...doing the impossible
If any politician in America deserves the do a little bit of a happy dance in the end-zone, it's New Jersey's new Governor Chris Christie, whose state legislature just passed his spending slashing budget.
How much spending did he cut? Only about a third of it. Yes, a THIRD. As in by closing an eleven BILLION dollar budget gap, WITHOUT raising taxes.
Of course it hasn't been easy, as we've noted before, he's been attacked with multi-million dollar ad campaigns by his opposition, but he stuck with it and told people the truth in a way that was easy to understand..and made it obvious that something had to be done.
But after this big win, what does he do? He proposes to slash property taxes!
Now if we could just get a few more Republican Governors to do the same...
Congrats Governor Christie.
...despite the union attacks
Despite the fact that the teacher's unions have spent millions to buy TV ads attacking his budget cuts, the latest public opinion poll shows Chris Christie's strong medicine has won over a majority of New Jersey residents.
A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely New Jersey Voters shows that 51% approve of how the new Republican governor is doing his job, while 45% disapprove. This includes 33% who Strongly Approve and 31% who Strongly Disapprove.
These findings mark little, if any, change from mid-April.
Forty-six percent (46%) of Garden State voters give Christie good or excellent marks for his handling of the budget crisis. Thirty-six percent (36%) rate his performance in this area as poor.
Christie has been battling the Democratic-controlled legislature and the state’s powerful public employee unions over his proposed $29.3 billion budget, which includes substantial spending cuts in several areas. ...
Again, this is AFTER the unions have spent millions on ads fighting his cuts, which probably means a few things: 1) his "we're out of money" message is getting through and 2) people are just fed up with greedy unions. read more »