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.