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Texas State Party Chairs Agree: No One Likes Chris Christie


by: Katherine Haenschen

Sat Feb 08, 2014 at 10:00 AM CST


New Jersey Governor and lane-closer-in-chief Chris Christie was in Texas this week for a fundraising swing, which gave the chairs of the state's Democratic and Republican parties a chance to point out how much Texans on both sides of the aisle don't like him.

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa held a press conference in Dallas to tie Christie to the national GOP and emphasize his increasing inability to lead the Republican Governor's Association. The Dallas Morning News reports:

"When you see Greg Abbott not willing to stand next to Chris Christie or even greet him ... but at the same time be unwilling to condemn him it shows you that even though they recognize how much of a political liability he is, they're not willing to ask him to step down as chairman of the Republican Governors Association," Hinojosa said.

More below the jump, including what Texas GOP Chair Steve Munisteri thinks of the bully from Jersey.

 

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It wasn't just TDP Chairman Hinojosa who used Christie's secretive visit to emphasize how much his party dislikes the scandal-plagued Jersey politician.

Texas GOP Chairman Steve Munisteri also got in on the fun, perhaps because his party's standard bearers, Rick Perry and Ted Cruz, may also seek the 2016 nomination against Christie.

Munisteri told the Bergen Record that Christie wasn't much loved here in the Lone Star State, perhaps due to his predilection for hugging President Obama and accepting the Medicaid expansion. He stated,

"Christie's support here among the grass-roots base is pretty weak," Munisteri said. "He has established good relations with our donor base, which is different from the activist base."

Munisteri also said that Christie's office did not tell the state party he was coming, which he did not find that surprising since Christie declined an invitation to speak at the party's state convention in June.

Additionally, Rick Perry -- who helped raise funds for Christie's campaign to oust New Jersey's seatbelt-eschewing Goldman-Sachs profiteering former Democratic Governor Jon Corzine back in 2009 -- could not find the time to attend Christie's events in Dallas and Fort Worth.

However, at least Perry's team didn't throw Christie completely under a bus stuck in a politically motivated 4-hour traffic jam:

"Governor Christie appears to be doing what he needs to do to address the situation and move forward," said Rich Parsons, spokesman for Gov. Rick Perry of Texas. "With regard to his visit to Texas, governors come to our state regularly for a variety of reasons and we're pleased to have them here."

I guess if there's any Republican Governor's staff that can understand being embarrassed and ashamed of their boss as he humiliates himself on the national stage...  



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