Is Chris Christie Pleased Today?
So Chris Christie is now Bruce Springsteen’s friend. In other news: Bergen County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control. Cumberland County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep two Freeholder seats, Republicans lose control. Passaic County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep 3 Freeholder seats defeating 3 incumbent Republicans who ran and won on Christie’s coattails in 2009, Board is now 7-0 Democrats. Burlington County Freeholder Board - Democrats sweep 2 Freeholder seats leaving Republicans with a 3-2 majority. Atlantic County Freeholder Board - Democrat defeats incumbent At large Republican Freeholder leaving Republicans with a 7-2 Majority. Somerset County Freeholder Board - Election of two Freeholders is too close to call between the Democrat and Republican candidates. There were 2 Special Elections for Assembly seats. In the 4th District, the Democrat won handily. In the 16th District, the race is still too close to call. Incumbent Democrat Sen. Bob Menendez cruised to an easy victory over Republican (and close friend of the Governor) Joe Kyrillos and will be returning to Washington to represent certain special interests and a very small portion of New Jersey citizens.
With results like that, on top of the Democrat/Socialist President winning re-election last night, virtually all New Jersey conservatives are in a foul mood today.
Coming just a year after Governor Christie failed to pick up a single legislative seat when all 120 were up during New Jersey’s mid term elections last year (losing one Assembly seat), is the Governor pleased with these results?
Just last week, Rob Jennings of the New Jersey Herald reported that the Governor does not like when Freeholder boards are dominated by one party. Sandwiched between his out of state campaigning for candidates who can’t and won’t help New Jersey; and his near endorsement of Obama (for a chance to be friends with Bruce Springsteen) the Governor had this to say at a town hall meeting:
“It’s not the way our system is supposed to work because you don’t have the appropriate checks and balances. People aren’t checking up on each other. The club becomes clubbier,” Christie said
In other words, Republicans need Democrats to be able to govern… more like Democrats?
In other States across the country when a Republican or Democrat Governor is in office, they try as hard as they can to get others from their party elected at all levels of government. It is one of the advantages of controlling the Executive branch. Or at least it should be.
As conservatives and Republicans digest the carnage endured yesterday, everyone should be asking Governor Christie if he is pleased with the outcomes above.
Remember, he said so publicly.
Is that the strong Conservative Republican leadership we need in New Jersey?
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