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Chris Christie Privatizes Public Broadcasting in New Jersey
Verum Serum ^ | June 8, 2011 | John Sexton

Posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:51 AM PDT by SumProVita

"...Christie said. “It also meets our goal of making sure government is out of the broadcasting business. In my view that should have ended with the Soviet Union. It’s ending here in New Jersey a little later than the fall of the wall in Berlin, but we’re getting there."

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I certainly hope this example is followed by other states.
1 posted on 06/09/2011 7:40:56 AM PDT by SumProVita
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To: SumProVita

Wow! What a concept! Love it.


2 posted on 06/09/2011 7:45:54 AM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: SumProVita

I think what happened was that public broadcasting interests in NY and PA picked up the stations.

http://www.radio-info.com/news/new-yorks-wnyc-and-phillys-whyy-will-split-up-the-nine-njn-fm-stations

New York’s WNYC and Philly’s WHYY will split up the nine NJN FM stations


>>WNYC Non-commercial WNYC-AM/FM (820/93.9) announced Monday that it will buy four of the nine New Jersey Network public radio stations offered for sale by Governor Chris Christie. WNYC will purchase WNJY-FM (89.3) in Netcong, WNJP-FM (88.5) in Sussex, Trenton’s WNJT-FM (88.1) and WNJO-FM (90.3) in Toms River. The four stations cover Northern and Northwestern New Jersey, the state capital, and heavily populated Monmouth and Ocean County. Christie says that New York Public Radio will “create a new public radio station focused on New Jersey news, and with a bureau in the Garden State.” The AP reports that WNYC will pay about $2.8 million in cash and in-kind contributions.

>>Philadelphia-based radio/TV pubcaster WHYY will take the other five licenses, located in Southern New Jersey and near Philadelphia. Those are WNJS, Berlin (88.1), WNJB, Bridgeton (89.3), WNJN, Atlantic City (89.7), WNJZ, Cape May (90.3) and WNJM, Manahawkin (89.9). The AP says WHYY is committing $1.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions.


3 posted on 06/09/2011 7:46:41 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: SumProVita

Bravo...... He is following my advice.

bert has pontificated for at least ten years that NPR/PBS are not the problem. The States own most if not all of the public stations and the governors can end the propaganda by merely taking over the operation and firing all the staff. It is simple as ordering...... “cease broadcasting NPR feeds on our state public stations.”

It as easy as that.


4 posted on 06/09/2011 7:46:50 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: SumProVita

Good, sensible move by Governor Christie. May the feds soon follow his lead and dump funding for NPR/PBS.


5 posted on 06/09/2011 7:48:23 AM PDT by Jim Scott
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To: raccoonradio

...not sure but isn’t or wasn’t WNYC owned by the city of New York?


6 posted on 06/09/2011 7:48:37 AM PDT by raccoonradio (..)
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To: SumProVita

Yeah, but he’s a fat, obnoxious RINO /s


7 posted on 06/09/2011 7:50:58 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: SumProVita
Let's not be fooled by this RINO. If he thinks he is going to run, he had to start doing tangible things to show the "He Is One Of Us". Where has this dude been this whole time? Out there giving speeches for his You Tube account and doing Progressive things. Don't trust this guy.


8 posted on 06/09/2011 7:57:06 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Huck

Chris Christie IS a RINO.

Even a broken clock......etc.

He’s a fiscal conservative - to a degree, and a social lib.

The GOP establishment is looking to him as a successor to Romney if Romney falters. They DON’T want a conservative to run against Obama.

Christie:

1) Is on record stting that illegal aliens are NOT breaking a Federal Law by being here

2) Waited TWO YEARS to pull New Jersey out of REGGIE

3) Said the Mosque at Ground Zero is a “local affair”.

4) Appointed a Muslim Immigration Attorney with no judicial experience to the Superior Court of Passaic County, New Jersey

5) Appointed an anti-gun DEMOCRAT as the State Attorney General

6) Approved of the firing of a New Jersey Transit Worker who burned a Koran ON HIS OWN TIME to protest the Mosque at ground zero, saying the burning was a “disgusting” act.

