Pursuit of Koch, Chapter Infinity: Chris Christie’s Climate Stunt

In the ongoing Pursuit of Koch race being run by 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls, it appears Chris Christie is making his move. Already in recent weeks, we’ve seen Rick Perry traversing the country to court their favor. Ted Cruz joined them for a national chat session. Mike Pence got his own POLITICO story on his love affair with the Kochs. And the three of them were joined with fellow 2016 wannabes Rand Paul, Bobby Jindal and Ben Carson to “defend the American Dream” with the Koch brothers’ Americans for Prosperity.

Well Chris Christie, being the insanely ambitious lackluster governor he is, isn’t going to miss out on the opportunity to get a crack at the new power brokers of the GOP and their treasure chest. In a piece about Christie’s utter and proud refusal to tackle climate change, Coral Davenport at the New York Times reveals that Christie is speaking Friday to a group of AFP donors.

The article also chronicles the history of Christie’s disastrous climate platform, dating back to his withdrawal from Republican Governor George Pataki’s Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, a bipartisan plan for Northeastern states to reduce their carbon emissions. That’s an initiative that was aggressively condemned by AFP, who even went as far as to sue the state of New York over it. As Davenport points out, “Mr. Christie, who withdrew from the program in 2011 as he first considered running for president in 2012.”

Surprise, surprise — Chris Christie withdrew from a bipartisan climate initiative that was despised by the Koch brothers right when he started mulling a presidential run. He received a great deal of praise from AFP President Tim Phillips for his extreme move, and now he gets to speak to their donors in a closed door meeting. Everyone’s a winner! (Except Planet Earth).

Stay tuned for the next episode of Pursuit of Koch…

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