Gov. Chris Christie leading New Jersey into fiscal reality (Update)

The media has not been giving Governor Chris Christie credit for the way he is forcibly reigning in spending and reducing the size of government in New Jersey. He has been doing a remarkable job given all he has to fight against from unions, entrenched interests and the overall Democrat-controlled machinery of the state.

The Hill newspaper goes into detail on his efforts:

As the United States watches a debt crisis in Greece like a fiscal oil spill, waiting to see where it will spread first and when it will make landfall on our shores, Christie is tackling the nation’s worst state deficit — $10.7 billion of a $29.3 billion budget. In doing so, Christie has become the politician so many Americans crave, one willing to lose his job. Indeed, Christie is doing something unheard of: governing as a Republican in a blue state, just as he campaigned, making good on promises, acting like his last election is behind him.

Upon taking office Christie declared a state of emergency, signing an executive order that froze spending, and then, in eight weeks, cutting $13 billion in spending. In March he presented to the Legislature his first budget, which cuts 9 percent of spending, including more than $800 million in education funding; seeks to privatize numerous government functions; projects 1,300 layoffs; and caps tax increases.

This is how government should be run. As the private economy contracts, so to must local, state and federal governments as they deal with a decreased tax revenue stream. New Jersey, like New York and California, is a special case since liberal Democrat polices have run the state into the ground for decades and decades. Christie is the first politician elected on a platform of cutting government and he even has the guts to carry it out.

Christie is adamant about lowering taxes. After taxes were raised 115 times in the last eight years, he said the wealthy are tapped out. Property taxes rose nearly 70 percent in the last decade, and studies show top earners — the 1 percent of taxpayers paying 40 percent of income tax — are fleeing the Garden State.

The goal is not just to crawl out of crisis but ultimately to lead, said Christie in his budget address. “If we make the tough decisions now, we will be one year ahead of 80 percent of the states in the race to economic growth. If we fail to act, we will fall even further behind … by going first, we can become first.”

The wealthy are tapped out and they have no reason to invest in or even stay in New Jersey. If Christie succeeds, he will revitalize the state using conservative principles of lower taxes and limited government. Every time it is tried it works brilliantly. Governor Bobby Jindal in Louisiana has done the same, cutting taxes, reducing government and his state has actually been growingduring this recession. Again, employing conservative principles of limited government and lower taxes allows the free market to create jobs and thrive.

Christie is in a unique position right now since he clearly has the leadership skills we so desperately need in a politician. I personally don’t align with him on the topics of the 2nd Amendment and abortion but I am completely on board with his fiscal policies.

He is getting attacked from all angles claiming his reforms will only hurt education and other state programs. Unfortunately he does not have the luxury of deciding whether or not to cut spending across the board, he must simply judge by how much to cut spending across the board. New Jersey will continue to be on the road to bankruptcy if it does not reduce the burden of government immediately.

I applaud Christie for his efforts and hope he continues the stamina and backbone to usher in a new age of growth in New Jersey by applying conservative principles.

Update

This was so good I had to post a follow-up to this story. Seems that the New Jersey Senate has approved a school voucher bill with Christie’s strong support, from NJ.com:

TRENTON — A Senate committee approved legislation today creating scholarships for students to attend private schools during a raucous hearing held in front of the Statehouse Annex building.

Hundreds of demonstrators, mostly students from private and charter schools, gathered to rally for the bill. Supporters said it provides students a chance to leave failing public schools, while opponents said it undermines the public school system.

The bill (S1872) could fund $24 million in scholarships for up to 4,000 children the first year. After five years, up to 20,000 children would receive $120 million in scholarships, they said. More money would be set aside for grants to public schools. The funding would come from donations by corporations who would receive tax credits equal to their contributions.

That’s fantastic… Obama is moving away from common sense programs like vouchers, something which has been abundantly successful, while Christie is moving in favor of them. The bill might not make it past the New Jersey Assembly but it sure is gaining bi-partisan traction.

Plus, see this video:

Amen to that. I’m really starting to like this guy.

  • http://none Kendale Sturdivent

    http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE64C45U20100513

    “Obama, Medvedev discuss ‘progress’ on Iran sanctions”

    I wont post the article as the link is there, but the comments at the end of the article is interesting to me.