7) REFUSES to join in on the State Suit against Obamacare

8) Campaigned for Castel in Delaware

9) Was the ONLY Governor to attend a dinner in Washington with the “President” of Communist China at Obama’s request.

In New Jersey, Christie is the BEST we can hope for.

In AMERICA there are a LOT MORE BETTER CHOICES for President.


9 posted on 06/09/2011 8:00:08 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: SumProVita
From someone named Paul in the "comments" section below the article/video...

“PRIVATIZES”? Read the fine print.

The first clue that you don’t understand what you’re writing about was quoted by you, yourself. Read: “this new partnership”.

Now, if the government were selling the assets, there’d be no basis to call it a “new partnership”, just like when you buy a used car or house you don’t form a partnership with the seller. Of course, the seller might place conditions on the sale, but that’s not a partnership. And if the government isn’t selling the assets and letting the new owners manage them as they see fit to do so, then why call it “privatizes”?

Here’s another clue, this time from the third paragraph of the article: “New Jersey will still hold the broadcasting licenses and will have an option after five years TO RENEW THE DEAL.”

“To renew the deal”?? If it were a privatization, the government would no longer have any such right. After all, the public broadcaster, so called, would be private, see?

There is yet another clue that Christie is a run-of-the-mill b.s. artist. At about 0:43 he said that “…and can be perceived as truly independent from state government.” He was referring to changes that accommodate the “need to have robust New Jersey public broadcasting”.

So now Christie is fixing and rigging commerce. The caricature would be rounded out still further if he claimed to be advancing the Reagan revolution.

Now, it should take no imagination to suspect that the managers will run their public-private business less carefully than they could, as if they could one day go to government for a bailout. So, for a time, they will be inclined to pay themselves higher salaries, among other perks, than the economic situation would warrant if they were “truly independent”. In effect, profits will be recorded not on the bottom line but as operating expenses, where the profits will be difficult to recognize as such on account of being commingled with expenses legitimately recorded there. Maybe they’ll spread the profits around a little by bidding up the wages of production talent, too. But will competitors recognize the scam and so petition government to redress the grievance of not having similar privileges, too, like the public-private broadcaster?

And what if the public-private broadcaster gets into trouble? Why shouldn’t management expect a bailout? Partners help each other, and the government is committed both to keeping the racket in operation and its strings attached to the public-private broadcasting business.

So, “Perfect”? Well, no. Instead, your headline, “PRIVATIZES” is nonsense, and it stands to reason that you let a little bigotry blind you. (I’m being very charitable, here, I think.) But that would be nothing new for a collectivist to do, least of all for a rightleaning one.

Maybe the leftists will cry, “fascist”. The irony, of course, would be that the producers’ goods in question will still have strings attached to government, as Christie betrayed in spite of his best efforts to put a positive spin on his little scam, which “can” not “be perceived as truly independent from state government”, for to perceive is to apprehend or discern with the mind something as it is, not as others would like you to pretend that it is.

10 posted on 06/09/2011 8:00:08 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: ZULU
In AMERICA there are a LOT MORE BETTER CHOICES for President.

And since he's not running, your entire rant is totally irrelevant.

11 posted on 06/09/2011 8:01:38 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Don’t be fooled by actual results!


12 posted on 06/09/2011 8:02:38 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Laszlo, see my comments on this RINO.

He is a Julie-Annie Clone.


13 posted on 06/09/2011 8:02:47 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


14 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:21 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


15 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:23 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


16 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:24 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


17 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:24 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


18 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:24 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

Excellent. The state has no business being in broadcasting. Now for the feds to do the same.


19 posted on 06/09/2011 8:13:25 AM PDT by kevinm13 (Tim Geithner is a tax cheat. Manmade "Global Warming" is a HOAX!)
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To: SumProVita

I was wondering what that anguished, high pitched, shrieking sound was. It’s not often you can hear New Jersey liberals in the southwest.


20 posted on 06/09/2011 8:14:16 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: kevinm13

Christie 2012!


