Christie’s Consistent Record

The governorship of Chris Christie is over but the troubling aspect of many of the bad reviews he has gotten during his farewell tour is that they typically start off with a nod to what the writers believe to be successes during his administration. For example, from the New York Times – Now Chris Christie Is Just a Bad Memory:

This isn’t to say Mr. Christie has no reason to crow. He kept property taxes down and held the growth rate of state debt in check. Unemployment in New Jersey was cut in half on his watch (though other states did better). He worked hard to revive the Jersey Shore after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation, and threw life preservers to flailing cities like Camden and Atlantic City.

From the Daily News: The good, the bad and the ugly of Chris Christie’s time running New Jersey:

Christie’s first term was generally steady, and he was commended for standing tall after Superstorm Sandy ravaged a great deal of his state.


He’s also been credited with efforts to fight the opioid epidemic hitting New Jersey, and used his last day in office to sign a bill banning the controversial bump stock add-ons for assault rifles.

From Reason: Good Riddance to Chris Christie:

Once viewed in some quarters as a crusading reformer, Christie turned out to be yet another big government Republican eager to back any number of intrusions into the Americans’ private lives.

Closer to the truth:

  • With the emergency services infrastructure in place in this state any governor would come off well though not every governor would have the temerity to divert relief funds for political purposes.
  • If increases in property taxes have abated in some areas due to a putative cap it is not because of any cutback in ‘services’ but more likely a shift to debt financing with the tacit approval of the state.
  • Considering pension and health benefit debt the Christie interregnum has accumulated around $150 billion in additional debt, assuming no repudiations to come.



9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by geo8rge on January 18, 2018 at 11:36 am

    “With the emergency services infrastructure in place” I vaguely remember the problem being the collapse of power delivery and fuel delivery after Sandy, which went on for months. And foreshadowed the tragedy on US territory Puerto Rico.

    They should have mentioned the COLA ‘default’.

    The final judgement may be up to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Newark is in the running for HQ2. NYC or Philly are on the list, and would be partial or even full wins for NJ depending on what they if NYC and Philly means the NJ side of the rivers. If Amazon moves to NJ or even near NJ Christie will end up looking very good.


    • Posted by Tough Love on January 18, 2018 at 12:56 pm

      The COLA suspension is WITHOUT COMPARISON, Christie’s shining financial achievement for NJ’s Taxpayers, and anyone who considers it a “default” is either unaware of or complicit in supporting the unnecessary/excessive/unfair/unaffordable pensions granted Nj’s Public Sector workers.


      • Posted by Tough Love on January 18, 2018 at 2:51 pm

        FWIW, 2 other Christie achievement’s deserve recognition because (as with the COLA suspension) they have saved NJ’s Taxpayers a great deal of REAL “money” ….. not “funding”, not “timing of payments”, and not “accounting gimmicks”).

        Those are the 2% Police Salary arbitration cap (now expired thanks to the combination of our in-the-Union’s-pocket Democratic-legislature and our new Union-beholden Gov Murphy), and the 2% overall budget cap for municipalities. It’s to bad that the latter 2% cap excludes the cost of Public Sector pensions, healthcare and debt service. Had those items been INCLUDED in the overall 2% budget cap, the HUGE cost of pensions & benefits to Local Taxpayers would have become VERY CLEAR because it would have necessitated major reductions in every other local service and local wages……….. to such a degree that DEMANDS for pension/benefit reform would have risen dramatically.


  2. Posted by geo8rge on January 18, 2018 at 5:25 pm

  3. Posted by Tough Love on January 19, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    It looks PAINFUL to smile like that !


    • Posted by MJ on January 20, 2018 at 7:01 am

      It sure does….whats up with those teeth?


      • Posted by dentss dunnigan on January 20, 2018 at 10:12 am

        The unions have him by the U know whats …..


      • Posted by geo8rge on January 20, 2018 at 1:02 pm

        Probably not fair to comment on his look. Many (actually almost all) politicians and show biz types his age get plastic surgery on their gums. Murphy, for good or bad, seems to have had comparatively little ‘work’ done.



        • Posted by Tough Love on January 20, 2018 at 10:43 pm

          Quoting ……

          “Probably not fair to comment on his look”

          OK, point noted, but is it “fair” to taxpayers to say that he won’t make a decision on a renewal of the 2% Police Salary Arbitration cap until the “Final Report” on it’s effectiveness is released, when the Democratic Majority charged with writing that Report has clearly stated that has no intention of meeting again, writing or releasing such a Report ?


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