Meanwhile, Sean Hannity told his radio audience he does not understand why any conservative could like Christie, because Christie spends so much energy "lecturing" his fellow Republicans about their failings.
If anyone was being lectured in Christie’s victory speech Tuesday night, it certainly was tea party folks and their representatives in
Christie is a pretty conservative guy on most issues, but because he embraced President
In his post-election analysis on CNN, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich theorized that Christie could string together victories outside the party's conservative strongholds in the South. And, Gingrich said, by doing well in more moderate regions from New Hampshire to California, Christie would only have to run a respectable second or third in states such as South Carolina to gather an ample share of delegates -- perhaps enough to win the nomination.
All of this chatter about 2016 is wildly premature, of course. There are a few ticking time bombs in Christie’s past that could derail his ambitions (including his past life as a lobbyist in the service of a securities industry group that counted notorious scam artist
Christie’s appealing persona overrides differences in political views, and that may be the biggest advantage he has over potential competitors such as Rand Paul, who is an unsmiling cold fish, and Ted Cruz, who, outside the bubble of the tea party, makes people’s skin crawl. Christie is that classic politician you’d like to have a beer with while a