Monday, March 4, 2013

Daniel Henninger: Christie has an "uphill battle" in 2016


On Fox News this weekend, Paul Gigot, the influential editor of the Wall Street Journal's editorial page, chatted with a number of other Journal op-ed stalwarts about Chris Christie's recent problems with conservatives.

Never-mind the Obama hug, here's what assistant editorial page editor, James Freeman, pointed to as most concerning.

"To me, the most disturbing thing about the recent Christie history is the Medicaid expansion, because he made reform of entitlements really the centerpiece of his arguments in the state and talked about it nationwide and really helped build a reform case, and this is not a massive expansion, but it is an expansion, and that's what I think you have to be disappointed."

Also of note?

Wall Street Journal columnist and deputy editor, Daniel Henninger, claimed Christie has an "uphill battle" for the 2016 nomination, thanks to his conservative competition.

"This is going to be a different group of people that Chris Christie will be competing against, and he'll be competing as a governor from the liberal Northeast.

I think it's an uphill battle."

Finally, one more thing of note?

Gigot pointed out that New Jersey's 9.6% unemployment rate was "one of the worst records in the country."

So far, most Republicans have been somewhat forgiving about some aspects of Christie's record that Dems tear into (most notably, the idea that New Jersey is experiencing a turbo-charged economic turnaround, which Christie is fond of calling "The Jersey Comeback").

There's a chance that some might now start joining Democrats in leveling more critical takes on Christie's record, which is quite robust in some areas, but in others -- like jobs -- not so much.

Video via Fox News.