Columnist Ponnuru: Christie Victory a Roadmap for GOP

Thursday, 07 Nov 2013 05:06 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Republicans should study New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's re-election to learn how their party can begin winning again, according to Ramesh Ponnuru, a Bloomberg columnist and senior editor at National Review.

"Christie was able to win a huge re-election in a deep blue state even though he is a pro-lifer and an opponent of same-sex marriage … and the first pro-lifer to be the governor of New Jersey since Roe v. Wade came down," Ponnuru told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

Story continues below video.



"That seems to me a signal [of] success … You may not want to give him the Republican nomination on a platter, but that's something you should learn and study."

Ponnuru acknowledges Christie's swift reaction to the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy is a factor in his vast popularity and will help him if he seeks the GOP nomination for president in 2016.

"It played a role. It was a subset of being an effective governor who is responsive to the concerns of his constituents and is not seen as somebody who puts his own ideological agenda before those things," he said.

"Not every state is going to have a natural disaster of that scale but that kind of responsivity is going to play well almost anywhere.

Ponnuru blames Ken Cuccinelli himself for losing his hard-fought Virginia governor's race to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.

"You never saw ads from Cuccinelli pushing back on the endless stream of 'War on Women' ads from the Democrats. None of them saying … 'I understand not everybody is [a pro-life advocate] but I am going to try to protect unborn life and that's important. And, by the way, Terry McAuliffe is a pro-abortion extremist.'

"You just saw nothing on that along those lines from the Cuccinelli ad makers."

See "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV each weekday live by clicking here now

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell Taking Extended Leave after Taxi Accident

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 06:56 AM

Cable news commentator Lawrence O'Donnell is taking a leave of several weeks from his job as host of the MSNBC program  . . .

Chairman of NJ Panel on Lane Closings Defends Role

Sunday, 02 Feb 2014 11:39 AM

The chairman of a New Jersey legislative committee looking into the role Gov. Chris Christie's administration played in  . . .

Democrat O’Malley's 'Better Off' Gaffe Explodes into GOP Talking Point

Monday, 03 Sep 2012 15:18 PM

Maryland Governor Martin O Malley sought today to clarify his remarks after Republicans seized on his answer to a questi . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved