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…
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.
One of the major complaints cited by Republican observers of Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign? He wasn’t very comfortable discussing his impressive track record of public philanthropy and private charity. That made it all-too-easy for Democrats to smear the successful businessman as a cold, robotic millionaire unconcerned with the plight of hard working Americans.
NJ-03′s Tom MacArthur, himself a well-heeled former executive who’s considered to have an early advantage in what is arguably New Jersey’s only seriously competitive 2014 House race, is determined to avoid that pitfall as evidenced by his first general election TV spot, “Integrity,” released on Friday:
New Jersey’s $34.1 billion FY 2015 budget stinks for a host of different reasons, Save Jerseyans, all of which we’ve discussed here at Save Jersey including a measure that ADDS new members to the imperiled public benefits system, and we’ll continue to hope that Governor Chris Christie surprises us and uses his veto pen liberally but, for now, here’s a clip of Asm. Jay Webber (R-Morris) who did a solid job of summarizing where Democrats (and his own GOP) went astray from the floor on Thursday:
A woman protests Governor Christie’s pension payment walk-back at his 6/25/14 Haddon Heights Town Hall (photo credit: Alyssa LaFage)
I thoroughly enjoyed attending my first Christie town hall in a long time on Wednesday, Save Jerseyans, though to be 100% honest with you, the pall of a budget battle palpably hung heavily over Governor Chris Christie’s 122nd such gathering hosted at an elementary school in suburban Haddon Heights.
Still, the Governor’s opening comments to the 300-ish attendees were less optimistic and upbeat than usual - the fictional Marty McFly might’s said “heavy” – and the tenor of the day’s discussion didn’t get too much more chipper from there on out despite his best attempts to mix in a little humor (and he did get some laugh lines as per usual). Also noticeably absent were any of the Governor’s situational allies in the South Jersey Democrat Machine; only Camden County Freeholder Director Louis Cappelli, Jr. was in attendance, a staunch support of police consolidated backed by the Administration, but he politely got up and left half way through the event.
No Steve Sweeney, nor Dana Redd, nor Donald Norcross (even though Heights is in his district).
A sign of the mood 45 minutes north on I-295? Christie was stoic, sober yet undeniably fatalistic about the next steps in the choreographed budget drama. “…[the Democrats] passed yesterday a whole bunch of these taxes in committee,” Christie explained, providing a little background for his audience. “I assume they are going to pass them tomorrow in the full senate and assembly.”
Hillary Clinton’s presidential polling position is actually pretty underwhelming at the moment for a heavily-favored frontrunner, Save Jerseyans, but since we don’t have a “none of the above” option in American politics, Hilldawg’s fate is contingent upon the relative strength of her GOP opponents. Or lack thereof as appears to be the case.
It’s not for lack of opportunity for an effective offensive. Her Hard Choices book tour isn’t generating the positive attention that she’d hoped to garner. From the optical periphery, the Obama Administration’s continued bungling is making it harder for her to great distance between herself and Benghazi, a scandal which her book was supposed to help diffuse.
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….
Regular Save Jersey readers are fully aware of my thoughts on the Bridgegate SCI’s value (or lack thereof), Save Jerseyans. It’s a joke, not a very funny one admittedly, and I think more people are waking up to it every day despite some folks’ torturous attempts to detect a story line worth belaboring. So why not try to laugh?
Governor Chris Christie might’ve actually enjoyed his visit to the Pittsburgh area on Friday in his capacity as RGA Chairman, Save Jerseyans, notwithstanding the hordes of liberal protesters who showed up to shadow incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett at a private fundraiser at the Omni William Penn Hotel and Primanti Bros. restaurant.