I’m not in the habit of transcribing press releases or talking points, Save Jerseyans, but Governor Christie’s office released a list of ten pension-related stats following Tuesday’s press conference in LBI that’s definitely worth sharing with anyone who doesn’t yet appreciate the severity of New Jersey’s looming legacy cost crisis:
$120 Billion - Savings NJ taxpayers will see from Governor Christie and state leaders from both political parties coming together in 2011 to pass historic, bipartisan pension and benefits reform. Even this just simply isn’t enough.
$24.4 Billion - Expenses over the last 10 years from New Jersey’s health care benefits (from FY 2006 through FY15).
Chris Christie suffered Clintonistas overload on Thursday, Save Jerseyans.
They’re still treating him like the front runner for the 2016 GOP nomination even after the Bridgegate scandal and ideological indiscretions even if a large segment of the Republican base is less convinced. Go figure.
I was on vacation for the past ten days, Save Jerseyans, so you’ll have to bear with me as we sort through the stack of stuff that’s accumulated. One story nevertheless sticks out like a sore thumb and I’ve been looking forward to a healthy rant on it.
Governor Chris Christie has formally weighed in on this year’s U.S. Senate contest, Save Jersey, via a statement issued by the Bell campaign:
“New Jerseyans have made a great choice in electing Jeff Bell as our candidate for the U.S. Senate. Jeff has proven to be a consistent and strong voice for promoting the important fiscal policies and pro-growth agenda that our country so badly needs, and I am proud to support his candidacy for the United States Senate. I look forward to the spirited campaign ahead as Jeff, his campaign team, and supporters prepare for election day this fall.”
The endorsement itself it’s a surprise; what remains to be seen is the extent to which Christie will engage his home state’s Senate contest in a year when his RGA Chairmanship keeps him on the road raising money for governor’s races.
No one can rule Chris Christie out for 2016, Save Jerseyans. Not yet. He’s a talented politician, he can raise big money and, least discussed of all favorable factors but arguably among the most critical, the embattled Governor can claim a considerable nationwide of network of battle-tested operatives (not including his RGA staff) who are fiercely loyal to his political organization masterminded and spearheaded by super consultant Mike DuHaime and, until recently, former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien.
The effect of Stepien’s absence can’t be understated; it’s the broken bulb on your Christmas tree that blacks-out out several other strands in addition to its own. The loss of “Step” (as he’s known back in New Jersey by those holding a favorable or neutral opinion of him personally, or at least professionally) has been a real drag on the Governor’s in-state political operations.
Still, as you’ll see below, Team Christie had successfully deployed its key talent in all four corner of the country since the reelect cycle wrapped up in November 2013 but before Bridgegate took the wind out of its sails; targeted locales notably included states with early primaries including New Hampshire, Nevada, Iowa and Florida.
You won’t ever be able to forget this Thursday night Jimmy Fallon-generated video even if you spend every last nickle on therapy, Save Jerseyans…
Presidential?Meh. Sometimes I feel like a 70-year old trapped in a 30-year old body. Guilty. Our snarky, gimmicky, voyeuristic, 140-character culture’s left me behind and I’m not the least bit ashamed to admit it.
Helpful? Maybe; it’s shrewd marketing (see above), and public interest in Bridgegate is waning as the SCI drones on endlessly (and pointlessly) and Governor Chris Christie skillfully employs a strategy of comedic self-deprecation.
Funny? I may be old fashioned but I ain’t dead! Nearly spilled my coffee all over the keyboard.The man can move, especially since he’s….
Here’s your Memorial Day 2014 message from Chris Christie, Save Jerseyans:
“Today, we honor the brave men and women who have defended our country’s freedom throughout history with bravery, courage, and selflessness. Their service to our state and to our nation is unequaled and sets an example for all Americans. We will never forget the sacrifice and commitment of our veterans and their families who support them every single day. This Memorial Day, I encourage all New Jerseyans to join me in thanking these men and women for their love of our country and their willingness to serve in order for us to secure the lives and freedoms that we’re privileged to have as Americans.”
Governor Christie has no public schedule for Memorial Day; Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno participated in an American Legion Post 351 Memorial Day ceremony in Seaside Heights.
