Christie and the Youth Vote

By Olivia Nuzzi

Beyond the question of “will he or won’t he?” a number of possibilities also hang in our polarized American air. One of those is the possibility that Governor Christie may be able to swiftly pick up the pieces of Rick Perry’s shattered opportunity to secure the youth vote. That elusive demographic is arguably what pushed President Obama over the river and through the woods and into the White House. Christie is now positioned to lure the kids to his side.


Before Rick Perry collapsed onto himself, he stumbled into the most brilliant vie for the affection of Generation: Everybody Gets a Trophy that the Republican party had ever seen. While it’s common wisdom that young people will always vote their conscience (more specifically, who they deem to be on the right side [the Left side] of the social issues track), it is rarely noted that conscience is precisely what a large percentage of 18-25ers lack. Being of the crop of ’93, I would know. 

Weeks prior to deserting his straight-talking, straight-shooting persona, Perry was on the path to kid-fueled victory with quips like “anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and it’s not right.” Message: “they’re screwing you, and I’m here to make it stop. I understand you.”


While hope and change is good and fine, “I’m going to make sure you get what’s rightfully yours” is even better. Money talks, and Mr. Christie is anything but soft spoken. 


With it’s distrust of authority and ever-decreasing supply of patience for our current United State of Affairs, I sense parallels between the Tea Party and the youth that have rested largely ignored. The spirit that fuels a young person’s stomp in the face of perceived unfairness is the spirit that drives revolt against an institution. 


Spooked by the National stage, Perry lost his identity and promise in a few stuttered moments. This is unlikely to happen to Governor Christie, who is undeniably – regardless of what I think of him – a skilled, political force of nature. He possesses the power to harness the energy bubbling beneath the streets to blow Obama’s White House down. 


Olivia Nuzzi is a student from Middletown and an intern for the District 11 Democratic campaign. Her opinions are her own and not those of MoreMonmouthMusings or the District 11 Democratic campaign.  MMM welcomes her fair and biased contributions.

Posted: September 29th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: 2012 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie | Tags: , , , | 26 Comments »

26 Comments on “Christie and the Youth Vote”

  1. Freespeaker1976 said at 4:55 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Come On Art, I Know You Have To Show Journalistic Integrity & Be Impartial; But I’m Starting To Get A Twitch Coming To The Blog Every Day And Seeing Olivia’s Name As A Writer…

    Besides, her work sounds strangely like Campaign Talking Points & thus might qualify as advertising. After all, she admits she’s an intern for the Dem Campaign 🙂

  2. Barry Goldwater said at 5:17 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Too many words! Please make her stop! Or hire an editor. Her and Jacobsen both suffer from diarrhea of the keyboard.

  3. Freespeaker1976 said at 5:55 pm on September 29th, 2011:



    If this is the style of writing that our college students have learned, then we are in DEEP trouble.

    But then, we know the Lib Nation Elitist Professors are the ones teaching them.

  4. Barry Goldwater said at 6:18 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Is it any wonder the progressives and libs used over 2000 pages for healthcare and financial reform, each?

    They are so “smart” they don’t know when to shut up.

  5. ArtGallagher said at 6:20 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Don’t be too harsh on her gentlemen. After all, it is Olivia and her friends who will be paying for our social security.

  6. A word of advice... said at 6:29 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    This is not well written.

    The article itself lacks substance, and some paragraphs communicate so poorly they are nearly unintelligible. I will not embarrass Miss Nuzzi by saying more.

    Art, I don’t mind seeing a guest editorial from Miss Nuzzi on occassion, but I don’t come to your site to read a High School Newspaper.

    Get back to basics, and give us some substance.

  7. Freespeaker1976 said at 6:41 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Now Art, STOP calling me a gentleman.

    As to Socials Security, I think I’ve collected more than I paid in; so I guess I could say I’m good, but I wish I hadn’t HAD to collect it.

  8. LeeAtwater said at 8:18 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Between this woman and Jacobsen, I think I
    I am reading The Huffington Post.

    Oh the Egos, the Egos, we’re not in California anymore? Can someone post that doesn’t think they are smarter than us?

