Chris Christie for president in 2012?

“Ladies and gentleman, is it wrong to love another man?” asked Rush Limbaugh on his popular radio program back in February.  “Because I love Chris Christie!”

Such sentiment toward New Jersey’s 55th governor is not uncommon these days among conservatives. As the first Republican in New Jersey to win a statewide election in 12 years, Christie garnered national attention last November when he beat incumbent Democrat, Jon Corzine.

But Christie was barely sworn in before rumors of a possible presidential bid in 2012 began swirling.

Many say a run from Christie makes sense. The GOP lacks a strong, central leader these days and the current supposed Republican frontrunners – Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, and Mitt Romney – all come with considerable liabilities.

Moreover, Christie is part of a new bumper crop of never-heard-of Republicans who came from nowhere and catapulted onto the national political scene. Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio, Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown – all are considered fresh, new faces for the GOP.

But none of them seem to have excited conservatives as much as Christie, who has become nationally famous for facing down teachers’ unions and New Jersey’s Democratic legislature.

Things like that make Christie popular among conservatives surveying the field for 2012. “What is interesting is if he takes care of the problems in New Jersey successfully, people are going to say ‘he could be president,'” John McLaughlin, CEO of the polling and consulting firm McLaughlin and Associates, told The Daily Caller.

So what is the likelihood of a Christie bid in 2012?

According to Dr. Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, the odds are slim.

“I think it’s unlikely,” Sabato told TheDC. “It’s possible Christie could be chosen as VP, though he’s unlikely to carry New Jersey for the GOP presidential nominee unless 2012 is a Republican landslide year.”

Sabato went on to point out that it is incredibly rare for a Republican to win a top office in New Jersey to begin with. And Christie has already got his hands full with New Jersey’s mounting budget problems.

“Voters want a new governor…to tend to business at home,” said Sabato. “If he ran he would essentially have to abandon much of his state agenda and hit the road. I guarantee you his popularity in New Jersey would plummet, probably into the teens or twenties.”

Editor of RedState.com Erick Erickson said that while he thinks Christie is a good fit for New Jersey, he “honestly do[es] not think Chris Christie will run for president.”

“And I do not believe he could make it out of a primary should he change his mind,” he added.

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  • theprofessor

    Christie and the mosque….

    Not sure what you all expected him to say. He governs the state that lost over a thousand people on 9/11. His state has a huge population of muslim people – do you think he can just represent the rest of the state but not them? They are citizens of New Jersey too. In this interview: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0810/41141.html

    he clearly sounds more like a leader than anybody else on the stage. He’s right – the GOP better stop overreaching and both parties quit using it for political gain. If you want to stop the mosque, it needs to be done non-politically – in other words, by common sense and the will of the people. Christie very skillfully goes after Obama for injecting his opinion into the matter and using it as a political football. Could he have done this if he hadn’t said the same about the GOP? NO.

    If anybody thinks they are going to find that perfect politician that fits every single requirement some of you have, you’re going to be disappointed at every election. I’m beginning to think for some of you, anybody other than yourselves aren’t good enough.

  • rockhard

    I don’t support another Bush in the white house, what i mean is he is already showing signs of being to politically correct, the Mosque, Illegal immigration.
    not my type person i would support for president, but for new jersey its the best we can get now..

  • Callie369

    I didn’t like his attitude on the mosque. Also, after hearing comments from him on illegals, I want to see what he is going to do about the tens of thousands of ILLEGAL ALIENS in NJ that are sucking up taxpayer dollars at the public trough. At this point, he seems to be in agreement on Comprehensive Immigration legislation, aka, SHAMNESTY FOR ILLEGALS.

  • recovered dem

    I don’t like his stance on the mosque near ground zero, and would have to think long a hard whether I would vote for him or not.

    • tinteardrop

      He, like the President, seems unable to stay out of local issues. I’d have more respect for him had he said…”you know, that’s up to the folks in the city”.

      • Rational_Texan

        I read an article at Politico where he warned politicians to step away from this issue, basically saying that the debate was playing “political football”. I think he believes that this is a shallow, distracting issue…..you know, something for casual voter to get worked up about. At least that’s how I interpret his remarks. Bottom line is, Ron Paul’s response was the best (as always), but Christie comes close enough.

  • Major_Skidmark

    We will have to clean the USA up one STATE at a time. Maybe we can sell Cali to the Chinese to settle our debts?

    • Momma M

      With their budget problems (oh, what an understatement), their entitlement attitude and elitist mentality… Ummmm, I think it’s more likely we’d have to pay them to take it off our hands!

  • WaterGun

    This man has what it takes to be President, can’t say that about many others.

  • Momma M

    As much as I admire Christie, I believe he’s doing more for the Nation right where he is! I’m not saying I wouldn’t vote for him on a national-level, because that’s not an option at this point in time… But, I think it’s MUCH more important that States begin to assert their Tenth Amendment rights!

    We’ll never change the federal government, unless we have the states on board!

    • Rational_Texan

      Great point! The founders intended for the most power to be in the hands of the states. We’ve got to saturate the states with guys like Christie and then maybe we’ll be ready to take back the White House.