Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

Yesterday the governor of NJ, Chris Christie, gave his state of the state address. The mystery for the citizens of New Jersey of every political persuasion is why the national media thinks our plus-sized governor is presidential timber. His record in NJ is abysmal and if the national news media was not inherently lazy and irrelevant they might spend an hour and examine his record. During his tenure he has promised to rectify the public pension mess and then has promptly ignored the whole thing. (He is not our first Governor to do this, it is actually something of a proud tradition). He pretended to balance the budget by plugging in a growth rate of 5 to 7%, a rate that is patently false. His vision of the future is demonstrated by the two projects he supports. (I could have gone for the cheap joke here and say the two projects he threw his weight behind but I won't). The first is a bankrupt mall called Xanadu in North Jersey and the second is Atlantic City and casino gambling. I hate to break it to the Governor but malls are dying as consumers change their behavior and online shopping get smarter and easier. The only thing dying faster than malls is Atlantic City. Casinos are closing, revenue is down and the city is a mess. Maybe if the Governor spent some time in NJ he would know these things.

Christie seems to have made his reputation by yelling at constituents whenever they disagree with him. If the news media would do some work they would find NJ lags the national economic recovery, the governor has no economic program and his vision for the future is mired in the past. He is in the words of the bard "Full of sound and fury,signifying nothing."