Carville and Matalin agree: Christie 'to be taken seriously' in 2016
By Matthew Arco | September 27th, 2012 - 8:59pm
| More

EDISON – Will Gov. Chris Christie be a likely presidential candidate in 2016 if Mitt Romney loses to Barack Obama in the November election?

Absolutely, says James Carville.

Speaking at a New Jersey Chamber of Commerce forum Thursday night, the Democratic strategist predicted the former Massachusetts governor will lose his bid for the White House to Obama in the fall and that it will open the door for Christie “to be taken seriously.”

“I think he is attractive in the sense that he doesn’t sound like a typical politician,” said Carville, adding if Republicans fail to clinch the election then “they’re going to conclude” that their appeal is too narrow.

“They’re going to be looking for something that is kind of different,” Carville said. “If they do lose, he’ll certainly come into the race as somebody who’s to be taken seriously.”

Carville based his opinion on his prediction that Republicans will scramble to change their brand if the party is unsuccessful in making Obama a one term president.

“Politics is like a business, if you don’t adjust, you’re out,” he said, explaining Republicans need to expand their base.

Of course, that wasn’t exactly the same opinion of the chamber’s other featured speaker, Republican strategist Mary Matalin.

Matalin, Carville’s wife, said she agreed Christie will ultimately be an appealing candidate for the White House for many of the same reasons, but disagreed he would have a chance to run in 2016 – when she says Romney will be running for re-election.

“Look, there’s only one Christie, you can’t fake that,” she said. “You know what he’s going to say, you know what is principles are, you just don’t know how he’s going to say it.”

Both agreed Christie’s appeal will be welcomed by the Republican Party in the coming years, saying New Jersey’s governor will undoubtedly remain in the national spotlight moving forward.

The couple, each of whom have more than three decades of experience in politics, also gave varying predictions on how the fall election will play out.

Look at the polls, Carville said, more likely than not Obama will win re-election. Although he agreed much could change during the upcoming debates, Obama’s team is prepared for it and he’ll be a two-term president.

Remember Christie’s race for governor, Matalin said. It ain’t over until it’s over, she said.

“There’s no increased support for any of his policies,” Matalin said of Obama, adding the Democrat’s post-convention surge was simply due to the fact that he’s “a better politician.”

“My point is saying this, the polls would suggest that Romney is behind, he is behind, (but) he’s not as far behind as Reagan was at this point,” she said, explaining the debates will prove an opportunity for Romney to better explain his policies.

“They know about Barack Obama, but they don’t know what Mitt Romney would do,” she said. “That’s what people want, they want real talk, they want real solutions.”

The Back Room

McGreevey expresses no desire to be power broker in Newark mayoral race

Former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey might remember that former Newark Mayor Sharpe James played a significant role in helping him to get that title. But regarding the highly contentious Newark mayoral race between candidates Ras Baraka and Shavar Jeffries, McGreevey told PolitickerNJ.com on Thursday that he has no interest in picking a side.  

Read More >

Wake-Up Call

Morning Digest: April 17, 2014

Bergen Dems demand Donovan cancel fundraiser with Christie after unlimited contributions commentsHACKENSACK - Bergen County Democratic Chairman Lou Stellato called on Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan to cancel a fundraiser scheduled for May 5 with Gov. Chris Christie after he made remarks on allowing unlimited campaign contributions to political...

Op-Ed

The future of NJ Politics should not be politicians investigating politicians

By JON BRAMNICK Voices around the country agree with our concern that "bipartisan committee led by John Wisniewski is partisan." Below are observers who agree Wisneiwski's committee is not bipartisan: Chuck Todd, NBC News: "Democrats made a mistake... Read More >

Contributors

(4-16-14) New Jersey Vote By Mail Law - The voter turnout for New Jersey’s November gubernatorial election was the lowest since the days of prohibition, coming... more »
When it comes to profiling Christie, facts are for wussies (4/10/14) - As the national media stories on our Guv pile up, expect more blunders about the Garden State.... more »
This week I begin a series called Dispatches from Somewhere Else. Based on my on-going experiences as an everyman in New Jersey politics, these Dispatches review the hollowness of... more »
Watching Governor Chris Christie's shocking BridgeGate implosion, it's easy to forget the time when he truly seemed unstoppable.  Blessed with incredible political gifts and a Jersey bluster to match,... more »

Quote of the Day

Quote of the day

“The new agenda is charter schools. It’s a profit-making business. $500 million will not be in our hands. The school board is an advisory board. We are not going to tell the governor to unleash the dollars. Don’t be fooled. It’s not abracadabra. It’s politics.” - Paterson Mayor Jeff Jones

- PolitickerNJ.com

Poll

Who does Alieta Eck want to win the CD12 Democratic Primary?:

Resources

Visit the PolitickerNJ.com/resources page for links to the best collection of information on New Jersey state government.

 

  • Polls
  • The best blogs
  • Columnists
  • State election results
  • Assembly election results
  • Local party websites
  • And more.

PolitickerNJ.com/resources