Despite the recent Bridgegate debacle, in many ways, Chris Christie remains as popular as ever. Here are 13 things that show Chris Christie is in many ways still as popular and likeable as ever:
13. Jersey’s Own
Chris Christine is a Newark, New Jersey native, and Jersey famously supports and fights for their own, especially when they’re down.
12. Chris is His Own Man
Despite reports that a relative was a known organized crime figure, Christie didn’t follow suit; he said that from this family member he learned that there are consequences for going down the wrong path.
11. Success as a U.S. Attorney
When Christie was the New Jersey United States Attorney from 2002 — 2008, he was loudly praised for his record of convictions in public corruption cases, winning guilty pleas from 130 public officials.
10. Fighting Against State Corruption
During his career, Christie has doubled the size of the anti-corruption unit in New Jersey.
9. Fighting Federal Corruption
Christie’s constituents remember that he’s prosecuted many federal crimes during his career for such crimes as underage prostitution and gangs as well as intent to sell missiles, support of terrorists and money laundering by British trader Hemant Lakhani.
8. Still Admired By Many Peers
U.S. attorney in Philadelphia Pat Meehan called Christie “one of the most admired” and “the top two or three” of all of past U.S. attorneys, one who has had tremendous positive impact. This sentiment continues among many of Christie’s peers.
7. Fiscal Success
As Governor, Christie has delivered balanced budgets annually for the state without having to increase taxes; there have been no rate increases so far in income tax, corporate business tax or sales tax.
6. Looking Out for Working People
Christie continues to look out for his constituents and wants to cut New Jersey’s state income tax cut by 10% for those earning under $400,000 per year. This tax cut would be phased in over four years in the form of an income tax credit equal to 10% of property taxes and capped at $10,000. While it has not been approved yet, Christie continues to fight for it.
5. Slowing Property Tax Growth
New Jersey home owners are still extremely grateful that in 2010, Christie signed legislation to limit the annual property tax increase in the state to just 2% per year.
4. Hurricane Sandy
East coast residents won’t soon forget how well Christie rose to the occasion in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, even strongly criticizing House Speaker John Boehner for dragging his feet on providing aid to the ravaged area.
3. Rising Above It
Christie never lets his weight and physical appearance slow him down. He continues to be an inspiration to overweight Americans.
2. Support Continues
Despite the George Washington Bridge scandal, many polls still find Chris Christie’s approval ratings close to 60%.
1. President Christie?
Political commentators, Jersey residents and many other Republicans still view Chris Christie as a possible contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2016.