Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth Exposed

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gov_christie1Lately, it has become fashionable among conservatives and Republicans nationwide to lavish effusive praise and encomiums upon Governor Chris Christie as the “Conservative Savior” of New Jersey - and this trend has begun to mushroom into a fervent cult of pseudo-personality that is already calling for him to throw his hat into the 2012 Presidential campaign ring.

Prefatory Note: This is the final installment of our series on Governor Chris Christie. Toward the end of this post you will find the list of our main criticisms of Mr. Christie that appeared in the introductory post; each item in this list contains a link to the appropriate article containing the references that support our case. If there is any one post in this series that you link to on your own blog or Facebook page or send to friends and family, let it be this one.

It appears that Mr. Christie has become a “rock star” whose political stock went through the roof after his debut on YouTube. Republicans and Tea Party patriots nationwide flock to him as the second coming of Ronald Reagan - a conservative crusader who took on the unions and balanced New Jersey’s budget by slashing spending and vetoing any tax increases; a tough-talking, take-charge leader who will guide the Garden State to the land of political milk and honey.

We at Conservative New Jersey have observed this “Christiemania” with a mixture of puzzlement, amusement and ultimately alarm because we understand New Jersey and we have carefully studied Mr. Christie’s entire political career - one characterized at the beginning by breathtaking ambition and rancorous battles with fellow Republicans.

It is a matter of record that in the 1990s Mr. Christie was decidedly in favor of abortion rights - but became pro-life after the birth of his first child in 1995. In spite of the fact that his Lieutenant Governor and Attorney-General both favor abortion rights, we’ll take his word for it.

Mr. Christie proudly pointed out that as U.S. Attorney he “put 10% of the New Jersey State Senate behind bars” and bragged about his flawless record as a crusader against crime in the Garden State, pointing out that of the 160+ scoundrels he prosecuted, every one was brought to justice.

Not quite. There is the case of former Passaic County Republican Party Chairman Peter Murphy, who Christie claims as one of the bad guys he bagged.  It turns out that Murphy was actually convicted by Christie’s predecessor - but the conviction was overturned by the courts. After Christie assumed office as the U.S. Attorney, a new trial for Murphy was scheduled but in a plea-bargain arrangement with Mr. Christie, Murphy pleaded guilty in exchange for time already served. He eventually became the GOP municipal chairman for the borough of Totowa and, mirabile dictu, supported Mr. Christie for Governor.

Then there is the awful Union City Sex Slave Case. In 2005 Christie’s office indicted Luisa Medrano as the “ringleader” of a sex slave operation involving thirty female immigrants - many of whom were 14 years old and younger and all of whom were here illegally. The women and girls were brutally treated and forced to undergo abortions if they became pregnant. In one instance, one of the girls managed to give birth, but the infant was drowned in a toilet.

If convicted on all charges, Medrano would have faced 250 years in prison. Five months after the indictment, Mr. Christie declaredHuman trafficking, to me, is one of the most horrible things that can happen, one of the most anti-American things that can happen.”

If you think Medrano is rotting in prison as you read this, think again.

Chris Christie was building a record of political convictions, and the “ring leader” had given cash gifts to a local mayor in return for having her paperwork expedited and other favorable treatment at town hall.

A plea deal was negotiated with Christie’s office. The “ring leader” testified against the mayor. Most of the charges against her were dropped and she received no jail time for her crimes. She was ordered to pay the more than $500,000 she owed in back taxes on profits from her operation. The mayor, who had received a few thousand dollars in gifts, was sentenced to more than 4 years in prison.

Makes sense, right? Why incarcerate a monster in prison for life when you can score partisan points by nailing a penny ante pezzonovante Democrat with a four year stint in the hoosegow?

Then there is the 2009 Republican primary for Governor. No sooner had he given the hint that he might consider running for office than the folks at NJN managed to corner him for a brief Q&A in December of 2008:

It was a little over three minutes of some of the most exquisite political fandango we ever witnessed. Mr. Christie was unable to give a straight answer to ANY of the questions posed to him. When asked if he is a conservative Republican or a moderate Republican, he responded:

What I am is somebody who has always been committed to the best in public life and I think…again…all these labels and the things that people try to do when they’re playing politics demean public debate. If any candidate presents themselves for office, I would suggest that people shouldn’t judge them by the labels that anybody puts on them. They should judge them by the words that come out of their mouths and the actions and deeds that underlie their political and public career.

Honestly: can you imagine Ronald Reagan - at any point ever in his political career as a Republican - being this verbosely evasive?

