Such was the pledge made by the newly elected Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie in his inaugural address on January 13, 2010. Chris Christie is a Republican attempting to affect meaningful change in the bluest of blue states. At the time of his inauguration New Jersey residents were saddled with the highest property taxes in the nation and a $10.9 billion budget deficit. Governor Christie urged legislative leaders to "either work together to move our state forward, or to get out of the way of those who will." Thus far Chris Christie has largely lived up to his advance billing. During his first year in office he has tirelessly and courageously fought to get his state's fiscal house in order. This is a daunting task given the enormous opposition he faces from the state and municipal employee unions, the teacher unions and the entrenched Democratic establishment in New Jersey. But come hell or high water, Christie seems bound and determined to proceed with the reforms he believes are vital to the future of his state.
Governor Christie makes no bones about the draconian measures that he believes are required to straighten out the fiscal mess that he has inherited. The centerpiece of the governor's proposal is the so-called Cap 2.5, a constitutional amendment designed to cap property tax increases at 2.5% per year. Why is this necessary? Over the past ten years property taxes in New Jersey have risen by an astounding 70%! The fact of the matter is that the average taxpayer's ability to deal with such exorbitant tax hikes has simply been exhausted! Enough is enough! Furthermore, many middle and upper class families have decided that the time has come to vote with their feet and are leaving the state. In the meantime Christie is being fought tooth and nail by the teachers and other government employee unions who have had their way in this state for decades. The unions refuse to concede the severity of the crisis at hand and appear to be unwilling to participate in any meaningful way in solving the problem. But this time the unions may have met their match. Christie refuses to back down and is pressing on with his agenda to right the ship. The Governor would like to end teacher tenure, expand the number of charter schools in the state and require union members to contribute a nominal amount of their salaries (1.5%) to help pay for the generous medical benefits that they receive. Christie would also like to initiate substantial Civil Service reforms that would make it easier for department heads to get rid of incompetent or unneeded employees. It sure is nice to see a public official fighting for the taxpayers for a change!
What makes Democrats and the public employee unions exceedingly nervous is the thought that Chris Christie might actually succeed in reforming state and local government in the State of New Jersey. It would appear that he is the right man at the right time and average citizens all across America are rooting for him to show us all how it should be done. It will certainly not be easy but Chris Christie appears to have the courage, the know-how and the temperament to make it happen. In recent weeks the name Chris Christie has begun to be floated as a possible contender for the Republican Presidential nomination in 2012. Given the rather lackluster GOP field I can see why some would like him to consider the idea. But the Governor insists that he will not be a candidate and prefers instead to focus on the gargantuan task ahead of him. Chris Christie is living proof that it is possible to elect a politician who not only understands the fiscal crisis we are in, but is willing to take the heat required to do something about it. I wish him nothing but the best. Highly recommended!
Latest word from New Jersey is that the Governor is reconsidering his decision not to enter the 2012 presidential race — and he says he will let top Republican donors know within days about his plans, As far as I am concerned this would be awesome. He is the right man at the right time to stand up to this President and his corrupt administration. Christie is a man of vision and courage who is willing to do what is necessary to turn this nation around. Stay tuned!
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