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New Jersey GOP Profits From Chris Christie & So Does the State

Other than Grover Cleveland, New Jersey has never really been known for its Republican leaders. There have been no Lincolns or Reagans to hail from it. There have been no Glodwaters or Jack Kemps to claim it as home in recent years. We’ve had some fair governors like Christine Todd Whitman and Tom Kean but none have profoundly led the G.O.P. or set a tone for the Party on a national level.

But in 2009, unbeknownst to most, that all changed.

In less than 1 year’s time, after defeating liberal Governor Jon Corzine, Chris Christie burst on to the scene and in no time at all proved that he was not your ordinary Republican and certainly not your run of the mill Northeastern liberal Republican.

He came into promising that he would govern as if he intended to only be a one term Governor. He said this because he refused to allow himself to be beholden to the powers that be and the special interests and powerbrokers who peddle political favors for government kickbacks.

So far Christie, has lived up to that promise. He has taken on the biggest unions in the state. He has adopted fiscal restraint and slashed the budget of every state government agency and department in order to balance the budget and get spending under control. He has made many hard decisions and most New Jerseyans have no regrets over the choices he made.

Along the way, all of Christie’s actions have echoed loudly and far beyond the borders of the Garden State. From Kennebunkport to California, Chris Christie’s actions have given rise to a true profile in courage which leaders all over America want to emulate. Which is why Chris Christie spend a month worth of time campaigning for the elections of Republicans to congress, the U.S. Senate and statehouses. His legendary prowess as a fiscal conservative who knows when and how to say no, during a time with a President that feels spending is the answer to everything, has made Christie a novelty and turned him into a national figure and in some cases a national hero.

So it is only logical for the New Jersey Republican State Committee to try and capitalize Christie’s fame. That’s is why, under the stupendous leadership of Assemblyman and Republican State Chairman Jay Weber, the N.J.G.O.P. has begun to sell Chris Christie gear. From mugs and bumper stickers to T-shirts and hoodies, conservative can purchase items that signify their appreciation for common sense, fiscal restraint and the man who has come to represent such concepts .

Proceeds from the sales go directly to the N.J.G.O.P. which unlike most states will be holding critical state legislative races and end up having much to do with the redistricting process that will draw the district lines from which every House and state legislative candidate will run in for the following ten years.

The effort is one that is sure to bring some sorely needed bucks for next years legislative races. So I for one commend the N.J.G.O.P. for their bright packaging of our Governor to the rest of the nation and taking advantage of his popularity. I mean why not? It’s not anyone could have made money off of Jon Corzine sweatshirts. I also thank Governor Christie for making New Jersey proud again and for becoming one of those few great Republican leaders that we can proudly say hails from New Jersey.

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ATTN: DEMOCRATS; “Put Your Weapons Down, And Your Hands Up!”

Bookmark and Share    It’s said that  history has a way of repeating itself.   After seeing the results of the 2009 elections, Republican 2008 Election Victoriesit  looks like it is doing so right now.  Before the wheels started falling off the Republican bandwagon in 2006, Republicans suffered big defeats in both Virginia, and New Jersey, in 2005. Those losses were a sign of things to come and they preceded the GOP’s loss of seats in the US Senate and their loss of the majority and their control of the House of Representatives.

  In 2009, it is the Democrats who, whether they realize it or not, are seeing the wheels of their bandwagon, begin to fall off.  

Republican racked up victories all over the nation. In the East, they did particularly well. They won more seats in the in Virginia’s House of Delegates and also saw statewide victories for the Republican Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General candidates. To make that victory sweeter, Republican Governor-Elect Bob McConnell’s almost 18% lead over Democrat Creigh Deeds, helped Republicans pick up 4, and possibly 5, more seats in the Virginia House of Delegates.  

Corzine ConcedesHeading North, the Democrat stronghold of The Garden State saw New Jersey voters give Democrat Governor, Jon Corzine the state‘s one finger salute and offer him a hearty toodaloo.

Having ruled over a four year term that saw nothing but sweetheart deals for unions, new and higher taxes, higher tolls, higher costs of living, more state mandates and fewer and fewer jobs Corzine, even “The Messiah, himself, could not resuscitate the that dead donkey. Although in the darkest of blue New Jersey, where politics is a crime and every other voter has a patronage position, the Democrats did put up a good fight and made it a much closer race than in Virginia. 