    Regards Lee

  9. Phil Perspective said at 8:22 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    You wish you hadn’t had to collect? What’s the matter, you freeloading leech on society? Don’t worry, you are in good company. As you may know, it’s come to light that Charles Koch(Yes, that one!!) counseled Hayek(yes .. that one!! .. and no .. not the actress!) how to go about collecting Social Security and Medicare since Hayek was hesitant to leave his state-provided medical care in Austria, to come live off Koch provided wingnut welfare. Why? Because Hayek had medical conditions at the time that would have prevented him from getting medical insurance here in the U.S,

  10. Phil Perspective said at 8:26 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Art Gallagher:
    No one is forcing you to take Social Security! Or you could always donate your monthly check to a local charity. I am sure they’d be appreciative.

  11. Phil Perspective said at 8:28 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Find me a politician of either party who doesn’t have an ego the size of Texas.

  12. Phil Perspective said at 8:36 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Barry Goldwater:
    You do know that the both health care reform(which was really health insurance reform .. modeled after RomneyCare) and financial reform were written by the corporations themselves, right? You do remember Senator Durbin saying, on the floor of the U.S. Senate, that the banks own the place, right? What you, and the rest of your joyless band don’t realize is that nothing gets passed by the Senate that isn’t approved by big business. The GOP is wholly owned by big business, the Democrats only 75%. Want real health care reform? Support Medicare for All. Why? Are you a businessman? If you are a good one, you’d know why Medicare for All is a good idea.

  13. Proud Republican said at 10:49 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Phil P – it must be difficult being a liberal Democrat during a time when one of your own is writing his own page in the history books as the worst president in history, and the rest of your brethren got their clocks cleaned during the last election. You lost Ted “the swimmer” Kennedy’s seat, Anthony “Weiner’s” seat and Nancy Pelosi lost her gavel – hopefully for good. The one network you liberals don’t control, Fox News has higher ratings than all the rest of the liberal hacks put together. The liberal APP is ready to close its doors and the magnificent Tea Party is growing stronger every day. My heart goes out to you pal – I’ll say a prayer for you tonight – God Bless mama, papa, Phil Perspective….

  14. Freespeaker1976 said at 11:21 pm on September 29th, 2011:

    Phil Perspective,

    As anyone who knows me, including the editor of this blog; a freeloader I am not.

    Personal attacks such as yours on a disabled person only shows your lack of class.

    So yes, I seriously do wish I hadn’t had to collect; but becoming permanently disabled at an age when a child needs to be put thru school requires a cash flow, a benefit that I paid for.

    So, please take your insults elsewhere and grow up.

  15. PhilforPresident said at 12:15 am on September 30th, 2011:

    Anyone who spends as much time typing on this blog as Freespeaker obviously has use of his or her hands. Even if you use your mouth to move a stylus, the lack of typing errors indicates you would make an excellent typist. It’s always the ones driving that old cadillac who point out the welfare queens on the road.

  16. Phil Perspective said at 3:51 am on September 30th, 2011:

    Personal attacks? You need to reset your snark detector. You had Social Security/Medicare to cushion you in your time of need, yet you don’t think others deserve that right?

  17. Phil Perspective said at 3:58 am on September 30th, 2011:

    Proud Republican:
    Who cares that Faux Noise has higher ratings than MSNBC? No one. Ratings don’t mean anything. Does high ratings make American Idol, Jersey Shore or Oprah good television? No!!!! And worst President ever? Try the previous one. Who doubled the debt? Yeah, the Bush years when the GOP controlled the House and Senate for six of the eight years W was in the White House. What was W’s overall job creation record? Pathetic, that’s what. The Tea Party isn’t growing stronger. And if you want rantings, or polls, the Tea Party is about as popular as Gonorrhea.

  18. Freespeaker1976 said at 6:53 am on September 30th, 2011:

    Phil Perspective,


    “Freespeaker1976: What’s the matter, you freeloading leech on society? ”


    And then, you pile on with the childish “snark detector comment,” instead of apologizing for the personal attack?

    What a child. What a lack of manners.

    Where did I say that others don’t deserve that right? All I said was that I wish I didn’t have to collect, meaning I wish I wasn’t disabled.


    As to your comments to Proud Republican, you are so blind that you don’t even accept that Nobummer’s debt is TRIPLED what Bush did.

