Chris Christie Visit to Michigan Not Without Controversy
Democrats are vowing to protest tonight when New Jersey Governor Chris Christie comes to a fundraiser in Bloomfield Hills. But Republicans, including U. S. Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land, call them hypocrites for not distancing themselves from President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, in their fundraising efforts.
The administration has been embroiled in scandals regarding Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the targeting of conservative groups and the NSA program, just to mention a few.
Christie, considered a front-runner for the GOP nomination for President, is here for a $1000-a-plate dinner to raise money and support for Land in her effort to take over the seat being vacated by Democratic Senator Carl Levin. He will also be appearing earlier in the day with Governor Rick Snyder at an event in Grand Rapids.
It's Christie's status, though, as being considered a rising star with the party that has made him a target. Some are alleging he is "unethical" due to his alleged part in the traffic tie-up on the George Washington Bridge that was said to be a political payback. Christie has denied any previous knowledge of the incident but some don't buy it.
Despite the controversy, Christie, who's approval ratings at one point were better than 70% but have taken a hit of late, is still considered wildly popular, especially among moderate Republicans for his ability to reach across the aisle to get things done.
Others, including Conservative Republicans, say he is much too moderate and blame him for tipping the scales in President Obama's favor with his embrace of the Commander-in-Chief for financial help after Superstorm Sandy. The disaster hit just weeks before the presidential election in 2012.