In launching his 2016 presidential campaign this morning, Gov. Chris Christie sold himself as a compromiser, while simultaneously savaging President Barack Obama, whom he once heralded as a federal helpmate at the time of Christie’s greatest popularity in the midst and in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
“Obama lives in his own world, not in our world,” said Christie, who derided the Democratic President’s “weak and feckless foreign policy.
“We’d better not turn it over to his second mate Hillary Clinton,” Christie added to cheers in the packed gymnasium in Livingston High School, the scene of Christie’s kickoff, he said, because “everything started here for me,” including his confidence and his education.
“I say what I mean and I mean what I say,” said Christie as he launched his prez bid, “and that’s what America needs right now.”
In a half hour-long speech, Christie repeatedly cited the benefits of a candidacy originating from New Jersey, the most ethically diverse state in the country, he noted. “We’re all on top of one another like you’re all on top of one another in this gym,” said the 14th Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, who stands now at 4% in the polls. “We have no choice but to work together. This country must work together, not against each other.
“We face a country that is not angry,” he added. “Americans are not angry. They are filled with anxiety.”
That anxiety ballooned nationally with Obama in the Oval Office, said Christie, who sold himself as a leader who can work with Republicans and Democrats.
“If Washington, Jefferson and Adams believed compromise was a dirty word, we’d still be under the crown of England,” said the governor.