In a recent interview with Fox News’ Eric Bolling, former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin had a lot to say about the state of our nation and the Republican Party.
She also unceremoniously tore down the idea that Chris Christie was a “damn good Republican” and signed herself up for Team Rand.
Governor Chris Christie could not be New Jersey’s governor if he were a mainstream conservative — the voters there just don’t buy what we’re selling yet. So I can support him as Governor of the Garden State, but I cannot support him on a national level, and Palin voices the exact reasons why. He is a Big Government Republican, or in my part of the country, what we just call a RINO’s.
After Superstorm Sandy, Christie was quick to demand that the federal government begin pouring aid into the state. In the end, over $50B would be spent in helping New Jersey recover from the disaster. While one can certainly understand the Governor of a state looking for help in times of emergency, you’d hope a conservative would be more inclined to limit the burden of money being spent as much as possible. Perception (real or imagined) was that Christie was demanding the federal government to pour billions of dollars into New Jersey, and that is not small government principles in action. The entire Sandy-funding situation led Senator Paul to call Christie “the king of bacon.”
On the NSA debate (which Palin was commenting on directly), Christie has come down on the side of big government intrusion. Christie attacked Senator Paul and his fellow libertarian Republicans recently: “This strain of libertarianism that’s going through both parties right now and making big headlines I think is a very dangerous thought. … You can name any number of people and he’s [Rand Paul] one of them,” Christie said at a conference in Aspen, Colorado. “The next attack that comes, that kills thousands of Americans as a result, people are going to be looking back on the people who are having this intellectual debate and wondering whether they put…” he left that last part unfinished, luckily. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) who authored the heavily debated Patriot Act has even come down against the NSA saying he’s “extremely troubled by the FBI’s interpretation of this legislation.” The truth is that NSA spying program is deeply intrusive and completely unconstitutional, but Chris Christie supports it, just like President Obama does.
For Republicans, another troubling aspect of Christie’s view of government is his unabashed distaste for the 2nd Amendment. As Governor, Christie has endorsed many laws restricting the rights of New Jersey citizens to own and carry firearms. Over the years he has been a consistent opponent of gun rights and his time as Governor has not diminished his attacks on the 2nd Amendment. Just this past week he signed another slate of ten laws infringing on the rights of the people to carry firearms. One has to assume that Christie would continue his big government approach to limiting gun rights if he were to become the President.
Sarah Palin is right — Chris Christie is a big government Republican. I am still a fan of his… but only as long as he stays in New Jersey. The moment he looks to come out of the Garden State, he will lose my support… unless he “evolves” into a real conservative.
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