    Art, I again realize you must be non biased, but this is what happens when the uber libs like Olivia post their articles…

    The serial attack posters swarm and ruin the neighborhood.

  19. Phil Perspective said at 10:45 am on September 30th, 2011:

    Do you know what sarcasm is? And tripled? What was the debt when Bush left office? What is it now?

  20. Freespeaker1976 said at 6:09 pm on September 30th, 2011:

    Phil Perspective,

    You mean it was sarcastic like Governor Perdue didn’t really mean that she liked the idea of suspending elections.

    Whatever keeps your deluded mind going kid, whatever. That you don’t get how much Nobummer tripled our deficit is the clue to your problem.

    So, I’ve no need to waste anymore words and continue to give your deluded thoughts exposure. Adios smurf.

  21. Wheezerhitme said at 6:28 pm on September 30th, 2011:

    Freespeaker reminds me of Sherwood from the Little Rascals. He instigates trouble hoping to get little Wheezer in trouble, but when he gets a little of his own back, it’s Mama, Mama Wheezer hit me!

  22. Proud Republican said at 6:49 pm on September 30th, 2011:

    Wow Phil P you are one angry liberal. Tell you what. Here’s a psychological analysis for you – free of charge. You have a deep-seeded anger that has been festering since the fall of the Soviet Empire and Castro’s failing health. The socialist model that you adore is on the brink of collapse, obliterating the vaunted hope and change agenda here. Your escape from the sinking liberal world around you, MSNBC, is so low in the ratings the commercials are several points higher. You are frustrated because you cannot find the 57 states that Obama campaigned in. Your Joan Baez albums are all scratched. Finally, Sarah Palin is a Republican while Andrea Dworkin is a Democrat. My professional advice? Download all of Ronald Reagan’s speeches, buy all of Ted Nugent’s CDs, join the NRA and pick up a George Bush “Miss me yet?” t-shirt. With intense therapy and a little help from above, you should recover by election day.

  23. Freespeaker1976 said at 7:01 pm on September 30th, 2011:



    Just WHERE did I instigate trouble?

    Careful now, you could easily be classified as a lib troll as well.

    Gosh Art, from what woodwork are all of these infants crawling out of. Is it cabin fever with the rain?

    If I wanted to instigate trouble, I would have posted this far earlier and “let the dogs of war cry havoc” because HERE’S THE REAL CRYBABY;_ylu=X3oDMTE1cGx1bmdqBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1ZJUDA5Ml8yNTI-/SIG=13f4rpv52/EXP=1317452387/**http%3a//

    If You Ask Me, It Fits Obama Perfectly

  24. Freespeaker1976 said at 7:03 pm on September 30th, 2011:


    That link didn’t work. Try this Libs…;_ylu=X3oDMTE1NXRpYnAyBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDNwRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkA1ZJUDA5Ml8yNTI-/SIG=1204m5kct/EXP=1317452545/**http%3a//

  25. BooktimeforBonzo said at 7:39 pm on September 30th, 2011:



    Those who pine for the oral cultures of Ye Olden Dayes can rejoice as we enter an era where many people are unfamiliar with common expressions in print and know them only by hearsay.* The result is mistakes like “deep seeded.” The expression has nothing to do with a feeling being planted deep within one, but instead refers to its being seated firmly within one’s breast: “My aversion to anchovies is deep-seated.” Compounding their error, most people who misuse this phrase leave the hyphen out. Tennis players may be seeded, but not feelings.
    Br> *The notion that English should be spelled as it is pronounced is widespread, but history is against the reformers in most cases. Pronunciation is often a poor guide to spelling. The veneration of certain political movements for the teaching of reading through phonics is nicely caricatured by a t-shirt slogan I’ve seen: “Hukt awn fonix.”

    *above is taken from Common Errors of Usage- if you can pause the “Best of Ronald Reagan’s Borax Speeches” long enough, you may discover it’s best to educate yourself before you educate others.

  26. Freespeaker1976 said at 7:45 pm on September 30th, 2011:


    Are you another “Smuff In Training?”

    The last person I knew that walked on water was Jesus Christ himself. It is quite common (I guess except for liberal elites like yourself) to make spelling errors in blog posts.

    I will try to be more perfect for you.