New Jersey's Christie Discounts a Run in 2012

Since becoming Governor of the Garden State, Chris Christie has garnered the praise of conservatives for his "blunt" talk that included calling New Jersey "a failed state." His pledges to bring about ""smaller government that lives within its means" in Trenton-- and to do so without tax increases, declaring "I was not sent here to approve tax increases, I was sent here to veto them" led to laudatory reviews beginning back in April by Bill McGurn in the Wall Street Journal who went so far that Christie was reviving "Reagan Republicanism -- Jersey style." And John Fund also in the Wall Street Journal noted back in May that conservatives "were impressed by a rare chief executive willing to tackle his state intractable problems in an unapologetic manner." Fund was especially pleased that Christie was taking on the "malign influence of the New Jersey Education Association" which Christie has described as "an absolutely out-of-control union that is used to getting everything it wants." And bonus points were awarded for comparing New Jersey to debt-ridden Greece. Others who have written celebratory pieces include George Will and Marc Thiessen.

Still it is McGurn's original piece from back in April in the Journal that perhaps best captures the "blunt talk" from Christie that has conservatives aglow over the New Jersey Governor. Here are a few examples that McGurn had culled from Governor Christie's budget address, public meetings and radio appearances:

The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. "The real question is, who's for the kids, and who's for their raises? This isn't about the kids. Let's dispense with that portion of the argument. Don't let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets."

Your policies favor the rich. "We have the worst unemployment in the region and the highest taxes in America, and that's no coincidence."

Why not renew the 'millionaire's tax'? "The top 1% of taxpayers in New Jersey pay 40% of the income tax. In addition, we've got a situation where that tax applies to small businesses. I'm simply not going to put my foot on the back of the neck of small business while I want them to try to grow jobs by giving more revenue to New Jersey."

Budget cuts are unfair. "The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word—which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son's favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do—'unfair.' . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits—a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?"

State budget cuts only shift the pain to our towns. "[L]et's remember this, in 2009 the private sector in New Jersey lost 121,000 jobs. In 2009, municipalities and school boards added 11,300 jobs. Now that's just outrageous. And they're going to have to start to lay some people off, not continue to hire at the pace they hired in 2009 in the middle of a recession."

Isn't your talk of 'stopping the tax madness' just another 'Read My Lips' promise? "[Mine is] much better than 'Read my lips.' I'm sorry, it's just much better. Much stronger. . . . It's gonna be how my governorship will rise or fall. I'm not signing a tax increase."


Today, Governor Christie dismissed talk that he is considering a run for the GOP nomination in 2012. The story from The Hill:


New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Monday said you could count him out of a 2012 White House run.

Christie, a Republican Party darling since winning the governorship of deep-blue New Jersey in 2009, was virtually Shermanesque in rejecting a challenge to President Obama in two years.

"We're not running for president, under any circumstances. No chance," Christie said during an appearance on "Imus in the Morning" on the Fox Business Network. "Mrs. Christie would kick me out of the house; it would be over."

Christie's name has been bandied about as a dark-horse contender for the GOP presidential nomination in 2012, much like Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), another winner last fall whose victory inspired optimism among Republicans going into 2010's elections.

Republican activists have praised Christie for his blunt approach to politics, including his ambitious proposal to cut spending in New Jersey and his willingness to take on the state's powerful unions.

Despite that praise, Christie emphatically denied any interest in running for the White House.

"Absolutely, entirely, no chance. In other words, Don, don't bet the ranch on me running," he said. "I'll give a straight answer: No shot, no chance."

That pretty much leaves Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and South Dakota Senator John Thune to represent the saner wing of the GOP in 2012.


