Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth - Intro

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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.

NOTE: This is the introductory post for an eight part series. As each part gets published, it will be linked in every other part - including this one. Before complaining that we have offered no proof for our assertions, please take a moment to examine the various posts that have been linked at the end of this post.

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No less a luminary than Rush Limbaugh places Gov. Christie on his short list of putative contenders for the Oval Office.

If the polls are right and there is a conservative Republican landslide this week, Limbaugh will turn his attention to imposing the Limbaugh Rule in 2012. I recently asked him to rate a list of the leading aspirants—Newt Gingrich, Haley Barbour, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Mike Huckabee, Tim Pawlenty, and Chris Christie—on a scale of 1 (if this is the nominee, I’m moving to Costa Rica) to 10 (Reagan redux). In reply he gave Huckabee a 4; Pawlenty, Gingrich, and Romney 6’s; Barbour a 7. Palin and Christie each scored an 8.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot…Chris Christie scores an 8just two notches away from Reagan??!!

We at ConservativeNewJersey are left scratching our heads. (Let’s leave aside for the moment that the ordinarily astute Limbaugh passed over the likes of conservative stalwart Sen. Jim. DeMint). Are these people talking about the real Chris Christie - the one who actually occupies the Governor’s office in the Trenton State House…the one whose words and actions we have carefully followed for the past two years? THAT Chris Christie?

Not according to our facts and figures and the time has come to set the record straight.

Gov. Christie basks in the conservative limelight partly because the opposition party has veered so sharply to the left nationwide that it makes moderates and RINOs in the center look conservative by comparison. In a center-right country blighted by liberalism, people are hungry for true conservatism and to that end, Mr. Christie delivered the rhetoric: he talks a tough conservative ball game and is adept at crafting excellent soundbites for the television cameras. Translating those soundbites into actual policies, however, is an entirely different matter as we will explore in much greater detail throughout this series.

Christie’s popularity as a conservative can also be attributed to the echo-chamber effect of numerous conservative media pundits who are, for the most part, unaware of his actual record and take it upon themselves to promote him as a stalwart conservative for strategic political reasons. Like the electorate at large, these pundits hunger for conservative leadership at the top of the Republican Party, and of course the election of an ostensibly conservative Republican in Blue-State New Jersey lends powerful credence to the ‘Conservative Ascendancy’ narrative. Lately, however, the ‘image is everything’ myth that Christie has cultivated with carefully parsed rhetoric is beginning to unravel. The pundits who do their homework - like Mark Levin here and here - are catching up to the fact that Christie’s policies belie his rhetoric.

As it happens, many of Gov. Christie’s cheerleaders live outside of the Garden State and for the most part haven’t a clue to what really is going on here. If you are among that number - or even if you are a resident of New Jersey - we urge you to read this article first: it outlines in detail just how this state became a politico-economic basket case and who is responsible. During the primary and throughout the general gubernatorial campaign, Mr. Christie repeatedly pointed to myriad failures of previous administrations as the rationale for electing him Governor. Instead of a substantive or detailed plan of action for restoring the economy of the state, he offered vague generalities (”cut taxes across the board,” “eliminate wasteful spending,” etc.) and a torrent of conservative platitudes.

Other Christie supporters vaguely reference his tough talking stance on issues near and dear to the conservative heart while a (somewhat) informed few will refer you to the governor’s recent “Reform New Jersey” tour, based largely on the list of promises covering state finances, education, energy, ethics, cities and jobs that he posted on his website during the primary and general campaigns last year - promises that had about as much substance in 2009 as Barack Obama’s vague assurance of  ‘Hope and Change’ did a year earlier.

To be sure, there were things he said and did that lend him a plausible conservative veneer - including the now famous YouTube videos in which he faces down an angry educrat at a town hall meeting and gives what-for to a snotty reporter at a press conference. He declined to re-appoint notoriously liberal state Supreme Court Justice John Wallace; he secured passage in the state legislature of a budget that he claimed cut spending by over $2 billion without raising taxes; he signed several health and pension benefits reform bills into law (including legislation requiring all public workers in New Jersey to pay at least 1.5 percent of their salaries toward their health care); he banned part-time employees from enrolling in the state pension system; he also secured a 2 % cap on property tax increases and just recently canceled the ARC Tunnel project for lack of funds.

