Well, it looks like Governor Chris “The Bully” Christie has totally swallowed the Republican Tea Party tea in his efforts to extend his self-promotion outside of the state. In the last few months he has proposed gutting health care for the poor while saying he is expanding it (Paul Ryan), eliminating programs to reduce the impact of global warming while claiming to want to protect the environment, and gone after police and other public sector unions (Scott Walker).
Now he appears to want to be Jon Kyl and say whatever untruths he likes publicly, because the are not intended to be factual statements. The Asbury Park Press has him:
When Christie added in a section about the state’s job picture, he got tripped up at multiple turns on the details – misstating the number of months in a row the state has added private sector jobs, overstating that growth, ignoring that government jobs have nudged up in recent months and dramatically understating the overall size of the public sector payroll.
Most noticeably, Christie said New Jersey has the most public workers per capita in the country, when two-thirds of states actually have more.
Christie is the perfect extension of the Atwater school of Big Lie Politics — if you keep repeating falsehoods (God not allowed in schools, Christmas under attack, Planned Parenthood does only abortions, Democrats love terrorists, Obama is a socialist born in Kenya, Christie is a straight shooter) loudly and firmly and ignore facts and evidence then your lie will be believed as if it were true.
It’s nice to see the media finally catching on. It would have been nicer if they had done it as early as Blue Jersey did.