Chris Christie porn: “You’re going to have to make choices”

posted at 5:54 pm on January 27, 2011 by Allahpundit

Ryan and Bachmann did well, but as an antidote to The One’s dissociative psychological break from fiscal reality, this is the best SOTU rebuttal you’ll see. No fireworks this time; what makes it effective is that it’s so matter-of-fact, to the point where I almost gasped at the bluntness of his response to the cop at the beginning. Retail politics that relies on candor isn’t supposed to work, and it’s really not supposed to work when the subject is fiscal catastrophe and what that means for the average public employee. And yet it works. That’s why this guy gets such a wide berth among righties notwithstanding his squishiness on immigration and gun control, etc. Not only is he willing to make politically toxic cuts, he’s remarkably good at selling them. When was the last time you saw a crowd applaud a governor for essentially telling a cop who’s feeling crunched financially, “Tough”?

Incidentally, this isn’t even the most fun Christie clip out there today. See Eyeblast for that. Click the image to watch.


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The lasagna or the ziti?

Emperor Norton on January 27, 2011 at 5:56 PM

That’s why this guy gets such a wide berth among righties

Good one, Ed Schultz.

Abby Adams on January 27, 2011 at 5:57 PM

Chris Christie porn: “You’re going to have to make choices”

a shockingly wrong headline.

sesquipedalian on January 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Handing out truth like it was candy.

portlandon on January 27, 2011 at 6:01 PM

Abolish Public Sector Unions.

That is the answer. There is no other answer.

Key West Reader on January 27, 2011 at 6:04 PM

He’s not doing anything any other conservative can’t do. He is just laying out the facts in a knowledgeable, detailed, and clear way. People respond well to that.

pedestrian on January 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I think most people/businesses don’t mind paying some taxes for the good of their city/county/state/country if the money is going to be put to good use and spent wisely. In most cases, it hasn’t been and they just keep asking for more.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

I have heard the NJ ad on IL radio many times. While I really like what Christie is doing, NJ is still a blue state. If one moves there, what happens after Christie is out of office? NJ is going to get a liberal again.

IN is the place to move for IL. Especially with Pence almost certainly to be the next Gov.

WashJeff on January 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

And this is why I’d vote for Christie over Palin. He’s the best in the business bar none when it comes to selling austerity to the public. I still think Palin falls back on platitudes too often. But Christie isn’t afraid of telling it like it is to anyone, even cops and teachers.

Doughboy on January 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

The sense of entitlement among public sector workers is amazing.

Mark1971 on January 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Gun control
Amnesty
Ground Zero Mosque

We love Christie.

Big Orange on January 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

“Don’t be mad at the first guy who comes along that tells you the truth”

That entire clip was great.

Kataklysmic on January 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

If you lie to people, they might like you, but they won’t respect you.

If you tell people the truth, they might not like you, but they will respect you.

Disturb the Universe on January 27, 2011 at 6:07 PM

The Christie ads trying to lure businesses out of Illinois are very funny (Eyeblast link).

Chicago radio stations have been running them for the past few days and Governor “Tax and Spend” Quinn is livid.

Fallon on January 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

What all the talkies, pundits and politicos out there do not see….AT ALL is that the bulk of us “rightists” be it Republican, Conservative, Libertarian, Tea Party , etc. are bored to death of 2012 line ups with the likes of:

Romney, Huckabaee, Pawlenty, and even….PALIN.

A Cain, West or Christie is who we want and need and if anyone of them run a great campaign with the full backing of the Hill, the power brokers, the GOP establishment and the RNC, that person will be the next POTUS.

PERIOD

Opposite Day on January 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Listening to an adult address the real problems this country faces is so refreshing…

… compared to “Prom Night” the other night.

Seven Percent Solution on January 27, 2011 at 6:11 PM

Gov. McDonnell has been doing a great job recruiting new business and jobs for VA.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Can we just appoint him God-Emperor?

foobarista on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

Opposite Day on January 27, 2011 at 6:09 PM

Yea, but the ones we’re sick of, the one’s who are leftovers from the last election, the ones who have no chance of winning, will end up being the ones who run. The one’s who show real promise keep saying they won’t run.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

“Collective Bargaining Agreements”

I’m an employee in the public sector.
You pay my salary.
I make 62% more than you do, if you did the same job as me.

I can work for 15 years and be awarded a lifetime pension. On your dime.

If you work for 15 years in the private sector and get laid off…. eh, your problem, not mine. Even thought you’ve paid my salary.

As a public sector unionized worker, I can retire at age 43, depending on when I entered the public sector under unionized forces.

You, at age 43 will not enjoy any pension, any relief, or anything else when YOU get laid off. When YOU (who funds my salary) gets laid off, you can try to find a job.

Ahhhh…. It is good that you hard workers fund my early retirement.

Key West Reader on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

a shockingly wrong headline.

sesquipedalian on January 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Then go start your own blog and write your own headlines.

joejm65 on January 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Can we just appoint him God-Emperor?

foobarista on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

We already have one of those. No thanks.

Disturb the Universe on January 27, 2011 at 6:17 PM

Then go start your own blog and write your own headlines.

joejm65 on January 27, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Hahahaha, SNAP!

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:18 PM

And this is why I’d vote for Christie over Palin. He’s the best in the business bar none when it comes to selling austerity to the public. I still think Palin falls back on platitudes too often. But Christie isn’t afraid of telling it like it is to anyone, even cops and teachers.

