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He is still our governor, isn’t he?

So when is the last time Christie took a public position or action on New Jersey governance? It’s been a while. He is busy flailing his way through a losing campaign, acting in desperation mode, and ignoring his New Jersey duties.

Yesterday’s Monmouth University poll in New Hampshire, a “make or break” primary, places him tied in 9th position (2%). Real Clear Politics has him in 11th place (2.3%) in South Carolina, 13th (1.5%) in Iowa, and in national polls at 11th (2.0%). In 2013 in July, August, and September he was leading in the national Republican nomination polls and by December he was at 20%, above the nine other potential contenders. Since then it has all been downhill to 2.2%.

His desperation on the campaign trail is increasingly apparent. In New Hampshire he now takes sole credit for keeping the 2nd Amendment alive in NJ, although his position on gun control in the past has been more moderate. He says about President Obama, “He looked right in that camera and lied to the American people [about Iran].” He boasted that if elected he would track immigrants like FedEx packages. To satisfy voracious conservative primary voters he has also dished out red meat on planned parenthood, common core, teacher unions, marijuana, taxes, and more. All desperate political blather, flip-flopping and posturing.    

Christie faces a rocky return to NJ

Our editor Rosi Efthim said about Gov. Christie, “Despite his protestations to the contrary, he has no moral and ethical core. It makes shifts in positioning look facile.” Nonetheless, soon he will return to NJ, at least for while. A Monmouth poll found his job rating stands at 36% approve to 58% disapprove. Even Republican office holders are distancing themselves from Christie including Assemblyman Sam Fiocci (R-1), and Cumberland County Freeholder Jim Sauro who said, “Don’t start blaming us for his issues.” So Christie will come back to face a host of unresolved matters and ill-will from many quarters with baggage that contradicts what he previously said, exposes his lack of an ethical core, makes it hard for him to explain his flip-flops, and difficult to govern.

Below is a sampling on such subjects as Planned Parenthood, marijuana, immigration, common core, teacher pensions, guns, taxes & budget:

  • Planned Parenthood – Each time he vetoed their funding he said the reason was that “costs were duplicative and the State could not afford it.” A few months ago he said “I’m pro-life, – the first governor to ever speak at a pro-life rally on the steps of the Statehouse,” and boasted that he “vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times” to much applause. In South Carolina he vowed to defund Planned Parenthood nationally if elected.

  • Common Core – Flip-flopping his way, he once was a vocal proponent of the standards but on the campaign trail has said Common Core is simply not working.” He is now hiding behind an appointed study commission.

  • Teachers’ pension – While in 2009 he claimed he would protect their pension, he has failed to contribute the agreed upon amounts. In New Hampshire he asserted the nation’s teachers unions need a “punch in the face.”

  • Guns – Moving to the right from his 2009 position, he recently affirmed his opposition of new gun control laws in an interview on CNBC. A bipartisan bill (A4218), languishing on his desk, would give NJ courts and police greater authority to enforce current state gun laws, but so far Christie has refused to say whether he will sign or veto it. In Iowa he ripped into a gun rights activist.

  • QoTD: Christie vetoes

    Hetty Rosenstein, CWA-NJQuote of the Day from CWA’s Hetty Rosenstein, who with other NJ labor leaders stood with Democratic leaders yesterday as they prepared to send a budget to Gov. Christie that raised taxes on New Jersey’s wealthiest and its corporations. Now, the governor has struck down key provisions of that budget, excising $1.6 billion from it, and keeping his promise to wealthy Republican presidential donors outside Jersey that he’ll be a 2016 candidate that hews to their worldview of a shrunken government of low expectations. The Democratic budget doubled funding to pay into the state pension system – no official word yet on Christie’s disposition there, but you already know that story. The Dems also included an increase in the earned income tax credit from 20% of the federal level to 25%; Christie says he wants to see that at 30%.

    “No one should be surprised today. Whenever given a choice, Chris Christie stands squarely with millionaires and corporations over working people every single time.

                                         – Hetty Rosenstein, CWA

    Demanding Candy on Credit, or Why Republicans Keep Winning

    #Truth. Promoted by Rosi.

    This headline summarizes why the Republicans keep winning elections despite regularly screwing over the vast majority of Americans:

    N.J. voters want rail tunnel but no gas tax hike to pay for it

    The GOP panders to exactly this sentiment, giving people what they want — more war, Medicare Part D, bigger military, military equipment for cops — without bothering to pay for it.  Just look at how deficits rise under GOP Presidents, or what Jim Florio and James McGreevey had to deal with when they took over from two term Republican Governors.

    Then the spit hits the wall — say, a major economic collapse or terrible disaster response — and Democrats get elected.  Just as the bills come due for the Republican projects.  Democrats then look at the budget, make some cuts but also know that to balance a budget out of whack you have to raise taxes.

    Who won last night’s CD12 debate at TCNJ: Bonnie Watson Coleman or Alieta Eck?

    Bonnie Watson ColemanIt was pouring rain last night on The College of New Jersey’s Ewing campus for the debate of CD12 combatants Dr. Alieta Eck and Assemblywoman Bonnie Watson Coleman. Hard to find the Mayo Concert Hall in the dark. Note to college: more lighting. And the parking lot wasn’t anywhere near it. Nevertheless, it was a packed house. And that was great. Made for many lively moments of engagement from the noisy audience of students and local politicos, to the frustration of the moderator.

    This district, Rush Holt’s until January, is not competitive. Only late-breaking scandal or, you know, a massive comet will change the outcome. Bonnie Watson Coleman for the win. And that was reflected in the debate. Both women were confident and smooth in their delivery; they are both forces to be dealt with.

    But Eck was overmatched. She really had nothing much beyond the old right-wing chestnuts. Obamacare is baaaad. Taxes baaaad. Trickle-down economics yay! That stuff might fly in some other, gerrymandered-for-GOP congressional district (though Roy Cho is testing that idea like a boss in CD5) but this is Rush Holt territory.

    That said, it wasn’t the politicos in the room that drove the response, it was the students. From the start, Eck read the room wrong. Her opening statement was about herself, BWC’s was about the university and students, and a little of herself. Eck’s closing was off, too. While BWC closed making her best case of what she had to offer, Eck spent her time talking about her opponent.