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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Chris Christie: ‘I’m Not Much Different From Andrew Cuomo’

Chris Christie: ‘I’m Not Much Different From Andrew Cuomo’

New Jersey governor Chris Christie reportedly told a New York labor leader, “I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo” and “I probably agree with him on 98 percent of the issues,” in a startling statement that is certain to resurface if Christie seeks the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.

Christie compared himself to the New York governor and potential Democratic presidential candidate during an interview with Larry Bulman, the political director for the United Association of Plumbers, Pipefitters and Steamfitters. The remark was reported by the Glen Falls Chronicle:

[Bulman] said when he told Mr. Christie he is from upstate New York, “he said, ‘I’m not much different from Andrew Cuomo. I probably agree with him on 98% of the issues.’ ” Mr. Bulman said Gov. Christie “sees value in the building trades, which are private sector unions. He complimented us and said he uses us as an example of a pro-business union.”

If Christie does indeed pursue the presidency, conservative Republicans will hang the quote around his neck, especially if Cuomo pursues the Democratic nomination. Just as Mitt Romney’s past claims to be a “progressive” forced him to pivot to the far right to compete in the Republican primaries, so would Christie’s statement of solidarity with Cuomo force him prove his right-wing bona fides. While such a shift would be necessary to win over the conservative electorate that decides Republican primaries — and already mistrusts Christie for his warm praise of President Barack Obama in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy — it could also undermine Christie’s “straight-shooter” appeal.

Ironically, Christie’s politically damaging quote isn’t even true. Although Christie and Cuomo do share some similar views, on the vast majority of issues — such as raising the minimum wage and supporting marriage equality, among many others — the two governors’ views could not be more different. Still, the line is almost definitely coming soon to a SuperPAC ad near you.

Photo credit: AP/Mel Evans

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  • old_blu

    It’s not like the far right doesn’t have enough things to throw governor Christie under the bus for, all he had to say was he like something president Obama did and they will throw him under the bus and kick him while he is down there.

  • Siegfried Heydrich

    Actually, I think that Christie is seeing the writing on the wall, realizes that the Republican party is on its last legs and suffering from dementia and getting out before it comes crashing down. He’s throwing the party under the bus (and he’s got a really big bus), not vice versa. He’s not going to turn Democrat, but he is moving to be an Independent. That way, he can repudiate the madness of the GOP, and as long as he does that, he gets cover from the Dems (the enemy of my enemy is my friend). By standing alone, he can be the maverick that McCain wishes he was, he can call his own shots, and is bound by no one’s ideology or platform.

    He might just provide a model for the future – the public is becoming increasingly disenchanted with the 2 party system, and views the party establishment as corrupt and venal. If he can kick the GOP out of his life and then succeed, he may be pounding the first nail in the coffin of the 2 party establishment.

    • jarheadgene

      I am expecting….nobsartist to jump all over your train of thought. I am not in disagreement, The 2 party system has caused so much Obstruction and the ones that have egg all over their face is the P.O.S.G.O.P. They showed that when America needed answers and hard work they chose to say NO ….NO….NO….NO…NO. Now at the polls it is our turn to say NO….NO….NO…NO to the rebranded P.O.S. G.O.P.

  • I’ve heard this line before…

    “>>>it’s just ike a BMW<<<".

  • For being republican Christie seems to be one who is not so offensive.That being said,he has a lot to prove and I trust him about as far as I can spit.A snake can shed its skin but it can’t stop being a snake. Cuomo is no walk in the park either.He needs to watch his ass here in New York if he does not want to be thrown out on his ear.