Apparently under the impression that his opinion actually matters, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is said to have described President Donald Trump’s administration as compromised by “felons” in an upcoming book.
In the somewhat comically titled “Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics,” Christie describes Trump’s administration as tainted with a “revolving door of deeply flawed individuals — amateurs, grifters, weaklings, convicted and unconvicted felons.”
It’s quite possible Christie’s dissatisfaction with the President he endorsed is simply an element of his long-running feud with Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner. As a federal prosecutor in New Jersey, Christie oversaw the conviction of Kushner’s father, Charles, for tax evasion. He goes on to claim that Jared orchestrated a “political hit job” against him within the Trump administration in his book. It doesn’t come as a surprise to see him also point out former White House Strategist Steve Bannon as a supposed problem in the title of his book, either.
Most serious Trump supporters aren’t exactly thrilled by the prospect of either Christie or Kushner influencing the policy agenda of the administration to resemble east coast “moderate Republican” milquetoast ideology, so they aren’t going to lose sleep over Christie’s claims of being boxed out of the White House.
Christie’s been increasingly willing to become a critic of the Trump administration, despite serving as somewhat of a relevant figure within the Trump campaign before the election. He claimed that President Trump resembled an obstinate “72-year old relative” on an ABC segment, suggesting his frustration with an inability to make the President conform to his preferred policy agenda.
I’m sure millions of Trump supporters are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting eagerly for Chris Christie’s recommendations for the administration when his book comes out on January 29th.
He Found His Spine: Vulnerable Senator Cory Gardner Vows to Support Trump’s SCOTUS Nominee
Gardner found his backbone.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) has often been at odds with the Trump movement, being a favorite of the GOP establishment’s Senate Leadership Fund.
This is why his recent declaration that he will be supporting President Donald Trump’s choice to succeed the deceased Ruth Bader Ginsburg is so surprising. He made the announcement in a Twitter post on Monday.
“When a President exercises constitutional authority to nominate a judge for the Supreme Court vacancy, the Senate must decide how to best fulfill its constitutional duty of advice and consent,” Gardner said in his official statement.
“I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect the Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law. Should a qualified nominee who meets this criteria be put forward, I will vote to confirm,” he added.
The official statement can be seen here:
Read my full statement on the Supreme Court vacancy ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/n2YNP8O0Bz
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) September 21, 2020
The president’s pick for the Supreme Court will certainly fit Gardner’s criteria. Trump has announced that he will be appointing a woman to the bench.
One top contender – Amy Comey Barrett – recently made a trip to the White House, as Big League Politics has reported:
Judge Amy Coney Barrett visited the White House on Monday, as President Donald Trump zeroes in on selecting a nominee to fill the vacant seat on the US Supreme Court.
Barrett is reportedly a front-runner for the judicial nomination. She’s a generally conservative judge, with a staunch pro-life record. Her track record on immigration law issues is generally conservative.
Barrett currently serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has advised President Trump that she is his preferred candidate for the seat on the court.
President Trump had confirmed that he plans to nominate a woman to fill the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, who died of complications from pancreatic cancer on Friday.
Democrats have launched a full-fledged fit urging President Trump to give them a break and decline to nominate a conservative justice, but they won’t be so lucky. Republican Senators and President Trump have rallied around the notion of appointing a justice before the November election, fulfilling their constitutional responsibilities.
Trump confirmed that he would be revealing the identity of his judicial nominee on Friday or Saturday, taking a few extra days to vet candidates. Florida Judge Barbara Lagoa is reportedly another candidate being considered for the nomination.
It’ll be inherently harder for incensed, power-thirsty Democrats to attack a female judicial candidate. Maybe they’ll alienate swing female voters through waging a scorched earth campaign to block the confirmation of Barrett, who is a mother of seven.
The Republicans have a great opportunity to score a major political victory and really stick it to the extreme Left with this expedited SCOTUS confirmation. The fact that a moderate like Gardner is on board is a great sign that the confirmation is likely to occur before November’s election.
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