Governor Chris Christie once again defended his magazine ban veto on Monday, Save Jerseyans, fending off a horde of hungry media ghouls during a campaign swing in Connecticut on behalf of the RGA’s gubernatorial candidate:
Can I be brutally frank with you for a moment? As if you expected anything less…
Governor Chris Christie is as effective a speaker on the issues of taxes, entitlement reform and school choice as you’ll ever find, Save Jerseyans. Plain spoken but substantively on-point; the clarity with which he speaks makes apolitical Americans want to get up and follow him and good faith dissenters concede the logic of his argument.
The so-called “YouTube moments” concerning ^^ are what we remember and, at least until Sandy and Bridgegate, they’re what defined his brand. Just as often, however, Chris Christie talks like what he is by training: a lawyer. And I don’t mean that in a disparaging way (I am one!). All the same, it can get him into trouble.
Click here to watch the morning session if you missed it; the live feed is here:
Any revelations so far? Nah. Just that Egea may’ve texted the Governor at some point about Bridgegate but doesn’t now have all of the texts. Gasp! SCI Democrats are outraged; SCI Republicans should say two words – “Lois” and “Lerner” – and then advise them to shove their feign indignation up there arses.
This young man wasn’t the first law enforcement professional to die in the line of duty; he may be the first to have an alleged murderer who was memorializedin both real life (and Facebook world) in the immediate wake of the fatal shooting and leading to plenty of outrage here in New Jersey and around the country.
Disgusting though it might be, the act of lionizing a suspected cop killer perhaps isn’t as troubling as the underling cultural rot that it signifies… and millions of Americans’ blindness to it…
The jabronis (sp?) is the New Jersey State Legislature better listen up, Save Jerseyans: Governor Chris Christie’s most fearsome supporter is helping the Garden State GOP’er in a new ad campaign, mocked up like a movie trailer teaser, aimed at pushing new pension and benefits reforms over the summer months.
As promised, Governor Chris Christie is addressing controversial Partnership for Assessment of Readiness of College and Careers (PARCC) testing, Save Jerseyans; the bad news is that he’s doing it to “ensure the effectiveness of the Core Curriculum Content Standards, including the Common Core State Standards.”
“This Administration is committed to the educational success of every child, no matter the zip code,” said Governor Christie in a Monday evening statement. “Since 2010 we’ve enacted a series of measures that implement rigorous standards, develop excellent educators, and use high quality student assessments to gauge the progress of student learning and the effectiveness of classroom instruction. Establishing this commission is just another step in ensuring we’re providing the best quality education possible to our students .”
You can read Governor Christie’s executive order here.
Don’t expect a solution any time in the near future. The 9-member commission will present a report to the Governor no later than December 31, 2014; a final report will be made public no later than July 31, 2015.
Gov. Christie was absolutely correct in vetoing the Legislature’s magazine-limit bill, despite Sandy Hook-parent Hugo Rojas’ protestations to the contrary. The bill was not only trivial, but it was cynical to boot since it did nothing but regurgitate the long-standing agenda of gun control advocates in New Jersey without addressing what really was at the heart of the Newtown, CT tragedy: defenseless children and teachers left at the mercy of a deranged individual who should have been locked up.
If you want to solve problems, the first key is correctly identifying them, not trotting out tired, politically correct memes that pander to sentimentality. It’s obvious that a big problem at Sandy Hook – a problem lawmakers in New Jersey ignore and perpetuate today – is defenseless schools.
Another problem is the hands-off attitude taken by local and state officials and law enforcement against mentally ill people who, like Adam Lanza, have a long, documented and scary track record of violent behavior yet are allowed to walk the streets.
Ignoring the real problems in favor of political pandering is what the Legislature did with the magazine-limit bill. Gov. Christie was right to veto it, and Mr. Rojas’ is mistaken in his criticism.
Average Americans are shutting down for the long-holiday weekend but the political class is just warming up, Save Jerseyans. Officious statements, soaring speeches, patriotic parades and memorial services are a part of the job description on the 4th of July. This is also a midterm year, in case you’ve forgotten, and we actually saw an endorsement come across the wires on a hazy, humid Independence Day Eve, a time when most campaigns are trying to bury news.
“I voted for Jeff in the Republican primary and have known and respected him for more than three decades, including his remarkable Senate race in 1978 and when he helped me develop my economic program in the 1981 campaign for Governor,” Governor Tom Kean, Sr. recalled in a Thursday afternoon statement released by Jeff Bell’s U.S. Senate campaign, recalling Bell’s legendary grassroots victory over liberal Republican Senator Clifford P. Case.
Calling a bill that would have reduced permitted ammunition magazine sized from 15 rounds to 10 “reform in name only,” Governor Chris Christie conditionally vetoed A2006 this afternoon.
In his conditional veto message, Christie said the bill follows the well worn path of empty rhetoric, political self-promotion and polarizing intolerance in the face of violent crimes committed with guns:
“Difficult choices are brushed aside in favor of empty rhetoric. Uncomfortable topics are left unexplored, while easy soundbites and videoclips are packaged for consumption. Appropriate empathy for victims, and their suffering survivors, blurs with politics and elected officials’ self-promotion to create a polarizing intolerance. We ignore the hard for the expedient, the controversial for the safely familiar, and the costly for those cheaply recycled answers that never really address the root causes.”
Christie sent the legislation back to the General Assembly as a bill that he says addresses violence by fixing critical short comings and crack in the mental healthcare system.
I pity the fool who thinks he or she is going to enjoy what’s coming out of the Christie Administration sometime in the coming weeks, Save Jerseyans. I know so because that’s what the Governor told us at last week’s Haddon Heights town hall and then again on Tuesday in Caldwell:
The coming push for additional pension and benefits reforms is one theory to explain why the Governor didn’t cut additional fat from the FY 2015 budget with his line item veto power in order to free up sufficient funds for full pension payments. He didn’t want angry furloughed/fired state workers (and their unions) to give the South Jersey Machine/North Jersey urban Democrats an excuse not to play ball? Who knows.
Both sides of the aisle have big problems with Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, Save Jerseyans, so during an under-reported exchange at last week’s town hall meeting in Haddon Heights, Governor Chris Christie told a teacher participant that he’d pitch a fresh proposal to address those concerns in 7-10 days.
The stakes are growing as the landscape darkens. New Jersey is facing extreme fiscal pressure as another budget fails to meet basic obligations without borrowing, and the Republican 2016 prospect is hoping to roll out a new pension and benefits reform package soon, too, all while presidential speculation and Bridgegate rumors keep Trenton on edge and his Administration off-balance.