Chris Christie is the first head to poke out of the Republican bonanza as the dust settles from that months-long jockeying of candidates all vying to get your attention. By now you pretty much know who they are, as does New Hampshire’s Union Leader, who just endorsed Christie for the GOP presidential candidate.
According to The Huffington Post on November 29, Christie picked up a “major New Hampshire endorsement” with the largest newspaper in the state claiming he’s their candidate. With the Union Leader endorsing Christie they planted an important feather in the New Jersey Governor’s cap.
So why is Christie, who is waning in the poles recently, suddenly looking so good? Could it be because he has most of the best qualities of all the other candidates rolled into one? He shoots from the hip and sugar coats nothing just like Trump, but his ceiling is a bit lower when it comes to presenting a shock-value. The Union Leader’s headline reads, “For our safety, our future: Chris Christie for President.”
Christie has been a successful governor, like Bush, but he has the personality strength that Bush is lacking. He has the caring attitude that Ben Carson is all about, but he has the energy that Carson will probably never muster up. The Union Leader’s editor wrote about their decision to endorse Christie:
“Gov. Christie is right for these dangerous times,” wrote publisher Joseph McQuaid. “He has prosecuted terrorists and dealt admirably with major disasters. But the one reason he may be best-suited to lead during these times is because he tells it like it is and isn’t shy about it.”
“Tells it like it is and isn’t shy about it,” this is the same quality that Trump has that Americans are finding enticing, but Christie seems to do a better job with filtering what gets through and how it is presented. This nod is a big jolt for the Christie campaign, but the same nod was given to Newt Gringrich in 2012, John McCain in 2008 and Steve Forbes in 2000 and it didn’t get them into the White House.
As the Huffington Post suggests today, it will be very interesting to see just how this boost from the Union Leader plays out in New Hampshire where Christie continues to “place in the low single digits.”