On the other hand, you can cut the irony with a chain saw, insofar as we have taken Mr. Christie’s admonition to heart and judged him by the words that came out of his mouth and the actions and deeds that underlie his political and public career.

It is said that a tree falls in the direction it leans and we certainly knew which direction the tree called Ronaldus Magnus was leaning when it fell on June 5, 2004. Can anyone - ANYONE - tell us with any certainty the direction in which the tree called Christi Gubernator is leaning?

Perhaps this campaign video from 2009 will give us a clue:

Ah yes, nothing like the soothing words and soaring rhetoric of Barack Hussein Obama to give us warm fuzzies about working together in bipartisan unity and electing Chris Christie Governor of New Jersey.

Mr. Christie himself echoed President Obama in yet another campaign video in which he tells us that “New Jersey’s problems are too big to be solved with one party solutions, whether its school choice, green energy or  revitalizing our cities. We’ll need good ideas from both sides. If you want partisan politics as usual, well, I’m not your guy.”

How is it possible to get good ideas from both sides when the ideas of the Democrats are primarily responsible for the wretched situation in which we find New Jersey and the nation? Precisely which good Democrat ideas could Governor Christie implement to save the Garden State from a destructive course set by Democrats…and those Republicans who think like them?

Before answering, consider the evidence we have examined in great detail in the course of this series and review it once more:

  • His budget passed only after three conservative Republicans were bullied into voting for it and the savings achieved in the budget were done at the expense of new taxes, new fees, federal Stimulus funds and accounting gimmicks; the 2% property tax cap will actually cause taxes to skyrocket; he has yet to propose the “across the board” tax cuts he promised as a candidate; the budget actually INCREASES state expenditures by 6% and the number of staff in the Governor’s office making $100,000 per year increases by ten;
  • His confrontation with the unions is pure Kabuki theater with nothing accomplished but acrimony; he has yet to lay off a single state employee and his proposed 2011 state worker reduction plan is little more than window dressing;
  • He has populated his cabinet with notorious liberals while firing the only true conservative - after slandering him;
  • He has endorsed notorious RINO candidates in the 2010 mid-term election while avoiding (with one notable exception) contact with conservative candidates;
  • He supports a multi-state Cap & Trade scheme known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and is so committed to Cap & Trade that he used funds raised from RGGI’s carbon auctions to help balance the budget; he has directed that state funds be appropriated to subsidize “green” technology ventures such as off-shore windmills;
  • He has refused to join other state attorneys-general in a joint lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare while accepting federal funds for the implementation of a similar program on a statewide level;
  • He is on record saying that he does not believe illegal aliens are here illegally; he has indicated that he supports amnesty for illegals; he generally favors strict gun control and he supports construction of the Ground Zero Mosque even as he condemns those who oppose it.

Then there is candidate Christie’s 2009 video love letter to Barack Obama in which he invokes the likes of Bruce Springsteen - who refuses to go gently into that good retirement and for the past two decades has publicly expressed nothing but contempt for everything that conservative Republicans hold dear.

Apparently, Mr. Christie’s overtures were not lost on many of New Jersey’s Obamabots, who appear to have an affinity for any candidate who repeats vapid, vacuous “Hope and Change” mantras:

While it is true that you can tell a lot about a man by his enemies, you can also tell a lot about a man by those who call him a friend - or in this case, who cast their votes for him.

We agree with columnist Charles Stile: Chris Christie has very cleverly co-opted the anger, the energy, the momentum - and, most importantly, the donor lists - of numerous conservative organizations and Tea Party groups without seriously committing to the conservative cause apart from bluster, bravado and nicely crafted soundbites.  Any actual “conservative” acts or deeds on his part amount to little more than politically acceptable sops and window dressing that enable him to continue basking in the worshipful glow of Beck, Hannity and other prominent members of the conservative movement who, in the final analysis, are less admirers than enablers.

Does this mean that Chris Christie is the worst Governor we could have elected? Not at all, and, as we observed in other posts in this series, there are many laudable things he has done. A commenter named DiMarco summed up our position elegantly:

Is Christie the best Governor New Jersey has had in decades? Absolutely! However, just because the rotting apple smells better than the rotting banana which smells better than the rotten egg which smells better than a pile of excrement does not mean you should wear it as perfume.

The main point of the series (and it is a series) is that Christie is not the conservative that many in the media portray him to be and that many people believe he is. Each part of the series highlights various aspects of Christie’s administration and proves with facts that he is not a true conservative but more of a moderate with some liberal tendencies.

