New Jersey Governor Chris Christie hosts a Town Hall Meeting at Londonderry Lion’s Club. Wednesday April 15, 2015. Londonderry, NH, USA (Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com)
Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name, but hasn’t a clue about your record. That’s why the New Hampshire trip came at a perfect time for Gov. Christie, who still struts through town halls as if he’s in the tube, as the surfers say.
But the remarkable part is that nobody basking in his gubernatorial awesomeness seems to know the Real Guv, who back home is polling somewhere below toenail fungus, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton survey.
The poll found that 69 percent of New Jerseyans do not think he would make a good president, while 58 percent said “presidential” does not describe Christie “at all.” Upshot: “Voters who know Gov. Christie best simply do not see him as president,” pollster David Redlawsk said.
But as we endure his Elmer Gantry routine, it raises a point:
If Christie cannot point to a record of competence, what is he running on, exactly? His handling of Sandy recovery, an existential horror story? His solution to the pension disaster, a litany of broken promises? Job creation? Infrastructure improvements? Environmental protection? Traffic management?
A more valid question: Can one base a campaign on charm and chutzpah?
This is possible only when you are fortified by strangers with trenchant questions about weight loss and Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, he hasn’t had a press conference in 155 days. Depending on how the planets are aligned, you can journey to Mars in that time, and given Christie’s record, that is more likely to happen.
But he dusted off the Mom stories again Wednesday, including one about commitment, and his postscript to that allegory was that he “gave New Jersey all I had.” He said this standing before a banner that read, really, “Tell it like it is.”
The people he was elected to serve beat him to it, and they know he is far less interested in actual governing than in curating his image. Help yourselves, Granite Staters.