Is anyone really surprised that Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) talks trash about Barack Obama when he’s talking to a right-wing group?
“I know when you look at Washington right now, you shake your head at a president who can’t figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they’re doing,” Christie said during the town-hall event.
“That’s what happens when you have someone in the executive office who is more concerned about being right than he is concerned about getting things done,” he added. “But I’m not going to be that kind of leader of New Jersey.”
He was certainly singing a different tune six months ago when New Jersey was laid waste by Hurricane Sandy; he couldn’t get enough of the buddy photo ops with the president.
Oh, and he knows how to sing the song of “unelected judges,” which is in the Top Ten of the Tea Party choir book, when it comes to marriage equality.
He blasted the U.S. Supremes for substituting “their own judgment for the judgment of a Republican Congress and a Democratic President. In the Republican Congress in the ‘90s and Bill Clinton. I thought that Justice Kennedy’s opinion was, in many respects, incredibly insulting to those people, 340-some members of Congress who voted for the Defense of Marriage Act, and Bill Clinton.”
“He basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for,” said Christie, who recently appeared with Clinton at a Clinton Global Initiative conference.
Gov. Christie has a lot to learn about the basics of how our government works. Y’see, there are three co-equal branches: Legislative — the Congress that comes up with the laws; the Executive — the president and those who actually administer the laws; and the Judicial — the Courts who decide if the laws are being administered fairly. The Supreme Court gets the final word on the laws. They’re unelected so that there’s no political influence at stake. (At least in the ideal; tell that to Al Gore.) The Court does not give a rat’s ass about the fee-fees of Bill Clinton or the members of Congress who voted for DOMA in 1996 any more than they care about those who voted for Jim Crow and bans on interracial marriage.
If Chris Christie was truly the tough guy in-your-face kind of politician he likes the world to think he is, he’d go to these conservative groups and defend his embrace of the president back when he needed the help. Unless, of course, all that bromance stuff last fall was just an act and he’s just another right-wing hack.