The Fat Man Sings

 

New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie signs the budget closing the biggest budget gap of any state:

Christie’s budget rejected major tax increases and cut 2.2 percent of state spending — or 8.6 percent including federal funds — from former Gov. Jon Corzine’s final budget. It marked a big milestone for the rookie governor, who campaigned on a platform of cutting spending and shrinking state government after a decade of Democratic control.

Love this guy!

My pick for president in 2012.

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    @PJS

    I remember long ago, when Mike Bloomberg was first elected mayor of New York. He did a lot of unpopular cutting, saying “someone has to make the tough decisions.” Mike’s not so tough anymore, but CC looks tough to me. And he’s not even independently wealthy. Maybe not 2012, New Jersey probably needs him for a second term. Plus, he’s young. If he graduated from college in 1984 (NJ Office of the Governor) he’s 47 or 48. Maybe 2020, let him get some experience and mileage, see how he changes (or doesn’t change).

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    @DianeEllis

    I really like Chris Christie.  After he’s done restoring some fiscal sanity to the state of New Jersey, I’d like to see him do that for the nation.  But I keep wondering — and I feel a bit sad to even bring this up — if his large size would have any effect on his chances as a national candidate.  Appearance is such a shallow consideration in a national election, but I fear that it could have a significant impact.  These days there seems to be palpable discrimination against the obese.  Any thoughts on this?

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    @RobLong

    Veronique de Rugy has a slightly more critical take on Chris Christie, which is worth reading. Despite being a bit of a downer. From Andrew Breitbart’s indispensible Big Government blog, the crucial graff:

    …now I am totally confused by the governor’s plan. His plan barely cuts spending, his cuts mainly target suburban aids (which, if done right would be a good thing), yet he keeps the taxes that funds these programs and uses the money to fund programs in the cities. Let me recap this: So Christie is cutting aids to places where the people who got him elected live, keeping the taxes that funded these programs, and funds more programs for the people who voted against him. Politicians in New Jersey are strange.

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    @JimChase

    As much as I like the dynamism of Chris Christie, I too hesitate on the idea of him running in 2012. He was just elected in 2009 … he needs to establish a strong record to base any future candidacy. The same argument can be made with Bobby Jindal. We’re already seeing what happens when you put someone in office with insufficient executive experience. Christie and Jindal both are earning their stripes now – no need to suspend their Jedi training prematurely. Let people develop a hunger for grown-up governing.

    I like the message and the pragmatism, though. I just wish the milquetoast members of the minority party would take that message to heart.

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    @ScottR
    Rob Long: Veronique de Rugy has a slightly more critical take on Chris Christie:

    […] Christie is cutting aids to places where the people who got him elected live, keeping the taxes that funded these programs, and funds more programs for the people who voted against him. …

    Cutting aid to suburbanites in spite of the fact that they voted for you sounds pretty courageous to me, and pretty much exactly what Republicans are going to have to do nationally very soon. And Veronique criticizes Christie’s budget in comparison to an alternative budget proposed by Americans for Prosperity. Well, geez. Kind of a utopian standard, no? The big picture: he resisted major tax increases, cut spending, and forced the burbs to accept fewer goodies. This ain’t Texas; it’s New Jersey. And that big ol’ fullback Chris Christie just busted off a pretty good run. First and ten.

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    @ScottR
    Diane Ellis, Ed.: I really like Chris Christie. […] But I keep wondering — and I feel a bit sad to even bring this up — if his large size would have any effect on his chances as a national candidate. · Jun 29 at 6:49pm

    For me, somehow it seems to add to his oh-what-the-hell-I’m-just-going-to-tell-it-like-it-is image. (Though I’ve noticed that his weight seems to be inversely proportional to NJ’s budget. Maybe he’s eating the budget?) But like you say, Diane, that might not play nationally. Too bad, if so.

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    @TomJedrz

    I agree with Jim Chase and PJS .. it is too early for Christie and Jindal.

    We need to get over this crazy need to to push every politician who has a good year toward the White House. I would love to see a Republican president. But frankly, a year or two as governor, while more experience than the current President, is just not enough to temper the metaphorical political steel. These guys need second terms as governors, then perhaps a term in the Senate or a couple in the House.

    I like Mitch Daniels for 2012 at this point.

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    Who’d have thought that an out-of-shape fat guy could get the heavy-lifting done so much better than a world famous body builder and weight lifter? I wonder if New Jersey would be interested in picking up California as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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