Who is Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey? Is he a sincere man with honest refreshing qualities and characteristics geared to telling it like it is or is he just a buffoon, a clown, an entertainer using his rough no non-sense exterior as a shield to hide his inabilities and short comings as a leader?
The country as well as the Republican Party was initially mesmerized by this individual who rose to power, first as a federal prosecutor, fighting crime in his district, including government corruption and government evildoers. A self made crusader against all injustices that were maliciously affecting the American people, defending truth, justice, and the American way, Superman.
Then he performed a miracle beating incumbent Jon Corzine, with the highly popular, newly elected President Obama visiting New Jersey and endorsing him on three separate occasions. This elevated him to public stardom as the new face of the Republican Party, overcoming tremendous odds to victory.
Unfortunately he used this victory and his tenure as Governor basically as a bully pulpit, violating the right to free speech by humiliating his opponents with sarcastic intimidating remarks. He failed to realize with his aggressive nature towards these individuals showed his classless behavior as a representative to our State. Some did welcome him with open arms, such as the Republicans that were starving for new strong leadership. A fearless individual willing to take on the Democratic controlled New Jersey Senate and Assembly, the Unions, State employees/retirees, especially the teachers. They were absolutely captivated by his shinny impregnable armor.
He has been a disappointment, bringing the great State of New Jersey and its residents back to the Stone Age, with a sad reputation of being ignorant, arrogant and stupid. New Jersey had to endure certain jokes and identity crisis such as organized crime, toxic dumping, an inept runaway government of unanswerable corruption, government fraud, high taxes, high car insurance, sub-standard education, pollution, cancer alley, the Jersey Shore Reality Show, Governors Florio, Whitman, McGreevy, Corzine and now Governor Chris Christie.
He has the uncanny ability to perform a magician magic of smoke in mirrors, by blowing his own horn, but actions speak louder than words. Hot air is only good for flying balloons.
This potential rising star suddenly became a liability, a rain cloud. His true colors leaked through the filters of his deceit. His egotistical vanity superseded and tarnished his award winning presentation as the champion of the people.
New Jersey is not better off with Christie. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. He has done nothing to improve the state. Residents are still leaving at a rapid rate. We still have shortfalls in our state budget. We still have high taxes, unemployment, and car insurance. There’s still runaway corruption in which Christie decides to take the three monkeys approach, hear, see, and speak no evil. Nothing has changed. New Jersey unfortunately has a bad history of electing losers, but regrettably, we deserve what we elect.
William P. Frasca
Jersey City, N.J.