New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's (R) multiple and ongoing scandals continue to percolate in ways that are taking a toll on the governor's standing. Under the circumstances, it seems like a safe bet that Christie would prefer to move away from the subpoenas, resignations, and grand juries, and instead focus on how the Garden State is doing on his watch.
The trouble is, the governor doesn't have a whole lot to brag about on this front, either.
Unemployment rose slightly in New Jersey last month as the state lost about 1,300 jobs, according to preliminary data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
The private sector shed 700 jobs, according to the report, and the public sector lost 600, bringing the state unemployment to 7.2 percent, up from 7.1 percent a month earlier.
The jobless rate in New Jersey is above the national average and the state is losing jobs while the national employment picture improves more quickly.
Indeed, the New Jersey Policy Perspective told the Star-Ledger that on the national level, the country has recovered about 95 of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, while in New Jersey, it's 37 percent.
NJPP deputy director Jon Witten said, "It's clear New Jersey continues to be stuck in a slow, sideways crawl out of the recession."
I still think speculation about Christie's national ambitions is premature, but if we indulge the scuttlebutt, how exactly does the governor intend to overcome his scandals and his poor record on job creation? Isn't that a rather brutal combination for a would-be presidential candidate?