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Back off of my Guv! Whatsa matter Prez, scared of our Jersey boy?

Obama digging up dirt on potential opponent Chris Christie

By JOSH MARGOLIN
NY Post
May 23, 2011

Despite New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s repeated pronouncements that he will not seek the GOP presidential nomination, Obama operatives are compiling a dossier of what they call “opposition research” — material that could be used to damage Christie if he changes his mind, The Post has learned.

The Obama campaign is trying to keep its efforts from public view, concerned they would only elevate Christie’s already impressive standing within the Republican Party, sources said.

'He is not running, and he is not cracking the door open even a little bit.' — Gov. Chris Christie’s spokesman Mike DuHaime

The operatives have chosen not to dispatch their own people to New Jersey, but instead are talking to people there and in New York who know Christie from his time in the governor’s office, as a gubernatorial candidate and as US attorney.

Obama’s campaign manager, Jim Messina, did not respond to messages.

Christie has repeatedly — and colorfully –said he is not running for president in 2012.

“Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running. I’m not running,” he’s insisted.

But party leaders have been pushing Christie to enter the race, saying his brand of New Jersey tough talk could put the White House within reach for the GOP.

Republican leaders from Henry Kissinger to House Speaker John Boehner have encouraged him to run.

And well-heeled GOP donors in New York have been spreading word that Christie has privately shown a willingness to consider it.

They say Christie might enter the race if he can get part of his pension-reform agenda passed in Trenton and score a GOP takeover of one of the Democratic-controlled houses of the state Legislature in November.

Christie spokesman Mike DuHaime said, “This is just wishful thinking . . . He is not running, and he is not cracking the door open even a little bit.”

But, DuHaime said, the efforts of the Obama camp are flattering.

He said it’s “an acknowledgment that Christie is a bold leader successfully taking on big challenges as governor. A leader who cuts spending and takes on the special interests tends to earn notice at the highest levels.”

Top Dems applauded Team Obama’s preparation.

“It would be irresponsible for them to not start looking at it,” said a consultant who played a key role in Obama’s 2008 campaign. “It would be malpractice for them not to.”

Meanwhile, there were other developments for the GOP:

* Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels withdrew from the race for the presidential nomination.

* Herman Cain, the former CEO of Godfather’s Pizza, announced a bid for the White House.

* Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who is declaring his candidacy today, jumped the gun by releasing a video last night scooping his own announcement.


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10 Comments to “Back off of my Guv! Whatsa matter Prez, scared of our Jersey boy?”

  1. Sue from Buffalo

    Perhaps, Andy, what you’re seeing is tax incentives to create jobs…not simply tax cuts to the rich.

    People make that mistake all the time.

    • No, actually, he allowed a surcharge on high-income households to expire that would have brought in a billion dollars of revenue. It had nothing to do with job creation, and certainly did a lot to hurt the workers who would take those jobs by requiring large cuts in programs and services. In order for there to be low-income jobs there have to be low-income workers. A recent study found that minimum wage earners in New Jersey would have to work more than 100 hours a week just to afford a two-bedroom apartment. This is what fiscal conservatives fail to realize: If you underpay workers to the point of starvation and homelessness and then destroy all the programs that keep them fed and off the streets then there will be nobody to take those underpaid positions and they’ll stay unfilled which is bad for the economy.

  2. I’m scared of Gov. Christie too, but not for the reason you’re stating. As a resident of New Jersey, I have seen first-hand how our governor only cares about the rich. I have seen him use the recession as an excuse to defund education while giving a billion dollars in tax cuts to the rich. I have seen him threaten to defund municipalities (raising property taxes) and hospitals if he’s forced to fund education, even though our state is potentially sitting on a billion dollar surplus. I have seen him run as a crusader against corruption, then govern as perhaps the most corrupt governor in our state’s history. I am terrified that he might do to the entire country what he has done to my state, and that people might actually think they’re doing a good thing by voting for him.

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