On the other hand, there exists a growing list of words and deeds that cast him in anything but a conservative light:

  • 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.

In this multi-part series we will address all of these issues with specificity and abundant documentation. So buckle in and - if you are a member of the “Christie-for-President-in-2012″ fan club - prepare to be awakened by some very inconvenient truths.

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In Part 1 - which will appear tomorrow - we will examine the myth that Gov. Christie opposes the re-distribution of wealth in New Jersey and balanced the budget without gimmicks or tax increases.

Here are links to all the articles in this series:

How New Jersey Lost Its Mojo
Introduction to the Christie Conservative Myth
Part 1 - Budget Myths
Part 2 - Unions and State Employees
Part 3 - Conservative Appointees
Part 4 - Political Endorsements
Part 5 - Cap & Trade and “Green Technology”
Part 6 - Gov. Christie and Obamacare
Part 7 - Illegal Aliens, Gun Control and the GZ Mosque
Part 8 - A Conservative Myth Exposed

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66 Comments

  1. Adrianne says:

    As for me, you sing to the choir, I tried to expose the real Christie among my sphere even before the primaries. And got shouted down. Many of those who were convinced then are having a serious case of buyers’ remorse.

    Would double check on this: ” … he also secured a 2 % cap on property tax increases…” in fact, the 2% is optional as many towns who taxes have gone up 5, 8, 10% and more.

    FWIW, many of the NJ Grassroots groups have agreed to make Trenton our focus this year, we have already delivered and ultimatim to the 120 Legislators that says if they don’t start nullifying, Obamacare, RGGI, pilot cap and trade, safe harbor, social services to illegals, pass a law like AZ SB 1070, we will recruit from within and nullify THEM in the 2011 elections.

    Am delighted that you are spreading the word about the real Christie. And keep in mind, NJ is still a recall state, Christie’s rampage is subject to a recall petition as early as Jan 22, 2011.

  2. Gretel says:

    Let’s see if Mark Levin is successful in getting the governor on his show to address these questions. That ought to be interesting.

  3. The problem with Chris Christie is that he actually needs to listen to Chis Christie allot more, and listen to Joe Kyrillos allot less.

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  5. get real says:

    this entire article is loaded with falsehoods. Christie has never endorsed amnesty. He’s cut massive bloated projects, and has reared in public school funding that was way out of control.

    Why not footnote the references to the lies you’ve posted?

  6. Bruce Long says:

    Thanks for the straight scoop on Christie.

    Perhaps he has fooled many because they are desperate for the real deal after having been betrayed by our leaders - both conservative and liberal - for so long.

  7. jbenson2 says:

    A lot of words expressing your emotional position that he is not conservative enough. But just like Scott Brown in Massachusetts, he has a fine line to walk.

    Your editorial position seems to be that you want to cut off your nose to spite your face. Very similar to social conservatives who are riling over the inclusion of gay conservatives at CPAC.

    Is Christie as bad as Corzine and the other democrat hacks who have run New Jersey into the ground?

  8. Mary Beth says:

    “He has endorsed notorious RINO candidates in the 2010 mid-term election while avoiding (with one notable exception) contact with conservative candidates”

    Not sure who you are referring to as “notable exception” but he did campaign for our now governor-elect Scott Walker who is a true conservative …. there is not a drop of RINO blood in his body.

  9. this entire article is loaded with falsehoods. Christie has never endorsed amnesty. He’s cut massive bloated projects, and has reared in public school funding that was way out of control.

    Why not footnote the references to the lies you’ve posted?

    Have you read all of the posts yet? If not, please do and follow the reference links that are included. If then you question any of the facts that are presented, please reference alternative information to back up your claims that we are lying.