    “The USA and Israel together with the western media are using lies and propaganda to paint Ahmadinejad as a threat in order to brainwash international public opinion and justify an attack on Iran.

    This is exactly what they did to Iraq.

    The portrayal of Ahmadinejad wanting to wipe Israel off the map is nothing but a sick propaganda campaign to demonize him in the eyes of public opinion.

    The entire world knows that it is Israel which is wiping Palestine off the map, but sadly, the so called democratic countries such as UK, USA, France, Germany etc, have kept their silence and LET the criminal leaders of Israel slaughter innocent and defenseless Palestinian women and children with inhumane weapons and get away with murder.

    Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.

    Truth is an unwelcome entity. It is disturbing. It is off limits. Those who speak it run the risk of being branded “anti-American,” “anti-Semite” or “conspiracy theorist.”

    Truth is an inconvenience for government and for the interest groups whose campaign contributions control government. The American media does not serve the truth. It serves the government and the interest groups that empower the government.”

  • http://www.youdecidepolitics.com Nate

    Pretty sick actually. That is Antisemitism at it’s finest.

    Israel is the evil one because they send in so many suicide bombers to kill women and children on buses, right? …

    What are your thoughts on that comment, Kendale? You posted it but didn’t say anything! Speak up!!!

  • http://none Kendale Sturdivent

    As far as we know Amadinejad did NOT send suicide bombers to kill anyone. As far as I know Iran is not attacking anyone.

    I believe we did use false information and propaganda to entire into a war with Iraq when we stated that Al Qaeda and the Taliban was the enemy and that there was in Afghanistan and Pakistan boarders.

    It’s true Isreal and the Palestinians are the ones waring. Why are we not sending our troops to end the waring between Isreal and Palestine?

    “Today Americans are ruled by propaganda. Americans have little regard for truth, little access to it, and little ability to recognize it.” Can’t say that this is not true. The majority of us only know what is splatter across the boob tube. We quickly rally behind messages regardless of if we know it to be fact or not. As we seemed to really want to Attack Afghanistan when TV said it was right, then Iraq when it was said to be right, and now the TV says Ahmadinehad is evil so everyone says, Ah Yea He Is!!

    I see absolutely nothing in that comment that is antisemitic. To say that Isreal does not comit acts of war is true, to say they murder palestinians is true, to say they do not enter into the Nuclear Treaties is true, to say the US has their nose up Isreals ass is true.

    So what exactly did you find wrong with it?

  • http://none Kendale Sturdivent

    “To say that Isreal does not commit acts of war is false”

  • http://www.youdecidepolitics.com Nate

    Dammit, Kendale, this post is about how awesome Chris Christie is! Why’d you thieve my joy?

    Nonetheless, I’ll play along. This is the disgusting part, it’s ripe for the picking:

    “The entire world knows that it is Israel which is wiping Palestine off the map, but sadly, the so called democratic countries such as UK, USA, France, Germany etc, have kept their silence and LET the criminal leaders of Israel slaughter innocent and defenseless Palestinian women and children with inhumane weapons and get away with murder.”

    Israel does not target innocent civilians and the leaders of Israel are not criminal.

    The author of that comment clearly buys into the anti-Zionist rhetoric and is satisfied with blaming Israel for the conflict and accusing them of committing war crimes.

    Funny, I don’t remember stories of Palestinian buses flowing with blood after an Israeli suicide bomber murdered 50 people in cold blood.

    To be certain, Israel has made mistakes of course. However, there is no evidence that they use terrorist tactics like suicide bombers.

    In the author’s opinion, Israel is eeeevil and thus, he calls their leaders “criminal.”

  • http://none Kendale Sturdivent

    We are limited to what we hear and see on the news. But I hear what you’re saying Nate.

  • landreaux

    Kendale,

    Seriously, without rancor, you’ve just got to bone up on the facts that surround the Iranian regime. Seriously!

  • http://none Kendale Sturdivent

    landreaux,

    I’d love to believe that The US and Isreal are angels and Iran is the land of the evil, but I can’t. Because I know Isreal and the US are not innocent, and Iran as a country is not evil. Perhaps there are some losers in Iran but now to the point where I say we need to wage war on Iran. Just like we in the US as a whole are not evil, but boy are there some people I wouldn’t mind Iran destroying over here in the US.