Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Christie Denies Muslims Were Cheering on 9/11

This kind of says it all, huh? For a week he was saying that he didn't remember personally anyone cheering but who can say?

But now Christie is coming out and more forcefully calling Trump a liar. Very interesting.

So what's going on? I think a few things. One is that in a sense Christie's endorsement is about being drafted to be NH's firewall against Trump.

This was suggested on Chris Matthews last night and as I've thought about it, it makes a lot of sense.

Christie surely knows Trump's nature-a ferocious counterpuncher. In the past he's avoided attacking Trump-as his careful rendering about cheering Muslims in NJ last week showed. But now he's going out on a limb and calling Trump a liar.

But the beauty of Trump is that his wild yarn about cheering Muslims sort of put Christie on the defensive.

Mica on Morning Joe this morning repeated something she's said often in the last week-that Trump's latest comments will hurt him. Her mistake is assuming that the GOP base thinks like a general election audience.

And Trump has basically won this latest skirmish, It keeps his name fresh on tv, in the papers, and online. Christie is stick having to answer questions about Trump.

"Everybody else can figure out what they think is outrageous or not outrageous — in the context of Donald, outrageous is a high bar," he said.

:Christie also criticized Trump for mocking a reporter who is disabled and challenged Trump's 9/11 claims. Trump denies mocking the reporter's disability."

"You shouldn't be making fun of people with disabilities. It's just not worthy of someone running for president of the United States," Christie told CNN.

"After being told Christie contradicted his claims of New Jersey Muslim celebrations of 9/11, Trump seemed to issue an ominous warning to CNBC's John Harwood."

"Trump repeated that to reporters in New York City after a meeting with black ministers, according to CNN. He noted that Christie's initial reaction was that he "didn't recall" any such celebrations."

"He didn't say that the other day. He was very weak the other day," Trump said of Christie, according to CNN. "So the other day he said it like, well, he doesn't know. And now, I guess he feels a little bit emboldened. He must be careful with what he says."

One thing the media doesn't acknowledge is while Trump says some wacky stuff, he also often hits the nail on the head. Often he's the only one-Democrats included-who feels free to do this. 

Like he could point out that W hardly kept us safe when you remember 9/11 happened on his watch. 

His criticism of Christie spending all his time in NH has some realness of truth in it. 

"Still, earlier during the event, Christie was at pains to note that his 2016 presidential bid hinged on New Hampshire in part because of its close proximity to New Jersey, and because trips here meant less of an intrusion into his work day as governor."

"The more people see me, the better I do, so that's why I've spent a lot of time here," Christie said. "And it's convenient too. Getting to New Hampshire is not as big a trip as going to some other places, and that helps as well, cause you can be here more frequently and still do your day job."

This is something Rubio shares with the other great Establishment hope-Marco Ruibio.

Both Rubio and Christie are tremendously unpopular in their own states which sort of begs why Americans would trust them with that track record.

Christie hasn't been important enough to do oppo research on until now but if that changed there is a lot of ammunition. It all starts with a little word-Bridgegate which he has tried to blame on his staff. This from a guy who micromanages when his staff members can go to the bathroom.

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