In his victory speech, Corzine’s Republican rival, Chris Christie eluded to the havoc that Corzine wreaked on New Jersey by recounting the story he was told by a man that he met in Tinton Falls, NJ, earlier in the day. Christie explained that the man came up to him with teary eyes, grabbed his hand and told Christie that he is a small business owner with a wife and children. The man then asked that Christie do all that he can to win, because as the man said “if you don‘t win, I wont be able to afford to live here anymore. He continued, please win this election because I want my family to still be living in New Jersey four years from now. 

Christie Wins New JerseyChristie wasn’t exactly the best candidate and he was actually uninspiring. I was, and am, his biggest critic. I am distrustful of Christie. I believe he may shy away from the conservative principles that make Republicans Republicans. His campaign lacked any cohesive, believable message and was devoid of any detail. Yet none of that stopped people from voting for him. 42% of all those who did push the button for Christie told pollsters that their vote was more a gesture against Jon Corzine than an indication of support for Christie. Yet that did not stop voters from opposing President Obama’s chosen candidate. Even he, who won New Jersey by 15% in 2008, couldn’t help Corzine who he campaigned an unusually inordinaoate amount of time for. President Obama traveled to New Jersey three times and constantly referred to Corzine as the man who was his “best friend” when they were “in the senate together”. Well while the President considered him best friend, many——–a large majority——-of voters considered him public enemy number one. 

Corzine wasn’t alone though. Democrat incumbents, allover, were thrown out of office. North of New Jersey, New Yorkers in Westchester County surprisingly and resoundingly threw long time Democrat County Executive Andy Spano out of office. Unbeknownst to many before the election, this race ended up not even being very competitive. Republican Rob Astorino blew Spano out of the County with 58% of the vote to Spano’s 42%. The race was described by many as an “stunning upset victory” for Republicans and Rob Astorino. 

Out on New York’s Long Island, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi finds himself sweating out a race that is too close to call. With all the precincts in, Democrat Suozzi is ahead of Republican challenger Edward Mangano by 237 votes. Currently the results stand at; Conservative Party candidate Steve Hansen with 4% and 9,552 votes, Tom Suozzi with 48%, and Republican Ed Managano also at 48% but with 117,874 votes to Suozzi’s 118,111 votes. 

This was not suppose to be. 

What accounted for this sudden reversal of fortunes? 

After President Obama was swept into office on “hope” and “change”, what is making voters hope for change yet again? 

Well I’ll let you in on a little secret. Voters want a change from the damaging effects of a radical leftwing agenda. Yeah, that’s right!…..Radical leftwing. 

You know how liberals love to scream about how Republicans are losing support and are going to go extinct because they are being taken over by the religious radicals and radical right? Well that has been supposedly happening since the 60’s. Yet yesterday, many Republicans approached the 60% mark in their defeat of Democrats. What liberals crying about extremism don’t understand is that they, as usual, are hypocrites. They are the extremists who have a radical agenda that they try to ram it down the throats of every man, woman and child. 

In less than one year, the liberal regime in Washington, DC has taken over private industry, ran with a tax on the air that we breathe, tripled our deficit and moved to centralize all power in America within the federal government. But perhaps most telling of all is an example of history repeating itself in the area of healthcare. 

Early in 1994, Hillary and B.J. Clinton tried to revolutionize healthcare. The President’s wife wrote a healthcare that was less than half the size of the current revolutionary government run health management and insurance bill. Later that year, Democrats lost control of Governor’s mansions, state legislators, the House of Representatives and the United States of Senate. 

Do you see a connection? 

Under President Obama, the nation has seen our government lurch so far to the left that the electorate has whiplash. As a society, we do not generally like pain and we tend to react negatively to those who cause us pain. Hence, the punch in the eye that voters gave Democrats yesterday. 

Democrats need to take some of their own voice and not be the hypocrites that they always tend to be. If they hope to avoid any further hemorrhaging of their loss of power, they need put a tourniquet on. They need to put the breaks on their 90 mile per hour trace down the road on the left. Pearl Buck once said “One faces the future with one’s past”. Clearly, Democrats are not acknowledging their past. They aren’t even acknowledging the recent. They even deny yesterday. 