21 posted on 06/09/2011 8:14:40 AM PDT by Patrick1 ("The problem with Internet quotations is that many are not genuine." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Huck; ZULU

ZULU in #9 has Christie down pat with a solid point by point. There is no reason to want this Rove backed stooge to run for anything higher than where he is right now. He has been a Rove flunky ever since he was a US Attorney.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/15/nyregion/15rove.html


22 posted on 06/09/2011 8:20:53 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Patrick1; Jim Robinson
Christie 2012!

Mr. Robinson. What is your understanding regarding Mr. Christie's opinion of abortion as well as his stand on illegal immigration?

23 posted on 06/09/2011 8:21:40 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter; Patrick1

What is YOUR opinion...or are you waiting to be told what to think?


24 posted on 06/09/2011 8:28:01 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911
My opinion of you is that you are a butthead. Anything else?
25 posted on 06/09/2011 8:31:46 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: wtc911

Furthermore you can take your Yankee RINOs and stick them...


26 posted on 06/09/2011 8:33:45 AM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (JMO but I reserve the right to be wrong...)
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To: Lazlo in PA

And since he’s not running for anything higher, your “concern” is irrelevant.


27 posted on 06/09/2011 8:33:52 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Huck
And since he's not running, your entire rant is totally irrelevant.

And maybe it will prevent Christie from changing his RINO mind.

28 posted on 06/09/2011 8:42:13 AM PDT by Logical me
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To: Huck
And since he’s not running for anything higher, your “concern” is irrelevant.

You believing he is not running is silly. He is making regular appearances in Iow. He was just there again this weekend. He also has a team of people behind the scene hyping a Christie candidacy. Mark Levin has sited all the places this is being done on his radio program.

People like myself who bring up what a Progressive loser Christie is are just informing people where ever we can so that when the inevitable run happens, people will already be informed that he is no better than Mittens.

29 posted on 06/09/2011 8:44:05 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yeah, he’s a progressive, L0L. I think he’s the best governor we’ve ever had since I’ve been alive. I hope he stays here and gets re-elected.


30 posted on 06/09/2011 8:46:28 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

He’s not running. You believing otherwise is silly.


31 posted on 06/09/2011 8:48:05 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Huck
Its not a rant. Its a presentation of fact.

And EVERY politician CLAIMS they are NOT running.

If he wasn't running, WHY would he meet PERSONALLY out of such a busy schedule with a bunch of money guys from Iowa?

I will CONTINUE to post FACTS about Mr. Christie's positions on this forum WHENEVER somebody presents an article that appears to be running interference for this guy.

His views are as inimicable to those of the Founder of this Forum as are those of Julie-Annie.

32 posted on 06/09/2011 8:49:56 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: Huck

“I think he’s the best governor we’ve ever had since I’ve been alive. “

In New Jersey, that doesn’t say much. But I agree with you about him staying there. I don’t want him in Washington, and, unfortunately, he is probably the best New Jersey can expect.


33 posted on 06/09/2011 8:51:56 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: SumProVita

New Jersey public television is/was strictly a propaganda arm of the NJ teachers union.


34 posted on 06/09/2011 8:52:55 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: kevinm13

Did you say the state has no business in broadcasting?

I just wanted to clarify that.


35 posted on 06/09/2011 8:53:07 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: ZULU

Best in the last 50 years is saying something, no matter where you are.


36 posted on 06/09/2011 8:55:50 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Huck

Chris Christie is the best governor New Jersey had since Meyner. But that doesn’t mean he is is Presidential material.

Fortunately, New Jersey ISN’T America.


37 posted on 06/09/2011 8:57:57 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: ZULU
If he wasn't[sic] running, WHY would he meet PERSONALLY out of such a busy schedule with a bunch of money guys from Iowa?

He's campaigned for other candidates before, and I expect he will do so in IA when the time comes. He's a player. But he isn't running. He has said so again and again.

But go ahead and make trouble where there isn't any. As for me, "Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof." YMMV.

