Should Chris Christie Run For President?
Should Chris Christie, the current Republican governor from New Jersey, run for President of the United States? That is the question on the minds of many political analysts these days as the next presidential election site just over 1 year away. The Republican party does not have a clear cut candidate to run against Barak Obama, but many believe that Christie, 49, is that man that could put a Republican back in the oval office. Christie is a former United States attorney who won election as governor in 2009. He is a Roman Catholic who has only been recently mentioned as someone who the Republicans would like to give their nomination to.
Generally, the incumbent President has to lose their way out of the White House. It happened with Jimmy Carter and foreign policy in the 1970's and it happened with George Bush and the economy in the 1990's. President Obama is having the same problems President Bush had 20 years ago. Despite President Bush's victory in Desert Storm, the economy had gotten to a point to where they were unsatisfied with him and a charming newcomer stole the show. President Obama, despite the killing of Osama Bin Laden and a bailout of the United States banking system, has low approval ratings mostly due to high unemployment and a falling stock market. They same timing is everything, and it may be the perfect time for a young Republican candidate to seize control of the White House.
What would governor Christie bring to the table? His accomplishments include signing Executive Order No. 12, which placed a 90-day freeze on the Council on Affordable Housing and established the Housing Opportunity Task Force to examine the State's affordable housing laws, constitutional obligations, and the effectiveness of the current framework. Christie signed Executive Order No. 14, which declared a "state of fiscal emergency exists in the State of New Jersey" due to the projected $2.2 billion budget deficit for the 2010 fiscal year. In a speech before a special joint session of the New Jersey Legislature on the same day, Christie addressed the budget deficit and revealed a list of fiscal solutions to close the gap. Christie also suspended funding for the Department of the Public Advocate and called for its elimination. Some Democrats criticized Christie for not first consulting them on his budget cuts and for circumventing the Legislature's role in the budget process. In late June 2011, Christie utilized New Jersey's line item veto to eliminate nearly $1 billion from the proposed budget, signing it into law just hours prior to the beginning of the state's fiscal year.
I believe Christie will run for President, but I believe by the end of the day President Obama will be re-elected and look to continue his original plans from 2008, something I believe he has strayed from, especially in the area of clean energy.