As for those people who referred to Christie’s efforts on behalf of some conservative campaigns, I have a question: Did he do so during any of the primaries - when the voters had to choose between a conservative and a party-backed RINO?

It is entirely possible that given the remarkable shift in the direction of the political winds, Gov. Christie will fine tune his message to make it one more easily ingested and digested by a Republican base starved for Reagan conservatism. If so, we can only urge caution and two axioms by which to assess him:

First: a tree really does fall in the direction it leans. Unless and until you study Mr. Christie’s past, you cannot begin to understand him in the present - much less anticipate what he’ll do in the future.

Second: actions really do speak far louder than words. Mr. Christie is adept at telling people what they want to hear - not what he is actually doing or what he really believes. Ignore what he says and concentrate on what he actually does.

In dealing with the Soviet Empire, President Reagan assured the American people that he would “trust but verify.” We implore the electorate in both New Jersey and America to do no less when considering Governor Christopher J. Christie as a conservative candidate for ANY office.

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  1. njtaxpayr688 says:

    Christie also got a huge number of suburban NJ votes on his promises to reduce property taxes. Shortly after he was elected, he BETRAYED the people who elected him by REDUCING state aid to non-Abbott districts more than even Corzine would have dared.

    Ex: The residents of Parsippany send @ $70 mil to Trenton in NJ State Income Tax. Under Corzine they were getting a measly 10% back. Christie slashed that to 1.4%. $69,000,000 is redistributed from Parsippany to the Abbott districts.

    Newark residents pay roughly $100 mil in NJS income tax and receive close to $1 BILLION in property tax relief to run their schools! Oh! So that’s where Parsippany’s $69 million went!

    How is the Parsippany school system supposed to run? The ONLY recourse they have is raising property taxes! It’s residents have to support Abbott schools through their NJ State Income taxes AND their own schools through Parsippany property taxes!!!! Imagine what Parsippany property taxes would be if $30 mil of their $70 mil in State Income tax sent to Trenton was RETURNED to them?

    Christie’s answer is to change the subject: school superintendent’s pay, teacher pay, etc. This is chump change compared to the billions being stolen from suburban NJ towns due to the radical left wing NJ Supreme Court’s interpretation of Section IV of the NJ constitution!

    Christie’s refusal to reappoint a left wing NJSC judge was a good start, but suburban taxpayers want to see more meaningful action SOON.

  2. Anthony says:

    Here is what Christie did:
    The most important thing is he accepted the fact that we have no money in NJ. He isn’t going to spend meney we don;t have on anything, especially a lawsuit destined for failure. He is the best politician in the country and definitely the best in NJ by far. I volunteered for him in 09, and I will galdly do so in 11′. I encourage all of you concervatives to join us and get the common sence reelected. Thank god we have a politician like him.

    Please debate me, I wanna defend my candidate.

  3. Anthony says:

    BTW, he talks well and he does well :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OVAXxP0B0Y
    Great video on what he did.

  4. Anthony says:

    Also, in a conversation with hannity, he expresses his true feelings in immigration. He is not for amnesty and not against off-shore drilling.

  5. Hey Anthony:

    You are entitled to your opinion, but not to your own facts. All of the accusations that have been to show that Christie being a conservative is a myth are well documented within the posts. Believe what you want, but facts do not lie, but politicians do.

  6. GHoyas says:

    Anthony: “Please debate me, I wanna defend my candidate.”

    You can start by answering the mountain of evidence we provided in the course of eight posts. Can you refute any of it with facts?

  7. GHoyas says:

    BTW, he talks well and he does well :)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1OVAXxP0B0Y
    Great video on what he did.

    A terrific video…all sizzle and no steak. Care to refute any of the charges we made in the series?

  8. GHoyas says:

    Also, in a conversation with hannity, he expresses his true feelings in immigration. He is not for amnesty and not against off-shore drilling.

    Can you furnish a link to the video/audio of this conversation? Or did it transpire in your fevered brain?.

  9. Anthony says:

    Alright, I don’t understand why you guys are taking shots at me. I have presented factsrefuting this video, but fine, I can say it again.
    BTW, I my fevered brain found the link.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFn2nwlUIEQ
    First, He did not raise taxes and he put a cap on property taxes.
    Second, the lawsuit would never pass because it has rarely ben done where a law passes by the President would get ousted. Also, He does not want to spend YOUR money on something that will, with as much help as it gets, FAIL. If he see’s that there is a chance, he will join it. Right now, that is his view. Also, he fought the teacher’s unions more than anyother politician in the country. Please educate me on someone who did more.
    I agree with the facts, but I think you guys are interpreting them wrong. I would prefer we stop the name calling and have a nice discussion. Like how does it show ANYTHING that Obama people voted for Christie. Who was their alternative???

