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New Jersey governor Chris Christie says he’d love to be the Mets’ GM

Time for some traffic problems on Shea Bridge.

Many believe New Jersey governor Chris Christie is eying a 2016 presidential campaign, but the lifelong Mets fan admitted Friday that he has another dream job in mind.

“I would love to be general manager of the Mets,” he told WFAN radio’s Boomer and Carton show. “If Sandy (Alderson) would put his crap in boxes and get out of there now, I’d be happy to go there now.”

...The team is 21-25 on the season after losing six of their last eight games. Christie seems to take the losses pretty hard.

“I texted my son after they lost one of the games this week: It is impossible to watch,” he said. “It is impossible to watch. Just when you care about them as much as I do, it’s hard to watch sometimes.”

Repoz Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:10 PM | 26 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Bhaakon Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4712163)
"Eying" is correct?

Hmm, apparently so.
   2. dr. scott Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:20 PM (#4712168)
Apparently his main strategy will be rerouting traffic so that the opposing team can never get to the stadium. Its a complex web of special cameras and roving street closures. Very sophisticated. He is very sad that Pascual Perez is not available to consult.
   3. Yastrzemski in left. Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:22 PM (#4712171)
Could you put your "crap" in boxes, Chris? Do us all a favor?
   4. depletion Posted: May 23, 2014 at 02:53 PM (#4712184)
How's the crime and employment situation in Camden doing, boss? Comment on how much you care about the Mets after you tell us how much you care about them. Check out a salad while you're at it.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 23, 2014 at 04:57 PM (#4712277)
He has about as much chance of being the Mets' GM as he does of being President, so why not go for it?
   6. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4712281)
The Mets need a heavyweight for a GM, someone with the gravitas of a small planet, maybe Christie will fit the bill. Wait, fit? Nevermind.
   7. asinwreck Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:03 PM (#4712282)
He's having a hard enough time balancing New Jersey's budget. What could he do with the Wilpons' red ink?
   8. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:12 PM (#4712286)
Mr. Met says, "No way, fathead."
   9. 6 - 4 - 3 Posted: May 23, 2014 at 05:20 PM (#4712290)
Rival GMs would have to take him seriously when he would mention having a bridge to sell them...
   10. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 23, 2014 at 06:20 PM (#4712332)
Why would he want to be Mets GM when he's going to be the next President of the Unit... oh, yea, I guess not.
   11. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: May 23, 2014 at 06:48 PM (#4712353)
I haven't honestly followed the presidential election scene but is it generally accepted that Traffic Gate torpedoed his chances?
   12. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 23, 2014 at 07:09 PM (#4712369)
TAKE IT TO THE OTP THREAD!!!!! But to answer your question, Christie was always going to have trouble navigating the current GOP primaries. He hoped to sell himself as the party's most mainstream and electable option. Lining up New Jersey's Democratic mayors to cross the DMZ perimeter and endorse him was part of that promotional push. And it's purportedly the reason he approved the bridge gridlock that occurred one day after Fort Lee's mayor declined to do so. If Christie had screwed around with the mayor in some other nasty way, no one would have been too worked up about the political payback. But he involved civilians.

However, Christie's persona was also the straight-shootin', no B.S. truthteller who says blunt things you may not like, but have to accept and respect. As this story has played out, with a series of denials falling flat, that aspect of Christie's image has taken a serious and probably irreversible hit.
   13. This is going to be state of the art wall Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:04 PM (#4712415)
Like all good pols, Christie was able to foster a public perception completely divorced from reality. Like all bad pols, eventually his own arrogance crumbled that perception. If the dude just never orders that bridge closure (some petty ass #### if there ever was, although after working in NYC politics for awhile, it's par for the course) he's probably the GOP nominee.

Luckily for all of us nationwide his hubris got in the way.
   14. Morty Causa Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:33 PM (#4712426)
he's probably the GOP nominee.

