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Chris Christie Inauguration Open Thread

UPDATE: You can read Christie’s Inaugural Address here.

In a few minutes, the inauguration ceremony of Gov. Christie and LG Guadagno will begin at the Trenton War Memorial. CNN, MSNBC are camped outside, with cameras in the falling snow. We’ll be live-Tweeting the proceedings at @BlueJersey. And this is an Open Thread for your thoughts. Meanwhile, this is what NJ Democratic State Chair John Currie had to say this morning:

“By the governor’s own account, his administration has acted in a manner that was both unacceptable and disrespectful. It is for this reason that Chris Christie is entering his second term under a cloud of suspicion.”

“I am not going to prejudge the outcome of investigations into the improprieties or illegalities of this administration, but it is disappointing that the carefully worded statements of Governor Christie’s office have not been accompanied by a noticeable change in behavior. Instead, since Bridgegate, we have seen more partisan posturing, evasiveness, bluster and indignation directed toward others.”

“The people of New Jersey have a right to expect that their chief executive will be held accountable for his actions, and we are rightfully concerned about how New Jersey’s affairs are being managed.”

“So, make no mistake, the situation we find ourselves in now is one that the governor’s administration — not the media, legislators, or independent investigators — created.”

“As he takes the oath of office, Chris Christie would be wise to focus on the harm that his administration has caused to the people of Jersey, not just to his political ambitions and his pride.”

“By the governor’s own account, his administration has acted in a manner that was both unacceptable and disrespectful. It is for this reason that Chris Christie is entering his second term under a cloud of suspicion.”

“I am not going to prejudge the outcome of investigations into the improprieties or illegalities of this administration, but it is disappointing that the carefully worded statements of Governor Christie’s office have not been accompanied by a noticeable change in behavior. Instead, since Bridgegate, we have seen more partisan posturing, evasiveness, bluster and indignation directed toward others.”

“The people of New Jersey have a right to expect that their chief executive will be held accountable for his actions, and we are rightfully concerned about how New Jersey’s affairs are being managed.”

“So, make no mistake, the situation we find ourselves in now is one that the governor’s administration — not the media, legislators, or independent investigators — created.”

“As he takes the oath of office, Chris Christie would be wise to focus on the harm that his administration has caused to the people of Jersey, not just to his political ambitions and his pride.”

A Perfect Storm

Today Governor Chris Christie takes the oath of office for his second term.  This morning he attends church in Newark, where his state appointed superintendent suspended 5 principals who publicly disagreed with her plans.  Suspensions handed out without details on the eve of celebrating the birthday of our greatest civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Next the Governor goes to Trenton for the swearing in at the Trenton War Memorial, where we honor people of valor and integrity who defend our country’s freedom.

Finally, the Governor indulges in a gala on Ellis Island, the symbol of our country’s promise that people from all walks of life should feel welcome and be treated respect and dignity.

There is magic in a snowstorm as it blankets the imperfections of our world in glistening white flakes. But nothing, I think, can hide the glaring irony of today.  

John Currie statement on Christie’s decision to hold his inauguration party on Ellis Island

NJDSC Chair John Currie released this statement today, on Chris Christie’s questionable choice of Ellis Island as the site of the inauguration party honoring himself and LG Kim Guadagno:

“Given his inconsistent positions on tuition equality for undocumented immigrants, Governor Christie is adding insult to injury with his decision to use Ellis Island for his inaugural event.”

“Ellis Island is a place that recognizes the importance of immigrants to our country’s rich history and cultural heritage. A gateway for millions of immigrants, it was a place where huddled masses could seek a future that held great promise.

“In contrast, Governor Christie poses a roadblock to hard-working students already in New Jersey, and his policy positions suggest that he believes certain academically-successful Garden Staters are separate and unequal. He should be ashamed to use Ellis Island for a celebration while his policies threaten the dreams of thousands of our friends and neighbors.”

The Second Term Begins

Charles Krauthammer, who coined the phrase that described the ‘Reagan Doctrine,’ said the President’s inaugural address yesterday declared ‘the end of Reaganism,’ that is; the idea that government is the problem and not the solution. What do you think, Blue Jersey?- promoted by Rosi

Cross-posted at A New Jersey Farmer

Barack Hussein Obama took the oath of office for the fourth time today, and then let the country know what it voted for and what it could look forward to in a second Obama administration. The speech hit all the right notes. The implementation, though, will take longer that the four years Obama has to complete it.

His calls for marriage equality and for legislation on climate change, while preserving entitlements, is a clarion call for progressives and proof that the country has turned a corner and moved away from the stultifying conservatism of the last 30 years. The United States will not be looking to become more religious, nor will it be demonizing gays and lesbians or attempting to make reproductive choices a matter of whimsy for the government instead of a collective decision made by people and their doctors. We will be paying attention to the world, but not trying to run it according to a naive ideology that says we can bring our form of democracy to everyone. And for the first time in our history we will have a health care system where all citizens not only can have care, but must have care because it’s the right thing to do.

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan would never make a speech like this, and thank heaven they won’t have the opportunity to do so. They would take us backwards. We are now moving forwards.