  10. Anthony says:

    •He supports a multi-state Cap & Trade scheme known as the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and is so committed to Cap & Trade that he used funds raised from RGGI’s carbon auctions to help balance the budget; he has directed that state funds be appropriated to subsidize “green” technology ventures such as off-shore windmills;

    When this gets passed or even brought up in our legislature, I will agree with you.

  11. Mike Proto says:

    Anthony, I’m afraid you are terribly ill-informed.

    Cap & Trade - First of all, NJ already participates in Cap & Trade. It’s called the regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative. Christie hasn’t lifted a finger to extract NJ from it. Instead, he used the funds to balance the budget and then signed a bill for $100M in subsidies for an offshore windmill project to be funded, in part, with Cap & Trade monies. At Americans for Prosperity, this is a major issue for us. We are currently pushing for repeal with bills having been introduced on both chambers of the Legislature. The Governor is free to support this effort at any time. So, far, he has not.

  12. Anthony says:

    Thanks for the info.
    Has it been voted on to be repealed? If it will be put up to him to sign, I BELIEVE he will vote for repealing it. I’m going to ask him at the next town hall meeting.

  13. Dominic Lucero says:

    Now far be it from me to defend a RINO, so please correct me if I’m wrong, but can Christie do that much other then veto? The New Jersey legislature is controlled by Democrats. He can’t get many proposals passed, only stop wretched proposals from Democrats.

  14. Di Marco says:

    Dominic,

    He could have appointed someone who was not a liberal to be Attorney General. Some of his other appointments were also questionable.

    There was no need to put forth a plan that actual took money from well run districts and gave more money to the Abbott districts.

    He could have joined the multi-state lawsuit against implementing Obamacare.

    He needs to start negotiating from a strong conservative position. Frankly, much of the crap Christie has to deal with was forced upon him by Corzine. However, he needs to start laying out a plan with specifics. Then, he needs to fight for it and sell it to the citizens of New Jersey. If the democrats fight him, that’s okay. Then he needs to campaign against the democrats running for Assembly and Senate in 2011 by showing that life in New Jersey could be better if they did not control the legislature. Christie had absolutely no coattails in 2009 because the Republicans only ran against Corzine and not for a solid conservative platform.

    If he does not do this, the Republicans will stay in the minority in both chambers and would indicate that he is not the wonder kid of the GOP that many supporters and the media believe. It should also lead people to question whether he deserves a second term.

  15. Dominic Lucero says:

    “He could have appointed someone who was not a liberal to be Attorney General. Some of his other appointments were also questionable.”

    Again, the New Jersey Attourney General has to be confirmed by Democrats. If he could just choose it himself, that be something one could criticize him for, but that’s not the case.

  16. Ed Mazlish says:

    Dominic, Pre-emptive surrender is not any way to make any substantive change. This is all the more the case given that Mr. Christie ran a campaign completely devoid of substance, instead focusing on Corzine’s incompetence. If he wants to make meaningful changes to how the state is run, he needs to be forthright about them and explain them to the electorate. You don’t do that by surrendering without fighting the Democrats and then pretending to be as close to a Democrat as you can be.

  17. Anthony says:

    Finally, I’m not the only one defending our governor from your some what harsh claims. Christie in some repects HAS to be a moderate to deal with the heavily blue state of New Jersey. Just like senators from Maine and Mass., also states with huge democratic numbers, it is OK (not ideal) to have an Olympia Snowe type senator. Thats’s the best we can get. Same thing goes for Delaware. I agree that Christine O’Donnel was a far better candidate than Caste, but Castle, a moderate, could actually have won. Same in New Jersey, except Christie is more concervative than all the people I have discussed (maybe O’Donnel) and I bet if O’Donnel was the governor of Delaware, she would have to appoint some democratic leaders and she would not be able to get her concervative agenda passed, as Christie might want as well.

  18. GHoyas says:

    Again, the New Jersey Attourney General has to be confirmed by Democrats. If he could just choose it himself, that be something one could criticize him for, but that’s not the case.

    Explain that to the ghost of former President Reagan, who nominated Antonin Scalia - a strict constructionist - and managed to get him confirmed by a Democrat-dominated Congress.

