The New York Times editorialized that it should be now and provided several compelling reasons:
Mr. Christie has been called a lot of things, but until Wednesday’s debate performance, “barely there” was not among them. In eight minutes of speaking time, Mr. Christie said little of substance. As for his parting pitch that he’s “deadly serious about changing this culture” of government, well, his constituents in New Jersey know better.
This isn’t strictly about Mr. Christie’s fitness for the presidency. His role in New Jersey’s budget crisis, betrayal on affordable housing and the interlocking scandals on his watch, from Bridgegate to “the chairman’s flight,” say a great deal about that.
The point is that New Jersey is in trouble, and the governor is off pursuing a presidential run that’s turned out to be nothing more than a vanity project. Mr. Christie’s numbers are in the basement, and he’s nearly out of campaign cash. This is his moment, all right: to go home and use the year left in his term to clean out the barn, as Speaker John Boehner would say.
Though they missed the four main ones:
- Media bookers and diner patrons are tiring of his act
- He has no accomplishments to relate for when (if?) this race moves beyond the talking-point-of-the-moment phase
- There is only so much money you can extort from people you repay with political favors when your time in a position to provide those favors is running out
- Health – was it ten minutes before he had to hold on to the podium for support?
As distasteful as the prospect of returning to New Jersey full-time has to be for him, he will have to face it. What do you think?