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Six Questions Chris Christie Needs to Be Asked at This Week’s Debate

Posted on Sunday, August 20, 2023
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Once seen as a rising star in the Republican Party, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s fall from political grace has marked one of the most fascinating political stories of the last decade. Previously hailed as the “future of the GOP,” a conservative “fighter,” and a political “disruptor” who would lead the Republican Party to new and formidable heights, Christie has redefined himself among most Republican voters as the media’s favorite anti-Trump crusader who is more concerned with attacking the former president than promoting conservative causes and fighting for the will of Republican voters. That the media has already picked out its storyline for the first GOP debate this week is hardly surprising. While media operatives will of course be anxious to feature any anti-Trump declarations by, say, Mike Pence or other establishment favorites, they most of all want Christie—a former prosecutor and proficient debater—to give them anti-Trump soundbites in their post-debate coverage. Although there is little chance that debate questioners will have any interest in holding Christie accountable for his descent into leftism, other candidates on the stage with Christie will likely have incentive to hold his feet to the fire. Therefore, as Republicans gear up for the first GOP primary debate this week, here are six questions Christie should be forced to answer on the debate stage: 1. Millions of Republican and Independent voters believe the paramount issue in the 2024 campaign is the media’s status as the GOP’s main opposition party. As a former ABC News contributor, do you believe the network should apologize for perpetuating falsehoods like Russiagate and suppressing stories like the Hunter Biden scandal? On your next ABC appearance, will you ask them to apologize to the American people? Furthermore, you have also long been an advocate of transparency and advocacy in the federal government. With this in mind, did you really receive $400,000 form ABC annually, as the New York Times reported? Do you think ABC would have hired you if you did not regularly attack Donald Trump? And do you believe it was ethical to have that kind of relationship with an organization that actively attempts to turn every political story into an attack on conservatives and to help the Democratic Party? To conservative voters, it’s no secret that corporate media operatives play a massively outsized role in American politics. With every passing election cycle, it becomes clearer that   the media apparatus—not the Democrat Party—poses the most lethal threat to the American way of life. Without the left’s lackeys in the media, the universities, and the Deep State, it is difficult to see how Democrats would remain a powerful force in American elections. It is curious, therefore, that Chris Christie—a self-proclaimed conservative warrior—would join ABC News, one of the most dishonest news organizations in the country, as a contributor, where he raked in $400,000 a year prior to entering the 2024 presidential race. In recent years, ABC has propped up the left’s discredited Russiagate hoax, meticulously avoided reporting the Hunter Biden laptop scandal, and called for a “cleansing” of Donald Trump’s base of supporters, just to name a few instances of misinformation and political axe-grinding. But rather than pushing back against the network’s false narratives, Chris Christie has helped them. Given that the corporate media has become a massively antagonistic force in American politics, Christie should be asked whether he agrees with the media’s perpetuation of these narratives—and if he doesn’t, the debate questioners should ask him if he is willing to apologize to the American people for his complicity in the media’s political malfeasance. 2. What would you say to voters who consider you to be the favorite GOP candidate of the corrupt corporate media class? Given that opposition to the media is one of the most unifying issues among Republican primary voters, the corporate media’s embrace of Christie is likely alarming to conservatives. If Christie truly cared about advancing the will of his party’s voters and effectuating genuine conservative change, one might ask, why has he allowed himself to become a prop of the left-wing media? And what would he say to voters who see his candidacy as nothing more than an attempt to discredit Donald Trump and reinforce the left’s lies about conservatives? 3. Many conservatives are suspicious that indictments against Donald Trump have been rushed to get Biden scandals out of the headlines. Do you think the media should investigate these allegations of collusion? After prosecutors indicated on Friday, August 11 that a plea deal in the criminal investigation against Hunter Biden was unlikely, logic would dictate that the Hunter Biden scandal would emerge as a leading news story going into the week of August 14. And following reports that Attorney General Merrick Garland had appointed U.S. Attorney David Weiss as special counsel in the Hunter Biden criminal investigation—even after Weiss agreed to a highly controversial plea deal that was eventually rejected by a federal judge—conservatives had hoped that Garland’s belly flop would elicit the news coverage it deserved. But instead, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis indicted Donald Trump the following Monday, a move that virtually eliminated the Hunter Biden scandal from the news. Of course, this pattern is far from new. In June, the day after Congress gained access to FBI documents showing that the Bidens took in millions of dollars in bribes, the Biden DOJ indicted Trump in the Mar-a-Lago documents case. And when news broke that Joe Biden has been on more than 20 phone calls with Hunter and his business clients, the Biden DOJ once again indicted Trump in the