Chris Christie, governor of NJ, is serious about cutting needless budgets!


Chris Christie, Governor of NJ (AP photo)

Chris Christie, Republican Governor of New Jersey, is, as they say in some parts, “kickin a$$ and takin’ names!”  (Sorry for the minor curse….just a figure of speech.)

Chris Christie has zeroed out a $65 million budget item for the state’s “global warming” fund.  At RedState.com, they titled the news as “Chris Christie (R, NJ) zeros out faith-based program!” —- Now that headline is funny!

Gov. Chris Christie is taking $65 million, the entire allocation, from the state’s global warming fund, and $5.9 million, from the toxic waste site cleanup program, to help close the over $10 billion deficit in his $29.3 billion 2010-11 state budget, the state environmental protection commissioner said Monday.

As you may be aware, New Jersey, like many other large, liberal-run states has major fiscal problems.  Chris Christie is taking the budget crisis seriously and doing what few other politicians have the guts to do:  cut spending — especially programs that are worthless like “fighting” non-existent human-caused globally warming!

Christie also is shoving the liberal talking points back at them.  He seems to be bucking the trend  of so-called conservative politicians accepting the liberal basis on issues where RINOs simply become  “liberal-light”. 

We’ll never see this kind of fiscal common sense and common-sense words from Obama or Democrat leaders, but other Republican governors (hello Arnold?!!?) and Congressmen should take note.

Want to hear Christie’s responses to the typical liberal cesspool of rhetoric? From the Wall Street Journal’s article “Reaganism, New Jersey style“:

Here are a few examples, culled from his budget address, public meetings and radio appearances:

The children will be the ones to suffer from your education cuts. “The real question is, who’s for the kids, and who’s for their raises? This isn’t about the kids. Let’s dispense with that portion of the argument. Don’t let them tell you that ever again while they are reaching into your pockets.”

Your policies favor the rich. “We have the worst unemployment in the region and the highest taxes in America, and that’s no coincidence.”

Why not renew the ‘millionaire’s tax’? “The top 1% of taxpayers in New Jersey pay 40% of the income tax. In addition, we’ve got a situation where that tax applies to small businesses. I’m simply not going to put my foot on the back of the neck of small business while I want them to try to grow jobs by giving more revenue to New Jersey.”

Budget cuts are unfair. The special interests have already begun to scream their favorite word—which, coincidentally, is my 9-year-old son’s favorite word when we are making him do something he knows is right but does not want to do—’unfair.’ . . . One state retiree, 49 years old, paid, over the course of his entire career, a total of $124,000 towards his retirement pension and health benefits. What will we pay him? $3.3 million in pension payments over his life, and nearly $500,000 for health care benefits—a total of $3.8 million on a $120,000 investment. Is that fair?”

State budget cuts only shift the pain to our towns. “[L]et’s remember this, in 2009 the private sector in New Jersey lost 121,000 jobs. In 2009, municipalities and school boards added 11,300 jobs. Now that’s just outrageous. And they’re going to have to start to lay some people off, not continue to hire at the pace they hired in 2009 in the middle of a recession.”

Isn’t your talk of ‘stopping the tax madness’ just another ‘Read My Lips’ promise? “[Mine is] much better than ‘Read my lips.’ I’m sorry, it’s just much better. Much stronger. . . . It’s gonna be how my governorship will rise or fall. I’m not signing a tax increase.”

As “Wade” at RedState.com comments noted:

This guy is doing what so many Republicans are afraid to do- cut these bogus programs and not worry about all the flack their going to get from the media. A small minority will be “up in arms”, but do enough of this and the nut jobs won’t be able to bring enough attention to any one thing. Hey, come to think of it, that’s what Obama is doing, except he’s going against the majority. It’s high time someone with an (R) next to their name did the same.

I might add that Obama’s policies work against the people in order to remake our country in his own anti-American, anti-capitalist image.   Republicans, like Christie, who will get back to fiscal common-sense, lowering taxes, and reigning in government programs will be leading the choir of the majority of Americans and, in the process, moving our country back towards individual freedom and limited government.

Kudos to Christie!

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