Chris Christie’s Appeal to Centrists is Failing to Catch Fire

January 27, 2015 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Chris Christie, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, GOP, Government, Jobs, Liberals, President, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

It is plain that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie thinks that his path to the White House lies in plying the middle ground between conservatives and moderates and presenting himself as the man who can appeal to all political factions. But, so far at least, it seems he is failing to excite much interest in the idea.

Christie already suffers among conservatives. He is knocked by many on the right side of the political equation for not being conservative enough and Christie understands this criticism all too well. In fact, he felt the need to address this perception during his speech this month at Congressman Steve King’s Freedom Summit in Iowa.

Last weekend the New Jersey Governor told the conservative crowd that he is plenty conservative enough to deserve consideration by even the most conservative voter. Then he laid out his bona fides in an attempt to make his case.

Let’s just say he was received with polite applause but not many minds were changed.
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Politico Reporter Picks Up ‘Bridge-ghazi’ Term

January 20, 2014 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, MSNBC, Politico, Progressives, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

In order to appeal to an extremist MSNBC audience, Politico’s Glenn Thrush shamelessly pumped up the partisanship by giving Governor Chris Christie’s bridge lane closing controversy a “funny” name: “bridge-ghazi.”

During a discussion of Christie’s troubles on the January 13 Alex Wagner show, Thrush jumped in mirthfully using the term “bridge-ghazi,” much to Wagner’s amusement.

It should be remembered that the terrorist attacks on our facilities in Benghazi, Libya resulted in the deaths of four Americans, one of whom was Chris Stevens, our ambassador to Libya. To add “ghazi” to the far more trivial bridge controversy makes a mockery of their deaths.
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Gov. Chris Christie a Bridge Too Far: ‘I Knew Nothing’

January 10, 2014 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Liberals, New Jersey, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is in a bit of a pickle this month over a scandal that Democrats claim he created. But conservatives are none too interested in coming to Christie’s support any time soon and he’ll have to address this all on his own. Has Chris Christie come to the end of his status as Republican hero?

Christie is under the gun for decisions by his close staffers to initiate a “traffic study” that snarled traffic on the George Washington Bridge in September of last year. Democrats say that Christie’s folks did this to inconvenience Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich, a Democrat and Christie detractor.

Some might easily agree with the Democrats’ claim about the punitive nature of the traffic study, too, with a series of snarky emails from Christie’s people that made light of the discomfort of all the citizens that were inconvenienced on the road.
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New Jersey to Turn Kids with BB Guns Into Felons

December 19, 2013 | Filed Under 2nd Amendment, Chris Christie, Constitution, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Government, Government Corruption, Gun Control, Guns, Liberals, New Jersey, Progressives, Rights, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

You read that headline right. New Jersey is making anyone, including kids, with an “unregistered” BB gun into a criminal. This is Chris Christie’s New Jersey, folks.

New Jersey’s Graves Act is one of the most strict anti-gun laws in the nation and it even makes owners of BB guns into criminals if they don’t register their “firearm” with the government. Apparently BB guns and air soft guns are included in the statutes as “firearms” in New Jersey.

You’ll put your eye out, New Jersey. And you’ll destroy the Constitution.

“In all honesty, kids who are charged are looking at mandatory jail time,” said New Jersey attorney William Proetta, adding that under the state’s Graves Act, a conviction could lead to prison time. “The only defense is to request a waiver but if that’s not granted, young kids can get a felony charge and their lives are basically over.”
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NJ GOP Governor Christie: Obamacare ‘A Train Wreck ANybody Could’ve Seen Coming’

November 30, 2013 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Barack Obama, Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, Federalism, GOP, Government, Government Corruption, Health, Jobs, Liberals, New Jersey, Obamacare, Policy, President, Progressives, Regulation, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie slammed Obamacare as a “train wreck” in comments made at a Jersey radio station on November 25.

Christie appeared on New Jersey’s 101.5 FM for his November “Ask the Governor” segment. That’s when he slammed Obamacare and the President but good.

