Reprinted from The Nation
As the chairman of the Republican Governors Association and the self-appointed surrogate-in-chief for the Grand Old Party's candidates for the top jobs in states across the country this fall, Chris Christie has plenty of reasons to want embattled governors like Florida's Rick Scott and Wisconsin's Scott Walker to be re-elected.
Yes, yes, Christie wants to elect governors who will stop all this talk about raising the minimum wage. Yes, yes, Christie wants to elect governors who will "start offending people" -- like school teachers and their unions.
But that's not all the New Jersey governor wants from his fellow Republican executives. Among the reasons he mentions for electing Republican governors, says Christie, is a desire to put the GOP in charge of the "voting mechanism" of likely 2016 presidential battleground states such as Florida and Wisconsin and Ohio...
In a remarkably candid speech to the US Chamber of Commerce's Institute for Legal Reform this week, Christie acknowledged a fact that politicians often avoid: the governor of a state, particularly a governor with allies in the legislature and key statewide posts, can play a big role in deciding how easy or how hard it is for working people, minorities, seniors and students to vote.
The governor, who despite his many scandals still seems to imagine himself as a 2016 Republican presidential prospect, described the gubernatorial -- and presidential -- stakes to the friendly crowd.