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Alumnus and straight-shooter speaks on campus about political power

Chris Christie speaking on stage

1984 UD alumnus and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie talks with Prof. Lindsay Hoffman, sharing political insights and memories of his days as a student.

Donald Trump will be impeached by the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, Chris Christie told a packed Mitchell Hall audience on Wednesday night, Nov. 7. But he wont be removed by the Senate, he added.

The Democrats didnt start this not to finish it, Christie said of the House-led impeachment inquiry, which would require a Senate trial to convict and remove the president from office. But [the] 20 Republican [senators needed for that to happen] are not taking off a red jersey and putting on a blue one 10 months before the election. Its just not going to happen.

With trademark candor, sharp humor and a palpable pride for his alma mater, the former New Jersey governor and presidential hopeful, a 1984 graduate of the College of Arts and Sciences, spoke as part of the National Agenda Speaker Series on Deciphering Political Power.

That power, he said, resides in the collective will of the American people, whose allegiances seem as polarized as ever.

The people who hate [Trump] will watch [the proceedings] nonstop and eat it up, like, Yeah! Hit him again!, Christie said. The people who support him will go, Waste of time. Whats on Fox News? where Sean Hannity will be having some other show, on something else that wont mention impeachment.

Meanwhile, compromise and the ability to reach beyond party lines will further erode, he said.

I am hopeful this will exhaust people, said Christie, who believes that the volume of political combat and lack of progress will lead to a different kind of election in 2024but not next year, which he views as a perpetual spring break [for politicians] who arent going to do any work anyway; theyre just going to go out and campaign and posture and wait for November 2020.

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Audience and stage in Mitchell Hall

A capacity crowd fills Mitchell Hall on Nov. 7 to hear former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie discuss the state of politics.

How it will play out is anybodys guess. Even 2016 was a surprise for Christie, who reflects now on an anecdote from the campaign trail that reveals the larger political landscape of our recent history: Christies wife (and fellow Blue Hen) Mary Pat was campaigning door-to-door in New Hampshire when a woman invited her into her home, poured her a cup of tea, gushed over her husbands record and kindly reminded her that her family would be voting for Trump. When asked why, the answer was simple. Oh, dear, she said, we dont need another politician.

He was destined to win, Christie says now. It was beyond reasonit was emotion.

And its that emotion that propels both politics and politicians, he believes. Conservatism, like liberalism, is about being true to the things you believe in your heart, he said. And when asked what advice he would give students and future public servants, he echoed those sentiments, telling them to put into action whats in your heart.

Keep your ears open. Get as many points of view as you can. Listen to as many points of view as you can. Show up. Help people, he advised. The cream rises to the top.

It was advice he once received at UD from professors like the late Jim Soles, who cared about his students in class and out. In fact, when Christie first ran for governor in 2009, one of the campaign phone line volunteers was none other than Dr. Soles, talking to constituents in his deep Southern accent and asking them, Who yall votin for?

Then there was Jim Oliver, now the Emma Smith Morris Professor Emeritus of Political Science, an incredibly serious dude who taught me a lot about listening because he was a good listener, and you wanted to listen to him. There was also  Jim Magee, Judge Hugh M. Morris Professor Emeritus of Political Science, who encouraged you to think, to really think, and whose civil liberties class was Christies first law school class years before I ever went to law school.

At UD, you make friends for life, the former governor said, speaking to both the audience and to Magee, who was sitting in the front of the auditorium. And its not just the other students, its the faculty, too.

Of course, one student would forever change Christies life. Mary Pat Foster, who ran as secretary on Christies successful UD class presidency ticket, would re-emerge from a study abroad trip to London and Paris at the Deer Park, sporting a new bob haircut and stirring new feelings in her old friend. They went on their first date the next night, in February 1984, and have been together ever since.

On his trip back to campus this fall, Christie paused on the steps of Memorial Hall and texted his wife a photo of The Green at sunset, accompanied by an endearing caption: Where it all began.

The National Agenda series, presented by the Universitys Center for Political Communication, has been exploring the theme Direction Democracy this fall. The next program in the series on Wednesday, Nov. 20, will be John Della Volpe, director of polling at the Harvard Kennedy School Institute of Politics. He will speak on Measuring Millennials.

A video of the Nov. 7 program with Christie is available online.

Article by Artika Casini; photos by Kevin Quinlan

Published Nov. 7, 2019

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