Fresh off a spat with Kentucky Senator Rand Paul over foreign policy, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is now taking swipes at other potential 2016 contenders in the GOP. This time it’s Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal in his sights.

Report from CNN:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie planted himself firmly in the Republican Party’s establishment wing Thursday with a pugnacious speech calling on his party to focus on pragmatism rather than ideology and crippling internal debates.

“We are not a debating society,” Christie told a lunchtime audience at the Republican National Committees summer meeting in Boston. “We are a political operation that needs to win.”

Some of Christie’s remarks, relayed to a reporter by GOP officials who attended the closed-press event, were interpreted by many here as another jab at Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential rival for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.

Christie also appeared to rap Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, another potential White House hopeful who made headlines in January when he implored the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.”

“I’m not going to be one of these people who goes around and calls our party stupid,” Christie said, a startling remark given that Jindal and Christie work hand-in-hand as chairman and vice-chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

Clearly Christie is running in 2016 short of an official announcement. He’s spending an awful lot of the present time trying to establish himself as the Republican to beat in the primaries and build on his reputation as a direct speaker. I’m beginning to think that he’s counting on his direct, in-your-face tone to win back conservatives who were turned off by his “embrace” of President Obama following superstorm Sandy. Very, very few politicians of any political persuasion are as confident in standing their ground especially when their views come off as harsh and/or politically incorrect.

However, Christie has a serious uphill battle with conservatives in the base of the party who aren’t too pleased with his views on several pressing issues.

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  1. Lets not have a repeat of last year. Lets settle on a candidate internally and get ready to attack whoever runs under the Democratic flag.

  2. Article at The Political Commentator here (http://goo.gl/73V8BE) on this very subject:

    Conservatives, Tea Party and GOP: Can we find some way to get along just a little bit?*

    ‘*And should we even bother trying? (2nd draft)

    Hypothesis: If the vote on the Right is fractured in 2014 and 2016 does the entire country lose that election?

    In other words is there any way for the Tea Party, Conservatives and the mainstream Republican Party to figure out a way to somehow work, without compromising individual ideals, principles and philosophies, towards a common goal which is defeat of the Democrats!’…

  3. I don’t see Christie’s speech as “attacking Jindahl,” although the media want to stir up a fight, as usual. Christie is trying to portray himself as the “centrist” candidate, the “majority” candidate, and the “traditional” candidate. That explains his attacks on Rand Paul.

    Actually, in saying he didn’t want to call the GOP the “stupid party,” he was really agreeing with Jindahl, but saying the party needs someone who can communicate well. Jindahl is known by the public for only two things–(1) he looked like an amateur trying to reply to Obama, and (2) he said, “let’s not be the stupid party.” I don’t see him as a serious contender.

    The only problem with bringing it up is that Christie extended it’s shelf-life. When he says he’s not going to SAY, “stop being the stupid party,” he didn’t deny it. A lot of people are going to hear that as meaning, “yeah, well, ok, we’re the stupid party, but let’s not say it out loud.”

    • I actually think Jindal and Walker are sleeper candidates who could emerge if there is a serious split between factions of the party. They both have records as Governors which please the base. The other advantage (like Christie) is they’re governors which instantly gives them at least the appearance of outside-the-beltway cred. IMHO.

      • Nate — Christie has no chance with women voters simply on appearance, he (Christie) looks like a bloated pig that has went too many times at the GOP through…and keeps on getting fatter by his own stupid gluttony.

        As such, he’ll become a non-entity come 2015 (by which time he’ll probably exceed the limit of becoming president by weight alone — I think it is 1/2 ton…?).

        • Surfisher: That’s insulting to women (over 50% of the people) and overweight people (74.1% of the American population). Besides, in my experience, while men are sluts for a pretty face or body, most women look for substance.

          Christie has the opportunity to shake things up, if he can capture the imagination of northerners. Even if he could capture New Jersey, there would be a scramble, and he is becoming more popular there.

          Secondly, he is carefully developing the image as someone who could reach out. Of course, Nixon’s slogan was, “Bring us together again,” and we became more divided and more hostile. And we all know what happened to W, who said he was “a uniter, not a divider.” Regardless, it gets people elected when there’s perception that

          • Goethe Behr — nonsensical post by you.

            Fact — the “women vote” went mostly for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton because both had wonderful smiles, and as the media described them were “sexy” (nearly all 32 teeth displaying in an even row in glowing white brightness when opening their mouths).

            It was no different with Hussein Obama….

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