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Not tired of politics? Root for a Booker vs. Christie match-up in Jersey next year...

Remember, New Jersey holds an off-year election for Governor in 2013.

Anyone who loves political theater is rooting for a match-up between Republican Governor Chris Christie and Newark, New Jersey, Democratic Mayor Cory Booker.

Matt Katz of The PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER beautifully chronicles this hoped-for match-up for The NEW REPUBLIC on line. He notes some things about these two that I didn't realize.

Be sure to check out this TNR piece if you want to know what may be in the offing in our easterly neighbor...


Posted at 2:07pm on November 19, 2012 by Allan Loudell

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Comments on this post:

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 3:43pm
Christie would get the suburbanite vote in Jersey, while Booker would get the inner-city vote. From his home-base in Newark, Booker gets quite a few supporters, but not enough to topple Christie in my opinion.

Christie needs to hang on to his current job, to give himself leverage for the 2016 Presidential race, and in particular, the 2016 primary against Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Jeb Bush, and all the others.

Keep an eye on this, as the 2016 presidential race now starts in earnest.

Allan Loudell
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 6:46pm

I believe Cory Booker's support would transcend merely the "inner-city" vote - extending to many New Jersey Democrats who desire an inspiring figure who would eclipse the negative memories of someone like Jon Corzine; conversely, Chris Christie obviously enjoys support with suburbanites who may be registered "D's". I think it would be quite a race.

As for the Presidential race, Mitt Romney is finished; Newt Gingrich probably is. Only Jeb Bush could still rise. But I predict he and others would get swamped between a Tea Party-supported white conservative like Paul Ryan, and the "new" G.O.P., symbolized by a non-Caucasian senator or governor -- Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, or Nikki Haley.

Allan Loudell

Mon, Nov 19, 2012 9:49pm
Even I might support Cory Booker. Few politicians will get down in the trenches like that man!

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:56pm
I predict the nominees will be someone none of us are even mentioning at this early hour. Let's think back.. Obama predicted to be the nominee after election of 2004? No, McCain after the election of 2004, No. Kerry after 2000? No. Bush after 2000. Yes. Gore after 1996? Yes. George Bush,(not Jeb), after 1996? No. Clinton after 1992, yes. Dole after 1992? No. Clinton after 1988? No. Bush HW, after 1998, yes. Bush HW after 1984, yes. Dukakis after 1984, no. Reagan after 1980. yes. Mondale after 1980, yes. Carter after 1976, yes. Reagan after 1976, no...

It appears that the last front runner immediately picked after the election was over who went on to become that parties leader, and who was NOT an incumbent, .... was Gore, and before that, Mondale.

Hence, my prediction stands that someone completely off the radar now, will be the person who winds up debating the other person completely off the radar now, in October of 2016....

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