Romney Push For Christie This Week Helps Bush, Romney In 2016

Written by Andrew Kreig
Published on February 23, 2014

Mitt Romney will extend a helping hand to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week by appearing at a Feb. 27 fund-raiser for the Christie-led Republican Governors Association.

Romney's participation was confirmed Feb. 22. Meanwhile, Christie, keeping a low-profile in the nation's capital during a meeting of the National Governor's Association over the weekend, avoided reporters seeking comment on the scandal of his administration's role in intentionally creating gridlock for four days last September on access to the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee, NJ.

Jeb BushRomney's speech this week helps him stay in the limelight and help fellow Republicans in case he runs in 2016 as a already vetted candidate. 

Mostly, Romney helps former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in a run for the 2016 by staving off scrutiny of Bush as a front-runner until Christie's almost inevitable collapse down the road as a viable contender. That downfall will come because of other and largely unreported scandals, as we have previously argued here.

The Justice Integrity Project does not cover routine political stories. In this case, however, my previous reporting on Christie and for the book Presidential Puppetry: Obama Romney and Their Masters  provides important evidence missed by much of the mainstream media.

Most pertinent, as previously reported, are: The underlying strength of the Bush dynasty, whose scion Jeb is my prediction as the 2016 GOP nominee.

Romney is the most likely fallback choice because he is a known quantity from  his races in 2008 and 2012 and has the backing of the powerful Mormon Church unless its power structure sees an opportunity to the otherwise longshot former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. Conversely, Christie is highly vulnerable whenever his GOP rivals decide join vocal Democrats in undercutting him.

Before the knives come out, however, Republicans seeking mainstream support have every reason to stand with Christie. Until recently, Christie has fostered a rare blend of a common-man image coupled with faithful service to Wall Street and other elite interests behind the scenes.  

The Washington Post reported of Thursday's fund-raiser for the Republican Governor's Association, "Romney will make remarks at an evening dinner and then huddle with Christie and donors....Romney associates said the former governor is looking forward to the gathering, which will be close to his home and a boost for Christie."

"They've stayed close since the election," according to the paper's quotation from Ron Kaufman, a former Romney adviser who will attend the private fundraiser. "Governor Christie was very good to Governor Romney during the presidential election, and Governor Romney was one of the first contributors to Governor Christie's reelection campaign. This will be a time for friends to come together and support all Republican governors."​

Previous reporting here has indicated, as an overview, that almost all major candidates in both parties carry "baggage," otherwise known as fund-raising or other scandals that could be devastating if not criminal upon disclosure.

Bush, additionally, has the burden of the accumulated legacy of two previous Bush presidents and their family predecessors in public life. The negatives could outweigh the positives if Christie's already-serious problems rapidly escalate. This would transform Bush prematurely into a front-runner subject to long and potentially ruinous scrutiny even by the timid mainstream media. Therefore, it is much to Bush's advantage to keep Christie viable for next year or so despite pending federal and state investigations and a five-year probe of his record by former New Jersey State Assemblyman Louis Manzo being published in April under the title, Ruthless Ambition.

The country's major political pundits downplay the possibility of a Bush or Romney 2016 nomination for several reasons.

Bush and Romney are playing the waiting game, and thus do not provide hard evidence of a plan to run. As a professional courtesy, many political writers grant these formal announcements an importance they do not deserve.

Also, political writers tend to be focus on the excitement of the horse-race, not the underlying power structures that make viable a candidacy viable -- or a career in political reporting.

For readers and writers not so deferential, the real world of political intrigue is at least as entertaining -- and far more important -- than the made-up TV dramas currently popular because they fit popular perceptions of Washington without angering actual culprits.

 

 
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