A Democrat contacted me yesterday and said sarcastically said “New York 23.…..hmmmmm…..sweet”. 

Well WTF? Are liberals living in such blatant denial that they are trying to tell us that the loss of a third party candidate in one congressional district means more concerning Republicans than the loss of multiple governors, county executive, legislative seats, district attorneys and local councils do to Democrats? Are they serious!? 

Actually they are. 

According to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, yesterday’s elections had no reflection on the President. Huh!…no reflection on the President? President Obama tied himself at the hip to Jon Corzine. Jon Corzine turned the election into a total referendum on the President and his agenda. Soon to be former Governor Corzine ran around saying that the problems of New Jersey are a result of trickle down economics and George Bush Republican policies. George Bush has not been in office for almost a year now and Democrats are still running against him. And by the way, What supply side economic practices has New Jersey been busy implementing? Republicans have not been in charge of New Jersey for over a dozen years. 

Wake up! After a dozen years, of giverning New Jersey, you own the havoc you created!!!! 

Yesterday certainly was a slap in the face, not so much to the President, as it was to his policies and that if his comrades, Speaker N. P. Pelosi and Majority Leader H. M. Reid. 

Cap-and-Trade, The G.M. takeover, massive spending of epic proportions, government run insurance and health management—–all of this, is extreme. Quite extreme. And when you throw in such factors as the liberal leaderships flagrant disregard for ethics, especially as it pertains to people like Chairman of the Ways and Committee, Charlie Rangel and add a pay raise for Congress, a questionable foreign policy that has seen the President apologize for America on foreign soil and an economy that seemingly losses more and more jobs and inevitably forces taxes to rise, what you have is an electorate that, yesterday,  said to Democrats——— “Put your weapons down, step back and place your hands up”. 

Will liberals listen? Apparently not. Today they are saying that the election results which swept Republicans into office, in some of the most unlikeliest of places, had nothing to do with the President and democrat policies. 

These people really are stupid and they won’t learn until it is too late. 

A closer look at what was behind the 2009 election results reveals many things that I have stressed previously. Previously I wrote on how “Senior Citizens Are Leading The Way To Change You Can Believe In”. Yesterday, the 55 and more percent plurality of senior citizens who went Republican had a crucial effect in places like New Jersey and Virginia and New York. So Democrats can write off Florida come 2010. On September 1st, I wrote “President Obama’s Ratings Are Evidence That Things Are Spiraling Out Of Control”.   Back then I wrote; 

“Among Democrats, support for the President has dropped as much as 13% in just one month.. Those who call themselves liberals had nearly unanimous support for President Obama with 95% of all liberals on his side in July. Now, as we get in to the swing of September, even self proclaimed and proud liberals are distancing themselves from the President as 9% of them turn their backs on him, in just one month’s time.” 

“As for African-Americans, their support of the President was at a shrinking 83% in July but now stands at 74% as September begins. Another 9% drop in support in as little as one month.” 

“As for one group whose unusually high voter turnout last November helped to cinch the election for Barack Obama, those between 18 and 29 years of age are fleeing from their initial pro-Obama views. A whopping 18% of those in the 18 to 29 age bracket have jumped ship in just this last month. In July their support for the President stood at 59%. As August passes it now stands at 41%”. 

These are not the words of a genius. Any casual observer can see the trend. Yesterday’s election simply confirmed it. It sure confirmed it for those of us willing to accept the facts. Yet today, the White House still claims that the results of yesterday’s elections have no reflection on the President. “Well mirror, mirror on the wall. Whose the silliest of us all”? 

I’m sure that not every Democrat is playing quite as stupid as Pres. B.H. Obama, Leader N.P. Pelosi and Majority Leader H. M. Reid. Some of them may see the writing on the wall and think twice before they pass the incredible government takeover of health care and insurance. Some Democrats may realize that every single page of the almost 2,000 page socialist health care manifesto contains measure that will be explosive and derail the aspirations of many incumbent Democrats in 2010. 

After all, another conclusion reached in yesterday’s election was that the people do not like incumbents and as the majority party in control, most incumbents are Democrats. 

Hellooooooooo!!! 

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A Brief Clip of Governor-Elect Chris Christie’s Victory Speech

 

And here was the tearful concession speech of the Dishonorable Jon S. Corzine. 