  10. As Reagan said, a person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.

    So Christie agrees with Jim Demint only 82% of the time or so and he’s a born-again Democrat? Christie is the savior of New Jersey and the article seems to be pining away for Jon Corzine because Mark Levin said so.

  11. Scott R says:

    Christie also campaigned for Bill Brady in Illinois…certainly no RINO.

    I don’t know everything about Christie, but I do know it appears he is actually governing and getting things done. It seems to me that many of my conservative friends forget that the point of all of this is to actually govern.

    I’d also add context that NJ is not SC or MS. It is unrealistic to expect someone to be able to get elected and govern the same way in every state. This one-size fits all “true conservative” mantra that many push needs to be tempered.

  12. Dan Pet says:

    Thanks for the heads up. I mean Christie is of course better than Corzine but that isnt saying much. People are sick of union thugs so they LOVE him standing up to them. So they make him a star. I have tried to tell conservatives outside of the state that they are falling in love with him on false premises. They really need to hear the truth.

  13. John says:

    You’re probably 1 of those people that think Palin would make a good President.

  14. James J. says:

    That’s rather interesting. He sounds a lot like a male version of Jan Brewer, no fiscal action to back up the words. Oh well, there are still other people to support.

  15. Why do you assume anyone is being “fooled” into thinking Christie is Reagan redux?

    Jersey is one inch away from being a socialist state. Christie IS a hero against that state.

    But no one thinks Christie is an arch conservative. Sure compared to most of commie-Jersey, he SEEMS like the hardest conservative on the planet, but no one is “fooled” into thinking he is really a hardcore conservative.

    Regardless, he is good for the state.

  16. Publius says:

    As Gretel says, Levin has outed him very well. My money says Christy won’t faceoff against Levin.

  17. jbenson2 says:

    Dan Pet says:
    I have tried to tell conservatives outside of the state that they are falling in love with him on false premises. They really need to hear the truth.

    Reminds me of the phrase - who do I believe?

    #1.) a blog with an agenda that only accepts perfection in conservative candidates
    or
    #2.) my own lyin’ eyes

    I’ll stick with #2

  18. D Reuben says:

    Who are you people? Identify yourself, your affiliations and your background so we know where you are coming from.

  19. Bill30097 says:

    I made a comment on RedState.com during the primary that Christie is a RINO and have been banned eve since. Erickson talks a good game but is famous in GA for backing RINOs like Karen Handel for governor.

  20. Hello D. Reuben:

    You can learn the answer to your question by going to our “About” page.

  21. GHoyas says:

    John says: November 17, 2010 at 11:40 AM You’re probably 1 of those people that think Palin would make a good President.

    Heh…not quite, Johnny. You need to do more reading and less blathering.

  22. Bill30097 says:

    @D Reuben Who are you? A sandwich?

  23. Hello Bill30097:

    Welcome to CNJ! It is funny how supposed conservative sites ban those who call into question any of their “saviors”. Your opinion will always be welcomed here.

  24. Robert says:

    In Christie’s place, what would you do? If you want to stand on the sidelines and jeer at a guy in the arena, have fun.

    With your ‘pure’ politics, you could never get elected. I doubt you have either the stamina or character to run. And you trash a guy who did the hard and demeaning work of actually running for office and the even harder work of actually governing? Please.

    Politics is about getting things done. Christie is doing things. You are windbagging from the peanut gallery.

    Robert Fuller
    Hopewell, NJ

  25. Andrew says:

    I agree with the poster above that called out the author on some of the falsehoods.

    Amnesty for illegals? Christie never supported that.

    Mosque at ground zero? Christie simply stated it was an issue for local authorities to resolve and was not a national issue.

    Endorsed numerous RINO candidates? I will give you Mike Castle. But otherwise, he endorsed mostly very good conservative candidates across the country, especially at the gubernatorial level.

    I think this article and this author is largely grasping at straws. Usually when someone steps out to do something big the biggest critics are those supposedly on their side.

  26. John says:

    In my opinion, the same dodos that don’t accept Christie are the same dodo that think Chris Coons is better than Mike Castle.

