Too bad he’s rushing from the frying pan into the fire.
Today we find out – late in the day with the governor hot-footing it to a plane, that tax collections for the first two months of this budget year fell short – way short – of Gov. Christie’s rosy revenue projections. You knew that was coming. And you knew that’s why Christie was late providing the figures. In direct violation of his own executive order, by the way.
Boys and girls, this is what you call a news dump. Bad news immediately followed by a quick exit. Stage right, as always.
How bad is this? Pretty bad or Christie wouldn’t have delayed the painful news until he could get out of here. For months, Chris Christie has been pumping his empty
Mission Accomplished Jersey Comeback message, thumping the Good News like a street preacher crossed with a carnival barker crossed with a pit bull. Until recently, when numbers began falling noisily off cliffs, the press has largely allowed him to get away with it, with far more ink for Christie’s brash, attractive personality and far less for the hard questions that finally everybody’s asking this guy.
Christie has finally swapped out his (#awkward) Jersey Comeback banner from his taxpayer-funded
Town Halls political rallies, in favor of the (equally ridiculous) Middle Class Reform Agenda theme. But this is how we find out if we actually get that tax cut Christie promised (stamping his foot for emphasis as the Legislature acted as the grownups in the room and tied it to revenue levels that would show we could actually afford it). Jarrett Renshaw at the Ledger gives you the numbers: