NJ Governor Chris Christie's Rise to Power

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Bob Ingle and Michael Symons talk about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has become a national Republican Party figure. Their book Chris Christie: The Inside Story of His Rise to Power offers the first in-depth portrait of the governor, looking at his roots, his early political career, his time in the governor’s office, and what his political future will likely be.


Bob Ingle and Micha Michael Symons

Comments [6]

Joanne from Northern NJ

Puff piece. Expected more from Lopate. Would like to hear what Bran would have asked these guys.

Jun. 14 2012 11:29 PM

The guests seemed enamored with Christie, excusing his rude behavior because its "popular" and failing to give a serious critique of his performance in office. I was hoping for more.

Jun. 14 2012 09:43 PM
ali from Centerport, NY

Wow, I cannot believe that Leonard is allowing this publicity stunt. Someone with a lot of clout at WNYC must have mandated this sham.

Jun. 14 2012 12:40 PM
Hugh Sansom

News came out just this morning that New Jersey is in the bottom-most tiers of US states in terms of economic performance at exactly the time that Christie is trying to _lower_ revenues while increasing expenditures.

The two guests sound more like cheerleaders in the Chris Christie Fan Club, so can't expect them to dig on this.

Jun. 14 2012 12:34 PM
BK from NJ

Christie has my begrudging respect for taking on the typical NJ bureaucratic morass. I would like to see him more aggressively move to municipal government consolidation. We in NJ pay exactly double tue national average in property taxes. NJ is also a high tax state, and unlike federal taxes I think we are paying enough and that it is fairly equitable. There is a lot of fat to trim in NJ.
I was very disappointed in his veto of gay marriage (done to make himself a worthy VP pick or future presidential nominee), and his shortsighted cancelation of the ARC tunnel.
I am a Democrat and didn't vote for him, but he is shaking things up in NJ, which was needed. He is too crass to make it through a national election though.

Jun. 14 2012 12:34 PM

Is any of Christie's apparent success in managing the budget due to accomplishments of Democratic predecessors that took time to bear fruit?

Jun. 14 2012 12:25 PM

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