Promoted from the diaries by Rosi
‘Twas the week before 2010, and all through the State,
Not a Politico was worried, about our problems so great.
They were all on recess with nary a care,
West State Street was empty—not a lobbyist was there.
All Politicos went home–to the South and the North,
’cause ‘Lame Duck’ was over, –at least ’til the Fourth.
Both the Reds and the Blues—had new state leaders in place,
And some had their eyes on their Congressional race.
In ’09, Three Wise Men vied for the state’s top post,
Only one could win, and the others would be ‘toast’.
And for the first time, a Lt. Gov would be elected,
Serving at the side of the man who’d be selected.
But the November Election had caused such a clatter,
Talking important issues —like which candidate was fatter.
Driving records, loans to friends, and who paid what tax.
Emails to ex-girl friends and who worked at Goldman Sachs.
While the Governor incumbent, used his own cash,
The other campaigns were paid with taxpayers’ stash.
Did they get their money’s worth in the campaign?
Well, some taxpayers voted, but they mostly abstained.
Christie went after State corruption with political zest,
Some politicos were indicted, some subject to arrest.
“On Sharpe James! On, Bryant! On Manzo, Mims Hackett!
“You’re gonna help me get to my new home, Drumthwacket.”
Christie said he’d cut spending- “I’ll turn Trenton upside down!”
“Things will change when I get to that town!”
“I will never raise your taxes! Never! Not one cent”
But never revealed specifics about what would be spent.
Back and forth the polls said the lead changed hands.
Who would we agree on? Who’d have the most fans?
Their Debate raged on like a “Who’s on First?” routine,
Only thing the candidates agreed on: Bruce Springsteen.
And so in November the result of the Election,
Was that New Jersey had chosen a new, different direction.
Of course, this was not what the Democrats would expect.
But now, Chris Christie of Mendhem is the Governor-Elect.
Some say “He is full of bluster. Will be a lousy state boss.”
“And he’d benefit much from a Dale Carnegie course.”
You can say what you will about the Christie machine.
But any governor contenders must wait till 2013.
‘Tis true that problems won’t change very much,
With taxes and debt and traffic and such;
Still, no better place to live than New Jersey, right here,
“Happy Holidays to all, and to all a Good Year!”