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Neocon redux: How Chris Christie is just like Dick Cheney

From the moment he was declared the winner in his reelection campaign, Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J., has been billed as a new kind of Republican. Is it a fair characterization? Yes and no.

Yes, this likely presidential candidate has done a few things other GOP politicians don't usually do. Yes, he has won reelection in a traditionally Democratic state. And yes, for a few weeks he was actually cordial to President Obama. Even considering the context -- he only won against an underfunded opponent and he was only nice to the president when asking for hurricane relief funds -- these are, indeed, rare accomplishments for a Republican.

That said, these atypical parts of Christie's record have little to do with the concrete policies that he has touted and that he would probably champion if he were elected president. On that score, Christie isn't new at all. He is the opposite -- a Bush/Cheney-esque neoconservative promoting the old politics of division and ignorance.

Take, for instance, Christie's declarations about civil liberties.

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