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Is Chris Christie Threatening Suicide?

In November of 2010, when asked if he was considering running in the 2012 presidential election, New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie said that it seemed like only his suicide would make the rumors stop.

“Short of suicide, I don’t really know what I’d have to do to convince you people that I’m not running. I’m not running! I’ve said I don’t want to. I’m not going to. There is zero chance I will. I don’t feel like I’m ready to be president. I don’t want to run for president. I don’t have the fire in the belly to run for president. But, yet, everyone seems to think that I’ve left the door open a little bit.”

Less than a year later, the rumors haven’t died down. Governor Christie is still one of the most sought after people by some who are not pleased with the current choices.

The rumor mill has been kicked in high gear once again, as The Blaze is reporting that former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson says Governor Christie is “actively” considering throwing his hat into the ring as a presidential contender, due to “voter discontent with the current field.”

In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Mr. Gerson said:

“I don’t think Republicans regard this as a strong field. So there is still talk of people getting in the race. Not just [Sarah] Palin but last week, Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey was in Chicago and had two meetings with serious Republican groups from the Midwest.  He is actively, I think, considering getting in this race, which would throw things open once more. But the desire for that to happen … it shows that they are not happy with the current field, they think it needs to be filled out in an important way. I don’t know if that is going to happen, but the desire for many Republicans to expand this field shows that they are not content with it.”

The real question comes down to whether or not Mr. Gerson has inside information or if this is just more wishful thinking from a Chris Christie supporter? The fact that Mr. Gerson said, “He is actively, I think, considering getting in the race,” appears to be just more wishful thinking.

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Source:

The Blaze

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Chris Christie: None of Your Business

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie tells a constituent that it’s “none of your business” when she asks why he sends his kids to private school.

Gov. Chrisitie nails the voter in a 3 point argument:

Christie pays property taxes for a system he doesn’t even use

Gov. Christie and his wife pay $38,000 annually in property taxes but don’t use the services. He helps fund the system and therefor has a say in how they function – whether he uses them or not. This is the argument for school vouchers so that parents could choose whatever kind of school they want and use the money they pay into the system (or not) to fund it.

Christie and his wife want religion in their children’s education

Christie chose a private parochial school because they wanted their children to have their faith involved in their schooling.

Governor Christie is the Governor of the Whole State

Chris Christie has to make the right decisions for all children in the state, not just his own. What if he had no kids? Would that make him unqualified to make decisions on how best to fund the public school system?

The constituent was going for a gotcha moment and got gotcha’d by the governor. Perhaps a teacher herself, or at a minimum a liberal, she didn’t think her point all the way through. A governor (or any executive) makes decisions that impact the entirety of their office. Does he have to be a truck driver to sign legislation on trucking safety? Does he have to be a manufacturer to entice factories to come to his state? No. He also does not have to have children in public school in order to improve the decaying system. In fact, his exposure to private schools might bring new ideas to a 1960’s era system that is stuck in a mode of abject failure.

Chris Christie: 2012 Presidential Profile

Update: August 16, 2011– Speculation still continues to swirl around a possible run for the White House by Chris Christie. See “In The News” for updated news article.

Chris Christie has said numerous times that he will not be running for President of The United States of America in 2012. In fact, after much speculation, rumors, pleas, suggestions and questions regarding a possible run for leader of the free world Mr. Christie made the comment that it looked like the only thing that would prove he is not running for President is to commit suicide.

It has been reported that Roger Ailes and Rush Limbaugh met with Chris Christie to ask him to run for President. It appears as though Mr. Christie stood his ground, even with El Rushbo and the Chairman of Fox News.

I am a member of the crowd who would absolutely love for Chris Christie to throw his hat into the ring.  I am sure it is wishful thinking on my part, as well as the other people who fall into the category I do.

Even though Chris Christie says he is adamently opposed to entering the presidential race, let’s dig deeper into the facts about New Jersey’s new governor. We’ve seen him stand toe to toe with the teacher’s unions. We know he is exactly what this country needs fiscally. But is he a true Conservative?

Personal Information

Chris Christie was born in Newark, New Jersey on September 6, 1962 to Bill and Sondra Christie. He was raised in Livingston, New Jersey. With the exception of when he was in college, he has lived in New Jersey all of his life, so he “has a deep affection and strong commitment to New Jersey.”

He is of Irish and Sicilian descent.

Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic

Family
1986- Chris Christie married his college sweetheart, Mary Pat. They have four children. The family currently lives in Mendham Township, New Jersey.

Education
1980- Graduated from Livingston High School
1984- Graduated from the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science
1987- Graduated from Seton Hall University School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree

Official Lawyer
December 1987- Admitted to the Bar of the State of New Jersey
December 1987- Admitted to the Bar of the United States District Court, District of New Jersey

Legal Career
1987- Dughi, Hewit & Palatucci, a lawfirm in Cranford, New Jersey where it wasn’t long before he made partner
2002- Was named U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey
Served as one of the 17 U.S. Attorneys on the Attorney General Alberto Gonzales’ advisory committee

Political Affiliations
Republican

Political Career
2009- Elected as Governor of the State of New Jersey
January 2010- Took office as Governor of New Jersey
1999 to 2001- Lobbyist on behalf of GPU Energy, Securities Industry Association, Hackensack University Medical Center, Univeristy of Phoenix and other companies for various issues
November 2009- Elected as Governor of New Jersey, took office January 2010

Civic Affiliations
1994- Elected to the Board of Chosen Freeholders in Morris County
1997- Director of the Board- Morris County
Liaison for Morris County Department of Human Services
Little League Basketball Coach
Former Board Member of Mendham’s Daytop Village

Political Accomplishments
In his position as the chief federal law enforcement officer in New Jersey (U.S. Attorney), he was praised by leaders of both the Democrat and Republican parties for his efforts in fighting political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism and polluters. He also gained national attention for his fight in each of these areas.

Chris Christie has proven that he does not care what political party you are affiliated with or how many political connections you have, if you break the law he takes action! Under his leadership, his office won convictions or guilty pleas from more than 130 public officials- on both sides of the aisle. He and his team never lost a single case.

When he left the U.S. Attorney’s office  in 2008, he was praised by every major newspaper in the state of New Jersey for his accomplishments as New Jersey’s US Attorney.

War on Terror
Chris Christie has been in the thick of the battle in the War on Terror. No, he is not in the military, but he led the team that prevented a terrorist attack at Fort Dix.

Chris Christie is known for standing up to the political games and underhanded dealings of the political elite. He has made it very clear that he will not tolerate the abuse of power by elected officials or stealing from the taxpayers in New Jersey.

On The Issues
Pro-Life– says every human life is precious
Marriage is strictly between one man and one woman
Pro-Economic growth, pro-jobs, pro-business
Supports making manufacturing a priority
Says we “can and must” lower taxes
Supports cutting taxes and the cost of doing business in New Jersey
Supports making New Jersey’s health insurance more affordable for small businesses
Supports cutting wasteful spending and enacting more fiscal watchdogs
Strong stand against child pornography and human trafficking
Supports eliminating the special interest labor union loopholes
Public education system if failing. Accountability for teachers and administration needs to be increased.
Supports renewable energy
Supports incentive energy manufacturing and wind turbines
Supports eliminating dual office-holding, dual public employment and conflicts of interest
Supports line item veto
Supports putting all legislation online
Supports eliminating the legislature conflicts of interest
Supports changing the ethics laws to require strict disclosure
Believes government officials should be held accountable for their actions
Supports putting citizens back in charge of their government
Has a 10-point plan to punish elected officials who commit crimes

The Man With A Plan
One thing is for certain- Chris Christie is a man with a plan! I have been impressed with what I have seen in his now numerous and infamous showdowns with the Teacher’s Unions. He also has a written plan of 88 different ways he will fix New Jersey.  In reading his plan it appears he has an answer for almost every issue we face as a country. He is dealing with the issues on the state level within New Jersey, but the issues he is faced with in governing the state are the very same issues we are facing as a nation. Mr. Christie shows that there can be a realistic way to address each one of these issues. Are we going to agree with every single one of the 88 things he has planned? Absolutely not! I do not believe there is a single person I agree with 100% of the time! However, there is a plan in place. His plan is made public so the people of New Jersey can see what his plan is. Agree with him or not he knows how to get things accomplished!

His Reputation
Chris Christie has been called a lot of things in his short, yet very busy governorship.

He’s been called “a fiscal genius“.

It’s been said he:
“has charisma dripping out of every pore in his body”

It’s been said he “was missing in action

He’s upset:
The Obama Administration (this wins him HUGE points with me!!)

