Here’s what you need to understand about Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ): His actual record as governor is pretty terrible.
“Since Christie took office in January 2010, New Jersey’s private-sector job growth rate of 4.5 percent ranks 46th among the 50 states,” the Asbury Park Press pointed out on Monday.
When it comes to economic growth, poverty, creditworthiness, housing and taxes, New Jerseyans are suffering, stuck with a recovery that has largely lagged as compared to rest of the nation.
In addition to picking fights with teachers, blocking same-sex marriage, scheduling elections (and wasting millions) so he wouldn’t have to be on the same ballot as Cory Booker, and defunding the state’s Planned Parenthood over and over, the governor’s underlings also inexplicably created a traffic jam — one that lasted for days — possibly to punish one of his political adversaries.
And though only 42 percent of the state’s voters approved of his economic record, Chris Christie won re-election in a landslide.
He achieved this on the strength of his raw political talent — an ability to connect with voters, box out opponents and position himself in a way that makes him the nation’s most popular Republican governor, even though he represents one of the bluest states in the union.
Here’s an example of the governor at his most charming:
If that doesn’t terrify Democrats, they should check out what Christie did on Tuesday.
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