Bob Barr

So today, we see a Christie more comfortable in the company of Barack Obama than in front of a crowd of grassroots conservative activists. For example, rather than recognize the shifting political landscape against unchecked government surveillance of U.S. citizens, Christie attacked Sen. Rand Paul with a vehemence more pronounced than Harry Reid would use – actually calling Paul’s mainstream concern about such policies “dangerous.” Christie’s embrace of the Surveillance State may be the final straw after a long string of conservative disappointments from the Guv, including his uncomfortably and continuing cozy relationship with Obama following Storm Sandy.

Christie now finds himself in the middle of a Second Amendment battle, where both gun control advocates and gun owners are closely watching his next move. Three bills sitting on his desk would have a significant and negative impact on Second Amendment rights in the Garden State. Considering Christie’s track record over the last year, conservatives have good reason to worry.

There is little doubt Christie is trying to lay a path to the White House in 2016 -- branding himself as a reformer not afraid to walk across the aisle to get things done. Cooperation, of course, can be a productive trait in a political arena paralyzed by partisanship. Ronald Reagan, the Great Communicator, had a knack for bringing together coalitions to win key legislative victories for conservatives. However, Reagan always remained firmly rooted in conservative principles, which gave him unassailable credibility with the conservative base.

With a pedigree resembling that of Richard Nixon, Christie is no Ronald Reagan.

What the GOP needs in 2016 is a leader who can be trusted to reverse the dangerous fiscal, social and national security policies of the Obama Administration. Christie has not exhibited any indication he is willing to do this; in fact, just the opposite.

There should be no room in the GOP for Christie’s nebulous, if not disingenuous, political games; and, it is time conservatives show him the door before his carefully self-nurtured image as the GOP “tough guy” -- able to take on all Democratic comers -- destroys any remaining semblance of the conservative GOP base first constructed by Reagan two generations ago. If Christie really wants to take on Hillary, let him do so in the arena far better suited for liberals and moderates like him – the Democrat Party.

Bob Barr

Bob Barr represented Georgia’s 7th district in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 -2003 and as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia from 1986-1990.