  27. Dr. Deano says:

    Demanding perfection assures failure.

    Our political system chews up anyone attempting to install an ideologically pure government - we’ve just witnessed the first wave of the proof of that axiom. That is not an endorsement of RINOism (which is a failure of an individual’s character, not their willingness to use tactical political compromise to achieve larger conservative goals) or anything like it. Rather it is a pragmatic assessment of the reality that if we want a much more conservative government in the longer term, we must not seek to enforce an ideologically pure conservative government in the short term.

    In assessing the details of a governor’s performance in order to judge him or her as ‘conservative or not’ one must first consider the very real fact that New Jersey (along with California and all too many other states) have been rendered effectively ungovernable by the effects of many years of out-of-control clueless elite liberalism.

    There is no clean slate - the state is massive, hyper-complex and neck deep in the sticky gooey effluent of years of liberal/progressive wet dreams: Their idiot laws, regulations and regulators, not to mention corrupt unions rigidly bind the power structures of the state giving the remaining Democrats the ability to obstruct and even destroy much of what a governor sets out to accomplish.

    Many Democrats may have been voted out, but Democratic government is far from having been flushed out.

    In reality the details of a particular action by a governor are not nearly as important as the sum of what those actions actually accomplish in terms of the direction the state moves while they are governor.

    Take New Jersey and California for instance. In the big picture, NJ has a new ‘conservative’ governor and CA has a new ‘liberal’ governor. I’ll bet what little money I have left that over the next few years - even with a Christie unchanged by your criticisms - NJ will improve, moving upward in a conservative direction and CA will die a death of a thousand cuts, plummeting hopelessly in the opposite direction.

  28. Mugwa says:

    Until this article, Christie has indeed been sold to conservatives on the outside, myself included (GA), as a conservative tour de force. Wait. Wait. Don’t tell me. We are being scuttled by media distortions…but by who? The MSM is killing us with liberalism, so who is window dressing RINOs for prime time conservative posing? Who does this I say?

    I beleive this article. I am shifting my views. The beginning of the end was when he endorsed the mosque on ground zero. See, een if you believe the mosque should go there, and we respectfully disagree, it still targets him as a RINO.

  29. This article has made its way to HotAir. It’s interesting to see that the article brought out blogger Mr. Houston to respond. And as an aside to Richard and Bill, I’m surprised myself that I have yet to be banned from Redstate. Perhaps it’s because I don’t post there too much. I’ve said plenty of rigidly conservative things - principles before pragmatism - that most certainly go against the grain at Redstate where pragmatism is seen as more acceptable than principle when you boil it all down.

    As to Mr. Christie, what can be said? Keep his feet to the fire, and when it comes time for re-election or the presidential primaries, keep the footbath hot. Hopefully y’all here have someone better in mind to replace him.

  30. NJ resident says:

    He’s cut massive bloated projects, and has reared in public school funding that was way out of control.

    You’re clueless and not speaking to the issue. The issue is the suburbs made him governor & he has turned his back on them. He has done away with almost all funding for schools in the suburbs. The practical effect of this is the suburbs are sending massive amounts of money to the state (in the form of income taxes which were created expressely to offset property taxes - ie. school taxes) & receiving nothing in return (as massive amounts of money continue to be poured into low performing city schools, like Newark, Camden & Hoboken - which is a very affluent city along the Hudson River).

  31. HippyJoe says:

    It is a good policy to always have doubts about fat slobs.
    Just their appearance normally indicates little or no self control.
    Perhaps in the Christie case, he just knows how to go about sucking on a “different government teat” than the normal one most sniveling libs and corrupt demratz suck at.
    But, in the final analysis, I haven’t seen in Christie what the writer of this suspect article says. None of it is verified. Suspect that this site is a lefty site with an agenda aimed at nefarious political hits against Christie.

  32. NJ resident says:

    Is Christie as bad as Corzine and the other democrat hacks who have run New Jersey into the ground? As Reagan said, a person who agrees with you 80% of the time is an ally.

