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A Garden State message to President Obama

July 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Seen in south Jersey:

Clearly not indicative of the rest of the state to be sure.  But we never would have seen this in the Hope ‘N Change days of 2008.

Governor Christie propses pulling Jersey out of onerous cap and trade program

May 26, 2011 Leave a comment

The governor is proposing pulling out of the voluntary RGGI program, which is a voluntary state cap-and-trade program.

Good riddance.  The program is quickly becoming a cess pool of political corruption (surprise!), meanwhile our state has seen New Jersey companies pick up and leave because of higher energy costs due to the program, among other concerns.

Wasn’t cap-and-trade supposed to be good for businesses?

Illinois at the fiscal precipice

January 3, 2011 Leave a comment

You can add the Land of Lincoln to the list of states that are in dire straits:

Illinois lawmakers will try this week to accomplish in a few days what they have been unable to do in the past two years — resolve the state’s worst financial crisis.

The legislative session that began today as the House convened will take aim at a budget deficit of at least $13 billion, including a backlog of more than $6 billion in unpaid bills and almost $4 billion in missed payments to underfunded state pensions.

The fiscal mess is largely of the lawmakers’ own making, and failure to address the shortages threatens public schools, local governments and other public services, said Dan Hynes, the state’s outgoing comptroller.

“We’ve reached a very critical and concerning point,” Hynes said in an interview in his Chicago office, with packing boxes stacked in the corner. “What’s missing right now is a general understanding by the public of where we are, of how bad it is, and what the fallout would be if we don’t deal with it properly.”

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Bill Gross, who runs the world’s biggest bond fund at Pacific Investment Management Co. in Newport Beach, California, said Illinois was one of the states whose debt he would avoid.

“Illinois is probably in the worst shape,” Gross said in a Dec. 28 interview on CNBC.

The widening gap between Illinois’s expenses and revenue drew criticism from Moody’s. The disparity underscored the state’s “chronic unwillingness to confront a long-term, structural budget deficit,” it said in a Dec. 29 study.

Here in New Jersey, Governor Christie has spent the better part of a year tackling our fiscal problems head on, and not by skirting around the edges of the problem, but engaging them head on.  For that he has ticked off the right people  drawn the ire of the national media, left-leaning bloggers and pundits, and quite frankly, people who don’t know any better. 

He has directly and intentionally taken on the public-sector unions that at this point are nothing more than parasites on the financial well-being of our state.  And even then, it might not be enough to turn us around from the mess that 12+ years of Democratic “fiscal” policy have left the Garden State.

Looks like Illinois needs their own Chris Christie.  And from the looks of things, I won’t hold my breath.

Christmas with Governor Christie

December 13, 2010 Leave a comment

Governor Christie, with help from the Boston Pops, reads ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

WP doesn’t allow embedding of this video format, so click-through the link and enjoy.

New Jersey has true leadership

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Governor Christie has announced that 1,200 public jobs will be trimmed from the state payroll before the end of the year.

More importantly, the Christie administration is making the case for businesses and private sector growth in the state, something that has been trailing off over the last decade or so:

Christie cited a new report out by the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, which predicted New Jersey’s economy will grow by more than 4 percent in the next six months, a projection based on increased building permits and a drop in new unemployment claims.

Christie said reduced government expenses have prompted businesses to begin thinking about expanding again in New Jersey, and that will grow the state’s economy.

The governor also noted that many municipalities are struggling to put together budgets for the next year, and he said reducing public employee costs were a key to controlling property taxes and helping the private sector.

Restraining the cost of salaries, restraining the cost of benefits, is one way of doing that; layoffs are another way,” Christie said. “Government is too big in New Jersey. You’ve seen that in the time we’ve been in office, a 4.6 percent reduction in government jobs, and there may have to be more.”

Part of the reason that liberals and Democrats across the country loathe Governor Christie is because he’s not waiting around, genuflecting before President Obama, begging the Federal government for some lame stimulus package.  He’s being proactive about the problems that are facing us here in New Jersey, and makes no apologies for that.

Suffice it to say that the actions he’s taking would never have happened under the Corzine regime.

Election Day Eve in NJ-6

November 1, 2010 1 comment

It’s still an uphill battle for Anna Little, going up against 11 term congressman Frank Pallone, but the race has received some increased media attention over the past few weeks, and polls are showing a tightening race.

