In an OpEd written by Brigid Harrison, the political science professor makes her case for why then Governor Chris Christie should challenge Obama for the Presidency.
By David Todd McCarty | Wednesday, March 4, 2020
The campaign of Amy Kennedy, mental health advocate running for the Democratic nomination for New Jersey’s 2nd congressional district, today called on opponent Brigid Harrison, a professor of political science and law at Montclair State University, to explain her past comments urging Chris Christie to run for president and arguing that he’d be the Republican party’s strongest choice against President Barack Obama.
In an op-ed published in 2011 titled, “Dear Governor Christie: Your Time Is Now,” Harrison tells Christie that “you should run” for President against Barack Obama.
“Opportunities like this typically don’t knock more than once. You’ve created this opportunity, and to ignore it, is, perhaps, to ignore your destiny,” she writes.
Josh Roesch, Amy Kennedy’s campaign manager asked, “What every South Jersey Democrat should be wondering right now is: Why did Brigid Harrison think Chris Christie would make a better President than Barack Obama? And how can we possibly trust that she’ll stand up for good Democratic policies when she couldn’t even commit to supporting the nation’s first African-American president over New Jersey’s Republican Governor?”
“I am writing to you to add my voice to the cacophony of voices calling on you to run for president, if you haven’t already decided,” Harrison wrote in her 2011 letter to the Bergen County Record. “Unlike many of the voices you are hearing, I am not a California tech-billionaire willing to invest millions in your campaign. I am not a Tea Party activist thinking you are the best thing since sliced bread. I am not an Evangelical Iowan who sees you as the savior of American democracy. I am not affiliated with either political party, so I can’t even vote for you in any primary.”
“The reason why you are such an appealing candidate is because the others are not,” Harrison wrote. “Chances are that Texas Gov. Rick Perry cannot beat President Obama. And Mitt Romney is failing to ignite the passions of conservatives in your party. You are your party’s hope: conservative enough to appeal to primary voters, sophisticated enough to a win a general election.”
“We’re just not sure which part of Christie’s record Brigid finds so compelling,” Roesch said. “His assault on Planned Parenthood? Or the union-bashing? Look, the last thing we need is another Jeff Van Drew—someone who will betray our families and his supposed values when the chips are down. Democrats can’t afford to nominate another Democrat-in-name-only.”