Governor Christie: “Yes he can”

Gov. Christie is well on his way to challenging Harold Hoffman as one of the worst New Jersey governors (1935-1938) in the past 100 years. It doesn’t have to be that way. Hoffman blundered into the Lindberg kidnapping case. He “discredited himself enough by corruption throughout his political career, in particular, he wasted $300,000 from a South Amboy bank and blackmailed for $150,000 … He got into at least two fist-fights with reporters – a dark spot in New Jersey history.”

Great leaders are forged in the crucible when they are confronted with serious challenges that they successfully overcome. (Think of Churchill and FDR.) In times of peace and prosperity governors can be successful, but they are less likely to achieve greatness.  

Christie today governs a state in peril. He has a magnificent opportunity to concentrate on the problems, work with the legislature, and secure a legacy for which he can be proud.  

Creating solutions for Pen/Ben, our ailing economy, credit downgrades, crumbling infrastructure, Atlantic City’s financial morass, Bridgegate actions, low income housing, homeless Sandy victims, income inequality, and deteriorating environment would transform him from a villain to a hero. Just solving a number of these problems would allow him to be viewed for years forward as one of New Jersey’s great governors. Few governors have such an opportunity.

Comments (9)

  1. lebleu

    His m(b)illionaire buddies and donors.

    Why even pretend that he has it in him to do any of those things?  He isn’t capable of any of that, it’s not what he wants to do, he doesn’t care. Things have all gone according to plan. Plenty of real estate has been handed over to the connected, plenty of money and patronage jobs, with legislation and settlements continue to  shield activities and reward the few.

    That’s job success as far as the ruling class is concerned. He’s simply having a harder time convincing the masses that he isn’t a con..

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  2. princetonblue

    Two years ago, I was telling people that if Christie wanted to be President, he had to show people he could solve a fundamental problem.  Solving the pension problem for the long-term, or education funding, would have been great catalysts for a campaign.

    It’s been a mystery to me that Christie was so short-sighted not to pursue this earlier.  I’m not surprised he didn’t, as I don’t think he cares about either issue, but he does want to be President, and Presidents need to have a strong narrative to be elected.  Just being a bully isn’t enough.

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