While the 2012 presidential election is still more than two years off, I suspect the campaign will begin in earnest at approximately 12:01 AM on November 3rd — the day after the upcoming midterm elections.
The GOP list of rivals is long, beginning with those with the largest political machines/money — Romney, Palin and Ginrich all will be formidable. But there will be others – Huckabee, Santorum, Pence, Daniels, Pawlenty just to name a few.
But what about New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie? Last week he appeared on Oprah to announce a $100 million gift from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for the Newark public schools. Christie was also applauded by pro-life groups last week for forcing the closure of a Planned Parenthood clinic after he vetoed $7.5 million in state monies which help fund the abortion giant, though the Examiner disputed the significance of the victory here.
This past weekend Christie hosted a private fundraiser for research to support children with Down Syndrome. The WSJ’s Bill McGurn attended the fundraiser at the NJ Governors Mansion and included this take on Christie this morning:
I can’t claim to know the Christies, though their daughter is in my daughter’s class at a local Catholic high school. But I will say that the more America gets to know this people, the more they will love them. This is a family utterly without pretense — they don’t even live at the governor’s mansion — and awed by the responsibility they have been given. YouTube has made the governor a star over his various confrontations with hecklers. When you see the man up close, you’re going to come away even more impressed.
Now all I have to do is make sure the rest of you outside NJ don’t draft him for national politics before he’s finished cleaning up the mess here!
Christie is a Catholic and began his term as Governor with an inaugural mass celebrated by Archbishop Myers. He has said he is pro-life and supports marriage. And everyone knows he is putting subsidiarity into practice in New Jersey.
But would Christie be a serious contender? Is he presidential? Would you support him?