By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Get your palm fronds ready for waiving, Save Jerseyans:
Honored to welcome Pres. Barack Obama to Camden next Monday, where he will visit our community and officers.
— Camden County Police (@CamdenCountyPD) May 14, 2015
Details are still forthcoming, but President Obama is reportedly planning to celebrate the Camden County Police Department project that resulted from a controversial partnership between Governor Chris Christie and his frenemies among the South Jersey Democrats back during the 2013 cycle. A very different time in New Jersey politics!
Now? It puts the Governor in awkward spot. He wants to embrace something he considers a big success – even a national model for other police departments – but he can’t exactly risk another “hug” at a time when he’s trying to win the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
If N.J. Republicans not named Chris Christie, running in 2015, want to advance the conversation and grab some good headlines?
They’d take advantage of the President’s weak numbers in blue Jersey, hold a press conference in front of an abandoned warehouse and highlight how urban centers like Camden (and residents in every other part of the state that pay for Camden’s failures) are products of the liberal policies championed/implemented by the incumbent.
They can start by asking the question that I asked in light of recent events in Baltimore and Ferguson: how many more kids do we need to lose before liberals admit that they’re wrong?
Better policing is nice (if that’s indeed what that is), but until we fix the root problems vexing our cities (e.g. President Obama’s hypocritical opposition to school choice), then we’re basically just sticking a big old band aid on a wound that’ll never, ever heal. Policing decline, if we’re being honest.
And it’s an expensive band aid. So with what we’re paying for all of this failure? In the midst of the most sluggish “recovery” in modern American history? Yet despite all the waste, thousands of Sandy-affected residents are still homeless after an inept, feckless federal response? It’s a message I’m willing to bet at least some persuadable voters are ready to hear. It’s a place to start for Republicans, and it could help motivate the right voters in a low turnout cycle.
We’ll be watching…