Politico reported that Chris Christie felt he exceeded expectations at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) convention. The only problem is that Christie is trending in the wrong direction with the GOP’s conservative base. Christie finished in 4th place with 8 percent in 2014, according to the Washington Times, then plummeted to a dismal 10th place finish, with only 2.8 percent at last week’s CPAC convention.
However, Christie is still not seeing the handwriting on the wall with this one.
“… I thought the reception at CPAC … a standing ovation when I left … so I was happy with the way that went.”
Christie should have realized that a standing ovation that does not materialize to a stronger finish is not exceeding expectations. Christie’s polling numbers don’t fare well in New Jersey either, as he is sinking to his lowest level ever, according to a recent Fairleigh Dickinson poll.
According to Salon, Christie will be plagued by questions about the stagnant New Jersey economy, high unemployment rate, and more credit downgrades than Obama if he were to continue indulging in his delusions. Salon also reports poll findings that show Christie’s bluntness, which endeared many people to him initially in 2010, has alienated most New Jersey voters.
The New Jersey Star-Ledger published an editorial about Chris Christie describing him a consummate politician whose ambitions change depending on the audience he is talking to at the time. The editorial quotes Christie’s initial stance on abortion, to Planned Parenthood in 2009.
“I’m pro -life, I ran as a pro-life candidate in 2009 unapologetically …”
Then the Star-Ledger blasted him for claiming he vetoed Planned Parenthood for costs considerations instead of pandering to his conservative supporters in New Jersey.
Honestly, with his worsening poll numbers in New Jersey, Christie would have to actively campaign in his own home state instead of the general assumption that electable presidential candidates would normally make. Still, Christie is not deterred. He is pressing on with his delusions of becoming the nominee.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Christie’s political action committee, Leadership Matters for America, is holding an event for fundraising bundlers. There has been the typical bluster from Christie’s campaign concerning their fundraising efforts, but it is widely known that most of the early fundraising has been done by the two presumptive front-runners: Jeb Bush and Scott Walker.
However, reality is going to set in whether Christie is willing to accept it or not. Christie has managed to go from a viable candidate to, as described by Slate, a completely different kind of candidate.
“… one who will do whatever it takes to stay in the race.”
Chris Christie should realize that once his candidacy is described in such desperate terms that he should end his presidential run immediately.
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