The old saying about politics making for strange bedfellows certainly applies to the new Trump-Christie pairing. There is certainly nothing new about rivals coming together. Both Kennedy and Reagan chose challengers to be their running mates.
However, what these two have said about each other in the past makes this union seem somewhat unusual. Christie has said Trump wasn’t suited to the office by temperament or experience. He said Trump didn’t care about what the law says because he was used to firing people on TV. He said “we are not electing an entertainer-in-chief”. Of course Trump responded with his usual barrage of insults.
Now everything is changed. Christie says Trump is the strongest leader and the one man who can beat Hillary Clinton. Trump says Christie is a great governor. Why the change? A story says it is because Christie thought a voice mail message left by Rubio was patronizing. I think it is strictly a matter of cold political calculation. Christie knew that Cruz wouldn’t offer him anything meaningful and had to feel the same way about Rubio. Christie is subject to term limits and will be out of office in less than two years. He can offer Trump some legitimacy and can expect a nice appointment if Trump wins.
I find it very interesting that this is exactly the type of political calculation Trump supporters dislike yet will excuse if their hero is involved.