Chris Christie isn't much of a governor, but his state still needs him, the New York Times writes in a blistering editorial telling him it's time to "go home and use the rest of his term to clean out the barn." New Jersey is "in trouble, and the governor is off pursuing a presidential run that's turned out to be nothing more than a vanity project," the Times says, noting that Christie is 11th in the polls after four months on the campaign trail, while his promises, "from fixing the state's pensions shortfall to its infrastructure, have come to less than nothing." Christie made his name by fighting hard on behalf of New Jersey, but he's now "shortchanging" the state while still collecting his $175,000 salary, the Times writes.
Christie decided not to end his campaign immediately on the Times' say-so. "Can't read the article because I don't have a subscription, but I can tell you this—I am not going anywhere," he tweeted. After the NYT responded with a link to its subscription page, he sent back a GIF of himself giving a disapproving look. Despite his low funds and poll numbers, some analysts say Christie ought to hang in there. A political science professor at Seton Hall University tells NJ.com that Christie had a "really solid" debate performance on Wednesday night, and he now "just has to hope voters will give him a second chance and a second look." (Christie has told the leader of the state's National Guard to lose some weight.)