By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
Two of Chris Christie‘s chief antagonists – Senators Ray Lesniak and Loretta Weinberg – have hatched a new plan to trip up the campaigning Republican governor, Save Jerseyans: legislation to force him to resign.
Okay: whatever merits the bill might have are hardly worth discussing. It’d never be signed, and they’d never find the votes for an override vote. This is more carnival-level politics (remember: Loretta tried to ban his interstate, a First Amendment right, back in 2011 long before any presidential politicking was formally underway). Because we don’t have anything more pressing to worry about, right?
Let’s take a moment to ponder another facet of this latest inside baseball pissing contest; specifically, the fact that Governor Christie, love him or loathe him, has accomplished more by barely being here than Lesniak, Weinberg and all their kooky friends have managed over the course of decades. He’s held the line in some areas (the “Christie Pause“) and gotten a few reforms, albeit statutory and therefore temporary, past a legislature controlled by the other party (e.g. the property tax cap, early pension reforms). If anything, it’s the Democrats who should be embarrassed. He did 1000x more good than they have in a fraction of the time.
New Jersey’s legislature meets much more frequently than most states experiencing relatively robust economic growth at the moment. There’s definitely a correlation to be found there. When it comes to legislating, quantity most certainly is not preferable to quality. Were that not the case, then the pension system and our state’s fiscal condition wouldn’t have already been on life support before Chris Christie beat Jon Corzine in 2009. Every governor since Tom Kean Sr. has sucked. Big time. And their legislatures were similarly sucky.
Lord knows I have my problems with this Governor, but those who now complain the loudest about Governor Christie’s absences have, humorously enough, been around screwing things up the longest. Weinberg has been in Trenton since 1992. Lesniak? Who’s so tough he blocked Save Jersey on Twitter for calling him out? Since 1978. Six years before your Blogger-in-Chief was born.
In just the eight years before Chris Christie took office in January 2010, these Democrats voted to raise taxes 115 times despite the fact that EVERY reliable piece of data tells us that higher taxes depress long-term revenues by (1) discouraging economic activity and (2) encouraging out-of-state relocations.
THESE are the people who broke the pension system, folks. And everything else, for that matter. And all of their contradictory “solutions” are geared towards winning the next election, not stopping the bleeding to save the patient.
Now they’ve got the balls to claim Chris Christie’s time in New Hampshire is the proximate cause of that which ails us? Seriously?
Judging by the historical record, Save Jerseyans, New Jersey taxpayers’ best bet would be legislation requiring Weinberg, Lesniak and their ilk to spend more time in New Hampshire. We’re safer when they’re somewhere else.