I was ready to start calling him Chunky Jon Huntsman or Chunky Rudy, but at this point Chunky Palin is probably more accurate:
In 2011, Mr. Christie held a news conference where he accused State Senator Richard J. Codey of being “combative and difficult” in blocking two nominees. Mr. Codey, a Democrat who had served as governor following the resignation of James E. McGreevey, responded that he had not only signed off on the nominations, but had held a meeting to try to hurry them along.
Three days later, Mr. Codey was walking out of an event in Newark when he got a call from the state police superintendent informing him that he would no longer be afforded the trooper who accompanied him to occasional public events — a courtesy granted all former governors. That same day, his cousin, who had been appointed by Mr. McGreevey to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was fired, as was a close friend and former deputy chief of staff who was then working in the state Office of Consumer Affairs.
Later that year, the governor was pressing hard on Alan Rosenthal, the Rutgers political scientist whom Republicans and Democrats had chosen as the tiebreaking member of the commission that was redistricting the state’s legislative districts. Mr. Christie wanted Mr. Rosenthal to vote for the map put forward by the Republicans on the commission, but instead he chose the Democrats’ plan, saying it offered more stability.
Soon after, Mr. Christie used his line-item veto to cut $169,000 for two programs at Mr. Rosenthal’s institute at Rutgers.
After McCain selected Palin, I spent about 20 hours over two days reading (via Sully, I admit) about Sarah Palin’s vengeful streak — her jihad against her husband’s sister ex-husband, the climate of fear she created in Wasilla, and the sheer number of enemies she’d made in the Alaskan legislature.
When someone has a lot of enemies, those enemies come out of the woodwork in a national campaign. And that someone will make more enemies in the course of the national campaign.
There’s a big difference between jerking off Joe Scarborough (or Bill Kristol) and being a viable contender for president.
I think Christie is toast as a national figure.
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