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Christie 1, Schumer 0
NY Post ^ | January 23, 2011 | Editorial

Posted on 01/23/2011 2:58:18 AM PST by Scanian

Sen. Chuck Schumer last week lit into New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for pulling the plug on that $8.7 billion trans-Hudson rail tunnel.

“A terrible, terrible decision,” Schumer told a Crain’s breakfast.

Schumer being Schumer, of course, he sees in Christie’s decision the coming of a national apocalypse — a “turning point,” he said, that historians will one day look back on as the day when we “stopped looking toward the future.”

Hyperbole, thy name is Chuck Schumer.

Fortunately, Chris Christie is not one to be intimidated, even by so formidable a presence as Chuck Schumer’s — and, even more fortunately, he can give as good as he gets.

Back when the governor called a halt to the project, he cited the fact that its cost had already swelled to $11 billion and counting — with his state on the hook for $2.7 billion, plus 50% of any cost overruns.

That would hike Jersey’s liability to more than $5 billion — money the troubled Garden State simply doesn’t have.

In response to Schumer, Christie noted the difference between a governor and a senator. “Their job is easy,” he said of lawmakers like Schumer. “They get to sit in front of microphones and bloviate. I’ve got to balance budgets.”

Asking where the money would come from, Christie added: “If [Schumer] wants to offer me $5 billion, then maybe we can have a conversation.

“Until then,” said the governor, “he should mind his manners on the other side of the Hudson River.”

Ouch — but point very well taken.

Senators — especially Democratic senators — love to go on about huge projects and the jobs they’d create.

But when it comes to explaining how to pay for them, they grow silent.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: New Jersey; US: New York
KEYWORDS: senators; spending; tunnel; turningpoint

1 posted on 01/23/2011 2:58:25 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Fix your link, please!


2 posted on 01/23/2011 3:11:38 AM PST by Ronin ("Dismantle the TSA and send the screeners back to Wal-Mart.")
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To: Ronin

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/editorials/christie_schumer_AGMSC5YUe8Oqdy3Q28U7UP


3 posted on 01/23/2011 3:14:44 AM PST by Scanian
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To: Scanian

So Christie is saying it’s ok if the feds (schumer) give NJ the $5 billion for the project then he will talk. Pork is pork no matter who pays for it but since this is something that benefits both states it shouldn’t come out of my pocket. Everytime the big boy keeps yapping it’s exposed that he is no conservative.


4 posted on 01/23/2011 3:38:39 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Boy, that went right over your head, didn’t it?


5 posted on 01/23/2011 3:42:02 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: McGavin999
Boy, that went right over your head, didn’t it?

Much better than I would have said it.

6 posted on 01/23/2011 4:06:30 AM PST by Pusterfuss (Psalm 109:8)
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To: McGavin999

No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state. The fact this could be either Schumer’s personal money or the feds, you can read it either way since he has elluded to the latter previously, is a moot point. Big boy wants someone else to pay for it and so long as it’s not his state he doesn’t care.


7 posted on 01/23/2011 4:07:47 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: McGavin999

No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state. The fact this could be either Schumer’s personal money or the feds, you can read it either way since he has elluded to the latter previously, is a moot point. Big boy wants someone else to pay for it and so long as it’s not his state he doesn’t care.


8 posted on 01/23/2011 4:07:52 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: McGavin999

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/nj_gov_christie_to_cancel_huds.html


9 posted on 01/23/2011 4:10:00 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Pusterfuss

http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/10/nj_gov_christie_to_cancel_huds.html


10 posted on 01/23/2011 4:10:48 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

So what? Geeze, you’re stuck in a hole. You have absolutely no sense of humor, things fly right over your head, are you sure you are on the right board?


11 posted on 01/23/2011 4:28:01 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

So what? Geeze, you’re stuck in a hole. You have absolutely no sense of humor, things fly right over your head, are you sure you are on the right board?


