Why do the media hype Chris Christie more than Ben Carson as a presidential possibility?

Political numbers-cruncher Sam Wang (above) of the Princeton Election Consortium raises an interesting question about several of the prospective candidates for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016. Citing a recent CBS poll showing that Republicans are far more strongly in favor of surgeon Ben Carson running for president than New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Wang ASKS: “[W]hy are reporters covering Christie and not, say, Ben Carson?” Why, indeed? The answer, of course, is that too many political pundits know too little...

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Don’t bet on Chris Christie ever becoming president

Television pictures of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie hugging Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones during an NFL playoff game the other day have prompted lots of speculation on whether such images might affect Christie’s chances of winning a presidential election. It’s a silly question. In the long run, it matters not whether Christie is a Cowboys fan. Yes, many of his New Jersey constituents may resent his affection for a Texas football team. And yes, his dealings with Jones may raise some ethical questions. But there are other...

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Former aide says he gave Christie prior notice of plan for bridge foul-up

Uh-oh! Just when some people were beginning to think Chris Christie might survive the bridge scandal after all, a BOMBSHELL EXPLODES: On Dec. 13, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) told the press that no one on his senior staff had prior knowledge of the plan to close access lanes to the George Washington Bridge in September. But a lawyer representing Christie’s former campaign manager Bill Stepien now says that was wrong. The claim was included in a letter sent in early April — and made public Wednesday — by attorney Kevin...

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Chris Christie peddles hypocrisy to gathering of gullible conservatives

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, famous of late for the bridge scandal in his state, probably figured he could make a speech to right-wing ideologues about fiscal responsibility without anyone in his audience realizing that his rhetoric was pure hooey. But alas, Christie’s audience included an editorial writer from one of his home-state newspapers. The result was THIS: Gov. Chris Christie has a big problem going into the 2016 presidential race, even if he survives the scandals without a scratch. He is pitching himself as the guy who can...

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Chris Christie and Jeb Bush would face obstacles if either sought the presidency

If you’re handicapping the race for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, you might want to take THIS into account: As conservatives gather in the Washington area on Thursday for three days of speeches from prospective 2016 presidential candidates and discussions about the future of the GOP, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll found that three in 10 of all Republicans say they would not vote for New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie if he ran for the White House. Christie will address the annual Conservative Political Action...

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