Posted by: Deborah D | May 30, 2010

Chris Christie: Showing Republicans the way.

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Chris Christie: Showing Republicans the way. 

Here’s a Republican with some guts. No wishy-washy executive is he. As quickly as the Dems in D.C. are overwhelming the federal government, Governor Chris Christie is wiping the floor with the status quo Democrat machine in New Jersey. His latest? Not automatically reappointing a state Supreme Court justice. His actions are the first time in 60 years that the state’s governor has failed to do that. This is from a post at the American Thinker website by Rick Moran, who quotes a Wall Street Journal report:

Mr. Christie recently broke precedent by declining to renominate New Jersey Supreme Court Justice John Wallace to permanent tenure on the bench, opting to let his initial seven-year term expire. To replace Mr. Wallace, Gov. Christie nominated the state’s former Deputy Attorney General, Anne Patterson.

Mr. Christie’s move was unusual but perhaps shouldn’t have been unexpected. No governor in six decades has failed to renominate a Justice in good standing, but the power to do so is explicitly granted in the state constitution and Mr. Christie sold himself as the candidate of change. But that hasn’t stopped the avatars of the status quo from going ape, including the New Jersey State Bar Association, which went out of its way to bestow an award recently on Justice Wallace. Outraged Democrats in the state senate, meanwhile, are calling the governor’s move a “grave act” and refusing to hold a confirmation hearing for Ms. Patterson.

Christie says he has no animus toward Justice Wallace; he is just fulfilling a campaign promise to reshape a high court. The activist nature of the court had encroached on both executive and legislative branches of government in New Jersey, Christie says. You can read more on this here:

New Jersey: Little Greece.

Mona Charen says that Chris Christie is a refreshing rising Republican star. You’ve got to love his bluntness, his toughness, and his willingness to do the hard things in a state that is looking like Greece as teachers take to the streets to complain about his common sense efforts at reform. This is from the Washington Examiner.

At a New Jersey town meeting, Gov. Chris Christie, the newest YouTube star for the limited government set, was reproached by an unhappy teacher. The governor, facing a budget shortfall of $11 billion, has proposed, among other economies, a one-year salary freeze for New Jersey teachers. Her voice raised in anger (that’s a normal speaking voice in my home state), Rita Wilson protested that she should be paid $83,000, the only reasonable compensation in light of her “education and experience.” Christie’s reply got an ovation: “Well, you know what? Then you don’t have to do it.” Snip –

You can watch that short video here:  Charen says Republicans can learn a lot from Christie’s approach.

… How can smaller-government Republicans win elections when more and more Americans are receiving government benefits while fewer and fewer are paying taxes? In 2010, 47 percent of Americans paid no income taxes at all. Among those who do pay taxes, most pay comparatively little… Accordingly, the tax issue has lost some of its political purchase.

But as Christie is demonstrating, voters are open to a new fairness argument. Whereas Barack Obama and his party invoke “fairness” as a license to take property from productive people and transfer it to the unproductive, Christie is inviting voters to consider the unfairness of our current arrangement in which government employees enjoy better salaries and benefits than private-sector employees. Economic historian John Steele Gordon points out that, “Federal workers now earn, in wages and benefits, about twice what their private-sector equivalents get paid. State workers often have Cadillac health plans and retirement benefits far above the private sector average: 80 percent of public-sector workers have pension benefits, only 50 percent in the private sector. Many can retire at age 50.”

Christie spelled it out:

A retired teacher paid $62,000 towards her pension and nothing — yes, nothing — for full family medical, dental, and vision coverage over her entire career. What will we pay her? $1.4 million in pension benefits and another $215,000 in health care benefit premiums over her lifetime. Is it ‘fair’ for all of us and our children to have to pay for this excess? (Is it) fair to have New Jersey taxpayers foot the bill for 100 percent of the health insurance costs of teachers and their families from the day they are hired until the day they die? Is it fair that teachers have a better, richer health plan than even state workers and pay absolutely nothing for it?

… “Even as we speak,” Christie told the town hall crowd, “(overspending) continues in New Jersey at the local level, despite the economic downturn. Consider this fact: In 2009, we lost 121,000 private-sector jobs in New Jersey, while the municipal and school board payrolls grew by 11,300 jobs. The private sector shrank … while the government grew. That’s exactly backwards from how it’s supposed to be.”

New Jersey’s teachers have taken to the streets over the proposed salary freeze and a proposal by Christie to have them contribute 1.5 percent of their salaries to the cost of their medical coverage. Christie’s proposals sound pretty reasonable to me. The teachers, however, led by their unions will be shown to be selfish and unreasonable. Seems like a winner to me. Pay attention, Republicans. You’ve got a winner here. Do yourself a favor and watch another YouTube video of Christie being his blunt self to a snotty little reporter: 

You can read all of Mona Charen here:


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  1. I love your article.. keep writing my friend’s.. have a nice day…

    see my other web : pls.. 19:04

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