This was a blog I was going to save until Chris Christie got his 1% in Iowa and 4% in New Hampshire* and left the race after trying to broker an ambassadorship (to Texas?) for himself from Trump but, since he started early:
Jake Tapper, with all due respect, could have followed up with either:
- John Kasich was elected governor of Ohio in 2010; or
- Jeb Bush at the end of his second term as governor of Florida was “as popular as ever”.
When he drops out I see Christie claiming to have run a solid campaign but what got him in the end was the absolute fiscal mess that is New Jersey which he did all he could to clean up.
Who knows? Under Corzine or Buono would we have had:
- Atlantic City bankrupt already?
- 15 credit downgrades?
- no Transportation Trust Fund?
But there are two areas I have experience with and I grade Christie an F on both. Here are my first-hand examples:
- Union County is using Open Space trust fund money for their general budget. I met with two state representatives in early 2013 about it. Nothing happened
- A law firm getting millions of dollars in county contracts has been having their lawyers donate individually each election cycle to freeholder campaigns. I noticed this is 2011 and they left off giving in 2012 but started up again in 2013.
Christie came into office primarily on his record of locking up those he designated to be crooked politicians. There seemed to be some concern among insiders that he would continue when he became governor. They needn’t have worried.
In 2010 I went to Trenton to meet with two of Christie’s people for an hour at a time when they were sorting out reform proposals for the state retirement system. I laid out the problem, offered solutions, and hoped for the best. I (and New Jersey) did not get it .
* Which may be hard to get now that this blizzard (to us) has reminded Iowans and New Hampshirites that Christie is from one of those wussy-liberal states that go into emergency mode for what they would deem a dusting.