    So Christie agrees with Jim Demint only 82% of the time or so and he’s a born-again Democrat? Christie is the savior of New Jersey and the article seems to be pining away for Jon Corzine because Mark Levin said so.

    With your ‘pure’ politics, you could never get elected. I doubt you have either the stamina or character to run. And you trash a guy who did the hard and demeaning work of actually running for office and the even harder work of actually governing?

    Spoken like true RINO’s. If Christie wants to disagree with conservative’s on the how much of a tax cut is feasible now or how quickly to return parity to the school funding abomination or what is the best way to make this country unaccommodating to illegal’s so they have no choice but to return the same way they arrived - we’d be fine with that type of disagreement. But in some peoples lives there are principles and beliefs that are non-negotiable. Standing up to those who would Obamacare & Cap & Trade us into socialism is one of those principles that are non-negotiable, as is the fight against those that see little problem with the flaunting of the rule law to the extent that the California Supreme Court just ruled that illegal immigrants are entitled to in-state tuition in California colleges whereas out of state Americans citizens will have to pay much more to attend. Unfortunately, on too many core issues Christie is on the wrond side of the conservative line in the sand.

  33. Fashionable Nonsense says:

    I am beginning to realize just how nutty my own side is growing, with a fashionable embrace.

    So is Mrs. Palin a real conservative?

    She raised taxes on Oil Companies for rather populist reasons and built “Climate Panel” bureaucracy in Alaska. She joined perhaps the most liberal platform ever offered in GOP History, with the Maverick which called for mindless Cap and Trade Taxation.

    Today we see such a fashionable offering, there are those more concerned with Bristol dancing on TV, than the tax increases Democrats want to push upon us this JAN 1st.

    And now we are going after Chris Christie?

    The guy who just cut the State funding to NJN?

    LOL !

    Fashion is a sign of those who are so eager to be accepted, pushing a “I am the real conservative” endlessly. It is terribly weak, and lacks serious objectivity.

    It isn’t conservative…

  34. NJ resident says:

    Why do you assume anyone is being “fooled” into thinking Christie is Reagan redux?

    Jersey is one inch away from being a socialist state. Christie IS a hero against that state.

    But no one thinks Christie is an arch conservative. Sure compared to most of commie-Jersey, he SEEMS like the hardest conservative on the planet, but no one is “fooled” into thinking he is really a hardcore conservative.

    Regardless, he is good for the state.

    Jesus, can’t you follow what this site is saying? He’s being portrayed as a national conservative stalwart. It is this perception that needs to be debunked.

    Best we can hope for in NJ? Maybe, maybe not. For the sake of the State & Country you better pray for maybe not.

  35. Someone dranked the hateraide this morning for sure! I’m from the Empire Welfare State of New York and I know what kind of (R) is Christie is however 2012 is very far away so between then do the world a favor and go fly a kite, ride a bike or hop on the Dinky or get on at Exit 9 and take a one way route out of New Jersey and The Great Blue Northeast. Today OHSA had to fined Gov Christie for having too many suckers riding his jock!

  36. John says:

    Oh boo hoo. Chris Christie is cutting spending and you don’t like it.

  37. Classical Liberal says:

    Groan. I don’t know why I bothered with this article. I’m not saying the author is wrong, but he fails to provide any specific policies the Governor has enacted that are “unconservative”.

    Christie is a great politician. The state legislature opposes him, so Christie has to keep public opinion on his side to keep his opposition at bay. If his popularity drops, he loses legitimacy and allows his opposition to take control. Christie is smart to focus a limited number of issues that a majority of the state will support. It is politically stupid to voice hard lined views on issues you have no control over. Christie was right to keep his powder dry on the mosque issue. Why? Because he doesn’t represent NY! Immigration? That is a federal issue that the state has no control over. Christie is choosing his battles wisely, taking on those he knows he can win and building public support for limited government

  38. NJ resident says:

    Demanding perfection assures failure.

