Christie, '12?

A bit premature, I think, but here it is:

…Christie’s fate is largely in his own hands. New Jersey has one of the most powerful chief executives in the country — with authority to rewrite legislation and cut spending with the stroke of his pen. Christie is using this power — for example, freezing $2.2 billion in spending by executive action. His showdown with teachers unions has been compared to Reagan’s confrontation with the air traffic controllers union. If he wins this and other battles, he could emerge as the conservative favorite in 2012 or beyond.

Tough medicine can be tough to swallow, and recent polls show Christie’s approval rating slipping. But if he succeeds in putting New Jersey on solid fiscal ground, his poll numbers will probably rebound. And if the voters of New Jersey don’t want him, perhaps the rest of America will.

I have to say that I’m all admiration for Governor Christie – the man has courage and he’s doing precisely what he said he’d do. That, in and of itself, makes him a breath of fresh air in politics.

2012 is a long way off and the results of 2010 will go a long way towards deciding how 2012 will shake out – but Christie can credibly be the man whether the GOP wins or loses this year. If we win, then Christie is the fore-runner who lead the way. If we lose, then Christie’s gutsy leadership showed us the way, and we flubbed it.

We’ll just have to see how it comes out – but if Christie can turn New Jersey around, then he’ll have put together a nearly unanswerable argument for a Presidential campaign.