From WHWG & Reagan speechwriting shop colleague Josh Gilder, emailed just as Christie was finishing:
“A lot of generalities…shades of Mondale (“shared sacrifice”)…not concrete or specific enough to make the case against Obama or for Romney…even his own story about what he did in NJ wasn’t really compelling…
“Saying we need leaders to change polls, not follow polls….but Obama doesn’t follow polls…if he did, he wouldn’t have pushed through Obamacare and still be committed to it.
“Well delivered, but just not good enough…
“Way too much talk about shared sacrifice. Do we remember how many states Mondale won? Otherwise known as Mondale ONE.
“Now Chris Wallace is saying one thumb up for Ann Romney…one thumb down for Chris Christie….
“Points out correctly that he hardly said anything about Romney.”