Nationally, conservatives seem to be increasingly conflicted about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Reportedly, the popular GOP governor was snubbed by CPAC this year, while other conservatives sharply criticized his decision to take the "free" Obama Medicaid money.
But if Christie is getting the cold shoulder elsewhere, he continues to be embraced by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. As we reported last week, Walker is holding a fund raiser here in Milwaukee for Christie:
During Governor Walker’s recall campaign, New Jersey’s Chris Christie was a reliable supporter, making several visits to the state to help raise funds and rally the troops on Walker’s behalf.
Now it’s apparently time for Walker to return the favor, by helping Christie raise funds for his own re-election effort. Walker is hosting a high-dollar fund-raising luncheon for Christie on March 14 at the Wisconsin Club in Downtown Milwaukee. A host reception will run $3,800 per person/couple; a photo reception will run $1000 person/couple; while tickets for the lunch itself are $250 a person.
Christie faces the voters this November and is enjoying both record high poll numbers and a fractured Democrat party.
And while some conservatives have cooled to Christie in the week of his praise of President Obama, that has apparently not cooled the political friendship between the two governors. Adding an additional wrinkle to the ongoing Walker-Christie bromance: Both governors have been mentioned as possible 2016 presidential contenders.
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Over 50 years ago, Phyllis Schlafly wrote a short book about Presidential politics called “A Choice, Not a Echo.” Schlafly’s book was an attack on the Eastern Republican Establishment – a group (think Nelson Rockefeller and John Lindsay) that would make politicians who are derided today as RINOs (such as Lindsey Graham and, inexplicably, Jeb Bush) look like tea party stalwarts. The book was an important part of the rise of the modern GOP and the realignment of our political parties along ideological lines. Conservatives left the Democrats. Liberals left the Republicans.