GOPer Lawmaker: Christie Visit Is A ‘Terrible Idea’


A Tennessee lawmaker doesn’t want New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) to visit the state because, the lawmaker argued, it would cloud “Tennessee’s conservative Republican Party” with a “questionable political figure.”

State Rep. Andy Holt (R) said Christie wasn’t shouldn’t come to visit the state for the Tennessee Republican Party’s Statesmen’s Dinner on May 30 in a post on his Facebook on Wednesday.

The Tennessean was able to get ahold of the full Facebook post:

“Really, Tennessee GOP? Gov. Chris Christie? What an absolutely terrible idea! Why would we want to cloud Tennessee’s conservative Republican Party with this questionable political figure?

“I simply cannot imply my support for Gov. Christie by attending this event, and I have spoken with a number of other legislators who share my disapproval.

“I am pretty disappointed because I typically look forward to the Statesman dinner and really enjoy the opportunity to mingle with Republicans from across Tennessee. In the past we’ve had pretty good keynote speakers; the glaring exception to that is obviously this year’s selection.

“What about having a truly conservative Republican team-player come and speak to us and excite the ‘real’ base of the Republican Party in Tennessee? I’m willing to make suggestions if necessary…

“Let me know what you think folks…”

The post is a clear jab at Christie for the George Washington Bridge scandal in his homestate.