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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

Chris Christie, the potentially un-Romney for the GOP, erupts

By George Will



JewishWorldReview.com | TRENTON, N.J. — Coyness is not part of Chris Christie's repertoire, which does not stress subtlety, delicacy and intimation.

New Jersey's governor is more Mickey Spillane than Jane Austen and his persona, which sometimes is that of a bulldog who got up on the wrong side of the bed, is so popular he seems to be cruising toward re-election this November and does not deny that he might look beyond that.

His budget for 2013 calls for spending less than did the state's 2008 budget. He has vetoed a tax on millionaires three times. He has scrapped, exuberantly, with public employee unions. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, 41,000 families are still homeless.

Nevertheless, 61% of his constituents think the state is on the right track, compared to 27% who thought so when he entered office three years ago. His 74% job approval includes 56% of Democrats and 78% of independents. This in a state where only 29% view the Republican Party favorably.

And New Jersey is one of just three states (with New York and Maryland) in which Barack Obama improved upon his 2008 margin of victory (18 points, up from 16).

When the U.S. House of Representatives pondered longer than he thought proper in considering the bill for aiding Sandy's victims, Christie placed, in less than an hour, four unanswered late-evening calls to Speaker John Boehner, calls that were, Christie says mildly, "increasingly agitated."

At last, Christie did his best imitation of Vesuvius, denouncing Boehner by name. The approval-disapproval numbers for his eruption were 79-15, including 70-22 among Republicans.

People may not like government, but they enjoy one operatic governor.


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Sen. Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican, accused Christie of a "tantrum." Christie's pugnacity emerges: "I want to see the next time a hurricane comes to Kentucky." Such Sturm und Drang earned Christie an appearance on Time magazine's cover — a photo making him look very like New Jersey's Tony Soprano. Beneath the photo were two words— "The Boss."

Time told him the reference was to New Jersey's Bruce Springsteen.

Christie isn't buying that, but neither does it bother him.

"If my mother were alive," he says, "she'd be hot. She's the Sicilian."

He is potentially the un-Romney of GOP presidential politics, the candidate who connects viscerally, sometimes maybe too much so, with voters.

Although he campaigned hard for Mitt Romney in 2012 and was one of the first governors to endorse him, in 2011 Christie told Oprah that Romney doesn't connect with people.

No one knows how the Republican nominating electorate of 2016 will feel about the idea of selecting a second consecutive Eastern governor from a blue state. "The presidency," Christie says, "is the most personal vote people cast," and he distills into two words the lesson of 2012: "Candidates matter."

He calls the GOP's decision, made in the run-up to 2012, to lengthen the nominating process "the stupidest thing the Republican Party ever did."

When the process is too protracted, "You wind up with a good candidate who's damaged." Although he understands the lacerating rigor of a nomination campaign, "I may not do it, but it won't be for that reason."

He heartily agrees with the axiom that the most "likable" candidate usually wins presidential elections, and he understands that combativeness that might serve a governor might be inappropriate for a president, who people want cloaked in a particular dignity, and who is in everyone's living room every night.

Christie says, "The image of me nationally is a little skewed."

What he calls his "yelling and screaming" is very limited and always tactical. He thinks even voters choosing a president "want someone who has that club in his golf bag."

Cory Booker, Newark's Democratic mayor, supposedly has a bright future, but it will not be as New Jersey's governor any time soon.

He has challenged the renomination of an incumbent Democratic senator, 89-year-old Frank Lautenberg, rather than tangle with Christie, who already has $2.14 million in his campaign treasury and who on Feb. 13 will be given a Silicon Valley fundraiser at the home of Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg.

By 2015, the Republican nominating electorate will have forgotten Christie's effusive praise of Obama's post-Sandy solicitousness toward New Jersey.

And Christie will be the rambunctious fellow who before Sandy described Obama as "a man walking around in a dark room looking for the light switch of leadership."

Remember the name of Mickey Spillane's famous protagonist: Mike Hammer.


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