Christie was asked why he didn’t join in on the state side and create a state exchange for Obamacare in New Jersey.

“This is just an awful law that made no sense and that’s why I didn’t get into a state exchange. And no, I have absolutely no regrets. In fact, I’m really glad that the train wreck’s not mine, it’s his,” the Governor said of Obama’s signature healthcare law.
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Deep Discussion: Barbara Walters Calls Chris Christie Fat, Slams Patraeus, Praises Hillary in Interview ‘Special’

December 14, 2012 | Filed Under ABC, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Ethics, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Progressives, TV, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Once again cultural lightweight Barbara Walters splashed across ABC with another one of her year-end Most Fascinating People interview extravaganzas. This time she enriched the public debate by talking about Chris Christie’s weight, tsk tsking David Patreaus and skipping the hard questions to slobber over Hillary Clinton and urge her to run for President. Cutting edge stuff.

In her segment with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for instance, Walters spends the interview needling him on getting his own supporters mad for his blubbering embrace of President Obama who’s response to Hurricane Sandy sent the Governor into loving rhetoric just before the late election. Walters also brought up the important issue of Christie’s weight wondering if he was too fat to be a successful politician.

Calling her, “One of the most acclaimed Secretaries of State in modern history,” in her interview with Hillary, Walters skipped all those tough questions about Benghazi and instead star gazed into Hillary’s eyes and dreamily asked if she’ll run for president.

What was another one of Walters’ important questions to Hillary? “Your hair,” Walters said, before launching into and important, in depth discussion about Hillary’s coif. No, really.

Naturally, Walters went into former General David Petraeus and his year end troubles because he had a scandalous end to a once lustrous career. So, Walters spent her whole segment looking down her nose at the General.
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Politico Pumps NJ Gov. Christie as ‘Mitt’s First VP Choice’

November 5, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Journalism, Liberals, Media, Media Bias, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, Politico, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Ever since New Jersey Governor Chris Christie went all weepy over how wonderful Barack Obama was in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the Old Media establishment has been attempting to use Christie as a wedge to cleave voters away from Romney and toward Obama. Politico followed that narrative with another unnamed source story, this time saying that Mitt Romney really wanted the boisterous New Jersey Guv instead of Paul Ryan as his VP pick.

Calling the tall tale “one of the most tantalizing subplots of the 2012 campaign,” Politico offered the claims of those oh, so well known unnamed, “campaign insiders,” saying that Romney was leaning heavily in favor of Gov. Christie for his veep.

But as you read the story, it really tends to show that, to the contrary, Romney didn’t really consider Gov. Christie a top tier candidate for the number two slot. In fact, there are many good reasons why Chris Christie would have made a terrible choice for vice president.

Naturally we know that the real purpose for this story is to keep in front of readers Christie’s over the top, effusive praise of Obama during natural disaster, Hurricane Sandy. They mention Christie’s response to Obama several times in the piece.

OK, we get it. Christie got weak in the knees for the Bamster.
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Top Five Reasons For and Against Chris Christie for Vice President

August 9, 2012 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Elections, GOP, Mitt Romney, New Jersey, President, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Over the last week or so the buzz surrounding the idea that Mitt Romney is seriously considering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as his pick for vice president has been building steadily. Christie has become a rock star of sorts among Republicans, conservative and country-clubber alike. But does he make a good candidate for VP? To answer that, here are five pros and five cons on Chris Christie as Romney’s VP.

The conventional wisdom of picking a vice presidential candidate is predicated first on the principle of “do no harm.” The chosen candidate should not hurt the top of the ticket but still be a credible stand-in if the unthinkable happens. This has been violated many times. Does anyone remember Curtis “Bombs Away” LeMay?

The VP candidate should also compliment the ticket bringing things the big guy doesn’t have. He should be able to hit the road as the main candidate’s chief advocate, and even be an attack dog able to smash the other side over the head at every appearance.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has some great attributes in this vein, for sure.

Christ Christie for VP? Heck, Yeah!

