As Chris Christie unveiled his ‘tell it like it is’ campaign for the United States presidency, selling himself as a true, ‘blunt’ New Jerseyan, he has probably overlooked the fact that the state’s reputation for sharp speech cuts both ways.
With a Monmouth University poll rating Christie’s favourability at a record low of 35 percent in New Jersey last month, his presidential campaign may turn into an extended razzing of the Republican candidate, with many New Jerseyans campaigning to oppose his candidacy, reported The Guardian.
Even the choice of venue made by Christie to announce his ambitious campaign- his alma mater Livingston High School- has not been taken well by the people in the state, specially the public teachers’ union, with whom Christie has been engaged in a longstanding tussle over pensions and dues. One of the union officials and a teacher said that his choice of venue was ‘gratuitously provocative and typical’.
Jeb Lund, a U.S. columnist, who writes for The Guardian, also hit out at Christie’s brand of ‘retail politics’ that was based on “a default playground-bully level of self-gratification, self-aggrandizement and opponent-punishment”.
He added that Christie’s stock tactic of ’empowered and disproportionate’ abuse in response to any inquiry will not work when his interrogators were on his side.
Lund took a jibe at Christie’s ‘tell it like it is’ campaign, saying that the most dynamic and interesting thing Christie could do now would be to “bully fellow Republicans for living in the past when it comes to Obamacare and same sex marriage, tell them to get real, get a life and get with the 21st Century”.