It’s been noted that embattled New Jersey Governor Chris Christie underwent a personality shift after David Wildstein’s documents were released early January. He was shocked (as in, “No one told me anything was in writing) and angry (damn it, why wasn’t I warned). And wimpy (as in, “A grown man, duped.”)
But, does he know it’s all over for him? Or is he deluded into thinking it'll all blow over and he’ll be back in the saddle, punishing and rewarding his way to presidential victory?
Today in the NJ budget address he showed signs he knows he’s dead.
First Sign: Nothing to Say
“Christie has long been known as a man of action. He takes charge and makes decisions – for better or worse – and if there's a problem, he proposes a solution. Perhaps signaling the depth of the problem or perhaps signaling he doesn't plan to be around long enough for it to matter, when the governor finished discussing the fiscal woes created by the pension and healthcare obligations, he offered no solution.Second: He’s not scaring anyone:
"In fact, the governor proposed little in the way of controversy during his speech. What many thought would be a protracted battle over the pension payment seems to be nothing more than a pebble on the roadway. Even the long awaited tax cut proposal did not materialize as part of the budget address, heading off what would no doubt have become yet another stalemate on an issue over which the two parties can find little common ground.”
"Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald called Christie's pension alarm “a gimmick" and accused the governor of sounding it to district from his own failure to create jobs in the state."And third, as in reflected in the polls:
Fo’get about ‘it:
"Christie's image as the hero of Sandy is now just a fading memory," Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, said.