    Our political system chews up anyone attempting to install an ideologically pure government - we’ve just witnessed the first wave of the proof of that axiom. That is not an endorsement of RINOism (which is a failure of an individual’s character, not their willingness to use tactical political compromise to achieve larger conservative goals) or anything like it. Rather it is a pragmatic assessment of the reality that if we want a much more conservative government in the longer term, we must not seek to enforce an ideologically pure conservative government in the short term.

    In assessing the details of a governor’s performance in order to judge him or her as ‘conservative or not’ one must first consider the very real fact that New Jersey (along with California and all too many other states) have been rendered effectively ungovernable by the effects of many years of out-of-control clueless elite liberalism.

    There is no clean slate - the state is massive, hyper-complex and neck deep in the sticky gooey effluent of years of liberal/progressive wet dreams: Their idiot laws, regulations and regulators, not to mention corrupt unions rigidly bind the power structures of the state giving the remaining Democrats the ability to obstruct and even destroy much of what a governor sets out to accomplish.

    Many Democrats may have been voted out, but Democratic government is far from having been flushed out.

    In reality the details of a particular action by a governor are not nearly as important as the sum of what those actions actually accomplish in terms of the direction the state moves while they are governor.

    Take New Jersey and California for instance. In the big picture, NJ has a new ‘conservative’ governor and CA has a new ‘liberal’ governor. I’ll bet what little money I have left that over the next few years - even with a Christie unchanged by your criticisms - NJ will improve, moving upward in a conservative direction and CA will die a death of a thousand cuts, plummeting hopelessly in the opposite direction

    Thank you for that lesson in pragmatism, I’m sure we all needed it. And comparing New Jersey to California three years from now is like comparing Stalin to Castro. Now, specifically, what is pragmatic about being in favor of “a path to citizenship” when a large majority of Americans (if given a truthful choice e.g. would you be in favor of national i.d card, going after employers to shut down that possibility of illegals gaining employment) would choose close borders first, second, last and then we might discuss something???? Also, he may be a one term Governor if the suburbs, who basically elected him, don’t turn out to vote. His 2% property tax cap meant jack …. as my taxes went up 10%.

  39. NJ resident says:

    I am beginning to realize just how nutty my own side is growing, with a fashionable embrace.

    So is Mrs. Palin a real conservative?

    She raised taxes on Oil Companies for rather populist reasons and built “Climate Panel” bureaucracy in Alaska. She joined perhaps the most liberal platform ever offered in GOP History, with the Maverick which called for mindless Cap and Trade Taxation.

    Today we see such a fashionable offering, there are those more concerned with Bristol dancing on TV, than the tax increases Democrats want to push upon us this JAN 1st.

    And now we are going after Chris Christie?

    The guy who just cut the State funding to NJN?

    LOL !

    Fashion is a sign of those who are so eager to be accepted, pushing a “I am the real conservative” endlessly. It is terribly weak, and lacks serious objectivity.

    It isn’t conservative…

    Really, it’s not that hard. Why don’t you move away from generalities and talk specfics. If she raised taxes and it cost jobs then she should explain herself. What was this “Climate Panel” empowered to do? Why was it created? If it stinks of soemthng, she should have to explain herself. Her joining McCain is a non issue as she is not responsible for his prior actions.

    It would appear we should vet anyone who wants to run with the conservative torch. Something tells me Palin’s problem has less to do with her adherence to conservative principles and more to do with a lack of gravitas, but then again we had Clinton & Bush for 8 years each so……….

  40. anon says:

    I have never in my entire life heard of a republican official actually cancelling a major road project for being overbudget. He is not perfect, but he has shattered the precedent that once a project is started, liberals can pile as much money into it as they can without repercussions.

  41. NJ resident says:

    I have never in my entire life heard of a republican official actually cancelling a major road project for being overbudget. He is not perfect, but he has shattered the precedent that once a project is started, liberals can pile as much money into it as they can without repercussions.

