Yes, Chris Christie now is essentially a Democrat or aligned with Democrats
No, Chris Christie is still a Republican and aligned with Republicans
Chris Christie is foremost a maverick or independent
"It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to." - W. C. Fields
Also, Romney's steady slow rise? Rapidly reversed? The polls always had Obama as the clear favorite, and it had nothing to do with anything Christie did. You're not in touch with reality.
This is mostly in his own self interest. He sees the national trend of hatred for all things Republican and is simply ensuring his own political capital is safe. I'm sure some of this is the fact that he's concerned about his state. I won't claim that the guy is totally callous to his own constituents plights. However, ALL politicians weigh public opinion into their actions and decisions. I'm sure Christie did the same.
“Mr. Speaker, I once again find myself compelled to vote against the annual budget resolution for a very simple reason: it makes government bigger.” ― Ron Paul
Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of Liberty. – Thomas Jefferson
I'm a registered republican but one thing that gets me about partisan politics is apparently you're not allowed to think and speak for yourself. You have to go along with the group-think/group-speak culture. Party loyalty trumps patriotism. A "traitor" isn't just somebody who renounces his American citizenship and joins Al Qaeda, but also those who happen to prefer the candidate of the opposing party in a election or supports policies "Big Brother GOP" hasn't given him permission to support. Gov. Christie's job is to lead and stand up for the people of New Jersey, period. Every point he made in his press conference is 100% right.
I'm sorry, but people died for my right to vote for whoever I want, speak my mind on any issue I want and take any position I want. Why the GOP insists on driving me to support the opposition by thinking I'm supposed surrender my intellectual autonomy baffling. I'm not about to hand my freedom of thought and speech over to a political party just because I'm a registered member and that somehow means they own me. I commend Gov. Christie for having a similar conviction. Right now Gov. Christie heads a list of Republicans I can count on one hand who I can support with a clear conscience, not due to policy for the most part but the culture, part of which is the notion that says "real Republicans" don't think for themselves and if they do they better either be in lockstep agreement with the official approved agenda or you better keep your mouth shut.
Having opinions all over the map is a good sign of a person capable of autonomous thinking. Felix -2011
Before you go off on how the Sandy storm was a one time disaster, recall just what other, non-disaster, reasons were used to remove the "automatic" expiration of the "temporary" Bush tax cuts or to stem the "crisis" of sequestration spending cuts approved just in time for the last election, yet removal plans for those spending cuts (now underway) are seen as "compromise". The congress critters are totally out of control; they just approved $120 billion in FIT "increases" (that were, in fact FIT decreses) two days ago, yet have planned spending increases of $60 billion on Sandy "relief" efforts, meaning that the resulting defict "reduction" was cut in half within the week. Spending by our congress critters is totally out of control, "budgets" are a thing of the past and raising the debt "ceiling" is now as routine as can be, just another formality and opportunity for "compromise".
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
Face it, there are no true fiscal conservatives when it comes to their voters. About the only time a fiscal conservative turns down money is when it goes to a program he doesn't support for folks who wouldn't vote for him on a double dirty dawg bet!
Is fun to see Gov. Christie going from the heart throb of the Tea Party for calling out the Jersey Dems to a party jumping scoundrel for doing what ANY Governor would do after a hurricane hits their state and Congress doesn't approve federal funds to help.
If the House was controlled by the Dems you can bet your tea party hiney the fiscal conservatives wouldn't be applauding fiscal restraint, or attacking Christie as a 'fatass' whiner (ummm didn't the tea party faithful attack the dems for calling Christie a fatass- funny how that works) No Sir, they would be screaming it was pond scum low political payback.
Kinda predictable... more than a bit sad...
He's never going to be a Democrat, but he isn't a Republican sheep, either. The man has integrity, and is more than willing to give the finger to party policy if that will serve his constituents better. He is not a flipflopping backstabber; he is an honest and true statesman. I abhor our two-party system, but if I were ever to ever smile at a GOP ticket, it would be one with Christy for president. We need more men like him, men who won't hesitate to step out of their party's line and call corruption and stupidity where they see it. Hell, to be entirely honest, I'd probably vote for Christy for that very reason, coupled with the fact that, living in Oklahoma, my voting choices are GOP or Democrat.