1). Executive Experience: Christie was a national favorite right away when he became New Jersey’s governor in the GOP tidal wave of 2010 and as soon as he took office he hit the ground running. Some may say that he’s not been governor long enough to be able to claim experience, but he’s done more as governor in these two short years than any half dozen other governors have done in whole terms worth of time. Plus he was a prosecutor before that so he has a lot of hard experience to rely on.
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CPAC Chicago, Part 4: Joe Walsh, Randy Hultgren, Straw Poll Results

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism,, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Nanny State, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, The Heritage Foundation, Unions, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Finally, in part four we’ll hear from two solid Illinois Congressmen, the 8th District’s Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren of the 14th. We’ll also hear the, perhaps not startling results of the straw poll, the most important question from which was who Romney should pick for his vice presidential candidate (hint, the top picks weren’t any of his one-time rivals for the nomination).

Congressman Joe Walsh

Rep. Joe Walsh gins up the crowd

Joe Walsh of the Illinois 8th District is the one Congressman that the left wants to eliminate more than any other Republican Congressman. This is because Joe has carved out from among his fellows an outsized voice for conservatism. He appears regularly on TV and radio to tout the conservative message. But he’s become a major target of Democrat redistricting and now faces a tough challenge to be reelected in his newly reconfigured 8th District. Me, I think he can easily beat the know-nothing candidate the Democrats have put up against him, but Joe is taking nothing for granted.

One thing is sure, though, Joe Walsh knows how to get a conservative audience in motion.
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CPAC Chicago, Part 3: Bobby Jindal, Peter Roskam, Michele Bachman

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism,, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Constitution, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Government, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Nanny State, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, Unions, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

In part three of our series we’ll take a look at the speeches of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Illinois Congressman Peter Roskam, and Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota. Bachmann’s speech was quite interesting for its singular focus on a particular jihad-supporting Muslim group that is operating in America today. Bachmann was vehement that Obama ban this group.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal

Gov. Bobby Jindal on the main stage

Jindal is another favorite of the greater conservative movement. He has a very compelling story of immigrant parents that came to America to become part of this great nation to finally see their little son become the most powerful man in their adopted state. It’s the perfect American story, for sure.

Speaking of stories, Jindal has a lot of them especially where it concerns his involvement in the BP Oil spill from 2010. I’ve seen Jindal relate this tale several times and it is always a good one. His description of how the federal government was more interested in observing its silly OSHA than deal quickly with the emergency before them was telling and hilarious — though ultimately sad and infuriating. Since this is standard stump speech stuff of Jindal’s, though, I did not Tweet that segment.

Like the others Jindal started praising the Walker win in Wisconsin. One of his funniest lines was that all the news people were proclaiming that the vote would be so close that it would be a long night for Wisconsin as they tallied the votes. But reality proved that the whole thing was over in a matter of hours with Walker’s landslide. Instead of it being a long night for Wisconsin, Jindal joked that it was instead a “long night at Obama headquarters in Chicago!”
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CPAC Chicago, Part 2: Richard Mourdock, Chris Christie, Herman Cain

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chris Christie, Communism, Congress, Conservatives, Democrats/Leftists, Elections, Ethics, GOP, Heritage Foundation, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Illinois Policy Institute, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Michele Bachmann, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Peter Roskam, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Religion, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, The Heartland Institute, The Heritage Foundation, United Republican Fund, Warner Todd Huston | 2 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

In part two of my coverage of CPACs first Midwestern conference event, we will see some of the high spots of the floor speeches of Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – always a crowd favorite – and the redoubtable Herman Cain. Cain also visited the media room and I have video of that below the fold.

Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock

Richard Mourdock is the current Indiana State treasurer but he also just defeated long-time incumbent Senator Richard Lugar for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate from Indiana. He’ll face the Democrat come November. Mourdock has been widely touted as the insurgent Tea Party candidate that beat Lugar, the old line, establishment man.

“No one expected a lowly state treasurer could take out a 36-year Senator! But we DID,” Mourdock said triumphantly.

