I'm going to go on record right now and say he will not be elected president.
Having watched him here in NJ, I can tell you that he cannot stand up to media scrutiny in a national election.
Tonight TIME reports that the Romney campaign pretty much decided the same thing in 2012:
In an excerpt from their new book Double Down: Game Change 2012, TIME’s Mark Halperin and New York’s John Heilemann look at Mitt Romney’s on-again, off-again flirtation with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie to be his running-mate. Codenamed “Pufferfish,” in the aquatic-themed parlance of the campaign’s vetting team, Christie was a constant thorn in the side of the Romney campaign, going back to a 2011 demand that the eventual Republican nominee refrain from fundraising in the Garden State until Christie bestowed his endorsement. The New Jersey Governor’s tardiness to joint fundraising events peeved the punctual candidate, and Christie’s demand for lavish travel arrangements upset Romney’s staff. But Christie’s ability to passionately explain the candidate’s message to donors and voters made him a favorite for the spot, especially with Romney’s chief strategist Stuart Stevens.There is so much crooked activity in this guy's background that he makes Jon Corzine look like the Dalai Lama.
The campaign passed over the potential 2016 candidate amid concerns about his ability to stand up to public scrutiny. The authors quote from the campaign’s secret vetting report on Christie, listing the red flags that kept him off the ticket and could keep him out of the White House, should he choose to run in 2016. The report noted that Christie had failed to fully explain a number of issues. These included information on an SEC settlement by the New Jersey governor’s brother, Todd, the terms of a defamation lawsuit settlement signed by Christie, information on Christie’s previous lobbying clients, medical records on his personal health and the citizenship status of Christie’s domestic employees. “If Christie’s possible selection is to move forward, these items should be obtained,” the document read.
I'm kinda hoping he does run for president, because I'd like to see him get some scrutiny and have to answer some of the questions around his lobbying clients, that defamation lawsuit settlement and especially the SEC investigation of his brother.
Just like I'm also hoping Sheriff Andy Cuomo of NY fame runs for president too because I think he needs some scrutiny around the Committee To Save New York donor list, the gambling consortia money he took to push casinos, the real estate money he took while handing out millions in tax breaks, his refusal to put any of the Wall Street criminals responsible for the '08 collapse in prison for their criminality, etc.
Both Christie and Cuomo think they can be president, but neither one of these guys have gotten the kind of vetting theyll get if they run in 2016.
Run, guys, run - it'll be fun seeing the press and your political opponents dig into you.