This week, we saw Gov. Christie at his most self-promotional, pumping out to press a video compilation of some of the kind of behavior he likes to be known for (missing is some of his grossest name calling, apparently reserved for women and veterans). Everything for Christie these days is elaborate (often on your dime) audition schtict, for Romney’s short list (Romney’d have to be nuts) and for Christie’s national profile. Also this week, Christie’s Jersey Shore verbal assault of a constituent, which Star-Ledger calls a tipping point which should warn away Romney (or, hello, anyone).
Christie wants you to focus on his style, to chat about his swagger and big mouth so you don’t notice the wrecking ball he’s swinging over his head.
One New Jersey has compiled a well-researched – and sourced – guide to your governor, what he’s doing, and how it’s impacting you. Christie by the Numbers. Scan through it – Jobs is up first, below the fold, find info on federal funding lost, corporate bailouts in dollars, cost increases, property taxes, poverty numbers and program cuts, and some things you may not know about Christie’s GOP fundraising.
How Long Does It Take Governor Christie to Say “No”?
54 minutes – Length of October 4th vanity press conference, announcing intent not to run for President of the United States
10 seconds – Amount of time it took Governor Christie to veto the millionaires’ tax (1:34-1:44)
25,500 – New Jersey public sector lost since January 2010 (Capitol Quickies, 11/22/2011)
47 – Out of 51 nationally, New Jersey’s government job growth rate since January 2010 (Capitol Quickies, 11/22/2011)
45 – Out of 51 nationally, New Jersey’s private- and public-sector job growth rate since January 2010 (Capitol Quickies, 11/22/2011)
45,000 – Number of permanent jobs Christie cost New Jersey by killing the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (The Star-Ledger, 10/28/2010)
30,700 – Jobs lost in New Jersey from December 2009 to December 2010 (NewJerseyNewsroom.com, 1/19/2011)
16,300 – Jobs lost in New Jersey in December 2010 alone, including 13,300 private sector jobs (NewJerseyNewsroom.com, 1/19/2011)
10,000 – Teachers and school employees laid off in 2010 due to Christie’s budget cuts (Daily Journal, 12/29/2010)
6,000 – Number of construction jobs New Jersey lost when Christie decided to end the Access to the Region’s Core tunnel project (The Star-Ledger, 10/28/2010)
2,200 – Police officers laid off in New Jersey in 2010 due to Christie’s cuts to municipal aid (The Star-Ledger, 1/16/2011)