Mourdock also noted that Senator Chuck Schumer of New York has called him the “Hoosier headache.” Mourdock was rather proud of that appellation.
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CPAC Chicago, Wisconsin Praised, Obama Razed — Part One: Rick Santorum, Ron Johnson

June 10, 2012 | Filed Under Barack Obama, Bobby Jindal, Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chicago, Chris Christie, Christianity, Communism, Congress, Democracy, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Elections, GOP, Health, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Illinois, Islam, Islamofascism, Jihad, Jobs, Joe Walsh, Koran, Liberals, Marco Rubio, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Obamacare, Peter Roskam, Politicians, President, Randy Hultgren, Redistricting, Regulation, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Rights, Senate, Socialism, Taxes, Terrorism, Unions, Warner Todd Huston, Wisconsin | 6 Comments

-By Warner Todd Huston

Well, Friday evening, June 8, 2012, we marked the end of the first CPAC event held in Chicago and what a great event it was. The triumph in Wisconsin was on everyone’s mind but so was Obama’s dismal record. Not just dismal, but according to several speakers, even dangerous. The economy and the election of Romney were focal points but so was foreign policy this day. One theme, though, was constant: Obama has to go.

Because of other things going on and the several press availability sessions, I didn’t catch every speaker in the main hall, but I did hear the speeches of (in this order) former Senator Rick Santorum, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson, Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Illinois Representative Peter Roskam, Minnesota Representative Michelle Bachmann, and Illinois Representatives Joe Walsh and Randy Hultgren. I also heard and recorded the press availability sessions of Herman Caine, Peter Roskam, and Michelle Bachmann and I caught most of Kansas Representative Tim Huelskamp’s.

Other notables whose speeches I missed were Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Heritage Foundation President Ed Feulner, and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The event was a great success with well over 2,000 participants, all seats filled for the most part during the speeches and some great groups like the United Republican Fund, the Illinois Policy Institute, the Heartland Institute, Champion News, and others hosting and participating.

I’ll say a few words about the speakers I did see in the order I saw them and I’ll do this in a few installments so that this won’t be one long, overly taxing post. Now, as each of these speakers appeared before us I live Tweeted their comments, so the following quotes are pulled from my Twitter feed.

But before I do that, each speaker was quite enthusiastic over the win of Governor Scott Walker who defeated an effort by the far left and their union overlords to recall him in Wisconsin. Each speaker praised Walker and crowed about the left’s loss in there. I won’t regurgitate the Wisconsin hunk of each speaker as they were pretty much all the same; exuberant. The essential point was that we are all cheeseheads now.

Rick Santorum

Rick Santorum on the main stage

Former Pennsylvania Senator and recent GOP Presidential candidate Rick Santorum gave one of his well-crafted, typically workman-like speeches. One of Santorum’s early points was that America is at a “tipping point” and we’d better be there to tip it in the right direction.
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Funnystuff: Governor Christie and Mayor Booker: Don’t Worry, We’ve Got This

May 15, 2012 | Filed Under Chris Christie, GOP, Humor, Republicans, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Governor Chris Christie gives us a bit of his sense of humor in this amusing video…

Amusing, I think. The Governor deserves some praise for venturing outside the box on this, I have to say. This was amusing enough to be worth the watch.

In fact, I’d say that this is funnier than Saturday Night Live has been for decades!

How Conservative Candidates Can Give Us a RINO Nominee

October 1, 2011 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Congress, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, House of Representatives, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Republicans, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Senate, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Selwyn Duke

While I certainly understand the frustration of those who complain of RINO primary rise, it’s important to accept the reality of how it happens. It is not, as some would say, a matter of the “Republican Party giving us another John McCain.” Nominees aren’t appointed; they’re elected. It is not the result of a New World Order conspiracy bent on keeping the Ron Pauls of the world from power. Voters may sometimes have chips on their shoulders; there are no controlling chips in their brains. Of course, the media can and do shape public opinion, but they only truly sing in unison when their candidate (read: any Democrat) has his hide on the line during the general election.

To truly understand why a RINO (Republican in Name Only) will likely win the nomination, we only have to consider the following poll numbers: Mitt Romney, 25 percent; Rick Perry, 16; Herman Cain, 16; Ron Paul, 11; Newt Gingrich, 7; and Michele Bachmann, 7. What is notable about this list? Romney, widely viewed as the most liberal of the major contenders, leads the pack. Is this because the Republican base now reflects the Massachusetts GOP?

Or is it because too many are dividing up the traditionalist-vote pie?
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It’s A Weak GOP Field Facing Romney

August 22, 2011 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Collin Corbett, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Herman Cain, John Bolton, Mitch Daniels, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Tim Pawlenty | Comments Off

-By Collin Corbett

Jon Huntsman, fighting to gain traction in his presidential bid, took a jab at frontrunner Mitt Romney in New Hampshire this week saying, in reference to the recent debt ceiling debate, “to dodge the debate or to wait until the debate is over effectively and to take a side, I don’t consider that to be leadership.” Huntsman is absolutely right, but when it comes to Romney’s Presidential campaign, he’s following the straightest possible path to the Presidency. Romney’s best strategy, running contrary to what seems logical, is to stay out of the Primary fray, mostly out of the news, and as far away from controversy as possible. He may not be creating as much of a buzz or leading on current issues as many would like, but right now he’s showing definite leadership in the one area that matters most to his campaign: the polls. Hovering above 20% and in first in all major polls, Romney does not need to stick his head out in a debate or attack his opponents, a stark contrast from where he stood four years ago.

Around this time during the 2008 primaries, Romney trailed Rudy Giuliani, Fred Thompson and John McCain in every poll and was forced to run a momentum-based campaign: the same strategy many of the challengers have to employ today. Since coming up short then, Romney has essentially been running as the front-runner for the 2012 nod, all while avoiding the over exposure that could allow voters to outright reject him and move on to another candidate.

A majority of Republican Primary voters are looking for someone, anyone but Romney. Romney hasn’t even put much effort into energizing the base, knowing that eventually Primary voters will come home. Following the GOP South Carolina debate in May, a Fox News focus group hosted by Frank Luntz expressed some disappointment that Romney had decided to forgo the early debate. However, Romney pulled 24% of likely Primary voters in a PPP poll that same week, fending off Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin who polled second and third respectively. It is obvious that regardless of what Romney does, or doesn’t do (absent a misstep), he won’t see serious movement in the polls. He needs to let voters flirt with other candidates for a while before they eventually come home and marry him, or they’ll never be content.

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VIDEO: God Sides With Chris Christie, Lightening Zaps Dem That Threatened to Punch Guv

July 9, 2011 | Filed Under Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Government, Liberals, New Jersey, Republicans, Senate, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New Jersey’s Senate President is a vile, sort of loud-mouthed kind of cretin. Not long ago, in keeping with the Democrat’s New Tone (™) in politics, Stephen Sweeney threatened to punch Governor Christie “in his head.” Well, apparently God has added his thoughts to Sweeney’s preoccupation with violence…

Yep, that was Sweeney almost getting fried by the big guy upstairs for all his lies and nonsense.

Chris Christie, 1, Sweeney, 0.

Now if we can start zapping union members, too! Ha, ha.
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N.J. Courts Not Interested in Democracy

May 26, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Children, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, Government, Judges, Labor Law, Liberals, New Jersey, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Regulation, Taxes, Teachers Unions, The Law, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Most Americans are under the mistaken assumption that we as voters can elect someone to make changes in our government. Whether the government of our city, county, state or that in Washington DC we voters have this romantic idea that we can affect change by electing people to office that will make those changes. The New Jersey Supreme Court, however, has disabused us all of those absurd notions.

Governor Chris Christie was elected to office for one reason, to solve New Jersey’s budget mess. He’s not Mr. Nice guy. He’s not the prettiest face in New Jersey politics. He wasn’t even the state’s most beloved public figure. He ran on fixing the budget and the people hired him to do just that.

But now, even though he was able to get certain budget changes through both houses of his state legislature, even though he has kept his shoulder to the grindstone doing the very job that the people hired him to do, even as he was on the verge of succeeding, the courts have stepped in and torpedoed the effort.
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NJ Unions Hiding Behind Courts to Continue Ripping Off Taxpayers

May 17, 2011 | Filed Under Anti-Americanism, Budget, Business, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Jobs, Labor Law, Liberals, New Jersey, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

The next level of obduracy by New Jersey’s government employee unions has been taken. The Communication Workers of America, the state’s largest government workers union, has filed a suit against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie claiming he isn’t negotiating in good faith over the union’s healthcare contract.

You see Gov. Christie wants to change the contract so that the union members contribute up to 30% of their healthcare premium and introduce lower the cost benefit plans.

Unions are against the changes and are trying everything they can to stop the tax-saving schemes that Christie is trying to implement.
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Chris Christie’s Jersey Attitude

January 22, 2011 | Filed Under Alan Caruba, Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Elections, GOP, Liberals, New Jersey, Republicans, Taxes | 1 Comment

-By Alan Caruba

It’s the curse of having sat through too many local town council meetings and too many speeches by politicians; it’s taking notes as they speak because you want to keep what’s said fresh in mind. Regular folks don’t do this, but anyone who has spent any time as a reporter will tell you it is a hard habit to break.

So, on Tuesday, January 11, I found myself taking notes as New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie, gave his first constitutionally required State of the State speech. He will be back in February with a speech about his budget. It was delivered to the members of the New Jersey Senate and Assembly, mostly Democrats; all of whom had learned in the previous year that the Governor was a jolly, fat buzz-saw who just loves a good fight.

Gov. Christie was preceded by two of the worst Governors in current times, Jim McGreevey who discovered he was gay after he put his boyfriend on the payroll and the whispers in the statehouse became a raging storm. He was followed by Jon Corzine, a limousine liberal. Together they increased taxes and fees 115 times in eight years! In a single term in office, Corzine raised taxes $9 billion!
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GOP Guvs Ready to Take on Greedy Public Employee Unions

November 23, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Business, Capitalism, Chris Christie, Conservatives, Elections, GOP, Government, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

This is a story that warms the anti-union cockles of my free-market heart. At the recent meeting of the Republican Governors Association in San Diego those governors gathered made a point to discuss angles of attack to take down the budget-busting, anti-democratic public employees unions.

In attendance was the ever present former Speaker of the House of Representative, Newt Gingrich, and he whipped up the crowd with the policy goal of taking down those Public Employee Unions with ideas centered on limiting union gains and cutting benefits to bring them more into line with reality.

Newly elected Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker had a great quote: “We cannot and should not maintain a system where public employees are the haves and the taxpayers footing the bill are the have-nots.”

I love it.
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Shuttering New Jersey Abortion Mills: Another Reason Why Christie is a Hero

September 28, 2010 | Filed Under Abortion, Budget, Chris Christie, Economy/Finances, Education, GOP, Government, Media, New Jersey, Republicans, Taxes, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

Aside from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie taking the fight to the state’s greedy, education-killing teachers union the Gov has also struck a blow against rampant abortion in the Garden State by taking away state funding to abortion mills. Steven Ertelt reports that at least one Planned Parenthood office is closing down and others are looking to “creative” budgeting to stay open.

In July Governor Christie vetoed a bill that would restore the $7.5 million of state funding that the legislature tried to implement after Christie removed that funding from the budget. Democrats in Trenton thought they had enough votes to override Christie’s veto, but at the last minute state Republicans backed out of signing onto the override.

Parenthood of Southern New Jersey president Lynn Brown told the newspaper, “We are in think mode and creative mode and we are doing all that we can to try and salvage to see as many people as we need to see.”

“We all know it’s strictly ideological,” Brown said of the funding cuts to the abortion business. “This is a very frustrating and perplexing time for us.”