12 posted on 01/23/2011 4:28:07 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: Scanian

Christie 1, Schumer 0

Slam dunk


13 posted on 01/23/2011 4:54:28 AM PST by samtheman
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To: Scanian

I lived in Mass. for 12 Years.
Doesn’t anyone remember BOSTON’S BIG DIG Fiasco.
Big fat Ted the swimmer was behind it.
It’s still going, Never finished.


14 posted on 01/23/2011 5:03:19 AM PST by chatham
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To: Abbeville Conservative
No because he has made comments in the past about getting federal money for the project rather than state.

Duh. Christie is not responsible for the federal budget, so if they want to give him money for this project, he will accept it.

Christie is looking out for New Jersey's interests.

15 posted on 01/23/2011 5:11:17 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: McGavin999

Chrisitie is a RINO. He talks a good game but then supports guys like Castle. You’re the one stuck in a hole.


16 posted on 01/23/2011 5:22:57 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

So I’m supposed to subsidize his fat ass and the people of NJ. I don’t think so.


17 posted on 01/23/2011 5:24:38 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: chatham

The big dig was a boondoggle that this entire nation helped subsidize. If Chrisite was a real conservative he would say no federal or state money that comes out of the American tax payer’s walllets is going to pay for another one of these messes. Of course he says if the feds kick in more money he would consider it.


18 posted on 01/23/2011 5:27:26 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

What does that have to do with putting Schumer in his place? The guy is accomplishing great things, just because he doesn’t share what you think is important doesn’t mean he isn’t doing a great job. Grow up.


19 posted on 01/23/2011 5:28:28 AM PST by McGavin999 ("I was there when we had the numbers, but didn't have the principles"-Jim DeMint)
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To: McGavin999

What great things?


20 posted on 01/23/2011 5:29:41 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: McGavin999

You must mean things like this.

http://conservativenewjersey.com/gov-christies-new-jersey-snow-globe


21 posted on 01/23/2011 5:33:29 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
So I’m supposed to subsidize his fat ass and the people of NJ. I don’t think so.

Stop with the stupid weight comments. Second, subsidies are the responsibility of congress, not the governor.

If you don't want to pay for it, ensure your congressman votes properly.

Christie is doing his constitutional duty by looking out for his state's budget. Looking out for the federal budget is not within his authority.

I don't think Christie is a total conservative, but he is governing in a fiscally conservative manner that you cannot deny.

22 posted on 01/23/2011 5:44:21 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

Hey Chrisite likes to throw his weight behind RINOs and attack true conservatives. I’ll say anything about him that I please.


23 posted on 01/23/2011 5:51:18 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Hey Chrisite likes to throw his weight behind RINOs and attack true conservatives. I’ll say anything about him that I please.

Yes, you have every right to be an obnoxious conservative.

24 posted on 01/23/2011 5:53:11 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Scanian
“They get to sit in front of microphones and bloviate. I’ve got to balance budgets.”

I would have paid good money to see that smarmy SOB Schumer face when he heard that

25 posted on 01/23/2011 5:54:06 AM PST by Popman (Obama. First Marxist to turn a five year Marxist plan into a 4 year administration.)
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To: Scanian
Meanwhile....

The plight of upstate Legislators must make a priority of removing roadblocks to growth

26 posted on 01/23/2011 5:57:59 AM PST by mewzilla (Hey, Schumer, your Lockerbie report left quite a bit out.)
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To: Scanian

New York wants it’s own big dig, let them finance it themselves.


27 posted on 01/23/2011 6:22:07 AM PST by Carley (IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FACTS IN THE LEFT'S QUEST FOR POWER)
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To: Erik Latranyi

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO MONEY. IT’S OUR MONEY, TAXPAYER DOLLARS.


28 posted on 01/23/2011 6:23:57 AM PST by Carley (IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FACTS IN THE LEFT'S QUEST FOR POWER)
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To: Carley

Thank you!! And some of these people call themselves conservatives and suggest we are on the wrong board.


