MSNBC's Martin Bashir never misses an opportunity to smear conservatives during his program. This time, he dedicated his "Clear the Air" segment on Wednesday to New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, and the idea that Christie was contemplating running for president. Bashir's conclusion? Christie should "go home" because his home state -- now suffering 9.4 percent unemployment -- needs him more than America does.
As a springboard for his attack, Bashir played a recent clip of Christie in which the governor stated:
Let me put it there isn't an ego large enough to say, “Oh, please, please, please stop asking me to be leader of the free world. It's -- it's such a burden if -- if you could please just stop.” I mean, what kind of crazy egomaniac would you have to be to say, “Oh, please stop, stop?”
"It is a somewhat coquettish romance, not for Christie, the full-blooded commitment of a man who finds the very idea irresistible," Bashir opened.
He then explained why he feels Christie needs to stop "flirting" with political donors and the notion of running for the highest office in the land:
Chris Christie is much more ambivalent about whether he's fallen for the highest office in the land, and that may be because he's already married to the governorship of New Jersey. And that's why he really ought to stop flirting with donors on the West Coast and he should go home, home where the unemployment rate in his state is now 9.4 percent. That’s above the national average of 9.1 percent. Go home, Mr. Christie, because the rate of poverty in New Jersey has hit its highest level since 1993. 14.2 percent of the children in Mr. Christie’s state are now living below the poverty line. Go home, Mr. Christie, because the rate of murder in the Garden State has taken a massive jump under your watch, up an astonishing 16 percent in the last year alone, widely out of sync -- wildly out of sync, sorry, with the nation's rise of just 4.2 percent.
He then compared the governor's thoughts of entering the Republican primary to a marriage's "seven year itch," save for the fact that Christie has only been "married" to the New Jersey governorship for less than two years.
"No. Go home, Mr. Christie. Your state needs you much more than America does."
Now, if we are to believe Christie when he has repeatedly stated that he does not intend to run for president, then Bashir's diatribe is a moot point.
Nonetheless, what do you think, Blaze readers? If Christie did decide to throw his hat in the ring, would he be doing the state of New Jersey a disservice?
Watch the clip below: