In March, New Jersey shed another 3,100 jobs. While public sector jobs accounted for most of those lost, job rolls in the private sector also fell by 800. This represents the utter failure of Chris Christie’s policies, which were supposed to promote job growth in this state.
If the title of this piece and its first paragraph sound ridiculous, it’s because they are. But only as ridiculous as Chris Christie tramping around Millville Airport for a photo-op and a press conference to announce that Boeing is bringing 100 new jobs to Cumberland County, as he did last Friday. Don’t get me wrong, I expect the governor to promote New Jersey as a great place to do business. But isn’t this the same guy who, during the campaign, harped about how bad New Jersey is a place to do business, and how the state’s policies were the reason for our unemployment rate being a few tenths higher than the national average?
While Christie may have conveniently forgotten about his campaign rhetoric last week, Senate Majority Leader Steve Sweeney sure hasn’t:
“New Jersey is not a bad place to do business,” said Sweeney, D-Salem, Gloucester, Cumberland. “It was a bad place. It’s going to get better. It’s going to continue to get better.”
Expect the silly talk on the economy to escalate when New Jersey’s job numbers improve. I bet you’ll hear Christie trying to take all the credit for the improving economy, while folks like Jon Runyan (and heck, maybe even John Adler) blame the Obama administration for 9% unemployment.