January 6 case. Furthermore, in the case of Trump’s New York indictment, one of Alvin Bragg’s former leading prosecutors had previously represented Hillary Clinton as part of a firm led by Chuck Schumer’s brother. As Trump said in his primetime remarks following his first arraignment in April, Bragg’s “chief prosecutor, who represented the Democrats and crooked Hillary Clinton, a firm run by Chuck Schumer’s brother, Robert… he quit the firm in order to go to work in the D.A. office in order to get Trump. Can you imagine that? Hillary Clinton’s lawyer, Democrat lawyer, Democrat firm, ultimately he quit as chief prosecutor because Bragg didn’t think he had a case. Think of it, the same guy that brought this ridiculous thing today.” Given these patterns, conservatives are rightly suspicious of foul play. Therefore, Chris Christie should be asked whether he agrees with these accusations—and whether the media should investigate allegations of legal and political collusion to absolve the Bidens by way of persecuting Donald Trump. Christie should also be asked whether he approves the actions of Hillary Clinton and Democrat lawyers, who enlisted the FBI and the U.S. FISA Court to propagate false claims that Donald Trump colluded with Russia in his 2016 campaign. Following the Russiagate scandal, many conservatives have been resigned to the reality that Democrats are no longer interested in politics, and instead have come to rely on left-wing activist judges and district attorneys to do their political bidding for them. Christie, therefore, should be asked whether he agrees with this assessment of the left—and if so, why he has failed to do anything to hold them to account given his background as a federal prosecutor. 4. Based on your experience as a former federal prosecutor, if it is ultimately proven that a group of political activists and zealous lawyers were colluding with the federal government and state prosecutors to indict Donald Trump, would that constitute a violation of Section 1983? If so, would you support the prosecution of all guilty parties? U.S. Code Section 1983, states that any person who “subjects, or causes to be subjected, any citizen of the United States or other person within the jurisdiction thereof to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution and laws, shall be liable to the party injured in an action at law, suit in equity, or other proper proceeding for redress.” If it is eventually established that political actors colluded with federal and state prosecutors to deny Donald Trump his civil rights as part of the left’s indictment crusade, Chris Christie should be asked whether he would support the prosecution of all responsible parties. Thus far, Christie has tended to side with the prosecutors targeting Donald Trump—including the Biden Department of Justice—signaling that he is more concerned with ousting Trump from the political arena than he is with opposing a corrupt ruling class that aggressively persecutes its political opponents. As such, Christie must go on the record to clarify his perspective on the indictment process, which could help voters to understand where his loyalty truly lies. 5. Do you think Christopher Wray has done a good job as FBI Director? Under the leadership of Christopher Wray, the FBI has raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, stormed the home of a Catholic pro-life activist, refused to detail any federal involvement in the events of January 6, and failed to publicly disclose incriminating information regarding Joe and Hunter Biden’s deep-seated corruption. Though Christie has remained broadly supportive of the Biden administration’s actions against Trump, he has failed to speak out against other specific instances of FBI corruption, such as the FBI’s raid on pro-life activist Mark Houck’s home. In fact, Wray was previously Christie’s attorney during his tenure as the governor of New Jersey, and Christie recently indicated that, if elected, he would retain Wray as FBI director in a hypothetical Christie administration. Of course, the corporate media has refused to confront him on this topic. At this week’s debate, the debate questioners should ask him directly whether he approves of Wray’s leadership of the FBI—and ask him why he has pledged to keep him as FBI Director if he becomes president. 6. Some Republicans are calling on conservative Attorneys General and prosecutors to look into criminal allegations that the Biden Justice Department refuses to honestly investigate, as well as the possibility that sham indictments against Republicans count as election interference in their states’ federal elections. Do you agree that Republican Attorneys General should take a more active role in investigating these matters? One suggestion for ending the weaponization of the criminal justice system for persecuting Republicans while letting Democrats escape justice has been suggested in an op-ed recently published by The Federalist, which states bluntly that “When politicians are tempted to prosecute their enemies for political reasons, they must fear the same thing happening to them”—specifically calling out left-wing individuals and entities like Hunter Biden, Alejandro Mayorkas, Black Lives Matter, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. At Wednesday’s debate, Christie should be asked whether he supports taking this approach, and if not, why he doesn’t. If current polling is any indication, Chris Christie’s odds of becoming the Republican presidential nominee are overwhelmingly low. But even so, his track record of cuddling up to the corporate media, supporting the left’s prosecution of conservatives, and peddling progressive talking points are deeply concerning—particularly for a Republican presidential candidate. This Wednesday, Christie must be forced to reckon with his actions, and the debate moderators—as well as Christie’s primary opponents—have a duty to ensure that he is held accountable. Aaron Flanigan is the pen name of a writer in Washington, D.C.

