New Jersey Governor Chris Christie turned 51 years old on September 6, 2013 and love him or hate him; he is a polarizing figure both in the Garden State and on the national stage. He is known for his gruff exterior, his take no prisoners style and his “Jersey attitude”, and it’s that style that prompted his staff to make a video of his, shall we call them, “Jersey Jabs” as a birthday gag.
Christie who is running for re-election this November against Democratic Senator Barbara Buono in a race that you sometimes forget is even happening because it does not seem to be the typical New Jersey Sporting event that most political races are. Perhaps that is because of Christie's double digit lead in the poll’s and despite the social issues, policies and decisions he has made that do require legitimate answers for, he appears to be untouchable. So far that is working for him.
Christie’s critics often attack his blunt attitude, newspaper editorials bash him for his in your face style and for another segment of the population, that is what appeals to them. They can identify with Christie because he speaks the Jersey language. He is not out there kissing babies and telling people what they want to hear, he tells it like it is, for some that’s called being rude, for others it’s called being real. A quality that although controversial is also considered refreshing by a large margin of the voters.
You can disagree and tell me I’m wrong, but then explain his success in the polls and his Teflon coat of armor that is part of his skin as much as that famous fleece is. Christie is not without controversial decisions; he has taken on his own party, both on the state level and in Congress during the aid debacle over Super storm Sandy relief. He put his state ahead of national politics when he embraced and praised President Obama where it was due during the Sandy crisis and that was just days prior to the General Election and he made no apologies for it, when criticized for doing so by the GOP.
Christie plays his brand of politics and is not your everyday Joe, he is as politically motivated as they get and is a true politician. He and his motives are certainly questionable at times, whether or not that Jersey attitude works for him in the future where the stakes are higher and the audience does not speak Jersey is something only time will tell, but allowing his staff to put out such a video so close to an election proves he is comfortable in his own skin.