29 posted on 01/23/2011 6:26:39 AM PST by Abbeville Conservative (Sarah Palin, the only cure for the RINO virus.)
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To: Carley
THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS NO MONEY. IT’S OUR MONEY, TAXPAYER DOLLARS.

And those responsible for prudent use of our money at the federal level is our congressmen, not our governors.

Civics 101

30 posted on 01/23/2011 6:32:05 AM PST by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Scanian

I know Christie might not be conservative “enough” - but hot dam#! I love this guy! LOL.


31 posted on 01/23/2011 6:35:44 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Abbeville Conservative

What is also at work here is a tingly feeling for Christie, no matter what he does or says.


32 posted on 01/23/2011 6:36:04 AM PST by Carley (IDEOLOGY TRUMPS FACTS IN THE LEFT'S QUEST FOR POWER)
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To: chatham

plus it killed a woman didn’t it?

Not Teddy (I mean - he did too)

But didn’t part of the “new” construction collapse on some poor lady?


33 posted on 01/23/2011 6:39:19 AM PST by Scotswife
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To: Ronin
Fix your link, please!

Hey, Shumer got bitch slapped. It belongs in the girls' soccer section. Besides, I found out that Archbishop Molloy now admits girls. I guess after West Point fell, the Stanners were next.

34 posted on 01/23/2011 6:45:02 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

“So Christie is saying it’s ok if the feds (schumer) give NJ the $5 billion for the project then he will talk...”

He didn’t say what side he would take (but I agree he might just take the pork side). In any case, if the feds came here to Texas and offered us something like $5B to build a Hoover Dam type project (i.e., a very expensive project that once completed pays for itself in 10 years, and then pays dividends for eternity) - I’d talk about it too.

...of course something like that would be TOTALLY against Democrat principles these days.


35 posted on 01/23/2011 7:04:32 AM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Scotswife

Yes it did. And true to form, the company that installed it was held liable even though they kept telling the idiots that spec’ed the job that they are using the wrong stuff. The State and Brecktl knew better. The big PIG, as it’s commonly referred to, was a great idea on paper, but in reality a financial disaster. I’m paying for it though I very rarely use it. Christie is playing it right. (BTW, it still leaks!)

H


36 posted on 01/23/2011 7:10:35 AM PST by Howindependent (A Liberal has no concept of reality.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Don’s sweat it, you have EVERY RIGHT to point out the semi-hypocrisy on Christie taking the pork if it meets his terms (semi because he did say which side he would then come down on). It was a clever observation that most people would miss. The new governor of Wisconsin has been given the same temptation (for a new train) and told the feds to shove it...even though the feds would pay for practically all of it.

It is an important distinction in styles - and people do need to understand Christie, especially when some people (albeit less, lately, thanks to some of his moves) call for him to run for prez.


37 posted on 01/23/2011 7:13:09 AM PST by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts)
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To: Abbeville Conservative
Christie may have some RINO tendencies that make him suspect, and he's done some things I don't agree with, but I'll give him this--he doesn't take any cr@p from the people across the aisle. He's tough and fiscally responsible--so far.

I wouldn't vote for him for national office, but he's a breath of fresh air here in Nazi Jersey.
38 posted on 01/23/2011 7:17:00 AM PST by Antoninus (Fair warning: If Romney's the GOP nominee in 2012, I'm looking for a new party.)
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To: Abbeville Conservative

Gov. Chris Christie never ran as a conservative, and never said he was a conservative. That said, I don’t think he is a conservative except when it comes to fiscal policy ONLY. In that, he definitely has his head screwed on right. I only hope Jerry Brown has been taking notes from Christie on how to deal with recalcitrant public employee and teacher unions.


39 posted on 01/23/2011 12:28:55 PM PST by jjr153 (Never Forget 9/11)
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To: Scotswife

I think the concrete ceiling of a tunnel fell on the woman’s car, and it Killed her. It weighed about 6 tons and was held up by concrete inserts which were put in the wrong way. Never load up that much weight with epoxy glue ?????


40 posted on 01/24/2011 6:38:46 AM PST by chatham
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