No, he's not. Christie is Joe Pesci in Goodfellas trying to unconvincingly pretend he's Fat Tony.
   15. The Yankee Clapper Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:42 PM (#4712429)
I note that both #12 & 13 both assert that Christie was personally involved in the bridge closure, but that has not been determined. Given the level of investigation(s), we'll probably know eventually, one way or the other.
   16. Adam Starblind Posted: May 23, 2014 at 09:44 PM (#4712431)
Joe Pesci in Goodfellas trying to unconvincingly pretend he's Fat Tony


Can't he be Joe Pesci in Goodfellas trying to unconvincingly pretend he's Fat Tony and the GOP nominee???
   17. eddieot Posted: May 23, 2014 at 10:11 PM (#4712436)
Christie is probably the right's most likeable candidate. That says something.
   18. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 24, 2014 at 12:44 AM (#4712465)
I note that both #12 & 13 both assert that Christie was personally involved in the bridge closure, but that has not been determined.

I did throw in a "purportedly," an "if," and "a series of denials falling flat." Pretend I wrote "But this involved civilians" rather than "But he involved civilians."
   19. cardsfanboy Posted: May 24, 2014 at 12:48 AM (#4712467)
I note that both #12 & 13 both assert that Christie was personally involved in the bridge closure, but that has not been determined.


And Mark McGwire really believes that PED's he took only helped him stay healthy....

I mean seriously, are there actual people delusional enough to honestly think that Christie had nothing to do with bridgegate?
   20. valuearbitrageur Posted: May 24, 2014 at 02:50 AM (#4712489)
I mean seriously, are there actual people delusional enough to honestly think that Christie had nothing to do with bridgegate?


he claims he was just an out of touch governer who had no idea his staff was running rampant doing whatever terrible things they wanted.

he's running on a competence platform obviously.
   21. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: May 24, 2014 at 08:53 AM (#4712510)
Getting this back to baseball, who wouldn't want to be a GM? Put me in charge of the Royals, though, I want at least a few years in the job.
   22. Stormy JE Posted: May 24, 2014 at 09:25 AM (#4712516)
Why the Mets job? Doesn't Christie know that he's more likely to get another embrace from Obama in front of the cameras if he replaced Rick Hahn in Chicago?
   23. Loren F. Posted: May 24, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4712595)
Even if Christie were able to put TrafficGate behind him (cue girth jokes), he's facing another very real hurdle in the growing fiscal problems of New Jersey. Apparently, because of big budget gaps, he plans to go renege on his landmark agreement with the unions by skimping on necessary pension payments; even if you believe the unions are pampered and overpaid (I am not saying that they are), this is not the sort of get-it-done leadership that was supposed to be at the center of Christie's allure. The rating agencies have been downgrading New Jersey's credit rating closer and closer to the Wilpons' credit rating.

Budget Woes May Hurt Christie More Than Bridge Scandal


   24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: May 25, 2014 at 10:08 AM (#4713087)
I note that both #12 & 13 both assert that Christie was personally involved in the bridge closure, but that has not been determined.


The idea that he was involved is actually the charitable interpretation, as far as his political future is concerned. There are lots of people who are willing to vote for ######## (for some on the right side of the aisle, I think that's even a key part of the brand). But who's going to want to vote for a leader whose response to the scandal essentially boils down to, "How the #### should I know what my direct subordinates were doing, or why they were doing it?"
   25. PASTE, Now with Extra Pitch and Extra Stamina Posted: May 25, 2014 at 10:21 AM (#4713092)
But who's going to want to vote for a leader whose response to the scandal essentially boils down to, "How the #### should I know what my direct subordinates were doing, or why they were doing it?"


You're aware the conservative hero is Ronald Reagan, right?
   26. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: May 25, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4713093)
Reagan didn't spend more than a million dollars of citizens' money to cough up a report saying that nope, Reagan really DID never hear nothin' about Iran-Contra (but Ollie North, dat bitch be crazy).

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