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PaulE
PaulE
8 months ago

Kind of a cute article. Of course none of these questions will be asked of Christy. Christy’s main reason for running for is simply to get one or more of the msm networks to renew their consulting contracts with him. For him it’s easy money for minimal time and effort. I mean all he has to do is rant and rave some bs and then cash a check. Otherwise, he would have to actually try to earn a living as an attorney, where he would have to take a hefty (pun intended) pay cut.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
8 months ago

Christie is nothing more than a Democrat Lite.

legally present
legally present
8 months ago

You couldn’t pay me to vote for flapping jowls. I can’t stand to listen to him. And I’m not happy with FOX for picking Bret and Sandra. Nope, not interested in them because I feel like they’re Trump haters also.

William Hodge
William Hodge
8 months ago

Christy is literally the biggest RINO that belongs to the Republican Party. He has nothing to offer to the people other than hot air and tears. Cry me a river Dumb Ass.

Donald
Donald
8 months ago

Unfortunately I don’t think Christie will be asked these questions. However, if he were to be asked any one of them we would see the worst tap dance ever seen by a politician.

oleollo
oleollo
8 months ago

Your presidency would be historic as the most grossly overweight president in US history. How does this “historic” aspect to your candidacy qualify for the Office of the President of the United States?

Louise R
Louise R
8 months ago

All great points! Christie is so far removed from the possibility of becoming the nominee, that I almost didn’t bother clicking on this. But Christie’s messaging is harmful, hypocritical, and should be exposed. I appreciate the effort to do it here. Hopefully, he’s be forced to do it on a national stage.

teresa
teresa
8 months ago

the only people who think he is a rising star are other haters! christie could’t rise anywhere.

Rik
Rik
8 months ago

If Chris Christie wasn’t so impatient, he would have supported Trump and offered to become his Vice President which would have positioned him as next in line the following Presidential Election. But his ego can’t wait. I’ve stated here many times before that I was surprised by Trump’s 1st term results, I initially didn’t support him but was pleasantly surprised and he deserves my support now. If Ben Carson wins a political position, I wouldn’t be surprised if he succeeds too, being that he’s a successful private businessman also.

John L Tansky Sr
John L Tansky Sr
8 months ago

Are the people running the debate schooled in all these scandals against President Trump and will they ask the tough questions or sidestep them.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
8 months ago

DONT bother with Christie, Haley, Asa, Pence
Go for: Elder, Scott, Vivek
Dont waste time

Myrna
Myrna
8 months ago

As one whose employment future is probably with the media, he is probably running for publicity. He has “0” credibility as a candidate.
President Trump probably has other reasons for not being at the debate. But even before the 2020 campaign, presidential debates have had obviously biased “moderators” asking sometimes strange questions that ramble on and on, in an attempt to embarrass or trip the candidate. The goal was not to draw out the facts.

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
8 months ago

I know one question that will not be asked of Christie: “Have you lost weight?” Christie, like Merrick Garland, is upset he didn’t get the job he wanted and now seeks revenge.

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
8 months ago

Christie’s record as a prosecutor of political criminals is what got him elected to the governorship of New Jersey. As governor, his team of political hacks was more involved in retribution than in governing. Hence we had Bridgegate. As governor, he closed the beaches during a “government shutdown” (aka budget standoff), and then went onto the beach himself. The Buddha-like pose of Christie at the Beach was everywhere. So he appears to be another out of touch member of the political class. Limousine liberals and TV conservatives have little in common with most taxpayers.

Mike
Mike
8 months ago

This is the only one running on the republican ticket that would NEVER get my vote. A prime example of a RINO!

Nick
Nick
8 months ago

He needs to eat more Donuts hug Obama a few more times and go pound sand. I would never vote for his fat ass

June Darley
June Darley
8 months ago

I don’t believe that Christy wants to be President-all he wants to do is blame Trump. Go home Christy to your D friends. This Nation don’t need you in the White House. God, we the people need Your wisdom about the best one to take over, to help the person that remembers that We the people elect the one in the house for the truth and open to us-.No more lies and salering land to China. God bless this land that You gave us.Amen

Thinking
Thinking
8 months ago

Chris Christie should have been jailed about the road problem in his state. How much money changed hands. He is bought to be anti Trump and is part of the Biden mafia.

Newday
Newday
8 months ago

These are great questions. Will they ask him? He’s been a big disappointment and I hope he’s quickly eliminated from the list of candidates.

