who refuse to hit back and he is ruthless about it, but like most bullies he hates being hit back.

Trump has some serious dirt in his past. I don’t believe a man should be held to only his past, but I do believe in an “eye for an eye” where there is merit.


#11

[quote=“shockedcanadian, post:10, topic:48348”]
If this becomes a battle of wits, Trump will be out of his weight class.
[/quote]If Rubio is so much smarter than Trump, why is he losing?


#12

Obviously this is a oversimplification, social science is imperfect. I would suggest: fear, media support, loud words and false promises. Carson is smarter than all of those on the ticket, yet, he is on the bottom.

Or maybe it is simply that America is no longer concerned about Conservative issues. The Democrats have a socialist and Clinton moving further left, Trump has presented very little Conservative views. If this is the case, I suppose there is nothing anyone else can do but accept that Trump is the will of the Republican voter. Though he won’t out Democrat the Democrat nominee.


#13

Christie endorses Trump!

Like others have alluded to, if ever I thought that Trump wasn’t too far gone for me to vote for him (he was always too far gone), this would have been enough to decide me to write in Grumpy Cat first…


#14

I think Mike is right, Christie is going to be a Rubio attack dog. It is obvious he won’t get many conservatives to jump on the bandwagon but he has an appeal to many Republicans, Independents and some Democrats; in early 2013 he was first in the polls. Like it or not, most of the March 1st primaries, including Texas, are open. He might pick up a few crossover voters who don’t care to vote for a criminal or a socialist. I’m sure there was a deal in the background (VP, AG or Homeland Security). As VP candidate he would fit into Trump’s likely general election strategy: put New York, New Jersey and some other Blue states into play. These current national polls on electability are next to meaningless. Soon we will be seeing more and more head to head state polls of the actual nominees i.e. Clinton and Trump. Privately, the democrats fear Trump the most. The solidly democrat Washington Post just ran an editorial “GOP leaders, you must do everything in your power to stop Trump”. Translated: the democrats can easily beat any of your other candidates.

See also the Washington Post Opinion piece:
Trump is the GOP’s Frankenstein monster. Now he’s strong enough to destroy the party.

You think they really care if the GOP self destructs? No, they fear Trump will beat Hillary.


#15

Clearly there will be a political payoff for Christie should Trump be elected POTUS. He did NOT endorse Trump because the two are “best buds”, as the endorsement announcement/statement in Houston would have us believe.

I recall that it was not long ago that Christie was walking on the Jersey Boardwalk with a reporter and was stating that, “Trump was unfit to be president . . . he didn’t have the right temperament for the job”.

Politicians find it pretty easy to play folks for fools, because so many are - IMHO.


#16

No doubt there was a deal. Christie is on record multiple times stating Trump is unfit to be president. 2016 is re-writing the rules of American politics. The old conventional wisdoms are as relevant as Ozzie & Harriet.


#17

I am sure Christie was convinced once he heard Trump praise Planned Parenthood for “helping millions of women”, declaring a moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel, proclaiming that everything would be better if we had left Saddam and Gaddafi in power, his advocacy for the 9/11 truther perspective, his affinity for Affirmative Action, his embrace of the Progressive Income Tax system, his commitment to keeping Medicare and Social Security long term, banning “assault” weapons and his belief that more government can “fix” the mess that Obamacare created…Christie just could not hold back any longer, Trump is just too Progressive to ignore; he just has to help Trump transform us into his vision.


#18

[quote=“RET423, post:17, topic:48348”]
I am sure Christie was convinced once he heard Trump praise Planned Parenthood for “helping millions of women”, declaring a moral equivalence between Hamas and Israel, proclaiming that everything would be better if we had left Saddam and Gaddafi in power, his advocacy for the 9/11 truther perspective, his affinity for Affirmative Action, his embrace of the Progressive Income Tax system, his commitment to keeping Medicare and Social Security long term, banning “assault” weapons and his belief that more government can “fix” the mess that Obamacare created…Christie just could not hold back any longer, Trump is just too Progressive to ignore; he just has to help Trump transform us into his vision.
[/quote]You eat many more of those sour grapes, and you’re going to get a tummy ache.


#19

I have many more “sour grapes” than that little list, by the time the Clintonesque Trump supporters hand him the keys to the White House there will be no room for a claim of “Who knew?” down the road; it is my contention that his supporters are complicate at this point.


#20

Trump bought this endorsement from Christie. He also bought the Liberty University endorsement.