Tags: Governor Chris Christie, GOP 2012 (all tags)



Oh my

If John Thune from SD represents the "saner wing of the Repubs, Holy crap!  I lived in SD for 6 years with him as a rep.  He sucks and many fellow South Dakotans, who did vote for him, still deride and make fun of him as a "boot licker".  I shudder to think of a Pres Thune as much as a Pres Palin, but for different reasons...Thune IS a social conservative.

by Hammer1001 2010-07-27 09:20AM | 0 recs
RE: Oh my

It's all relative but when you look at the likes of Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Haley Barbour, Gary Johnson, or  Rick Perry, John Thune appears sane by comparison.

Mitch Daniels is probably the sanest of the lot but his suggestion to take issues like abortion and gay rights off the table so as to concentrate on fiscal and economic ones wasn't well received by the base.

by Charles Lemos 2010-07-27 02:34PM | 0 recs
Not surprised...

As a resident of NJ, I am not surprised that Cristie is foregoing a run for president in 2012.  His popularity in the state is found almost exclusively among the Republicans, not the independents and certainly not among Democrats. He has pursued a standard Rethug policy of taxing the poor and middle classes while giving breaks to the wealthy. The standard canard about the rich being the small business owners who are creating all those "jobs" that are not being created with these tax cuts is his mantra.  Property taxes continue to go up as our property values continue to decline. He has done nothing about that, and it is the number one problem in this state and has been since voters kicked out Gov. Florio in the 1980s. Every governor since then, Republican and Democrat, has failed to tackle this problem, and Cristie is no different.

He is primarily focused on keeping income taxe low for his wealthy supporters and corporate base. By 2012, his star will definitely be tarnished and not so brightly glowing, hence even he recognizes he will not be popular enough to tout his "successes" in the Garden State as a platform for national office. Like all Republicans, he has no qualms about taking money form hard-working middle class citizens (raid their pensions) while continuing to give out tax breaks and subsidies for the wealthy (tax breaks for estates that keep a few goats or sheep on their property, thus labeling them as "farms" -- saving them thousands of dollars in taxes they would otherwise have to pay to the state).

Cristie is a snake and his slithering ways will inevitably come back to haunt him when the next election rolls around and he is unable to point to any success in lowering property taxes and reducing the burden on the middle and working classes. He will have a hard time getting re-elected when he runs again against the successful mayor of Newark, Corey Booker. Can't wait to watch the quivering Fatty Arbuckle giving his concession speech when he faces up to the fact that all that love from the Republican party will not do him much good with the rest of the state's citizens who are getting screwed by this porcine excuse for a Rethuglican.

by mcarnes 2010-07-27 01:07PM | 1 recs
cory booker

Cory is a good guy and he's doing a good job as mayor especially given the toughness of the situation. 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, facing a mounting budget deficit, announced a series of "savage" cuts today, including a four-day work week for 1,450 non-uniformed city workers, shuttering the city’s pools and even banning the purchase of toilet paper.

The extreme measures Booker said he will implement starting next month come on the heels of the city council’s decision earlier this week to defer action on the creation of a Booker-backed municipal utilities authority. The authority, which would take over Newark’s vast watershed holdings is a linchpin in his budget.

Without the MUA, the budget is left with a $70 million hole the mayor said he must attempt to fill without resorting to draconian tax increases that could push homeowners over the edge and cripple the city’s fragile economic revival.

"In the meantime, I’m going to shut down as much of city government as I can," Booker said during a City Hall press conference. "We’re going to stop buying everything from toilet paper to printer paper. Call me Mr. Scrooge, if you want, but they’ll be no Christmas decorations around the city."

Barring any city council action, Booker said, the belt-tightening will begin Aug. 2 with the closing of Newark’s city pools and the popular Camp Watershed in West Milford. On Sept. 27, allowing for the required civil service notifications, the city’s non-uniformed employees — all except police, fire, water and sewer — are to begin a 4-day work week, the equivalent of a 20 percent pay cut. And, he said, he’s "taking away" the council’s gasoline debit cards and asking members to voluntarily join their City Hall colleagues on the furloughs.
by Charles Lemos 2010-07-27 02:52PM | 0 recs


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