What If He Changes His Mind?
Though there are many speculations as to whether or not he will change his mind, Chris Christie is still standing firm that he will not run for President in 2012. The question has been asked whether or not his reputation will be ruined if he changes his mind between now and October 2012.

I am reminded of  George Washington when in 1787 he was approached- and eventually persuaded- to join the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. It is said that upon hearing that the they wanted him to join the Constitutional Convention, he said (although somewhat disputed) “Have I not yet done enough for my country?” While these exact words may not be the ones he expressed I can imagine it was something very similar.

I can also assume this is very much the way Chris Christie feels, though in a bit of a different sense. While he has not served as President before, and has said that he does not feel that he is ready for the Presidency, I am sure it is quite a daunting thought to think about.  To know that many people have the confidence in you that you may not feel in yourself is probably a bit unnerving.

Then there is what I would consider to probably be the main reason why Chris Christie is not running for President at this point. I know that I have heard him discuss this, but I can just about bet that this is the number one deciding factor in this decision. His family. He is a family man and wants to be a part of his children’s childhood. He wants to be able to coach their basketball teams and other extra-curricular activities. Becoming President of the free world would put a bit of a dent in those plans.

Having this put before him cannot be easy on Chris Christie. I am quite sure he is very well aware of the state of this nation. I admire the fact that he wants to complete a full term in office as governor. But I also see the qualities in him that would make the kind of President we need right now.

We are at a very crucial point in the history of this great nation. We are on a collision course with destruction. If we do not find someone with strong morals and character to stand up and say, “Enough is enough!” when it comes to our budget I just do not see any hope out of the mess we are in. Without a doubt I know Chris Christie would be this man.

Is it fair to ask someone to give up their way of life, sacrifice their family life for the rest of this nation? I don’t know that there is really an answer to that question. What is fair? Life is not fair. I think it goes well beyond asking if it is a fair question or not. What that question is I honestly do not know. But I know that we are in a dire situation.

I believe Chris Christie is the kind of man that is not willing to sell his soul, principles, morals and character out to the lobbyists and special interests. Is he perfect? Absolutely not! But I believe he understands what it takes to lead. There are very few people that are able to make the hard decisions that must be made as a leader. I believe this is what defines a good leader from someone who is in a leadership position. ANYONE can be given a title. It takes an exceptional person to be able to stand up to the naysayers and do what must be done. That is the mark of a true leader.

In Chris Christie I see a good leader. This country needs a good leader right now, more than ever!

Is Mr. Christie the man for the job? Only time will tell!

In The News
Speculation of Chris Christie Presidential Run Continues After Rick Perry Joins Race 
Chris Christie to Obama- You Can’t Lead From Behind 
Chris Christie Out Polls Obama in New Jersey 

On The Web
Due to the fact that Governor Christie is adamant that he will not run for President there is no official campaign website.
State of New Jersey- Governor Chris Christie Official Website
Governor Chris Christie on Twitter
Governor Chris Christie on YouTube

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Sources:
The Official State of New Jersey Website
Wikipedia
Conservative New Jersey
OnTheIssues.org
VoteSmart.org
ReligionFacts.com
Squiddoo

 

 

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Mitch Daniels Defunds Planned Parenthood

Mitch DanielsDespite his earlier call to avoid social issues, Indiana Governor and possible presidential candidate Mitch Daniels has weighed into the most contentious of social issues: abortion.

Daniels signed into law a measure that would nullify all existing contracts between the state and planned parenthood clinics and would prevent the creation of future contracts. This will basically remove the possibility of state or federal  funds being used in Planned Parenthood’s abortion clinics.

The ACLU and Women’s Health Organization, both progressive leaning, pro-abortion activist groups, almost immediately filed suit in the district court of Judge Tanya Walton Pratt on the grounds of the new law being unconstitutional. The judge is expected to rule Wednesday.

Taking on these kinds of issues is likely to build support from social conservatives as Daniels considers a Presidential run. Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said he would “give real consideration” to supporting Daniels.

 

Help Wanted: Conservative Statesmen

The Tea Party is getting larger and stronger all the time. It is now a force to be reckoned with in Congress, in state legislatures across the fruited plain, and in the daily news cycle. Yet it lacks one thing. One thing that if present would take it from a force to be reckoned with to an irresistible force. What the Tea Party lacks is the one thing the Founding Fathers had in abundance. And what is that? Statesmen. People like Samuel Adams and Patrick Henry were integral to the American Revolution and the establishment of the Constitution. The Tea Party lacks the latter-day equivalents of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and James Madison. Politicians the Tea Party has aplenty. Statesmen, though, are sorely lacking.