    I’ll grant you, he has made a splash here and there, but he has yet to accomplish anything truly worthwhile as regards the bloated NJ budget. The state budget went up 6% the year he entered. His “savings” were to slash property tax relief to the suburbs who, in turn, raised the taxes of NJ residents. Let him layoff 5,000 workers or slash school funding to the citys where money is literally thrown down the drain with zero bang for your buck, then we’ll talk of him as a conservative.

  42. EchoMike says:

    I really just don’t get you guys.
    NJ is in complete disarray from what I hear.
    You finally get a right leaning candidate elected to run the state.
    He steps right on stage and gives a big middle finger salute the govt unions sucking money out of the private sector, and has begun to pull them in line.
    Now, not only does he have to worry about the dems, libs, and unions coming after him…
    He’s now gotta watch his back for those people who are supposedly “on his side”.
    The man is Gov of NJ… NOT TEXAS!!!!
    If you want him to be super conservative and swoop in and tell everyone how’s it gonna be, you are going to be disappointed.
    How about let him deal with these unions and then allow him to address the other issues.
    You got a state full of democrats who are just waiting for him to fail. Try not to give them ammo.
    GEEZ

  43. HippyJoe says:

    Some NJ residents are long winded aholes with nuttin better to do than collect union benefits and sit infront of the computer all day long and whine….

  44. Di Marco says:

    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?

  45. NJ resident says:

    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 as and that many people believe. Each part highlights various aspects which proves with facts that Christie is not a true conservative but more of a moderate with some liberal tendencies.

    Nothing else really needs to be said.

  46. GHoyas says:

    jbenson2 says: Reminds me of the phrase - who do I believe? #1.) a blog with an agenda that only accepts perfection in conservative candidates or #2.) my own lyin’ eyes. I’ll stick with #2

    Then you will continue to delude yourself. For one thing, we never demanded perfection - just truth in labeling. We can accept the fact that Scott Brown of MA is a RINO because he never claimed to be a conservative.

    Chris Christie, on the other hand, played the conservative card for all it was worth when he saw his popularity grow nationwide as a conservative stalwart.

    We object because this is misleading - and if you take the time to read Parts 1 through 8 of this series you will understand our position.

  47. [...] There are few others that even come close, and unfortunately, no, he’s not one of them. [...]

  48. Mike Proto says:

    Guys, congrats on getting attention on this series.

    People not from NJ and/or who have bought into the myth need to know the facts. Your series has done so very well.

    For those of you drawn here because of CNJ’s reporting on the Governor, please note that I can vouch for the facts they presented.

    At Americans for Prosperity-NJ we have studied the Governor’s budget (and proposed our own which you can find here). The FY 2011 increased spending by 6% on the state level. There were several tax increases in the budget and the cuts to property tax relief have indeed forced property taxes higher. A greater share of school funding dollars went to the inner cities and so-called Abbott Districts (more than ever before) at the expense of the suburbs. There were increases in funding for food stamps and NJ FamilyCare (a public option health insurance plan). The FY 2011 was NOT a step in the right direction for NJ. It only will serve to exacerbate the state’s problems.

    The Governor deserves credit for canceling the ARC Tunnel and not re-nominating a very liberal Supreme Court Justice.

    Failing to lift a finger to stop Obamacare and Cap & Trade? Not so good.

    The Governor should be judged on results, not YouTube moments. Conservatives pride themselves on rational thought, not the cult of personality. Isn’t that what we decry Obama supporters for?

    So, let’s see what the results are down the road. NJ is the third worst state for taxes. Outward migration is among the highest in the nation. The state hasn’t created private sector jobs in a decade. The pension system, which Christie failed to fund to the tune of $3B, is nearing implosion. When these problems are addressed then we can give the Governor credit.

  49. mick says:

    Another myth that should be added, is that Christie is promoting free markets.

    In regards to the medical marijuana legislation, Christie and administration, are doing everything they can from this program starting, creating new jobs, new state revenue, and keeping medicine from patients.

    This should be a free market environment, not a nanny state.

    http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2010/12/limited_nj_nonprofits_to_grow.html

  50. Jacinto Haag says:

    He’s no longer a fetus. Republicans only care about you before you’re born.

