On Chris Christie`s "F" From NumbersUSA
February 22, 2011, 12:34 AM
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The race is not always to the swift, but it might be to the fat. Just-elected New Jersey governor Chris Christie is being Mentioned as a possible GOP presidential candidate because of his riveting battle with the state`s public employees, especially its entrenched teacher union. But NumbersUSA has just issued one of its invaluable Report Cards, grading Christie an F on immigration because of his support for amnesty and loud lack of interest in enforcement. Numbers` Roy Beck bluntly describes Christie as "a wash-out", which is strong talk for the herbivorous Beck.

Careful readers of VDARE.com will not be surprised. Nearly four years ago, James Fulford reported a very nasty spat between then-U.S. Attorney Christie and the Mayor of Morristown, Don Cresitello, who, although a liberal Democrat, was urging that something be done about illegal immigrants in his town. Nearly a year later, we reported Newark Star-Ledger columnist Paul Mulshine`s evisceration of Christie for his continuing attacks on the Mayor. Christie was not merely on the wrong side, but emotionally committed to it, in a horribly Bush-like way.

Mulshine is clearly skeptical of Christie`s credentials. He wrote recently

If our boy went to the Beltway with the intention of stirring up support for a presidential run, he sure succeeded. My assessment: Mitt Romney had better watch his back.

ALSO: Conservative New Jersey is still asking why Christie won`t join the suit against Obamacare. If he ever does run, this sort of thing will have to be addressed

(If Chris Christie`s trying to get some buzz going inside the Beltway..., Feb 18, 2011. Link in original).

You can go a long way in politics just by having the right enemies, as I noted about Sarah Palin the other day. But Christie is clearly vulnerable on immigration—if any of his possible rivals have the courage to act.