The Stop Chris Christie Political Action Committee (PAC) declared on Tuesday that it would cease and desist, because New Jersey Governor Chris Christie had performed their job for them, by stopping himself. The PAC’s decision to dissolve came after a letter from the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) informed them that they could not legally use the governor’s name in the title of their PAC. Rather than changing the PAC’s name the committee decided to disband, taking a jab at Chris Christie’s campaign on their way out.
In a letter to the FEC, the PAC’s treasurer, Thomas Bjorkland wrote:
Our decision to cease and desist as a PAC is not due to your letter, but instead is based on recent polling and the miserable showing of the candidate in question (namely Chris Christie). Our committee believes that Mr. Christie has already performed the service of stopping his campaign in spirit, (without our aid) even if not by the letter of the law.
The anti-Christie PAC was originally formed by right-wing former Colorado Republican Congressman Tam Tancredo. In an email sent out on Tuesday, Tancredo wrote:
The FEC informed us that we could no longer use “Stop Chris Christie” as a title for the PAC. Considering the fact that Christie’s campaign is in a death spiral, we see no need to expend the energy to reconstruct the PAC.
The dissolving PAC mocked Chris Christie’s moribund campaign. The New Jersey Governor is languishing in the GOP field, polling in the low single digits. Voters have long since forgotten that Chris Christie once lead the Republican field in Iowa, and that in late 2013, he polled stronger than any other Republican candidate, in a head to head hypothetical race against Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Stop Chris Christie PAC has raised a mere 1,350 dollars, and spent just 8 dollars and 74 cents, according to financial disclosure forms. With that 8 dollars and 74 cents spent, they are now claiming their mission is accomplished. Defeating Chris Christie came cheap, because the governor did all the work, by stopping himself.
Keith Brekhus is a progressive American who currently resides in Red Lodge, Montana. He is co-host for the Liberal Fix radio show. He holds a Master’s Degree in Sociology from the University of Missouri. In 2002, he ran for Congress as a Green Party candidate in the state of Missouri. In 2014, he worked as a field organizer for Democrat Ann Kirkpatrick’s successful re-election bid in Arizona’s 1st Congressional District. He can be followed on Twitter @keithbrekhus or on Facebook.