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Tom Moran, political columnist for the Star-Ledger, discusses news in New Jersey relating to Governor Chris Christie, including capping public employee salaries, climate change and the ARC tunnel.
Gov. Christie has shown that he is an irresponsible squanderer of funds dedicated to improving the state of NJ, as evidenced not only by refusing the ARC tunnel funds but also the "race to the top" education funds, both granted by the Feds.
How is it tenable for Christie to pronounce himself fiscally responsible by not accepting federal funds set to rebuild the basic infrastructure (physical and programmatic/conceptual) of the State? Just because you have to pay for up front something ESSENTIAL that might possibly increase debt, as in the ARC tunnel case, does not mean that you have the right to dismiss it on the grounds of fiscal rectitude. The very basis of the (northern) NJ economy depends on transport into the NYC everyday, and we all know that.
And for all those in the varied rightwing groups siding with Christie, those who support "free-markets," budgetary restraint, smaller govt., etc., and those who constantly talk about the innate superiority of the USA, a stronger America, the ability to privately assess risk/reward and generate wealth (or lose it) through markets, maybe you should realize that these positions you champion take WISE investment up front to maintain and achieve these objectives.
But what are these investments?
"In an economic sense, an investment is the purchase of goods that are not consumed today but are used in the future to create wealth." http://www.investopedia.com/terms/i/investment.asp
At least that's what the capitalists say...
Does doubting whether climate disruption is caused by human activity mean doubting that it's taking place? or that we can/need to do anything about it? How is Christie's statement likely to affect how he acts on climate issues?
Republican governors who cancel infrastructure projects are simply shooting themselves and their states in the foot. Short term gain and long term loss.
Please defend your allegiance to a political party's notion of reality over every scientific association in the WORLD.
Bonus points if your argument isn't self contradictory. (I don't expect to reward any bonus points).
Consider him in for a 2016 presidential run....
And he's fat.
I rooted for Daggett, voted for Corzine, but was optimistic about Christie. I don't mind a bully in politics (who isn't a bully?), but feel more and more alienated every time Christie opens his mouth. The ARC tunnel cancellation was bad, the climate change stance is ludicrous. Maybe he'd be more in touch with New Jerseyans if he stopped stumping all over the country in his bid to not-run for president.
how can a nation that won't invest in itself ever be first rate again?
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