I’m sorry, but I can’t help but feel a Chris Mathews “tingle up my leg” knowing that this embarrassment to humanity get slapped down. Seeing Corzine go is more than just a relief. It provides a sense of optimism and a glimmer of hope for the state and people of New Jersey. Jon Corzine has been a lying scam artist. Who has done nothing but take every problem in New Jersey and turn them into crises. Good riddance Jonboy! And I do not wish you well. I wish you a future as bleak as the one you left behind for the more than 8 million people of New Jersey whose lives have been burdened by your reckless liberal policies and useless liberal leadership.

Don’t go speeding down the New Jersey Turnpike on your way out of Trenton, you fool!

 

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Election Results of Note 

New Jersey Governor – 99% reporting

Chris Christie (R) – 49%, 1,144,422   –  Jon Corzine (D) – 44%, 1,040,904  –  Chris Daggett (I) – 6%, 134,224 

Virginia Governor – 99.76% reporting  

Robert F. “Bob” McDonnell (R) – 58.65%, 1,158,183  – R. Creigh Deeds (D) – 41.23%, 814,167 

Virginia Lieutenant Governor – 99.76% reporting

William T. “Bill” Bolling (R) – 56.41%, 1,101,428      –      Jody M. Wagner (D) – 43.51%, 849,594 

Virginia Attorney General – 99.76% reporting  

Ken T. Cuccinelli II (R) – 57.52%, 1,117,494       –       Stephen C. Shannon (D) – 42.38%, 823,42 

Westchester County Executive – 97% reporting

Rob Astorino (R) – 57%, 88,915        –       Andy Spano (D) – 43%, 66,836 

Nassau County Executive  – 100% reporting  

Tom Suozzi (D) 48%, 118,111 votes – Edward Mangano (R)–48%, 117,874 votes –  Steven Hansen (C) – 4%, 9,552 votes

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NEW JERSEY AND VIRGINIA; PERFECT TOGETHER

Bookmark and Share     In 2006 Maryland and Virginia elected rising stars in the Democratic party to govern them.

Virginia Governor Tim kaine

Virginia Governor Tim kaine

Tim Kaine took control of Virginia and Martin O’Malley took over Maryland. The two of them are quite alike. They are Catholics with experience as mayors and they both promised to “move” their states “forward”.

They promised to alleviate the congestion problems in their Washington, D.C.suburbs and to improve the quality of life in general. They also ran during elections cycles that were quite good for Democrats.

Now,  two years later, both of these gentlemen are facing a change in plans.

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley

The economic downturn has severely altered their plans for alleviating congestion and improving the quality of life. That is largely because all of their plans were based on more spending and now, states do not have enough money to increase spending.

Of course both of these states could do what New Jersey does. They could raise taxes, tolls and tariffs on everything from gardening to joining a gym. But that might not be the best way for Tim Kaine to win an election in Virginia and this year he is running for reelection.

New Jersey Governor jon Corzine

New Jersey Governor jon Corzine

The truth of the matter is that this year, Tim Kaine shares a lot in common, not only with Maryland’s O’Malley but with New Jersey’s Jon Corzine.

New Jersey and Virginia are the only two states in the nation electing Governor’s and Corzine., like Kaine, faces a derailment of his intended path, paths that were based on increased spending.  Now they both face out of control budgets that rely on help from the federal government.

They are not the only states with such troubles but they are the only two who are governing states that will become electoral battlegrounds.

With the focus on Virginia and New Jersey, every consultant, election lawyer and celebrity will be traveling to New Jersey and Virginia to help pull their respective side across the finish line and into first place.

For Democrats the election could be a reaffirmation of their majority status and their total control in Washington. At this point in time it will not necessarily be a referendum on President Barack Obama or the Democratic party but during the course of the next 7 months, it could easily become one .

President Obama is the titular head of the Democratic party and Tim Kaine is now the Chairman of the party. That means that anything Democrats do nationally could easily be echoed in Virginia and New Jersey voters could easily also use their vote as a form of protest.

We are intertwined and people react to events, regardless of where they happen or who is in question.