Republicans are headed for a huge victory tomorrow with gains all over the map. That makes seemingly impossible races like NJ-6 within reach.  At a rally a few weeks ago, Governor Christie said that it would be a shame if we wake up on November 3rd to see candidates like Anna Little miss out by a few points, just because voters felt as if they had no choice or no chance.

This past Saturday, I was at a Halloween/birthday party and I was talking with a fellow district resident.  We started talking politics and she asked what I knew about Anna Little, and she had only heard about her over the past few weeks.   When our conversation was over, I asked her to relay my words of wisdom to others who had decided to sit the election out.   Who knows what will come of that, but the point is every little bit will help.

Anna Little will be appearing with Governor Christie tonight for a last GOTV rally in Middletown NJ at Bachstadt’s Tavern, 8 Bray Avenue, from 7-9 PM.  Make it out there if you can, bring people who might be interested or see what you can do to help in the last few hours before election day.

If you think we’ve done enough, think again.  There’s always more to be done.

Anna Little For Congress

NJ-6: Monmouth University poll shows Pallone losing ground to Little

October 26, 2010 Leave a comment

Several weeks ago, RCP moved this race from Safe Dem to Lean Dem. 

Earlier today, Jim Geraghty wrote that Charlie Cook has now moved New Jersey’s 6th CD to Likely Dem as well.

Today, the Asbury Park Press and the Star Ledger are both reporting that the latest Monmouth University poll shows Anna Little gaining ground, narrowing Frank Pallone’s lead from twelve to seven points.  The APP writes:

In the Monmouth County portion of the district, Little leads Pallone 52 to 45 percent. Three weeks ago, Pallone led Little by 49 to 47 percent. Pallone continues to hold a sizable 58 to 37 percent lead in the other parts of the district, including urban strongholds in Middlesex and Union counties.

 Pallone’s job performance approval rating among likely voters is 45 percent, virtually the same as three weeks ago, when it was 46 percent. His job performance disapproval rating has gone up from 36 to 46 percent, however.

 More voters are now aware of Little: only 31 percent said they have no opinion of her, down from 45 percent three weeks ago.

Last week I wrote:

[…] worth noting is that 45% of respondents said they had “no opinion” of Anna Little.  In other words, voters in the district really don’t know much about her.  Voters here feel they don’t really have much of a choice, that it’s just automatic for Pallone to win.  That’s not good for democracy.  […]

Turnout will be key to turn this district red, plain and simple.  With a 12 point deficit and two weeks left, the campaign will certainly have its work cut out for it.  It will be difficult, but not impossible. 

This is what happens when voters begin to realize that they have a choice, and they have the power to break the vise grip of lethargic incumbency.  This is what GOTV efforts are all about.  In a matter of weeks, support at the grassroots level in the Little campaign has taken a virtually unknown candidate to within striking distance of a 22-year incumbent Democrat, comfortable in his blue district.

Speaking as a Mets fan, all I can say is: you gotta believe!

UPDATE.  It appears that the sample used in the Monmouth University poll might be skewing what’s really going on in NJ-6:

The poll […] could underestimate Little’s performance. The Monmouth University poll’s sample was 40 percent Democrats, 22 percent Republicans and 38 percent Independents. […]

In 2006 the Republican sample was 28 percent (a depressed year for Republicans nation wide, but especially dower in the North East) and the independent Sample was 31 percent. In 2008 the Republican sample was 33 percent and the independent sample was 38 percent.

It is fairly dubious assertion that this year will yield fewer Republicans at the polls than even 2006. It is even more suspicious that 38 percent of the Monmouth University poll’s sample is 38 percent; this independent sample outperforms their best year by 7 points. For a particularly good Republican year, when both the GOP and Democratic bases were engaged, 2004 is a decent place to start.
 
If you adjust the sample of 647 likely voters (257 Democrats, 141 Republican and 249 Independents) to reflect the exit polls from 2004, (253 Democrats, 201 Republicans and 194 Independents) then the race becomes 51 to 49 percent for Pallone. This is a minor adjustment from Monmouth University’s findings for Pallone but a major boost for Little. It also puts this race within the margin of error for most pollsters.
 
Stay tuned…