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Tom Murse

Chris Christie is Really Starting to Annoy Republicans, Now, Too (Again)

By January 22, 2013

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Chris ChristieMaybe they're envious of his popularity. Maybe they're just tired of being kicked around. Maybe they're a little too sensitive after losing the 2012 presidential election.

Whatever the reason, Chris Christie's fellow Republicans have just about had it with the New Jersey governor and are airing their grievances in the press.

Again.

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The conservative editorial board of The Wall Street Journal, for example, took issue with Christie's sharp criticism of congressional Republicans over their failure to expedite a multibillion-dollar aid package for New Jersey and other Northeast states ravaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

"We've appreciated Mr. Christie's outspoken style, and he has to advocate for his battered state," the Journal board opined. "But he's also supposed to care about the public fisc.

"His advocacy would have been more accurate, and more effective for New Jersey in the long run, if he had also pointed out that Democrats from the rest of the country have jeopardized the aid by cynically using the bill for their own parochial interests. Mr. Christie is running for re-election in a Democratic state, but that doesn't mean he has to compete to be the next Charlie Crist."

That last line is particularly snarky. Crist, of course, is the former governor of Florida who defected from the Republican Party and has been sharply critical of the GOP.

Former Iowa Republican Party executive director Craig Robinson told Politico that Christie does not appear to be "occupying any space within the Republican Party right now, especially after railing against Republican leaders in Congress."

"Gov. Christie is doing a great job of being apolitical, which will help him win reelection in New Jersey, but being apolitical gets one nowhere nationally," Robinson told the news outlet, referring to speculation that Christie is planning a run for president in the 2016 election.

Christie railed against his party's leadership in the House after they failed to move quickly on aid for New Jersey, earning him praise among voters in his state. But Christie's outspokenness also drew allegations of pandering from Democrats and rebuttals from frustrated congressional Republicans.

This isn't new territory for Christie.

The GOP was furious with Christie for praising President Barack Obama's leadership during the catastrophe, which occurred at the height of the president's 2012 race with Mitt Romney, and skipping a nearby rally for the Republican nominee a short time later.

But the Republicans are using Christie as a "convenient scapegoat" for their own demographic, ideological and personal shortfalls, as The New York Times put it recently.

And Christie knows that. Which is why Chris Christie continues to be, well, Chris Christie.

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