Chris Christie Wins BIG in New Jersey

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The people of Jersey spoke and they spoke in a BIG way as Chris Christie was re-elected as Governor of New Jersey.

Christie a Republican won a whopping 60% of the vote in New Jersey a Blue state, and he was able to do this even though the people in New Jersey disagree with their governor on some major issues like raising minimum wage.  Also in a head-to-head battle New Jersey would back Hilary Clinton for president.

But there will be plenty of time to look at a possible Christie versus Clinton presidential campaign.  Until then, lets look at the road to 2016 for Christie and the GOP.

It’s time for the extreme right-wing of the GOP to step aside and let Conservatives like Chris Christie shine.  Don’t worry about him hugging President Obama, worry about results.  GOP candidates do not have to be more Conservative, that is a losing formula these days and it’s dragging down the Republican party.  On MSNBC’s Steve Schmidt (former McCain Campaign strategist) talked what’s next for Christie and he mentioned a professional speech writer.  IMO, that’s the last thing he needs, the GOP needs an injection of excitement not another canned candidate.

Can Chris Christie avoid the pressure of being a canned candidate and the pull of the extreme right?

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

House WILL Vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill!

Don’t understand why Speaker Boehner and Eric Cantor had to be shamed into doing the right thing for Hurricane Sandy victims.

Politico is reporting….

After a barrage of criticism over his decision to scrap a Tuesday night vote on a disaster aid bill, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Wednesday that the House will vote in two phases to provide billions in relief to Hurricane Sandy victims. On Friday it will vote on a measure “to direct resources to the National Flood Insurance Program;” then on Jan. 15 it will take up “the remaining supplemental request” for Sandy victims. Boehner did not detail the dollar amounts of the measures. “Getting critical aid to the victims of Hurricane Sandy should be the first priority in the new Congress, and that was reaffirmed today with members of the New York and New Jersey delegations,” Boehner said in a joint statement with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.).

The House will NOT vote on Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill

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House Republicans decided to NOT take up the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill tonight after an all day back and forth over the bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.

Republicans promised to work on the supplemental disaster aid bill for Northeast states affected by Hurricane Sandy.  Apparently this is House Republican payback for having to vote on the Senate-passed bill to avert the Fiscal Cliff.  Lawmakers from New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania (Democrats and Republicans) took to the floor of the House to voice their disappointment.

This is the disgusting side of politics that makes me sick, to think House Republicans like Eric Cantor would go back on a promise they made.  A lot of work has been done to get this disaster bill together, that work will have to be re-done as the new 113th Congress will be sworn in on January 2nd.

This is why congress has some of the lowest approval ratings, SMH!!!

Representative Peter King (R-NY) called this “indefensible” for Congress

“It is disgraceful. It even makes it worse being a Republican.”

 

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

Cory Booker For…..

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A couple of months ago I started hearing rumblings about the possibility of Mayor of Newark, NJ Cory Booker running for Governor of New Jersey in 2013.  Booker is a rising political star in the Democratic Party, a 2013 run against political heavy weight (no pun intended) current NJ Governor Chris Christie would be a daunting task.  Personally I think Booker would lose as Christie is very popular in NJ (a state which is Democrat).

but it looks like Mr Booker is keeping all of his options open as he climbs the political ladder, according to The Washington Post

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (D) is reportedly leaning toward a 2014 Senate run rather than a 2013 gubernatorial bid. Meanwhile, records show Booker’s fundraising adviser and former City Hall staffer purchased the web domains for  “BookerForSenate,” “BookerForGovernor,” and “CoryBookerForPresident.”

Hmmmm….

To be honest I don’t who are what seats are up, but I would like to see Booker as governor before becoming a senator.  The executive leadership (running a state) would strengthen Booker’s resume where he could compete with anyone.  At the end of the day whatever Cory Booker decides it will be an interesting race as he is a charismatic individual who connects with the people.

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!

WTF/WTH Wednesdays – States Running Out of Money…

A couple of months ago I was one of the critics of New Jersey’s Governor Chris Christie when he cancelled the largest infrastructure project in the United States; the new tunnel between New Jersey and New York which could have doubled commuter train service.  This project would have created 6,000 construction jobs and 45,000 jobs once it was completed.  When you look at it from that point of view of course it looks to be a RIDICULOUS decision, BUT when you look at the reality of the budget situations for states I don’t know how anyone can expect Christie to move forward with a huge expenditure like the Hudson River Tunnel.

As Christie stated on 60 Minutes the Day of Reckoning is here, how much longer can we continue to spend without first securing the fiscal stability of this country?  The answer is not much longer…

States are going broke and Joe Q Public doesn’t seem to realize this is going on; states are spending more than they take and raising taxes is NOT the answer.  Just look at New York, New Yorker’s pay a ton in taxes for years now and we still have a $10 Billion dollar deficit.  So what is the answer??

STATES HAVE TO STOP SPENDING!!!!!

We can’t expect Governors like Christie to OK projects they can’t pay for and create a larger deficit while already facing a $10 Billion deficit.  As the 60 Minutes piece highlighted a state like Illinois is a complete joke, it’s a DEADBEAT state.  They spend double the amount they take in from taxes; what sense does that make?

If we don’t start paying attention to this situation and STOP the demonization of Governors like Christie and Andrew Cuomo who are making the tough decisions; raising taxes on the rich and corporations will no longer cover as they only put a band-aide on what is really the issue.

Ask yourself this…  If you owned a business how long could you run that business spending more money than you actually took in?

In actuality it is simpler than that; if you live on your own and pay rent/mortgage and have bills like electricity/water.  How long could you stay above water if your expenses were greater than your income?  NOT VERY LONG!!!!

Unlike States, John Q Public does not have the federal government to bail them out… and with our National Deficit hovering around $14 Trillion soon States will not have the D.C. to bail them out.  If people thought the snow removal 2 weeks ago was bad; you haven’t seen anything yet.

CUTS CUTS CUTS to all types of City and State services….

As always….

If there is something to be said, “It’s On Broadway” to step up and say it!!