Former Denator Bill Bradley

Former Senator Bill Bradley

In 1990 New Jersey’s Bill Bradley was running for reelection to the United States Senate. Republicans nominated a little known county Freeholder named Christie Whitman. Bradley should not have had any problems winning reelection but with a bit more than 1.9 million votes cast, he barely won.

Former NJ Governor & EPA Director Christie whitman

Former NJ Governor & EPA Director Christie whitman

Why?

Well fellow Democrat, New Jersey Governor Jim Florio, had raised state taxes by $2.8 billion. Voters were madder than ever and even though Florio was not on the ballot, they took their anger out on Bradley. Out known and outspent by Bradley, Whitman came within 56,000 votes of unseating Bradley and catapulted herself into the Governor’s mansion when it came time to run against Jim Florio.

The same type of backlash could happen in Virginia and again in New Jersey in this election cycle if Democrats take their tax and spend policies too far.

In New Jersey, Governor Jon Corzine has already gone too far and he simply promises to go even further. His first budget, almost three years ago, raised taxes by nearly $2 billion dollars and like Florio, he invented a few new taxes. And like Tim Kaine, all of Jon Corzine’s promises relied on increased spending.

Former NJ Governor Jim Florio

Former NJ Governor Jim Florio

So Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey are going to have a tough go at it. Corzine more than Kaine, but as the new Chairman of the Democrat National Committee, Tim Kaine could find himself on par with Corzine by the time elections roll around in November.

As for Republicans, their races will not be easy.

At the moment, Democrats have the upper hand in fundraising and organization. They also have a President with a clean slate and if the President maintains his current popularity he could be an asset to them and he will surely be one of those “celebrities” shuttling back and forth between D.C, Virginia and New Jersey.

But Republicans have the most at stake.

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RNC Chairman Mike Steele

The RNC’s new national Chairman, Mike Steele promises to make New Jersey and Virginia priorities in the coming months and losing in these two states will only deepen the rut we are in.

Victories in these two states will go along way in proving that the G.O.P. may be down but they are not out and it could set the stage for their resurgence.

Perhaps the best way to boost their fortunes will be by highlighting the common bond that exists not only between Virginia’s Tim Kaine and Maryland’s O’Malley or Tim Kaine and New Jersey’s Jon Corzine …..Spending.

All of these people promised to spend our way into happiness and they promised to do so with taxpayers money. But now that we do not have any money to spare, their promises are broken and the only way they can try to stay on their promised courses is by taxing us even more.

Republicans need to point out that Democrat leadership , from Obama to Kaine, Corzine, O’Malley and every liberal in between, is based on taxing and spending and after all their government spending is said and done, all they have left to show for it is the need to raise taxes and spend some more.

Pointing out the wrongness of liberal policy alone is not enough though.

New Jersey and Virginia Republicans will need to nominate conservative oriented candidates for governor. They can not put forward nominees that are wishy-washy and afraid to go out on a limb and stand against initiatives designed at “spreading the wealth”.

And then they must offer solutions. Solutions that do not require government spending or loony tune government mandates like the low income housing mandates initiated by New Jersey’s Council On Affordable Housing.

If Republicans in New Jersey and Virginia can recapture their inherent conservative oriented ideology, they just might be able to reclaim some territory that is currently controlled by vulnerable liberals.

Either way, brace yourself. Whether you live in these battleground states or not, the 2009 election cycle will be intense.

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A young man’s parents were trying to figure out what their son’s future career would be so they decided to give him a test.

They took a twenty dollar bill, a Bible, and a bottle of whiskey, and put them on the front hall table. Then they hid, hoping he would think they weren’t at home. The father told the mother, “If he takes the money he will be a businessman, if he takes the Bible he will be a clergyman but if he takes the bottle of whiskey, I’m afraid our son will be a drunkard.”

So the parents took their place in the nearby closet and waited nervously. Peeping through the keyhole they saw their son arrive home. He saw the note they had left, saying they’d be home later. Then, he took the twenty dollar bill, looked at it against the light, and slid it in his pocket. After that, he took the Bible, flicked through it, and took it also. Finally, he grabbed the bottle, opened it, and took a whiff to be assured of the quality. Then he left for his room, carrying all the three items.

The father slapped his forehead and said, “Darn, it’s even worse than I could ever have imagined…”

“What do you mean?” his wife asked.

“Our son is going to be a politician!” replied the very unhappy father.

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