38 posted on 06/09/2011 8:58:30 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Lazlo in PA
Let's not be fooled by this RINO. If he thinks he is going to run, he had to start doing tangible things to show the "He Is One Of Us". Where has this dude been this whole time? Out there giving speeches for his You Tube account and doing Progressive things. Don't trust this guy.

I don't support him for President either, but let's be reasonable. Christie is a tremendous asset as the Governor of NJ. He has a real flair for articulating his positions, and a backbone that should be cloned and transplanted into our other GOP officials. It's difficult to imagine his state electing a more effective conservative.

39 posted on 06/09/2011 9:00:55 AM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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To: ZULU
He's definitely not presidential material. He has said so himself:

“I’m not ready,” Christie responded. “I’m not.”

“...you gotta believe in your heart that you are ready to walk into the Oval Office and to lead the nation. And I don’t feel like I’m ready,” he continued.

So you can quit panting.

40 posted on 06/09/2011 9:01:29 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Huck

Did you actually read ZULU’s post?


41 posted on 06/09/2011 9:04:59 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Yes. I’ve seen it before.


42 posted on 06/09/2011 9:07:20 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: ZULU

Disagree.

Ronald Reagan was president of a union. He voted to raise taxes. He granted illegals amnesty.

You take these missteps out of context, and Reagan sounds like Barney Frank.

Christie is articulate, and much more important is that he’s EFFECTIVE. He’s getting things done, even in New Jersey.

On the mosque issue, he’s right - that’s Manhattan, not New Jersey - why be stupid and spend political capital on a pronouncement that’s not going to get him anything at all?

Here’s the very last, and most important, quality Christie has - he is the most effective communicator in politics, and he’s one of us.

He took on the public sector unions - in NJ, mind you - and won. I’m surprised Tony Soprano hasn’t taken him on a test drive of a boat he wants to buy.

Whatever sets back the agenda of statism, I’m for it. I don’t care where it comes from anymore. Newt Gingrich got conservatism back in the door, and then blew it. He still gets credit for 1994 in my opinion, even though I can’t stand the guy today.

I just hope, in the end, he didn’t do as much to set back conservatism as he did to promote it.

Christie’s getting a free ride on the Obamacare thing right now - he’s got better things for his AG to do, and its before SCOTUS right now. They’ll F it up, as they are wont to do, but whether the NJ AG was signed on or not isn’t going to change Steven’s, Breyer’s, Ginsburg’s vote.

In the end, SCOTUS put a stop to Rockefeller in the 40’s, and they should have. They respect precedent, so there really isn’t much for SCOTUS to do here but uphold the lower court decision and move on. It’s pretty clear that making people buy insurance isn’t constitutional.

It doesn’t mean they’ll do the right thing.

Has any other governor pulled the plug on PBS in their state yet? There are states much redder than NJ that should have by now. Why was he first?


43 posted on 06/09/2011 9:09:53 AM PDT by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: ZULU

“Chris Christie Privatizes Public Broadcasting in New Jersey”

“Chris Christie IS a RINO.”

First, to paraphrase Forrest Gump:
RINO is as RINO does.
And “conservative” is as conservative does, as well.

I respond to your post by proffering that Governor Christie — be he a RINO or not — seems to have accomplished more in his state than even so-called ‘conservative” Republicans in Congress (or Republican governors in other states) either can’t or won’t do.

Actions often speak louder and with more impact than do words.

Regardless of what Christie says (or even what he holds for personal beliefs), he seems to be governing in the right direction.

I would prefer but a few “Christies” who actually DO SOMETHING in their offices, to a gaggle of “conservatives” who “talk the talk” about reducing the scope of government and then...... do nothing.

How many OTHER Republicans — and name ONE — have succeeded in privatizing Public Broadcasting in their respective states?

That doesn’t mean I’m supporting Christie for president. But who could have believed he would have pushed New Jersey in the direction that he has?

Just sayin’....


44 posted on 06/09/2011 9:13:54 AM PDT by Grumplestiltskin (I may look new, but it's only deja vu!)
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To: Interesting Times
It's difficult to imagine his state electing a more effective conservative.

