New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tough-guy approach to his work and the media — while attractive to some on the right — is unlikely to be effective strategy as he enters the 2016 presidential fray, The Washington Post reports.
"Christie got elected —
and re-elected, convincingly, in no small part on the force of that personality —
on the idea that he, like most New Jerseyans, won't take any guff.
"The problem for Christie is that he's not running in New Jersey anymore. He's [going to be] running for president in 2016. And the I-make-the-rules-and-the-media-follows-them mentality won't work in that race nearly as well as they have to date in his political career," writes Post reporter Chris Cillizza in the paper's "The Fix" column.
perfected his public persona in 2010 in an testy exchange with a reporter in which he exhorted: "This is who I am, and this is who the people elected," he told Newark Star-Ledger political columnist Tom Moran, Cillizza said.
Christie, however, has continued that tact as recently as this week, when he popped off to a Post reporter covering his trade trip to the U.K.
Noted Philip Rucker who tweeted
about the exchange, "When I asked Christie about ISIS and his UK meetings, he said, 'Is there something you don't understand about no questions?'"
Cillizza admonished that Christie's tone abroad marks the wrong kind of behavior for someone who wants to be president and says that his "dismissiveness" now is a bad idea.
He wrote: "When you are a potential candidate for president, you don't get to dictate when you answer questions. You are on a trade mission that is, it seems to me, a thinly veiled attempt to bolster your foreign policy credentials ahead of a likely presidential bid in 2016."
Cillizza added: "It's not as though Phil yelled, 'Hey Governor, what do you think about the results of the Royal Rumble?' ISIS' beheadings —
and today's burning alive of a Jordanian pilot —
have captured the world's attention. It's just the sort of thing that someone who wants to be the leader of the free world should have an opinion on —
and be willing to share with reporters.
"Christie would do well to remember that this is the kick-the-tires phase of the campaign. If you don't like how people kick the tires, you need to find a new profession."
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