Governor Chris Chrsitie (R-NJ) is enjoying a wave of popularity unseen since, well, then Illinois State Senator Barack Obama. Christie is riding high in all the national polls. He is traveling across the country giving speeches. His most recent talk at the Ronald Reagan Library saw an overly dramatic woman begging Christie to run for President to save us all from President Barack Obama.
During an audience question-and-answer session, a woman stood up and pleaded. “I really implore you — I really do. This isn’t funny. I mean this with all my heart,” she said. “Please, sir, reconsider. Go home and really think about it. Please. Do it for my daughter, do it for our grandchildren, do it for our sons. Please, sir, your country needs you to run for president.”
The audience rose to applause and Christie, in an emotional moment, responded: “I feel the passion with which you say it, and it touches me.”
The governor said he was listening to those urging him to run, adding that he was taking it in and “feeling it too.” But he continued, “by the same token, that heartfelt message you gave me is also not a reason for me to do it. That reason has to reside inside me. That’s what I’ve said all along. I know without ever having met President Reagan that he must’ve felt deeply in his heart that he was called to that moment to lead our country. And so my answer to you is just this, I thank you for what you’re saying.”
Christie was flattered by the question and did not discourage such talk. Such talk is good for Governor Christie. He is the “flavor of the month,” as then state senator Obama like to say back in 2004. Obama also vehemently denied he was interested in running for President of the United States. As a United States Senator, Obama said that was still so much work to do in the Senate. Christie also implores that he has work to do in New Jersey.
But the honest answer is that Governor Chris Christie is simply not ready for the big time. The minute he jumps into the race, his stocks drops. Not quickly. Not suddenly. Not precipitously dropping, but it will drop.
And then like Governor Rick Perry, he one day unravels. Frankly, Christie is totally unprepared for this next step, which is a really big giant step.
The comparison with Barack Obama is fair. Obama wasn’t prepared in 2004 and he knew it. But he got himself prepared, aiming toward 2008.
Christie would be wise to prepare himself and take a lesson from President Obama. It’s not easy being the “flavor of the month.” But if he gets in too soon, that flavor will drip down his shirt and sport coat and he may not be able to get off the stain.
Prepare yourself first Governor Christie.
2016 is not that far in the distance for him and allows plenty of time to keep that flavor from dripping all over yourself. But 2012 is much too soon.
John is the author of an award-winning book, the 2010 Winner of the USA National Best Book award for African-American studies, published by The Elevator Group Mr. and Mrs. Grassroots: How Barack Obama, Two Bookstore Owners, and 300 Volunteers did it. Also available an eBook on Amazon. John is also a member of the Society of Midland Authors and is a book reviewer of political books for the New York Journal of Books