Using the Tea Parties analogy to the American Founding, I think you can fairly compare people like Palin and Bachmann to Henry and Sam Adams. That isn’t enough though. We need people like Paul Ryan, and yes, Chris Christie (even if I am not completely sold on him). People who are sensible and pragmatic and educated and experienced. If we want real change, I think the founding of our country is a good model to look at. Hopefully, we can avoid a physical revolution. I believe the founders died so we wouldn’t have to go there. But they do provide a good model for getting things back on the right track. We should look at the whole model. If things had ended in Boston Harbor, we would still be a protectorate of the United Kingdom right now. That isn’t good enough. – ALRMCoug

In response to ALARMCoug’s blog post, HighHorse came back with this bit of analysis concerning the Tea Party:

There is no Samuel Adams on the scene in America today. The centrist Republican establishment sees to it that a modern day Samuel Adams or Thomas Jefferson will not get anywhere in America.

Your example is interesting because Samuel Adams, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were known radicals even in that day. The Tea Party of today is radical as were those guys mentioned. We can expect a watered down version that will never create real change in our country. Moderates will see to it that the true radicals never have representation.

It isn’t just bloggers that recognize the need for leaders of our nation who possess the qualities found in such abundance among those who brought forth the United States of America. Academics see it as well:

The raising up of that constellation of “wise” Founding Fathers to produce America’s remarkable Constitution, whose rights and protection belong to “every man,” was not a random thing…. One historian called our Founding Fathers “the most remarkable generation of public men in the history of the United States or perhaps of any other nation” (Arthur M. Schlesinger, The Birth of the Nation [1968], 245). Another historian added, “It would be invaluable if we could know what produced this burst of talent from a base of only two and a half million inhabitants” (Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly: From Troy to Vietnam [1984], 18). – Neal A. Maxwell

Furthermore, the Founding Fathers recognized for themselves the remarkable nature of the founding of this nation. Describing the drafting of the U.S. Constitution. In a 1788 letter to Lafayette, he said:

“It appears to me, then, little short of a miracle, that the delegates from so many different states (which states you know are also different from each other in their manners, circumstances, and prejudices) should unite in forming a system of national Government, so little liable to well-founded objections.” 3

It was a miracle. Consider the setting.

The thirteen colonies and three and one-half million Americans who had won independence from the British crown a few years earlier were badly divided on many fundamental issues. Some thought the colonies should reaffiliate with the British crown. Among the majority who favored continued independence, the most divisive issue was whether the United States should have a strong central government to replace the weak “league of friendship” established by the Articles of Confederation. Under the Confederation of 1781, there was no executive or judicial authority, and the national Congress had no power to tax or to regulate commerce. The thirteen states retained all their sovereignty, and the national government could do nothing without their approval. The Articles of Confederation could not be amended without the unanimous approval of all the states, and every effort to strengthen this loose confederation had failed.

Congress could not even protect itself. In July 1783, an armed mob of former Revolutionary War soldiers seeking back wages threatened to take Congress hostage at its meeting in Philadelphia. When Pennsylvania declined to provide militia to protect them, the congressmen fled. Thereafter Congress was a laughingstock, wandering from city to city.

Unless America could adopt a central government with sufficient authority to function as a nation, the thirteen states would remain a group of insignificant, feuding little nations united by nothing more than geography and forever vulnerable to the impositions of aggressive foreign powers. No wonder the first purpose stated in the preamble of the new United States Constitution was “to form a more perfect union.”

The Constitution had its origin in a resolution by which the relatively powerless Congress called delegates to a convention to discuss amendments to the Articles of Confederation. This convention was promoted by James Madison and Alexander Hamilton, two farsighted young statesmen still in their thirties, who favored a strong national government. They persuaded a reluctant George Washington to attend and then used his influence in a letter-writing campaign to encourage participation by all the states. The convention was held in Philadelphia, whose population of a little over 40,000 made it the largest city in the thirteen states.

As the delegates assembled, there were ominous signs of disunity. It was not until eleven days after the scheduled beginning of the convention that enough states were represented to form a quorum. New Hampshire’s delegation arrived more than two months late because the state had not provided them travel money. No delegates ever came from Rhode Island.

Economically and politically, the country was alarmingly weak. The states were in a paralyzing depression. Everyone was in debt. The national treasury was empty. Inflation was rampant. The various currencies were nearly worthless. The trade deficit was staggering. Rebelling against their inclusion in New York State, prominent citizens of Vermont had already entered into negotiations to rejoin the British crown. In the western territory, Kentucky leaders were speaking openly about turning from the union and forming alliances with the Old World.

Instead of reacting timidly because of disunity and weakness, the delegates boldly ignored the terms of their invitation to amend the Articles of Confederation and instead set out to write an entirely new constitution. They were conscious of their place in history. For millennia the world’s people had been ruled by kings or tyrants. Now a group of colonies had won independence from a king and their representatives had the unique opportunity of establishing a constitutional government Abraham Lincoln would later describe as “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

The delegates faced staggering obstacles. The leaders in the thirteen states were deeply divided on the extent to which the states would cede any power to a national government. If there was to be a strong central government, there were seemingly irresolvable differences on how to allocate the ingredients of national power between large and small states. As to the nature of the national executive, some wanted to copy the British parliamentary system. At least one delegate even favored the adoption of a monarchy. Divisions over slavery could well have prevented any agreement on other issues. There were 600,000 black slaves in the thirteen states, and slavery was essential in the view of some delegates and repulsive to many others.

Deeming secrecy essential to the success of their venture, the delegates spent over three months in secret sessions, faithfully observing their agreement that no one would speak outside the meeting room on the progress of their work. They were fearful that if their debates were reported to the people before the entire document was ready for submission, the opposition would unite to kill the effort before it was born. This type of proceeding would obviously be impossible today. There is irony in the fact that a constitution which protects the people’s “right to know” was written under a set of ground rules that its present beneficiaries would not tolerate.

It took the delegates seven weeks of debate to resolve the question of how the large and small states would be represented in the national congress. The Great Compromise provided a senate with equal representation for each state, and a lower house in which representation was apportioned according to the whole population of free persons in the state, plus three-fifths of the slaves. The vote on this pivotal issue was five states in favor and four against; other states did not vote, either because no delegates were present or because their delegation was divided. Upon that fragile base, the delegates went forward to consider other issues, including the nature of the executive and judicial branches, and whether the document should include a bill of rights.

It is remarkable that the delegates were able to put aside their narrow sectional loyalties to agree on a strong central government. Timely events were persuasive of the need: the delegates’ memories of the national humiliation when Congress was chased out of Philadelphia by a mob, the recent challenge of Shay’s rebellion against Massachusetts farm foreclosures, and the frightening prospect that northern and western areas would be drawn back into the orbit of European power.

The success of the convention was attributable in large part to the remarkable intelligence, wisdom, and unselfishness of the delegates. As James Madison wrote in the preface to his notes on the Constitutional Convention:

“There never was an assembly of men, charged with a great and arduous trust, who were more pure in their motives, or more exclusively or anxiously devoted to the object committed to them.” – Dallin H. Oaks

The Tea Party has its heroes to be sure:

  • Chris Christie is a fiscal genius who is reclaiming the State of New Jersey from the leftist teachers union in that state.
  • Governor Scott Walker made history as he disemboweled the public employee unions in Wisconsin.
  • Justice David Prosser of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court beat back a socialist candidate in dramatic fashion.
  • Sarah Palin is a continual thorn in Barack Obama’s side with her instantly classic Facebook posts.
  • Rush Limbaugh bedevils the progressives so much that he is their inspiration to attempt to take away our Freedom of Speech and Freedom of the Press.
  • Paul Ryan’s deficit reduction bill is so powerful that the socialists are compelled to lie about it in order to try to convince independent voters that it is evil. And we all know that the independents are the block of voters who decide elections in this country.
  • Donald Trump has revived the argument about Obama’s missing birth certificate. Stay tuned, this issue isn’t over yet!
  • Michele Bachmann is such a powerful conservative voice that she has a real shot at the Republican nomination for president in 2012.

But still, the Tea Party is missing its statesmen. We are talking about leaders of the stature of Winston Churchill, Mohandas Karamchand Ghandi, Benjamin Disraeli, and yes, Benjamin Franklin. Where are the leaders for our time? Surely we can do better than the RINO Jon Huntsman. Do we really think that Tim Pawlenty is in the same league as James Madison? Does the thought of Mitt Romney as president inspire comparisons to John Adams? Barack Obama Lite is not what this country needs. Obama is not less-filling and he sure doesn’t taste great, either.

