Would Christie still have your vote for governor?
Think back to 2013 when Chris Christie was running for Governor.
He was basking in the limelight of having taken charge of the “Jersey Comeback” – garnering support from Republicans and many Democrats alike – and running commercials touting him as “the Governor!”
Could the Presidency have been a far off dream?
Then “Bridgegate happened, and it seemed as though his world had fallen apart.
All the support he’d garnered from the Republican Party and many of his backers here in the state seemed to want to keep their distance from him for fear he was “toxic!”
And while he’s still head of the Republican Governor’s Association raising money to help reelect Republican governors in various states – many have called into question his policies on many fronts.
His seemingly lack of support for the medical marijuana program. His veto of the gun magazine bill. His staunch opposition to same-sex marriage.
And his recent paring down of the pension fund contribution he’d promised to make back in 2011.
You may have seen the video that had been produced of a mock movie trailer touting his call for pension reform.
If not, here it is:
One listener wrote to me the following regarding pension reform:
In 2011, promises were made in return for concessions. Workers kept our end, and the Governor broke his word and the law.
This is breach of contract. HE came up with the amounts he would pay in, HE agreed to it, HE signed it into law.
You don’t change the game in the middle or the end, that is called cheating.
I have 13 years in the system (it takes 10 to be vested), and it is a little too late for me to start over with a new plan.
If he wants to change things for new hires, more power to him…they can decide with an honest view of the future.
But for the people who are counting on this plan and have nothing else…CC is no better than Bernie Madoff.
I have a different view of his promise to put back as much money as he had planned to. He overestimated how much revenue would be coming into the state – and the only way he’d have been able to put in the promised amount back into the fund would have meant slashing vital programs.
This decision was held up by Judge Mary Jacobson – who cautioned that he’d still have to make the promised contribution in the following budget.
Consider that having gotten a “mulligan!”
So while the future may not seem as rosy as it did in the wake of Sandy, still, since the field is wide open as far as his being nominated as the GOP candidate for President. And the question had been asked that if he were to decide to run for President, would he bail on the job he claims is the best job he’s ever had.
Taking all this into account, given his record thusfar, and knowing what you know now, if you had to do it all over again, would you have taken away your vote for Christie for Governor?