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November 7, 2013 - 8:45 am

Conservative Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) acknowledged that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie could become a “tremendous figure” on the national stage but cautioned against writing any sort of eulogy for the Tea Party.

King laughed at CNN’s assertion that Tuesday defeats in Alabama and Virginia kicked the Tea Party down a few notches.

“It’s pretty easy, the morning after the election, for people to spin their results around the preconceived misconceptions they had before the polls. I look around the country and there’s one message coming out of New Jersey, a different message coming out of Virginia, and a different one coming out of Alabama,” King said.

“But what is the bottom line answer to this is that the Tea Party is stronger in some states and weaker in others. A month ago, they were accused of having the power to shut down the entire United States federal government and today, they’re talking about the death of the Tea Party.”

The congressman said he though Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis sapped more votes from Ken Cuccinelli than Terry McAuliffe.

“I think Cuccinelli at least has moral victory, given all the predictions that are there,” King said. “…I think your conservative candidate that fits the full spectrum is the stronger of all the candidates and they’re the ones that are going to prevail, if they have the personal magnetism like a Chris Christie especially.”

When asked about Christie’s statements that he’s happy for happy gay couples, King said that shouldn’t be extrapolated to make assumptions about the governor’s position on gay marriage.

“Take it for what he said. If they’re happy, I’m happy. In other words, he accepted the — I’ll say it, the position of gay marriage existing in New Jersey. We’ve had to make accommodations for that in Iowa, we have some experience with that. But he didn’t endorse gay marriage,” the social conservative said. “And the Tea Party themselves, and I’ve been in many discussions with them and try to argue to the contrary, they say we want to stay with the economic and the constitutional issues. Not the social agenda. So, I don’t know that gay marriage can be a sign the Tea Party necessarily opposes. Although, certainly, a significant percentage of its members do.”

The congressman encouraged any presidential hopefuls to “come to Iowa and let’s test it out,” something Christie has done at least twice so far.

“He was very well-received both times. He has this tremendous personal magnetism, different than any of the candidates I’ve met,” King continued.

He added that we’ll see if Christie stands up to the “crucible of the nomination process.”

“And we’ll see if Chris Christie can stand up to that. He could become a tremendous figure on the public stage. There are a number of other candidates that will be competing in that arena and I welcome them all to Iowa.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Hi Par4,
I understand your desire to win a Presidential election. Ok ... Squint into the mists of the future and imagine President Christie. He gets to Washington and bangs some opposing Congressional and Senatorial heads together saying "lets get it done!" Ok. Now what? Get WHAT done? Raising the debt ceiling without a messy fight? Getting Obamacare up and running? Arranging amnesty for illegal immigrants? Etc. Are these the things you WANT to get done? Why bother having a Republican as President if these are the outcomes? Or are the bragging rights that important?

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Someone needs to tell these politicians that there is a whole lot of soil between the Eastern Seaboard and the California coastline. And while Christie may play well in a state where being an obnoxious egotist plays well, those traits do not play well in Middle America.

If Christie was an effective Republican, he would have helped turn his state legislature Republican. He has not. So he is pretty much a lame duck that is limited by his few powers.

Don't offer me another Dole, McCain or Romney. I am sick of those who pretend to be conservatives only when running for office. And sick of "go along to git along" RINOs who keep telling us conservatives how we have to move more to the middle when the left keeps moving more to the left. If the nation is going to go full blown Socialist, why not vote for a Democrat and let them take the blame when their Socialist utopia doesn't work out?
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I had occasion to be in NJ twice this past year (NY metro area). The state roads are in an appalling condition. I would rather have root canal than drive there. At certain times of the day, it can take two hours to go the 16 miles from Liberty Airport (Newark) to Port Authority (mid-town NYC) such is the gridlock. From conversations with family and friends, it was clear that the public employment patronage system is even more out of control than back when I was a teenager. There are entire neighborhoods that have been reduced to rubble resembling bombed-out war zones. And yet, NJ is ranked third in the nation in household income and has some of the highest property tax, sales tax and income tax rates in the country. Gov. Christie may think he's all that, but I wouldn't elect him dogcatcher. In fact, I wouldn't elect any NJ pol to anything.
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It's no surprise the PJ Media comments are full of abuse for any Republican who actually could win an election. It's clear that most of the people who post on this site helped elect the Kenyan socialist in the White House by staying home in a pique because they thought the GOP nominees weren't conservative enough for their taste. New Jersey Governor Christie conforms to the Buckley Rule: Pick the most conservative candidate who can win. I agree a lot more with Ted Cruz and Rand Paul, but they wouldn't stand a chance in hell of ever being elected to office in New Jersey. Of course, the US isn't New Jersey and I'm not saying Christie is the hope of the party for 2016.
23 weeks ago
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Hi Par4,
I understand your desire to win a Presidential election. Ok ... Squint into the mists of the future and imagine President Christie. He gets to Washington and bangs some opposing Congressional and Senatorial heads together saying "lets get it done!" Ok. Now what? Get WHAT done? Raising the debt ceiling without a messy fight? Getting Obamacare up and running? Arranging amnesty for illegal immigrants? Etc. Are these the things you WANT to get done? Why bother having a Republican as President if these are the outcomes? Or are the bragging rights that important?

23 weeks ago
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If you think there's a Presidential candidate this side of zombie Reagan who can put NJ into play for the GOP you need to do the political commentary world a favor and light yourself on fire.

As for Cruz having no way to win, I'm less than convinced of that. Last time we ran a Texan he won pretty handily. The last time we ran a conservative he came within a couple hundred immigrant bus loads of winning every. single. state.
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While I might agree with you generally, I have to take exception to "Last time we ran a Texan he won pretty handily." I don't know where you where from Nov. 6, 2000 through the final Supreme Court decision on or about Dec. 22, 2000, but it couldn't have been in the US - those were some pretty rollicking times and Bush (the Texan I presume you mean) barely squeaked out a (deserved) win.
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Someone needs to tell these politicians that there is a whole lot of soil between the Eastern Seaboard and the California coastline. And while Christie may play well in a state where being an obnoxious egotist plays well, those traits do not play well in Middle America.

If Christie was an effective Republican, he would have helped turn his state legislature Republican. He has not. So he is pretty much a lame duck that is limited by his few powers.

Don't offer me another Dole, McCain or Romney. I am sick of those who pretend to be conservatives only when running for office. And sick of "go along to git along" RINOs who keep telling us conservatives how we have to move more to the middle when the left keeps moving more to the left. If the nation is going to go full blown Socialist, why not vote for a Democrat and let them take the blame when their Socialist utopia doesn't work out?
23 weeks ago
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It's more than that. There is a lot of soil around the big cities which tend to be liberal abscesses in otherwise Red states. Granted there are some very Blue states as well, but looking at election results maps it usually is the urban areas that are blue.

Look at the map for the late Virginia Governor's race. Lots of Red with dots of Blue for the cities and a couple of counties. I can tell you that those cities are full of liberals, government workers and welfare recipients. Those counties in the north are full of government workers, lobbyists, lawyers, and the like. It is the growing population of DC parasites that has been dragging Virginia down into the Democrat sewer.
23 weeks ago
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Here is the thing with Christie ... I have yet to hear him articulate an affirmative vision of what Republicans want. He talks at length about "getting things done" ... But which things?

What he seems to have accomplished in NJ is to help the Leviathan run more efficiently. Which is not a bad thing. But is it enough of a good thing? I'm not sure that all I want in a President is the ability to make the Progressive's Rube Goldberg programs work more efficiently. I want someone focused on how to erradicate them! And even more, I want a President to have a vision of a freer, more confident, responsible, vibrant America that doesn't need the Leviathan.
I'm not sure Christie is that guy.
23 weeks ago
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The Tea Party is to two mainstream political parties as Solidarity was to the Communist Party. That fact should be trumpeted, not hidden under a bushel basket.
23 weeks ago
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Is that remark King made about Christie being a "tremendous figure" on the political scene, referring to Christie's body mass or ego ? It certainly cannot be his support of the American system or the Constitution.
23 weeks ago
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Yes, we should definitely run more Eastern Seaboard Republicans. After all, between Romney, McCain*, Dole*, and Bush Sr. there's a pattern of unbridled success.

*After the length of time both spent in the Senate, it would inaccurate to say they were from anywhere other than DC, no matter what state they represented.
23 weeks ago
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Greetings:

Nobody's ever accused me of being a political prognosticator, but I do see a bit of "You wait until your father gets home" in some of Governor Christie's performances.
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