Perplexing? What is so hard about understanding that the state is nearly bankrupt and can’t be wasting money on killing babies?
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NJ Gov. Chris Christie Humbles Another Union Hack

September 10, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Capitalism, Children, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Elections, Financial Reform, GOP, Government, Jobs, Liberals, New Jersey, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

Politico Misleads on NJ Gov. Chiristie’s Immigration Position

July 1, 2010 | Filed Under Chris Christie, Congress, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, Immigration/Immigrants, Liberals, Media, New Jersey, Politico, President, Security/Safety, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

This morning Ben Smith of Politico posted a story that essentially mislead readers about what newfound conservative hero Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey thought about immigration. Smith’s article spun Christie into an “amnesty” supporter when it doesn’t seem he is. One has to wonder why Smith did this?

Among many other issues, in the multipage interview with Gov. Christie Smith broached the immigration issue. Being a governor, Christie is faced with as much trouble over the issue as any other, of course, but Smith’s characterization of Christie’s position on immigration would tend to make one feel that Christie is an amnesty supporter. In fact, Smith seems to impute several ideas or feelings into Christie’s replies that may not have been in them at all.

First off, Smith says that Christie had “long declined to ‘demagogue’ the issue” of immigration. It does not seem, however, that Christie has ever claimed to have a long record of refusing to “demagogue” the immigration issue.
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Video: New Jersey Teachers Are ‘Sopranos’ to Chris Christie’s ‘G-Man’

June 18, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Education, Government, Liberals, New Jersey, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

You’ve seen him, you’ve loved him, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie takes on the teacher’s mafia in New Jersey and it’s the DAY OF RECKONING!

Gov. Christie Issues ‘Judgment Day’ To Destructive Unions

June 17, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, GOP, Government, New Jersey, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Republicans, Taxes, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

New Jersey Governor Christ Christie is still holding the path in his battle against the budget killing unions in the state of New Jersey.

“We have to hold each other accountable… You don’t get something for nothing in this world, ever… yet, government has been trying to sell you over the course of time this idea that… we are gonna give you something and someone else is gonna pay for it. Those chickens have come home to roost.”

This guy is the stuff, man!

Naturally, the putrid unions are so incensed that they have announced that they are going to raise union dues fees so that they have more money to attack Governor Chris Christie in the upcoming elections.

They just don’t get it, do they. THEY are the problem, not the solution. Unions are the single most destructive force in American politics today.
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Gov. Christie Knows Teachers Unions are the Schoolyard Bullies

June 4, 2010 | Filed Under Children, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Education, Government, Labor Law, Liberals, New Jersey, Pensions, Public Employees Unions, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has decided that to protect our children’s futures beating the schoolyard bully is the way to go. But who is the bully? Is it the sign carrying, whiney teachers? No, it’s their powermongering, kid unfriendly unions pushing teachers to act like bullies.

The unions are the bullies and THAT is who Christie is staring down!

So far THIS governor is the real deal.

New Jersey Teachers Threw Away Decades of Goodwill

May 28, 2010 | Filed Under Business, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Jobs, New Jersey, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | 1 Comment

-By Warner Todd Huston

The New Jersey Star-Ledger has a wonderful little editorial excoriating New Jersey’s teachers for having destroyed their own reputation with the public because of their petulant behavior towards Governor Chris Christie’s attempts to balance New Jersey’s over spent budget.

Take a gander at this…

Once the patient darlings who nurtured our kids, teachers now look like insensitive, out-of-touch, can’t-think-for-themselves union robots who, when forced to face economic realities, clung to an insulting sense of entitlement, heartlessly sacrificed the jobs of colleagues, called the governor naughty names and used students as political pawns.

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NJ Gov. Christie To Union Member: You Can Always Quit

May 26, 2010 | Filed Under Budget, Chris Christie, Democrats/Leftists, Economy/Finances, Government, Jobs, New Jersey, Public Employees Unions, Taxes, Teachers Unions, Unions, Warner Todd Huston | Comments Off

-By Warner Todd Huston

At a public meeting New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie tells a union teacher who is whining about her pay scale that she can always quit teaching if she doesn’t like it.

I LOVE this guy!

And while this teacher was whining that she makes no where near $83,000 per year, the truth came out today that she actually makes $86,000 annually.

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