Christie Threads The Needle

by Patrick Appel

Allahpundit sees through Christie’s recent actions:

Last week he signed a bunch of minor gun-control bills, then vetoed one that would have banned .50-caliber rifles. He vetoed the Democratic bill easing access to medical marijuana for sick kids, but promised he’d sign a new one if they made a few tweaks. Today he’s signing a bill that’ll ban “gay conversion therapy” from being administered to people under 18, but he’s also committing to supporting NJ’s Republican candidate for Senate despite expectations that he’d stay out of the race. Expect three more months of this from Christie — a little for the left to protect his gubernatorial bid and a little for the right to protect his presidential ambitions — and then a tilt towards conservatism once he’s reelected.

Chris Cillizza tries to compare Christie to past presidential candidates and comes up short:

The truth of the matter is that Christie is surprisingly hard to pin down in terms of who he most resembles from the past of the Republican party. He is a northeastern Republican but not nearly the moderate (or liberal) that Giuliani is. He is a pragmatist but not in the vein of a former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman who wanted the party to overhaul itself in the midst of the 2012 race. He’s a real populist, not someone trying to act like regular people ala Mitt Romney in 2012. Here’s how one Christie ally described the governor: “Christie’s a conservative, but he’s not angry about it.”

The struggle to create a Christie analog worries Democrats since there’s no blueprint for how to run against him if he does wind up as the Republican nominee in 2016.