At RNC, Christie Sells NJ, and Himself, as Model for Country

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Governor Chris Christie stuck to Reaganesque themes in his keynote address at the Republican National Convention Tuesday night, calling on Americans to create a second American century.

The New Jersey governor stayed away from social issues like gay marriage, abortion or immigration. There was no mention of George Bush. Instead, Christie stuck with safe terrain – Reaganism. “A second American century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have a good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams,” Christie said.

He called for less government spending, sacrifice by seniors to give up entitlement programs, and touted his bipartisan reforms on public employee pensions and teacher tenure.

“They said it was impossible to speak the truth to the teachers union. They were just too powerful,” Christie said. “Real teacher tenure reform that demands accountability and ends the guarantee of a job for life regardless of performance would never happen.”

Christie compromised with the Democratically-controlled legislation to make tenure harder to get and harder to keep by tying it to student test scores.

“They believe in teachers unions. We believe in teachers,” Christie said, getting one of his biggest ovations.

He began the speech with the improbability of his appearance on the stage.

“A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.”

Christie returned to that theme toward the end of the keynote. “Believe me, if we can do this in a blue state with a conservative Republican Governor, Washington is out of excuses.”

Christie squeezed in a quick reference to Bruce Springsteen, of course, the Jersey shore, and a common theme of his – that he doesn’t care whether he’s popular and he doesn’t pay attention to polls.


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Comments [20]

Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Eliminate tenure for teachers.

Teachers should be graded like everyone else.

Aug. 29 2012 12:53 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

clive, Perhaps you prefer the is brainless,and masochistic, appeasing, soulless united kingdom.

Remember Pan Am 103 and the "compassionate" release of the convicted bomber of Pan Am 103

Aug. 29 2012 12:51 PM
Brick from Hudson County, NJ

Bullying and bravado aside, Christie is closer to conservative than so many who wear that label. Christie listened to NJ residents who asked for lower property taxes but did warn that the revenue loss would need to be made up elsewhere. He does not promise the world to anyone. He listens to his constituents and as someone who has been voting in New Jersey for 24 years he has been the best governor I've seen.

Aug. 29 2012 12:45 PM
clive betters

life imitating art- tony soprano in the flesh[and lots of it]. america is brainless,and masochistic..

Aug. 29 2012 11:49 AM
josh from Brooklyn

With every passing year Giuliani becomes more and more delusional.

Aug. 29 2012 11:33 AM
Louis from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Ann Romney did exactly what Republicans wanted her to say: Don't talk about women being successful professionally or educationally. Discuss their role at home and in the kitchen.

Aug. 29 2012 11:25 AM
MG from Manhattan

Overweight in body and lightweight in intellect Christie and the jersey shore bunch ARE America

Aug. 29 2012 11:18 AM

What about the talk about the Ron Paul delegates walkout? The RNC had a very depleted audience compared to previous years. This speaks huge to his lack of skills to reach out to others!

Aug. 29 2012 11:12 AM
JR from NJ

Christie's speech about "respect" quite honestly sounds like something Don Corlione would say in the movie "The Godfather." It sounds arrogant and somewhat threatening, which is a mannerism in which Christie specializes. Of course, all the other rhetoric about how well NJ is doing is par for the Republican Course and patently untrue.

Aug. 29 2012 10:56 AM
JR from NJ

Christie's speech about "respect" quite honestly sounds like something Don Corlione would say in the movie "The Godfather." It sounds arrogant and somewhat threatening, which is a mannerism in which Christie specializes. Of course, all the other rhetoric about how well NJ is doing is par for the Republican Course and patently untrue.

Aug. 29 2012 10:54 AM
Arthur from Manhattan

I thought that a revealing comment was when he spoke about Washington and said that Compromise was important except when it involved conservative values.

Aug. 29 2012 10:51 AM
Ed from Chicago

Christie was especially disgusting and inaccurate with the whole "They're for teachers UNIONS" comment. Here in Chicago, a Democratic mayor has hurled profanity at the Teachers' union and conducted a war that's now seeing a ten-day strike imminent. So much for coddling. Emanuel, Obama and Christie are all disgraceful on education, labor and where the two meet.

Aug. 29 2012 10:40 AM
K Webster from nyc

"We believe in teachers"? Tell that to the Wisconsin teachers who lost the right to collective bargaining. Veteran teachers are now retiring in droves.
Without unions there would be no concept of a 40 hour work week or weekends off. Those of you who would castigate unions just know that where unions exist pay goes up- for everyone.

But governors like Christie won't tax millionaires. All the "shared" sacrifice comes from middle, working class people.

There are so many holes in this guy's story with the fake working class mannerisms to mask his role as the tool of the wealthy. His role in the privatized half-way houses (now in full corruption scandal in New Jersey) as a lobbyist and as governor shows where he really sits.
Bullying and self absorbed. Pretending to be one of the people. So utterly dishonest.

Aug. 29 2012 10:37 AM

The caller who says that he is from N.J. must be a plant. No one is against people becoming rich as he stated.
We are against the wealthy getting preferential tax treatments that protect their wealth.

Aug. 29 2012 10:33 AM

Chris Christie is setting us up to accept bullying as a valid behavior (yet again). Republicans have been doing it all along, sometimes more surreptitiously than others, but, since they won't have to act as if they want to be loved, they can just openly be aggressive and domineering and demand lock step behavior from all of us, not just thier Republican comrades.

Ann Romney playing soft, "oh how hard it is for us women" without any ideas for making things better, is just another example of how well they can pretend to "get it" while it's very clear that they don't. Remember Hurricane Katrina. "Compassionate" Conservatism = you're on your own.

Aug. 29 2012 10:24 AM
Rosalie from Long Island

Maybe it's just me (media seems to be praising Ann Romney's speech), but I thought Ann Romney came across as a flighty cheerleader -- no substance. And can rich politicians (two generations removed from their grandparents'(and/or great-grandparents') immigrant experience) stop trying to convince us that they understand the average working person's hardships.

Aug. 29 2012 10:21 AM
Teal from tarrytown

No MR.Christie.. respect without love leads to fear and domination.. examples... everyting from abused children to ruthlesss dictators in countries around the world.

Aug. 29 2012 10:10 AM
john from office

Jack, this will be a close election. I am always amazed at how "good Christians" can take a quote out of context and use it as a lie. Just like the lie on the gutting welfare talking point.

Aug. 29 2012 09:48 AM

@Jack - why don't you watch and chat live online with us? Unfiltered feed, witty commentary.

Aug. 29 2012 09:48 AM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

I tried to watch as much as I could of the GOP Convention on C-Span (so as to avoid the commentary and propagandizing). Got to about 10 minutes. The GIANT "You Built It" lie posted beyond the podium told me all I needed to know about how good a grasp on reality the GOP expects.

If the Democrats lose by a razor based on totals in states that have instituted photo ID requirements, there will be hell to pay. Get registered and prepared to vote now. Doing it after Obama has lost because of our inaction is too late.

Aug. 29 2012 09:25 AM

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