I’ll admit it. I never liked Chris Christie as a politician. I think he’s too moderate, at least a little scandalous, and lacked the substance to be a great governor let alone President of the United States. I’ve since softened my view of him a bit and I like what he’s said so far during the campaign.
With all of that said, it’s time for him to drop out of the Presidential fray. I was hopeful that he’d be able to pull enough of the moderate voters away from Jeb Bush or John Kasich to open the door for true conservatives to be in the finals for the grand prize of the GOP nomination, but after falling down to the kiddie table for the next debate, it’s time to go away.
There’s a silver lining to all this. His debate performance and the straight talk that got him to where his is today has given him a bit of a platform upon which to stay in the mix. No, he’s no longer in the mix for President, but he has demonstrated that he would be an ideal pick for the cabinet position that he was truly made to fill: Attorney General of the United States.
I know it’s not common for a candidate at this early stage in the primaries to make deals publicly with another candidate, but this has proven to be anything but a common campaign season. If Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, or Marco Rubio really wanted to make an impact, they would garner Christie’s support and cut a deal to appoint him as US AG. This happens more often than anyone likes to admit; Hillary Clinton was made a similar promise before conceding to Barack Obama in 2008. The difference is that this time with such a robust field of contenders, it would make a lot of sense for a candidate to put Christie on the stump for them even before having the nomination because at this point there are four valid candidates (five if you don’t think Jeb Bush is done) who could emerge as the nominee.
I don’t know enough about Christie’s legal skills to judge him based upon his record, but his politics are properly aligned for the role. Given the disastrous tenures of the current administration’s Attorney Generals, Christie might be the top legal guy that the country really needs.