In the past few weeks there have been some loosely sourced reports to the effect that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is considering making a run for President. This story, for example, is largely based on anonymous sources and unattributed statements.
I don’t know whether Christie is, in fact, considering getting into the race, but I hope he does. I would like to learn more about Christie and his views, because I have liked a lot of what I have seen of him so far. He’s a governor who has made some tough decisions. He has actual administrative experience. He inherited a bad budget problem and he did what was necessary to bring the New Jersey budget into balance, without resorting to budget gimmickry. He hasn’t been afraid to rattle cages or wield the veto pen. He has taken a strong position on holding down taxes and reducing spending. He also brings a different perspective on social issues than many of the other candidates currently in the Republican race.
I also have enjoyed reading, and watching, some of Christie’s remarks. I admire his refreshingly candid, straight-from-the-shoulder, plain-spoken responses to questions. He doesn’t seem to dodge questions or rely on sterile talking points. Instead, he appears to be that rare politician who expresses his actual views and is willing to accept the consequences. We need more people like that running for national office, not less.
If Christie were to make a bid for the presidency, I might actually watch one of the Republican candidate debates. He would make the race much more intriguing.