Skip to comments.Chris Christie's Advice to GOP Governors Brings Down the House
Posted on 11/25/2010 7:51:23 PM PST by iowamark
SAN DIEGO -- When at least four possible presidential contenders Govs. Haley Barbour, Bobby Jindal, Tim Pawlenty and Mitch Daniels -- shared a stage at the Republican Governors Association conference Thursday morning, along with Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie, who do you think was the standout?
Yes, Barbour's every word is quotable, Daniels has sewn up the David Brooks primary, and no one can say that Pawlenty doesn't present well. But if you read Politics Daily's Jill Lawrence, you might not be surprised to learn that it was Christie who got the most applause and laughs from the crowd.
What new governors can't understand, he said, is that "I don't care if you had a Democrat or a Republican before you,'' you will still be up against the same "it's never been done that way'' mindset. He told governors-elect that their own political advisers will tell them, "Let's not kick anybody you shouldn't kick and you'll be fine; let's incrementalize, kick them a little and cuddle up to them at other times.'' Which is fine, he said, if you want voters to "fog over" when you speak, throw down the newspaper when they read about you, and vote against you the next time.
Speaking about his own fight against the teachers unions, he said he likes teachers, too, "but I can't stand their union.'' Freezing teacher salaries for a year and asking teachers to pay 1.5 percent of their salary for health benefits was characterized as such an historic assault on schools that even his own first-grader, Bridget, was hurt as a result. Really? Sure, he said, and told a story about her supposedly coming home with her first report card and complaining that OF COURSE her marks were poor. "I can't concentrate, I can't study,'' with a teacher whose pay has been frozen. "Dad, stop the madness!"
In answer to the huge laughter and applause from the crowd, he said, "You laugh, but that's the crap I have to listen to in New Jersey.''
Spend your political capital while you have it, he advised those just elected, because if you stow it in a drawer for some time when you need it, you'll open that drawer some day and find that is has dissipated.
Christie and Susana Martinez of New Mexico were chosen as at-large members of the RGA's leadership team headed by incoming chair Rick Perry. Outgoing chairman Haley Barbour will remain on the team in the newly created role of policy chairman. Jindal will serve as gala chairman and Nikki Haley as recruitment chairwoman.
As for advice new governors got from others on the stage? Barbour told them to "do what you said you were gonna do. Anybody that thinks there's one department in your state that can't save money doesn't know what the hell they're talking about."
Pawlenty said "every day there are threats to our freedom in the form of school board" and other governmental decisions. Taking one of several shots at the press, he said that when Republicans so much as mention the word freedom "some of our friends who are cynical in the media snicker at that.''
Daniels, who moderator Bill Bennett introduced as "the man on the motorcycle,'' (Daniels rides a Harley) was in both dress and posture the most relaxed guy on the stage. In a baggy blue sweater over a T-shirt, he leaned way back in his chair and told new governors, "You're going to have a field day, especially if you follow a Democrat'' because there will be so much fat to trim from state budgets. "Low-hanging fruit,'' he called it. "It's what our military friends call a target-rich environment.''
Interestingly, a main theme of today's discussion was that this is a moment when the American public is prepared and willing to make sacrifices; that's an argument that many of Obama's fellow Democrats thought he should have made more explicitly. McDonnell said this is a unique moment "in American history when people are willing to put up with more cuts. People manage resources better if you give them less of it.''
Later in the day, at a panel discussion modestly called "Saving America,'' Newt Gingrich gave the only formal address of the conference, a 12-point plan delivered from a podium. In it, he said people receiving unemployment compensation should be required to go through a training course because "paying people to do nothing for 99 weeks is as wrong in unemployment compensation as it was in welfare.''
Another of his proposals is that every public school student be required to "reassert American exceptionalism" by studying the Declaration of Independence every year. "The time has come to reassert that we are Americans, and America is a learned civilization,'' he said, pronouncing learned as a one- rather than two-syllable word.
Love Christie... he really takes no prisoners. That’s why the Democrats and the unions back home can’t stand him.
Yup, it’s got a use by date, or chuck it.
And he’s used it. NJ is still a long way from getting back in the shape. The irony is a Clydesdale guy has gotta do it!
“...The irony is a Clydesdale guy has gotta do it!”
Good one. Thanks for the chuckle.
Sometimes you need to throw your weight around!
Really, I think Jindal should have turned down the gala chairman gig.
Really, I think Jindal should have turned down the gala chairman gig.
I saw Christie speak at a little pre-election day rally for Anna Little. It was pretty much a 100% tea party crowd. Many, many of those people did not vote for Christie in the primary and some still consider him, if not a RINO, insufficiently conservative. And of course he’s aware of this.
Nevertheless, he spoke to that crowd PERFECTLY. It was the second best presentation I’ve ever seen. (The best was a presentation by a salesman who basically has a miraculous gift from God. That guy could literally sell ice to Eskimos.)
I really had the impression that Christie could go out and speak to all different types of people and make his message compelling to them. I felt like he was speaking TO ME. He really has a tremendous talent.
I came home and told hubby, now I see why people say he could run for president. I’m sure he’d make Obama seem like the empty headed, empty suit that he is.
But I don’t want Christie to run for president, not yet and certainly not until the border is sealed like a drum, because he is weak on illegal immigration. But I really want him to stay here in NJ and keep working on the million problems we have here. And also help build up the party here. I think he can be a good bridge between the tea partiers and the country club set.
DON’T RUN CHRIS DON’T RUN!
What the hell is meant by this? This sounds like a damn democrat talking. If you give them less of it? WTF?
There is a video of Christie getting a bunch of sh*t from a school teacher that he cut education spending.
Christie explains that the former Guv spent a “one-time-good-deal” $1 billion from the Feds in the election year on eucation [and the Guv STILL lost] - instead of saving it for a rainy day.
So, when Chrisite came in, he was already $1 billion down on education from the year before. He found $250 million, so he closed the gap to $750 million, but figured that he had to freeze teacher pay and have them contribute 1.5% of their salary to their healthcare. This would have solved the problem.
But, when he asked the teacher’s union to support this, they balked. So, he had no choice but to make cuts in personnel and services ...
He shot down that teacher who gave him sh*t but good ...
“Really, I think Jindal should have turned down the gala chairman gig.”
Why, the Indian community in La is already embarrassed by him.
"The time has come to reassert that we are Americans, and America is a learned civilization,'' he said, pronouncing learned as a one- rather than two-syllable word.
How else should he have pronounced it?
I think he’s talking about government bennies
The classic way is “learn-ed”
I think he means that govt agencies manage resources better when faced with limited budgets. When their appropriations grow year after year (as is typical), they think nothing of wasting taxpayer money.
McDonnell came into office and promptly dealt with a multi-billion dollar deficit. I remember reading his list of cuts: six pages, single spaced. Warmed the cockles of my jaded heart.
Got it. That’s better now that I see it in context. I’m so suspicious when I see statements like that I fly off the handle. I over reacted (obviously).
I think one-syllable would be in the sense of ‘acquired’; two would be ‘educated’.
Who invited this Establishment has-been? Hasn't he been part of the problem?
Necessity is the mother of invention.
If you don’t have the money to spend, you have to find another way to get what you need to get done. It might mean learning how to do it yourself.
The end result is that even though it was a harder road, you learned something along the way that makes you better prepared in the future.