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April 21, 2014

Andrew Silow-Carroll: Passoverkill? Suggestions to make next year's seders even more culturally sensitive

Sara Israelsen Hartley: Seeking the Divine: An ancient connection in a new context

Christine M. Flowers: Priest's execution in Syria should be call to action

Courtnie Erickson: How to help kids accept the poor decisions of others

Lizette Borreli: A Glass Of Milk A Day Keeps Knee Arthritis At Bay

Lizette Borreli: 5 Health Conditions Your Breath Knows Before You Do

The Kosher Gourmet by Betty Rosbottom Coconut Walnut Bars' golden brown morsels are a beautifully balanced delectable delight

April 18, 2014

Rabbi Yonason Goldson: Clarifying one of the greatest philosophical conundrums in theology

Caroline B. Glick: The disappearance of US will

Megan Wallgren: 10 things I've learned from my teenagers

Lizette Borreli: Green Tea Boosts Brain Power, May Help Treat Dementia

John Ericson: Trying hard to be 'positive' but never succeeding? Blame Your Brain

The Kosher Gourmet by Julie Rothman Almondy, flourless torta del re (Italian king's cake), has royal roots, is simple to make, . . . but devour it because it's simply delicious

April 14, 2014

Rabbi Dr Naftali Brawer: Passover frees us from the tyranny of time

Greg Crosby: Passing Over Religion

Eric Schulzke: First degree: How America really recovered from a murder epidemic

Georgia Lee: When love is not enough: Teaching your kids about the realities of adult relationships

Cameron Huddleston: Freebies for Your Lawn and Garden

Gordon Pape: How you can tell if your financial adviser is setting you up for potential ruin

Dana Dovey: Up to 500,000 people die each year from hepatitis C-related liver disease. New Treatment Has Over 90% Success Rate

Justin Caba: Eating Watermelon Can Help Control High Blood Pressure

The Kosher Gourmet by Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon Don't dare pass over these Pesach picks for Manischewitz!

April 11, 2014

Rabbi Hillel Goldberg: Silence is much more than golden

Caroline B. Glick: Forgetting freedom at Passover

Susan Swann: How to value a child for who he is, not just what he does

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Financial Tasks You Should Tackle Right Now

Sandra Block and Lisa Gerstner: How to Profit From Your Passion

Susan Scutti: A Simple Blood Test Might Soon Diagnose Cancer

Chris Weller: Have A Slow Metabolism? Let Science Speed It Up For You

The Kosher Gourmet by Diane Rossen Worthington Whitefish Terrine: A French take on gefilte fish

April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review Jan. 22, 2014/ 21 Shevat, 5774

Christie Is Nimbler Than You Think

By Roger Simon



JewishWorldReview.com | Chris Christie's master plan is working. By making himself totally intolerable to Democrats, he is making himself somewhat acceptable to Republicans.

A variety of Democratic mayors in New Jersey are now howling at Christie for being a bully and a creep.

This is music to his ears.

Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey, wants to be the Republican nominee for president in 2016. But in the past, he has cooperated with Democrats and even rubbed shoulders with Barack Obama.

This has helped Christie in the very early, largely worthless public opinion polls, but it has hurt him with influential Republicans.

Republican fat cats wonder why they should bundle big dollars for Christie. Once elected, he could squander their tax dollars on things like feeding the hungry and housing the homeless.

And ideological "movement" Republicans are tired of nominating candidates who slide to the left in order to get elected but then don't get elected. This time, they want a far-right fire breather who will, at the very least, feed their sense of martyrdom.

Christie has found a solution: He will get Democrats to hate him. He will get liberal talk show hosts to hate him. He will get left-wing bloggers to hate him.

Then he will go to the Republican big shots and say, "Hey, if these goons hate me, how bad could I be?"

The only flaw in his plan is that it is difficult to campaign for president from prison. Or while under indictment. Or even while under serious investigation.

So Christie must be nimble. No, not physically. Physically, he is about as nimble as a Macy's Thanksgiving float.

He must be nimble politically. Which, actually, he is.

Take his performance Sunday at the posh seaside abode of Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone, at what was billed as a "meet-and-greet with party donors" in North Palm Beach, Fla.

Christie was asked when his current controversies might subside, and according to Politico, he replied, "I don't know."

He also was asked by the deep-pocket crowd whether Social Security and other entitlement programs need to be means-tested. Millionaires and billionaires worry a great deal that middle-class Americans will get a dollar of Social Security they don't really need and will waste it on a thing like their retirement or birthday cards for their grandchildren.

According to Langone, Christie said he is "absolutely" for means-testing.

OK, so that was two boxes checked; Democrats may continue to hound him, but he will stay loyal to his principles and, for example, pander to wealthy donors.

But what if his current problems deepen and he has to occupy his time with depositions and testimony and producing years of records?

Well, that was his best answer of all.

Christie claimed that all 65,000 state government workers in New Jersey have "access to the governor's stationery," so there always has been the risk that somebody could do something "stupid."

Did I say nimble? Chris Christie could run across the keyboard of a piano without making a sound.

Look at what his defense could be if some investigator were to turn up a letter from the governor's office that implicates Christie in wrongdoing.

"Hey," Christie could say, "that wasn't me. That was any of the 65,000 employees of New Jersey, who are issued my personal stationery on their first day of work — along with their 'At Least We're Not Delaware' T-shirts."

His statement at Langone's bash continued the theme Christie sounded in his Jan. 9 news conference, in which he said, "I have 65,000 people working for me every day. And I cannot know what each one of them is doing at every minute."

They may be shutting down bridges. They may be threatening mayors. They may be stuffing large quantities of money into canvas sacks.

How is Christie supposed to know? He is only the governor, not the state's chief executive. Well, actually, he is the state's chief executive. But now he's got all this stationery to keep track of.

Even if each state employee were issued just one ream, that would mean Christie would have to keep his eye on 32.5 million sheets of paper. It's unfair.

"In a government of 65,000 people, there are going to be times when mistakes are made," Christie said in his news conference. "Mistakes were made."

Bridges were blocked. Traffic studies were faked. Reputations were ruined. But Christie was doing his job battling for the people of New Jersey, just as he will battle for the people of the United States if he is nominated and elected president.

And if he is elected, some people may not get their Social Security and other entitlements. But he can absolutely guarantee they will get his stationery.

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