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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.

Guests:

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
Rocky

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
ericf

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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