CHRIS CHRISTIE ENTERS THE ‘LEAN’ YEARS
Hey, fat chance that a certain Garden State guy is going to eat his way right out of the 2016 election. Critics who hope New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has weight-related health issues that will squash a White House run need to find another complaint. Though his wife, Mary Pat, is the only one who knows exactly how many pounds her spouse has lost since undergoing lap-band surgery nine months ago, Mr. Christie has been getting consistently good medical reports in recent days, and he says he’s even sleeping better.
A noticeably leaner governor made the rounds of the Sunday talk shows, dismissing a childish Time magazine cover that referred to him as “the elephant in the room.” Mr. Christie is more bearlike at this point, and could one day emerge as a lion — good for a roar, and seeking the proverbial big tent of voter support.
“If I’m bothered by jokes about my weight, it’s time for me to curl up into a fetal position and go home, OK? If they think that’s clever, great for them,” the governor, said on ABC’s “This Week” when confronted with the cover image on camera. “They run the magazine, they get to make the decisions. …
“The way people in New Jersey look at this, their governor’s been on the cover of Time magazine twice in one year, we must be doing something right,” Mr. Christie concluded. splitting the difference between the two sides,” points out Jonathan Tobin, a columnist for Commentary magazine.
“Any Iranian deal that doesn’t definitively end their chance of building a weapon, whether via uranium or plutonium, is a scam, not a diplomatic triumph. Insistence on this point doesn’t make the deal’s critics warmongers. It makes them realists,” Mr. Tobin adds.
Lawmakers will be parsing the situation Wednesday at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing examining the negotiations, and the state of Iran after President Hassan Rouhani’s first 100 days in office.
“Instead of toughening sanctions to get meaningful and lasting concessions, the Obama administration looks to be settling for interim and reversible steps,” observes Rep. Edward R. Royce, committee chairman.
“A partial freeze of enrichment, as we’re hearing, is not a freeze. As called for in U.N. Security Council resolutions, all of Iran’s enrichment — the key bomb-making technology — should be ceased,” the California Republican continues. “We now run the risk of seriously weakening the sanctions structure painstakingly built up against Iran over years. Once weakened, it will be harder to ratchet up the economic pressure on Iran than it will be for the Iranians to ratchet up their nuclear program.” more stations have followed suit. The theory is that such seasonal cheer is a ratings and revenue boon. But is it? Americans say “bah, humbug” to such programming, says Cricket Wireless, the phone service provider, which asked more than 1,000 would-be Scrooges their opinion on it all.
They found that 55 percent of 30- to 44-year-olds disapproved of playing the music before Thanksgiving, along with two-thirds of the 45- to 65-year-old set and a curmudgeonly 71 percent of those older than 65. Only those younger than 30 seemed more tolerant: 44 percent said they were fine with “Jingle Bells,” even before Halloween.