  51. [...] With all the recent Chris Christie love going around, everyone should see this Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth - Intro | Conservative New Jersey [...]

  52. [...] for additional information see Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth at Conservative New [...]

  53. [...] to Conservative New Jersey, Christie’s record is anything but. They post a list of “words and deeds” that punch holes in the narrative that his supporters have been [...]

  54. Himtngal says:

    This guy is lousy on illegal immigration. He’s not the dream candidate, Trump is. And Cain is too.

  55. NotPropagandized says:

    Good grief, it’s looking like there’s a commie under every rock. Reports I’m getting from some pretty reliable evangelicals is that Christie is a trustworthy conservative, both fiscal and social. And for goodness sakes, looking from outside NewJersey into that Dem/Socialist hellhole, Christie is phenomenal.

    The fact is, there IS almost a commie under every rock, kind of. Americans have been so thoroughly re-educated that the foundations of successful society have either been forgotten or unrecoverable since our depraved minds are figuratively paralyzed for lack of ability to re-enact our system.

    Christie gives us a rest from BruceSpringstinger’s of the world. Strong conservatives need to develop a VERY keen skill to differentiate between when they should take a stand and when they should use some political tools to move toward the ideal.

    I’ve got some news. There’s no utopia out there for conservatives. Battling commie-Dems is like pest control. You have to keep at it, always roving about to exterminate the sickness of the entitlement society. These people have no sense of the nature of humanity and they certainly exploit the strong addictive tendencies toward government handouts.

    Let’s run with Christie and win some battles. Maybe NewJersey can come up with some new Republican leaders and form a mini-dynasty! Dream on!

  56. seaweaver says:

    Lately, 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.

    hey…see this little forgotten group of words at the opening?….keep him…for GODS SAKE keep him.Those of you under the impression he is what NJ needs… fine…BUT NOT FOR THE NATION!
    cw…

  57. Jeff Schueler says:

    Conservatives dislike Christie because he is not hateful enough.

    The “modern” Republican party (almost sounds like an oxymoron) consists of a bunch of xenophobes, racists, homophobes, bullies and religious wackos.

    Christie is none of the above.

  58. Ed Mazlish says:

    Christie does not hate Obamacare enough for me.

    Christie does not hate the insenisitivty of the Victory Mosque at Ground Zero enough for me.

    Christie does not hate the fraud of man made global warming enough for me.

    Christie does not hate redistributing wealth from wealthy school districts to poor, so-called Abbott school districts, enough for me.

    Christie does not hate gun control enough for me.

    Christie does not hate the progressivity of the income tax enough for me.

    Chris Christie does not hate what the Democrats are doing to this country enough for me.

    In that sense, I guess you’re right Jeff - Chris Christie is not hateful enough for me.

  59. [...] and there’s this about Christie: Chris Christie: A Conservative Myth - Intro | Conservative New Jersey The first of several articles, with lots of links in them. __________________ If you think [...]

  60. [...] did not run. He had four major problems: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. He’stoo liberal for Iowa, too close to Wall Street for New Hampshire, too dismissive of Nevada, and too quiet about [...]

  61. [...] did not run. He had four major problems: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. He’stoo liberal for Iowa, too close to Wall Street for New Hampshire, too dismissive of Nevada, and too quiet about [...]

  62. [...] did not run. He had four major problems: Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. He’s too liberal for Iowa, too close to Wall Street for New Hampshire, too dismissive of Nevada, and too quiet [...]

  63. [...] Like I said, one RINO endorsing another. For the record, Christie is hardly a stalwart of conservatism: [...]

  64. [...] far from the first to observe that there is much less to Chris Christie than meets the conservative ear. A blue state [...]

  65. [...] far from the first to observe that there is much less to Chris Christie than meets the conservative ear. A blue state [...]

  66. [...] incl yours truly, but then you start educating yourself to learn just another RINO in the making. Chris Christie is NOT a conservative Share this:Facebook This entry was posted in Video - Chris Christie, Video - Political and [...]


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