Governor Christie’sfundraising hasn’t suffered for it, that’s undeniable, we all know he’s not the genesis of these issues regardless of how we feel he’s performed tackling them as of late, and his colleague Nikki Haley of South Carolina offered an unequivocal defense, yet the transparently tired and irritated national Democrat public enemy #1 offered up his an answer to the media horde that likely wasn’t intended to justify only his continued RGA leadership but also a seat at the president contender table.
I used to be decent at predicting what he’d do next, Save Jerseyans, but these days there’s no telling what’s going to come out of the Christie Administration front office. Vetoing a wildly-unconstitutional ammo magazine ban which may soon be burning a hole on his desk makes sense from both a policy and political perspective. It also happens to be the right thing to do! But as the 45-day deadline to a decision ticks down (a toll which begins from the date that the Assembly adopts amended changes), and there’s still no indication of when he’ll decide (or how he’ll decide)…
Like I said, your guess is as good as mine. Anxious 2A backers everywhere are watching and waiting.
While we wait, New Jersey’s resident competitive shooting star (no pun intended), 9-year old Shyanne Roberts, spent a day at a North Jersey range with our friends from Chasing New Jersey to discuss how the legislation would impact her budding career…
The event was watched by the Republican political world because of the presence of Governors Christie and Perry, and co-host (former Gingrich backer and casino billionaire) Sheldon Adelson.
Governor Christie’s speech, in which he criticized the current American leadership for failed policies at home and abroad, tied domestic policies which have led to uncertainty with similarly resulting foreign policy. That Christie’s address at a primarily Jewish forum more accustomed to hearing about Israel, Islamic extremism, and making the world a better place, included domestic issues was as unusual as it was important.
I remember joking (but not really) back in 2011 that the media was far more interested in examining Chris Christie’s weight than Bill Clinton’s perversions or any other prominent Democrat politicians’ personal issues.
Now, three years later, Governor Christie is rapidly shrinking but some GOP’ers are being raked over the coals for questioning a different Clinton’s physical fitness for the nation’s top job. We’re even seeing Republicans criticizing other Republicans for bringing it up. “I don’t think it was a particularly shrewd move,” veteran journalist Bill Kristol told ABC’s This Week. “I mean, we’ll see how Secretary Clinton’s health is. She’ll be out there campaigning, presumably. I imagine her health will be fine. But, in any case, people can see for themselves, so there’s no reason for Karl Rove to speculate about it.”.
Will we ever learn our lesson? Probably right after we finally develop a truly objective media that reports the news instead of trying to craft it.
I’ll give the GOP a superior point to make heading into 2016: both candidates are in better health than Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Officer Sean Smith, and security officers Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty.
“After watching hours of testimony from Matt Mowers, Christine Renna and Mike Drewniak, I conclude that most of Governor Christie’s team are intelligent, articulate and dedicated public servants,” the Assembly Minority Leader said in a statement following the Tuesday hearing. “I am proud that we had people such as Matt, Mike and Christine working for government. I hope that ongoing hearings that question every email and the motives attributable to every interaction does not discourage young people from getting involved in our government.”
Unsurprisingly, the testimony from Mowers, a former NJ GOP operative and current New Hampshire GOP executive director, lacked a smoking gun long-sought by Trenton Democrats; they were hoping his interactions with Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich would yield something juicy. “I sit here dumbfounded and disappointed that the actions seemingly taken by a few rogue individuals have tainted the good work that so many have done on behalf of the residents of New Jersey,” Mowers told a disappointed Democrat audience.
Governor Chris Christie’s lap band surgery occurred approximately four (4) months after the photograph on the left side was taken, Save Jerseyans, and maybe 100 pounds (?) before the one on the right. His office won’t release an official number:
Chris Christie: in October 2012 (left) and May 2014 (right)
It’s an odd group of headliners to be sure, Save Jerseyans.
Chris Christie and Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) are potential 2016 rivals. It’s even stranger to see Perry within 1,000 yards of Cory Booker (D-Twitter), a man with whom about the only thing he shares in common is… U.S. citizenship?
And the icing on the cake is the present of Sheldon Adelson, gaming magnate and GOP fundraising powerhouse.