  19. GHoyas says:

    Christie in some repects HAS to be a moderate to deal with the heavily blue state of New Jersey. Just like senators from Maine and Mass., also states with huge democratic numbers, it is OK (not ideal) to have an Olympia Snowe type senator.

    Ah…so you admit that Christie is no conservative. That’s pretty much what we’ve been saying all along, Anthony.

  20. Anthony says:

    He is a conseravtive on the issues that matter and I like the way you just took a clip from what I said, turned it against me, without refuting anything I said in the whole responce. As I said, he can’t be a concervative because he cannot get anything really concervative passed in his legislature. And in defence of Dominick, sure it happenned once, when the democrats were scared out of their minds of Reagan’s huge win. Try doing it now, a concervative attorney general would fail miserably.

  21. GHoyas says:

    He is a conseravtive on the issues that matter

    Really? And which issues matter to you?

    As I said, he can’t be a concervative because he cannot get anything really concervative passed in his legislature.

    And - as I said previously - explain that to the ghost of Ronald Reagan, who was forced to deal with a Democrat majority in both Houses and yet managed to get some awesomely conservative legislation passed.

    Try doing it now, a concervative attorney general would fail miserably.

    You can do far better by way of argument than to simply gainsay what I have written, Anthony.

    By your logic, no conservative nominees - be they for the judiciary or any other position - would thrive in a liberal Democrat atmosphere and yet many have done so. While I gave but one example in the person of Justice Scalia, there are many others who prove my point.

    You will have to do better than this, Anthony. While you are at it, please take a moment to use the nifty preview feature we have incorporated into the comment section of our site: it enables you to review what you have written and correct any typos before publishing your comment so that you don’t appear to be an illiterate. I suggest you take a moment to use it.

  22. Anthony says:

    I thought I explained that when Reagan was in power, the democrats were scared because of how much ground they had lost in that election.
    Thanks for the tip, Gene.
    You make me wanna pull my hair out sometimes, but I enjoy arguing with you.

  23. Anthony says:

    And eliminating the “Democrat’s wishlist” as you said, cutting spending, not raising taxes on businesses, and the end of special interest, like the teacher’s union.

    Those are the issues that matter to me.

  24. GHoyas says:

    …eliminating the “Democrat’s wishlist”…cutting spending, not raising taxes on businesses, and the end of special interest, like the teacher’s union. Those are the issues that matter to me.

    Kindly explain the Democrats’ wish list.

  25. Anthony says:

    It is money spent by Corzine on things that weren’t neccesary. There are remnants of these little things in the 2008 budget, and Christie cut it from every department by at least 9%.

  26. GHoyas says:

    It is money spent by Corzine on things that weren’t neccesary. There are remnants of these little things in the 2008 budget, and Christie cut it from every department by at least 9%.

    Have you actually examined the official budget, Anthony?

  27. Anthony says:

    No, it is too advanced for a high school student to understand in its original words so I have watched and read commentary about the budget of New Jersey. It has recieved much acclaim from around the country and there is a lot of information on it.

  28. GHoyas says:

    No, it is too advanced for a high school student to understand in its original words so I have watched and read commentary about the budget of New Jersey. It has recieved much acclaim from around the country and there is a lot of information on it.

    Go back to Part 1 and then visit the AFP site and avail yourself of their analysis of Gov. Christie’s budget.

    Anthony, you are a very intelligent young man and we laud you for the piss and vinegar of your defense of the Governor. You have the making of a conservative firebrand but you must free yourself of the shackles of mainstream groupthink. We urge you to re-read the entire series - and click on every single link to avail yourself of the abundant evidence for the veracity of our claims.

  29. Anthony says:

    I will, I take you up on your offer and then I will try to provide my own defence, with my own facts.
    BTW- I like the way I have to look up half the things you say, my vocabulary has greatly expanded. I never knew “piss and vinegar” was positive…

  30. GHoyas says:

    BTW- I like the way I have to look up half the things you say, my vocabulary has greatly expanded. I never knew “piss and vinegar” was positive…

    Rather a pity our operation is more of a politically eleemosynary nature than a capitalistically rapacious one, or I would be adrift in the filth of lucre.

    Good night, sweet prince.

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  37. EnoughOfTheBull says:

    Update: Christie did ZILCH to help Republicans, RINO or conservative, in 2011 when BOTH houses were up for reelection. If he were serious about fixing our state, and indeed had a plan to do so, don’t you think he would have been helping change the makeup of our communist leaning legislature and helping reformers get elected? Oh wait perhaps we answered our own questions….my bad.


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