Returning to the high school where he served as student body president and dealt with such issues as chocolate milk in the cafeteria and a nearby diner that did not like to seat kids who failed to order anything, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, (R), will announce his candidacy for President of the United States, according to ABC News on Tuesday. Joined by former classmates who predicted that one day he would be elected Governor of New Jersey, Christie will expound upon his record as Governor to try to convince voters that he is the best GOP candidate for the nomination and the only viable candidate for President in 2016.
In advance of his 35th high school reunion, Christie reflected on a mistake he made when he first ran for the Livingston High School Student Council. He did not vote for himself and subsequently lost the election by two votes. Although he still would have lost by one vote had he voted for himself, Christie learned that it was not “conceited” to vote for himself and that voting for oneself is “the first thing.”
Christie also said that he learned in those early years that the more friends he had, the better he would do in any campaign. He learned that it was important for people to get to know him and that if he was unknown that people would be much less likely to vote for him.
Christie’s campaign for President is adversely affected by a scandal involving a traffic jam on a bridge and a woman who died on the bridge as a result of the traffic jam. The incident, commonly referred to as the Bridgegate Scandal, was the direct result of a traffic jam that was artificially contrived by senior members of the Christie Administration. Florence Genova, 91, was experiencing massive heart failure on the bridge at the time of the closure. Because of the intense traffic jam, paramedics were not able to get to Genova in time. She died at the scene.
Christie has denied any prior knowledge of the traffic jam which was supposedly contrived by top Christie Administration officials as retribution to Fort Lee, New Jersey Mayor Mark Sokolich for not supporting Christie in his bid for reelection as Governor of New Jersey. Three top ranking Christie Administration officials later pleaded guilty to charges of conspiring to commit a fraudulent act and for willfully exploiting the Port Authority for political gain.
How much of an impact the Bridgegate Scandal will have on Christie’s Presidential campaign is unknown at this time. Christie is seen as a moderate and although this potentially could play out well in the general election, it may be problematic for Christie in the GOP primaries. As Doris Day said in her song, “Que Sera, Sera,” “Whatever will be, will be.” Don’t look for a blond in a white Thunderbird this time, and whatever you do, “Please don’t eat the daisies!”