The Tea Party needs leaders of unabashed conservatism. The Tea Party needs leaders with the courage of their convictions. The Tea Party needs leaders who respect the Constitution and who are willing to fight in defense of that inspired document of freedom. The Tea Party seeks God-fearing leaders who recognize that the State is subservient to Him who land this is. The Tea Party needs a charismatic, humble, yet strong leader who exudes confidence in the defense of liberty. The Tea Party needs the second coming of the Founding Fathers.

If Obama is to be defeated in the 2012 elections then the Tea Party must produce a leader who can rally the conservative troops. A divided conservative base will lose the election. An energized conservative base will sweep Obama into the ash heap of history. Let us pray we find our statesman before it is too late.

 

Gov. Christie Being Attacked by Transit and Justice Departments

Obama administration goes after Chris Christie

The Obama administration seems to be upset with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.  The Department of Justice is now saying that the Governor stayed at posh hotels while he was a U.S. Attorney.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has elevated his national political profile as a conservative cost-cutter since taking the state’s highest office, used taxpayer money to stay at luxury hotels while serving as a federal prosecutor, according to a new Justice Department report

The timing of the allegations is more-suspect than the actual report.  The audit is a normal function of the branch, but, as politico reported, this subject was broached during the Gubernatorial elections.

Christie’s expenditures came up during last fall’s gubernatorial campaign. At the time, Christie defended his actions, saying he had no other option.

As a coincidence a separate federal agency came after the governor just one day earlier.  On November 8th, the Federal Transit Authority requested that New Jersey return $271 Million that the feds had given to the state for the Hudson River Tunnel project recently cancelled by the Governor.

The Obama administration has made public its annoyance at Gov. Christie’s cancellation of the Hudson River Tunnel.  The tunnel represents the kind of public works projects thought by progressives to put the economy back on track.  Governor Christie shut down the project after it was obvious that the project would soon experience multi-billion dollar overruns and New Jersey tax payers would be on the hook for the costs.

Progressives are watching the extreme-left agenda be rejected, repudiated and “refudiated” at every turn.  Perhaps the Obama administration is looking to stem the tide as a whole new flock of fiscally Conservative Republican Governors head to their new offices in coming months.

Chris Christie Loses $3.4Billion for New Jersey

A Bloomberg article portrays New Jersey Governor Chris Christie as a big meanie because he won’t take Billions in federal spending (a.k.a. PORK).

The first-term Republican this month halted the nation’s largest mass-transit project, a tunnel under the Hudson River, saying residents couldn’t afford overruns on its $8.7 billion cost, even with the federal government pitching in $3 billion..

Christie’s assertion is two-fold.  First he makes the case that even with U.S. taxpayer funding, New Jersey would have to shoulder the remaining $5.7 Billion.  Secondly is that when (not if) the government project goes over budget, New Jersey can’t afford to pay for that either.

Christie told reporters Oct. 18 he was content to walk away from the tunnel unless someone else agrees to pay for cost overruns. He said today he hasn’t reversed his decision.

“I don’t care how much people want a tunnel to New York, we don’t have the money for that,” Christie said at a town-hall meeting in Scotch Plains. “Here’s the promise I will make, I’m not going to stick you with that bill.”

Cost overruns on massive road projects are a regular occurrence.  The 15 year-long $14.6 Billion “Big Dig” is a great example.

After spending $14.6 billion (up from an initial forecast of about $4 billion in today’s dollars), leaders and taxpayers weren’t in the mood to shell out an several hundred thousand dollars for the show.

So Governor Christie wants to protect New Jersey tax payers from a project that will likely overrun it’s projected $8.7 Billion by several times when the State doesn’t even have the money to pay for the project if it meets its projections.

The Bloomberg piece goes on to explain the real problem the authors have with the Governor.

“How many times will the people of New Jersey lose out on federal money so that our governor can score political points?” Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono, a Metuchen Democrat, said.

“Lose out on federal money..”.   Constantly spending money that came from a printing press is not sustainable.  Governor Christie realizes that the State can’t afford the project, can’t take a 4th annual State budget deficit, and that taking the money will just make New Jersey more dependent upon the scraps from D.C.  The more dependent the State’s funding is on the federal government, the more influence the federal government has in State politics.  It is a back-door play to minimizing State’s rights and Democrats like Barbara Buono are shooting for exactly that.  Governor Christie gets it.

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