Christie Unlikely to Mend Bridges With Conservatives Soon
From my piece today:
Another source close to Christie says that the governor is currently reaping the benefits of his public tension with conservatives. The intense media coverage over the Conservative Political Action Committee’s decision not to invite Christie to speak, for instance, plays well in blue New Jersey. “It gives him a good narrative for his reelection campaign. It’s done wonders for him. The mainstream media loves him. A lot of Democrats love him. A lot of Democratic donors love him,” says the source.
And ultimately, Christie believes that reelection in a blue state, along with his successful conservative policy initiatives and his willingness to buck liberal constituencies such as teachers’ unions, will win conservatives back. “The fact that some conservative elites are annoyed with him and conservative media types are annoyed with him, I think he believes that’s repairable,” the source adds.