The time is right for Gingrich but not Christie

By Tom Quiner

Newt Gingrich

Tomorrow, Newt Gingrich is expected to announce that he is forming an organization to explore seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.

The timing is right for Mr. Gingrich. As Governor Chris Christie points out in the video clip below, federal spending and the national debt are the paramount issues facing the United States.

Congress hasn’t demonstrated any fiscal restraint since the years when Mr. Gingrich was Speaker of the House. The President receives too much blame for our fiscal mess, because it is Congress that spends the money. Spending bills begin in the House. Under Mr. Gingrich’s leadership, America enjoyed its first balanced budget since 1969.

Timing is everything in politics. Mr. Gingrich has flirted with presidential bids in the past, but it would have been the wrong time for him to run.

He wasn’t ready for the presidency.

America wasn’t ready for him.

But  now he has paid his dues, and the time is right for a Gingrich candidacy. We need someone with his legislative creativity and intelligence to work with Congress and tame our fiscal crisis.

At the same time Mr. Gingrich is about to make his move, New Jersey Governor Christie is being pushed by some to consider a presidential run himself. He is called the “GOP rock star” by pundits. He is immensely popular with conservatives. Although Mr. Christie believes he could win the White House, to his credit, he says he’s not ready:

“I think when you have people who make the decision just based upon seeing the opportunity you have a much greater likelihood that you’re going to have a president who is not ready. And then we all suffer from that. Even if you’re a conservative, if your conservative president is not ready, you’re not going to be good anyway because you’re going to get rolled all over the place in that town.”

Timing is everything in politics. The time is right for Newt Gingrich. Let’s respect Governor Christie’s wisdom and let him finish cleaning up the mess he inherited in New Jersey.