This week, Chris Christie announced his candidacy for President. Unfortunately, with a historic nine credit downgrades, and near last in the nation for job growth, things aren’t going so great back home in New Jersey and his constituents are not so happy about it. Let’s recap:
- Yahoo: Christie spent more than 40% of his second term outside New Jersey.
- Reuters: “As Christie eyes White House, New Jersey wants jobs.”
- Yahoo: A combinations of Christie’s “frequent absences and a slew of scandals tied to his administration have helped to drag his approval rating down to an all-time low in June of just 30 percent in the Garden State.”
- Politico: “A majority of New Jerseyans think their governor has abandoned the state (56 percent to 35 percent) and that he should resign (57 percent to 37 percent).”
- CBS News: $2 billion in tax breaks for corporations and businesses, many of which were insanely politically connected. What’s weirder is, the tax breaks awarded to a company can exceed the total value of the company, and that company can sell the tax breaks so that other companies can keep their tax bills low.
- NJ.com: Christie awarded a no bid contract to Ashbritt, a politically connected firm, for post Hurricane Sandy clean up resulting in an audit by the Department of Homeland Security. Just because you held hands with Obama doesn’t mean it’s ok to hire (for $100 million dollars) your friends to clean up the mess.
- Penisons Gov. Christie reneged on his signed agreement to fully fund the statewide pension plans for teachers, nurses and transportation workers. In 2011, Christie’spension reform deal was heralded as a major, bipartisan success. But just a few years later, his plan had quickly deteriorated and he was targeted with a lawsuit alleging he has driven New Jersey’s pension system to the brink of bankruptcy.
And let’s not leave out Christie’s local papers blasting him with scathing editorials that detail his failed leadership and question why he’s running at all.
“Christie wants to expand economic opportunity to all? Then why did he increase taxes on the working poor, kill the state’s affordable housing efforts, and veto a minimum wage hike? He believes in compromise? Then why is Trenton locked in the same kind of partisan stalemate we see in Washington? He believes in leadership? Then why isn’t he doing something about the crumbling bridges, the worsening fiscal crisis, or the sputtering economy?…
And it’s not all Bridgegate, either. That started the descent, and exposed the dark underbelly of his brash style, and the craven culture of this administration. Christie’s collapse, at its core, is about more than all that. It is about the failure of governing in New Jersey.” Star-Ledger Editorial Board
“The greater problem, however, is his record: Even if Christie can outrun the opposition and the scandal, it’s difficult to grasp what he would run on.
While styling himself a pragmatic decider who gets stuff done, Christie has presided over a period of fiscal deterioration and economic stagnation. The budget he just signed required his lawyers to extricate him from the pension reforms he touted as a signature bipartisan achievement. The reversal was at stark odds with his proclamation Tuesday: ‘I mean what I say and I say what I mean.’” Philly Inquirer Editorial Board
The people at YouGotSchooled2016 are back talking about how this years round of Presidential hopefuls faired in their home states especially on issues of education.
- Public schools: It’s kind of weird that Chris Christie chose to announce he is running for president at a public school when he has slashed education funding by a billion dollars.
- Higher education: New Jersey’s higher education funding fell from its peak of $2.33 billion in 2006 (pre Gov. Christie) to $1.93 billion in 2013, a 17 percent decline. Thanks, Gov. Christie.
- Teachers: Aside from the cuts to public education, if you’re a teacher you better avoid Chris Christie all together, unless you want to get yelled at.
But of course, Christie blames the media instead of taking responsibility for his own failed leadership.
“As Chris Christie continues his tour through New Hampshire, he’s abandoned his own state after years of failed leadership in pursuit of his political ambitions. Granite Staters won’t be fooled by his excuses. Chris Christie’s reckless abuse of power and helping his allies have done nothing but left middle class families in the dust,” said Lizzy Price, Communications Director of the New Hampshire Democratic Party.
The biggest warning of all came from one of the largest newspapers in New Jersey. “After 14 years of watching Christie, a warning: He lies,” wrote Tom Moran editorial board of the Star Ledger.
“Most Americans don’t know Chris Christie like I do, so it’s only natural to wonder what testimony I might offer after covering his every move for the last 14 years.”
‘…Don’t misunderstand me. They all lie, and I get that. But Christie does it with such audacity, and such frequency, that he stands out.”
“…But let’s start with my personal favorite. It dates back to the 2009 campaign, when the public workers unions asked him if he intended to cut their benefits. He told them their pensions were “sacred” to him.”
Chris Christie is a smooth politician that knows how to say what the people in the room want to hear. He is also a brash, overbearing, jerk who continually demeans reporters and people who challenge him on issues. Christie’s failed leadership doesn’t make him fit to be president of my local PTA, never mind the President of the United States.