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Governor Christie keeps pounding away

Here in Jersey, the budget battle between the governor and the angry and bitter NJEA is taking up all of the local media coverage–local radio, newspapers, etc. 

As I’ve noted before, conservatives across the country should be taking notes from what’s going on here.  Specifically, that the governor is taking no crap from the special interests that are used to having a governor who caters to their needs instead of the needs of hard-working, tax-paying Jersey families.

The WSJ ran a piece this morning which I hope will help this story get some traction in the national media:

…[I]t’s been a long time since anyone in New Jersey has been serious about the budget. This year, gross mismanagement and accumulated fictions have left state taxpayers a $10.7 billion gap on a total state budget of $29.3 billion. Mr. Christie’s answer is simple: “a smaller government that lives within its means.”

However quaint that may sound, when you have to cut nearly $11 billion in state spending to get there, you are going to get a lot of yelling and screaming. Most comes from the New Jersey Education Association, hollering that “the children” will be hurt by Mr. Christie’s proposals for teachers to accept a one-year wage freeze and begin contributing something toward their health plans. What makes the battle interesting is the way Mr. Christie is throwing the old chestnuts back at his critics.

Yes he has.  Read the whole thing. 

Earlier today, Christie made the rounds of the talk shows, and kept pounding away.  I was able to see the interview with CNBC which aired this morning, and it’s well worth a listen:

Part 2:

It’s no surprise to see Kernan and Quick trying to trap Christie with their political partisanship.  Here you have the governor of a state, trying to make the hard choices necessary to turn it around from a decade of ruinous Democratic administrations, and they respond with “but…but Obama is president now….and things will turn around…aren’t you worried about how that will contrast with your bitterness?!?”   The look on Christie’s face is priceless. 

Here’s to Governor Christie for being brave enough to stand up to the special interests and hoping he has the tenacity to keep at it.

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