New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is poised to keep his governorship on election day, Tuesday, November 5, in a likely landslide over Barbara Buono. The man knows how to win, not a trivial achievement for a Republican in deep blue territory not unlike coastal California.
A campaign bus tour took Christie into the heart of working New Jersey, where Peggy Noonan reported enthusiastic crowds lining the streets in blue-collar Linden five deep. I know Linden. I worked there for years. Folks can spot a fake without leaving their workspace. Christie got a rock star’s welcome in a city where celebrity goes more toward what you do than who you are, the antithesis of celebrity in California.
So, what is the substance upon which Christie’s aura is built? A lady from Linden had this to say about that. "I'm so excited, I feel like I'm meeting a movie star. He's like me. I feel like he's telling the truth. I'm a registered Democrat. I don't care what party [he’s] from." Such statements go unspoken in one-party CA.
Another woman from upper-middle class Livingston expressed how Christie does what he does. "He can get things done because he can go between the aisles. Harry Reid and the president won't even talk to the other side."
Plain and simple, Chris Christie represents exciting change, he gets things done, and liberal New Jersey loves him. Republican or Democrat, upper class or blue collar, government workers to big industry to professionals and entrepreneurs, Christie has developed followers and friends from Mahwah down the Garden State Parkway to Cape May.
Christie has the recipe for breaking the backbone of a one-party state system. Not everyone agrees with him but everyone loves what he does.
I think [voters] want someone who's going to solve their problems…who's gonna be practical…who's gonna listen to them…and…has a philosophy that they can live with—not that they [always] agree with.
No one in New Jersey disagrees that Christie will get it done on Tuesday, election day, in the ways that only Chris Christie does. Could California, even the country, connect with Christie's charisma to shed the 'deep blues?'