Right there is the problem. He is not a Conservative. He is all over the place on social issues. When it comes to actually making the serious cuts in funding, Christie is no where. I live in the NJ/Philly media market. I get all the news coming out of Trenton. He has made no serious moves to save the state. Contrast that with what Corbett is doing in PA, Walker in WI or Kasich in OH.

If folks want to say that he is the best Republican NJ can elect, I will agree. But this tagging a generic Tom Kean/ Christie Whitman Republican a Conservative is going too far.

45 posted on 06/09/2011 9:14:25 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Huck

Jeez, a governor does the right thing and half the folks at Free Republic criticize him for it because he’s not pure enough.


46 posted on 06/09/2011 9:14:39 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Mr. Lucky

The perfect is the enemy of the good. Better to be a marginalized regional party with a Marxist president than to take the good where you find it and understand that New Jersey is different than Idaho.


47 posted on 06/09/2011 9:16:45 AM PDT by Huck (The Antifederalists were right.)
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To: Grumplestiltskin
seems to have accomplished more in his state than even so-called ‘conservative” Republicans in Congress (or Republican governors in other states) either can’t or won’t do.

Could you list these accomplishments please. Could you also show where NJ is now out of financial trouble through these accomplishments. There should be many since he is a "DO SOMETHING" type of guy.

48 posted on 06/09/2011 9:18:50 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: SumProVita

Lower my taxes and my car insurance, big guy.


49 posted on 06/09/2011 9:22:45 AM PDT by curth (Organize4Palin.com - NOW IS THE TIME)
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To: RinaseaofDs

“Christie is articulate, and much more important is that he’s EFFECTIVE. He’s getting things done, even in New Jersey.”

He appears to be taking steps to rectify New Jersey’s fiscal mess. I give him that and its laudable.

“On the mosque issue, he’s right - that’s Manhattan, not New Jersey - why be stupid and spend political capital on a pronouncement that’s not going to get him anything at all?”

TOTALLY wrong! The 911 attack was of INTERNATIONAL import. People from EVERYTHWERE commented. A LOT of the vicims were from New Jersey. It was an ATTACK on our basic concept of governance by a hostile, international conspiracy of theocratic maniacs. Local issue? Ridiculous. That statement exmplified Christie’s not-ready-for-time status.

“Here’s the very last, and most important, quality Christie has - he is the most effective communicator in politics, and he’s one of us.”

He is an effective commicator - at times. At other times he comes across as a loud, crass bully. If he presented himelf at times in a more measured fashion he would draw even more support for his efforts to tame the Union Civil Service Beasts. Such an approach would draw a stark comparison between him and them. He needn’t descend at times to their level.

“Whatever sets back the agenda of statism, I’m for it.”

Me too. But that doesn’t automatically mean I have to support every engine that does it for higher office.

“Christie’s getting a free ride on the Obamacare thing right now - he’s got better things for his AG to do, and its before SCOTUS right now. They’ll F it up, as they are wont to do, but whether the NJ AG was signed on or not isn’t going to change Steven’s, Breyer’s, Ginsburg’s vote.”

I have heard his explanations and I don’t agree with them. The more states on the bandwagon, the harder it will be for SCOTUS to back Obama. As for more important things to do, I trut Ms. Dow can walk and chew gum at the same time. Sorry his explanations don’t hold water.

“It’s pretty clear that making people buy insurance isn’t constitutional.”

There are four idiots on SCOTUS who don’t feel they need a Constitution, four great men who realize we do, and one swing judge. Logic and the Constitution don’t always come first. Look at the eminent domain descision.

“Has any other governor pulled the plug on PBS in their state yet? There are states much redder than NJ that should have by now. Why was he first?”

You can’t make a judgement on one issue. I praise Christie here as I do when he is right and slam him when he is wrong.

He’s the best governor New Jersey has had since Meyner - and while that says a lot for New Jersey, it doesn’t make him fit for President.


50 posted on 06/09/2011 9:41:39 AM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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