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Mitch Perry Report for 6.30.15 Chris Christie wants to ‘tell it like it is’ — But will anyone be listening?

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Welcome to Tuesday, June 30th — also known as the last day you’ll be receiving annoying fundraising emails for… at least a few more days.

Yes, it’s the end of the fiscal second quarter, and candidates are flooding email boxes of those even marginally involved in politics to an all-time annoying level.

Meanwhile, Chris Christie is choosing this day to do what his entire political career has led to — running for the highest office in the land.

#TellingItLikeItIs is the theme that Team Christie is trotting out for the iconoclastic New Jersey governor. Yeah, that’s what one of Howard Cosell’s signature catch phrases, uttered to silence critics who thought he was an obnoxious bloviator.

But if you thought there was hardly a clamor for Bobby Jindal to enter the race, can I ask where the groundswell for a Christie presidency is?

It ain’t in the Garden State, where his support is at just 30 percent. And it’s not nationally with GOP primary voters.

According to Public Polling Policy, “Christie continues to be largely reviled by GOP voters- only 26 percent have a favorable opinion of him to 49 percent with an unfavorable one and he’s even polling now behind Carly Fiorina.” The only Republicans below Christie in that poll are Donald Trump, George Pataki and Lindsey Graham.

New Jersey’s financial house is in disarray — their transportation system is in dire need of improvements. And there’s that little thing called BridgeGate. So again, what’s the rationale for the candidacy?

According to those close to Christie, his strategy is New Hampshire or bust. They believe that if he can catch fire there, momentum can then flow to the other states.

In other news…

Over 200 Tampa Bay area Democrats hot for a Hillary Clinton presidency jammed into Mise en Place last night to hear campaign manager Robbie Mook say a few things.

The Tampa Theatre has about $10 million in needs, so while they say the $1 million that Rick Scott denied them last week for infrastructure repairs hurts, they’ll get by as they always seem to do.

The 64-ounce growler has been freed in Florida, and celebrating that fact will be two local lawmakers who helped repeal that bizarre ban — Tampa state Rep. Dana Young and North Pinellas Republican state Rep. Chris Sprowls will bar hop to four different craft breweries tomorrow, the first day that such growlers are now available for purchase.

Patrick Murphy has joined up with North Florida Democratic U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown on sponsoring a bill that would provide local police with more funds to purchase body cameras.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at mitch.perry@floridapolitics.com.

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