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Gov. Christie as President: The difference between 'could' and 'should'

christie020711_optBY PAM LOBLEY

Governor Chris Christie is getting some attention for saying he could win the presidential election in 2012. He is constantly asked if he is going to run, and has said no, though people tell him he has a good chance at winning. His response? “I already know I could win. That’s not the issue.”

He made these comments in an interview with National Review, and continues to repeat the sentiment. He declares firmly that he already has a job he loves, and that he knows he is not ready to be President.

This is a refreshing idea: that a candidate should actually have enough experience for the job they are going to hold. It’s a belief that neither Sarah Palin nor Barack Obama felt the need to embrace.

As a New Jersey resident, I wish the press would stop pushing Christie to run. He has a lot do in New Jersey, I don’t need him getting distracted.

Yes, there are people who want him to run, and he has received a lot of national attention as a GOP star. But I think the people most anxious for him to run are the press. He makes their job so easy! His candor, his confidence, and his willingness to take on any fight make him a quote machine. Who wouldn’t want to cover an election in which a candidate tells a woman complaining that she can’t make enough money teaching, “Well, you don’t have to do it, then.”

Say what you want about Christie, but in his seemingly arrogant statement, “I know I could win” he has just made a clear moral judgment: just because you CAN do something, doesn’t mean you should.

Just because you CAN blow your TV career by doing drugs and consorting with porn stars, then give hours of raving, nonsensical interviews to newscasters, doesn’t mean you should.

Just because you CAN give hours of television time to interviewing a raving, nonsensical druggie who consorts with porn stars in the hopes that you will boost your news ratings, doesn’t mean you should.

Just because you CAN conceive of complicated financial instruments, have them overrated by Moodys, sell them to unsuspecting clients, bankrupt entire pension funds and then pay yourself a huge bonus, doesn’t mean you should.

Just because you CAN talk loudly on your cell phone at the grocery store about the details of your cousin’s wedding and how much you drank before you had a lie-down make out session with her brother, doesn’t mean you should.

Christie has only been governor for 13 months. If, when his term is over, he has cleaned up the mess we call New Jersey, he might want to try for the Oval Office. It’s important to be ready.

For example, I could, right now, clean out my entire pantry. I could wipe down the shelves, label some bins, and throw out half used boxes of gelatin and stale candy. I could rearrange it so the kids could get a snack without stepping on the dog food or risking injury from a falling spring form cake pan. It would look great, and the whole family would be happier. I could do it. I just feel I am not ready.

Pam Lobley writes the “Now That’s Funny” column. Sign up for her mailing list at

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