Rick Jory
Rick Jory
8 months ago

Great article . . . yes, the questions won’t get asked. But truth has a way of seeming out, drip by drip . . . and now it is more like a spigot turned a quarter of a turn. We already know about Hillary’s crimes . . . BLM’s lies . . . DOJ/FBI corruption . . . MSM duplicity . . .

mikem
mikem
8 months ago

christie an elitist who during covid went to the closed beach where him and his family frolicked while the rest of us suffered.. he’s your typical rino politician looking for a buck and hoping for a regular spot on abc or msnbc. he’s pure august pond scum.

Inquirer
Inquirer
8 months ago

#7) Gov. Christie: Will you apologize to the voters of NJ for taking an exclusive family beach vacation while locking down the rest of the state? Just wondering…

pete kennedy
pete kennedy
8 months ago

Christie is a bending weed to the whims of the leftist Press. History will not record his presence.

Corbin L Douthitt
Corbin L Douthitt
8 months ago

why are you running? You are as irrelevant as Kamala Harris

Cay
Cay
7 months ago

Any candidate that bashes on Trump will not get my support.

David Block
David Block
8 months ago

Chris Christie is a Rino and should not receive one vote in the primary.

mike
mike
8 months ago

How is it after years of you enduring Fat Shaming, why is it you are still so grossly overweight? You are a disgusting RINO

Joe Blow
Joe Blow
7 months ago

Christie will quit the campaign after the first debate; the question is which other candidate will confront him with these or similar questions, and get the resulting bump in the polls.

The forgotten man
The forgotten man
7 months ago

He is just another actor in the theater of the absurd, The corporations run these actors just as the corporations ran Germany from 1934 to 1945. The “secret counsel” runs the present jelly-brain Biden as it did with the Kenyan Prince Obama.

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
7 months ago

Christie is just a bitter man who wants to bash Trump because DJT didn’t appoint him to some prestigious office. He caters to the swamp media because he wants attention. Remember when he was swooning over far-left rock start “The Boss.” Christie craves positive attention!

msgnn
msgnn
7 months ago

There was a promo film put out by the New Jersey Bureau of Tourism some time back. Can’t recall name but had Chase and Ackroyd in it. Before coming anywhere near Christie, advisable to watch it. Really want the whole country to turn into that firepit?

Rick
Rick
7 months ago

I could have sworn I looked in the dictionary the other day and saw a picture of Christy under “Rino”!

Patrick Switzer
Patrick Switzer
7 months ago

I think Biden should be charged with treason or impeached and Hunter should absolutely be prosecuted and

Hector
Hector
7 months ago

He will be treated like the demoRAT he really is. None of these questions will be asked.

Lloyd Grisham
Lloyd Grisham
7 months ago

Just another RINO that can’t be trusted. God help us all.

Randall L. Beatty
Randall L. Beatty
7 months ago

I do not trust him would never vote for him his only promise is to hate Trump and looks forward to going at Trump any chance he gets just a big mouth a Washington swamp rat a Trump hater.

Joan
Joan
7 months ago

Great column. I love the questions!

Harry Jasperson Sr.
Harry Jasperson Sr.
8 months ago

He is the epitome of the term
 “politician”. Essentially he is merely an overweight blow hard enamored with power and position

Larry
Larry
8 months ago

Chris Christie isn’t a presidential contender in our house. There are other, and more interesting and truly viable candidates running.

Melinda
Melinda
8 months ago

Yeah, all good questions that will never be asked! Unless another debater brings them up, which is unlikely.

Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
Kyle Buy you some guns,and learn how to shoot
8 months ago

He is to wishey washey.

Misty
Misty
8 months ago

Great questions!

William
William
8 months ago

Just send him back to the North Pole. Maybe he would make a great backup for Santa.

Dean
Dean
7 months ago

Great article

Richard
Richard
7 months ago

Fat man in a little coat.
Da da da daa
Fat man in a little coat.
Twirl and twist.
Fat man in a little coat.

DebS
DebS
7 months ago

As a life long resident of NJ, Chris Christy did nothing to help our state. He too was pictured at the beach when we had a crisis! He just likes to “blow his own horn”!

Lisa Skinner
Lisa Skinner
7 months ago

Great article, I would love to see these questions posed to Crispi as well. He’s literally and figuratively the “biggest” RINO in politics

Gil
Gil
8 months ago

I have no respect for him. Is it true that in the Bridge Gate legal case he had Attorney Wray as his attorney??Also Wray was able to stop any information that was on his phone from being opened and used in the case. Could have had information detrimental to him. Interesting!

Oldrealist
Oldrealist
8 months ago

For CC:
Do you think the American people are eager for a Giant Can of Crisco to be President?

David Millikan
David Millikan
8 months ago

Ask if he believes in the Global Warming scam and lie.

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