When New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie delivers the keynote address at the Republican National Convention, he’s likely to receive high praise from fellow Republicans who view him as a new breed of political leader whose bold policies have cut the size of government, curtailed spending and turned around the Garden State’s sagging economy.
Democrats are sure to disagree. The truth, however, is that Christie is in fact a new breed of politician – in a different sort of way. He is a politician who became a popular national figure as much for his personality as for his actual record as New Jersey’s governor.