The New Jersey Legislature has thrown a hand grenade to Governor Christy: a bill banning hydraulic fracturing.
The fact that this bill passed and that it now puts Governor Christy in a tight spot shows how much success Josh Fox, the NYT Reporter, and some others have had in planting deep misinformation in certain parts of the country.
Who is cheering for Governor Christy to sign this bill? No doubt the coal lobby which has seen low-priced gas created by the shale boom cause owners of old coal plants to retire them in large numbers.
What will Christy do?
My prediction is that he will veto the bill. And that will be another indication that he will not seek re-election.
Christy is now unpopular in New Jersey, with the Bloomberg poll this week finding 43% approve and 53% disapprove. His numbers will worsen.
Christy is leaving New Jersey, angling to run for President in 2016 and perhaps as Vice President in 2012. He is making sure he moves rightward to prepare for that run.
In this age, one can run for President with just one term or less in office: Governor Romney, President Obama, and possibly Former Governor Palin.
Governor Christy will veto the hydraulic fracturing ban, not seek re-election, and run for President.