Rich Galen

Just like - and I suh-WEAR I'll stop after this - a really good college quarterback from a really good college going to the NFL. He finds the game is faster, the opponents are bigger, the defenses are smarter, and the plays are far more complex.

I'm sure Gov. Christie is smart enough to be President, and is a good enough campaigner to have won the election as a Republican in NEW JERSEY against a well-funded incumbent Democrat, so the Intellect and Politics boxes are checked on his dance card.

But, and maybe I’m wrong on this, does New Jersey have a big immigration problem? I mean, if you don’t count people who got lost trying to go from Brooklyn to Staten Island and end up on the Outerbridge Crossing.

Don’t let people tell you that the Republicans are scrambling to get behind someone as if this is any different from any other year.

Like, just to pick one out of a hat, 2007.

At this point four years ago in September of the off year, the three leaders in the Republican race for the nomination were Rudy Giuliani (28%), Fred Thompson (23) and John McCain (15).

On the Democratic side Hillary Clinton was leading Barack Obama 47-26 with John Edwards third at 10 percent.

If you bet on McCain and Obama and took the points you are spending weekends at your new beach house and offering to raise money for Christie.

The Democrats didn’t settle their nomination fight until June of the ON year after Obama won the final primaries in Montana and South Dakota, ending what the New York Times called “an epic battle” between Obama and Hillary.

Governor Chris Christie is not running. It is time to concentrate on the GOP field as it stands today.

One of them will likely be the next President of the United States.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at