Doughboy on January 27, 2011 at 6:06 PM

Christie’s cozying up to muslims, his anti-gun stances, and his pro-amnesty stance is why I wouldn’t. Are you going to stay home on primary day since he isn’t running?

gryphon202 on January 27, 2011 at 6:20 PM

No fireworks this time; what makes it effective is that it’s so matter-of-fact, to the point where I almost gasped at the bluntness of his response to the cop at the beginning.

Yep. I wish he’d act like this more often. I like a lot of what Christie is saying; I don’t like it when he’s just acting like a d-bag or clearly looking for a fight. This was great.

But seriously, please stop calling it “Chris Christie porn.” I’m going to be ill.

Proud Rino on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Let’s see.

Chris Christie:

Gun grabber

For amnesty for Illegals

And a HUGE supporter of Hamas terrorists and their associates.

It’s no wonder this blow hard spoke out so loudly FOR the Ground Zero Victory Mosque. He’s in bed with a bunch of radical Islamic Supremacists.

This guy is an embarrassment.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Anyone with a full time job with benefits should be grateful.

terryannonline on January 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM

He sends a thrill up my leg. Seriously.

EarthToZoey on January 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Key West Reader on January 27, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I work for the public sector, and while your statement may hold true in some situations, it doesn’t in mine and I consider myself an average state employee. I haven’t had a raise in 4 years, my benefits have been cut, contributions to my pension and 403 have been cut, I don’t know anyone who can afford to retire until they’re in their 60s, and we’re facing a 2% pay cut this year.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Indiana has started a “Illinnoyed” campaign to lure businesses, complete with a chart comparing the costs of doing business in Indiana versus Illinois.

Legal Insurrection.

And Wisconsin’s new GOP governor has started a “Wisconsin is open for business” campaign. Quinn’s going to spend the next four years whining.

Wethal on January 27, 2011 at 6:26 PM

Chris Christie porn: “You’re going to have to make choices”
a shockingly wrong headline.

sesquipedalian on January 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM

sesquipedalian:New headline,

Barack Obama porn: “You’re going to have to HOPE,and
have CHANGE in your CHOICES”!

canopfor on January 27, 2011 at 6:26 PM

I want the Governors of the other 49 states to learn to speak as clearly and bluntly as Governor Christie does!

wren on January 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Speaking of unions,ahem!
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Tunisia purges government, wins union endorsement
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canopfor on January 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

There’s the message template, learn.

Speakup on January 27, 2011 at 6:33 PM

Chris Christie porn? Ewwww, nasty!!

I never thought I would see Allahpundit steal Glenn Beck’s material.

Or did Beck steal this weird fantasy wordplay from AP?

Either way, it’s a creepy and a disgusting image.

Christie, please keep your day job and keep your clothes on.

chief on January 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM

Public employee pensions should be abolished–they end up paying out more than they take in. Most public employees could probably be replaced by computers anyway, like cashiers have been.

andy85719 on January 27, 2011 at 6:41 PM

I’m going to be ill.

Proud Rino on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

Far far too late.

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Christie is far too grown up for you PR.

You leftards have not a clue nor the stomach. Unfortunately neither do most Americans but if fiscal sanity comes it is very clear it will come from the right .

CWforFreedom on January 27, 2011 at 6:43 PM

Public employee pensions should be abolished–they end up paying out more than they take in. Most public employees could probably be replaced by computers anyway, like cashiers have been.

andy85719 on January 27, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Did it ever occur to you that public employee pensions are a benefit in lieu of a being paid the equivalent of a private sector salary? The same as health care, they give us health care as a tax free benefit in lieu of a wage comparable to what people in the public sector make. Maybe you should do a little research before you make such a blanket (and insulting) statement.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

I work for the public sector, and while your statement may hold true in some situations, it doesn’t in mine and I consider myself an average state employee. I haven’t had a raise in 4 years, my benefits have been cut, contributions to my pension and 403 have been cut, I don’t know anyone who can afford to retire until they’re in their 60s, and we’re facing a 2% pay cut this year.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Then you are not a part of a public sector Union collective bargaining agreement.

What sets you apart from the rest of the public sector union collective barganing agreements? Were you displaced? Outsourced?

The issue at hand remains, and WILL remain:

The American Taxpaying Citizenry will, going forward, refrain from funding the public sector unions that are bankfruckting (sic) our country.That. Is. It.

Key West Reader on January 27, 2011 at 6:50 PM

No, I am

not a part of a public sector Union collective bargaining agreement.

I don’t know of anyone who is.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:57 PM

The only Beef I have here is that he is bought in the the CPI “no inflation” which is about as accurate a the official Unemployment, i.e not at all accurate but a play on numbers.

Sure the price of iPod’s and other non-essentials may not have gone up, but the necessities of life (Food, Shelter, Energy) sure as hell have

the_ancient on January 27, 2011 at 7:05 PM

I don’t know anyone who can afford to retire until they’re in their 60s, and we’re facing a 2% pay cut this year.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

so if you had to make a choice,would you rather have a 2% pay cut or would you rather be fired?

equanimous on January 27, 2011 at 7:11 PM

You know why people love this guy? Because he talks to people like they’re grown-ups.

We keep hearing about entitlement reform that “we’re going to have to have an adult conversation” and then whoever just said that runs in the opposite direction of that conversation.

Chris Christie treats his audiences like adults. And THAT is what makes all the difference.

That’s my $0.0001 (two cents, adjusted for inflation and dollar devaluation).

Canucker on January 27, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Public employee pensions should be abolished–they end up paying out more than they take in. Most public employees could probably be replaced by computers anyway, like cashiers have been.

andy85719 on January 27, 2011 at 6:41 PM

We need to go further and outsource government workers at the city, county, state and federal level. Start with state revenue departments. There’s no reason they should be government employees. Put the work out to bid; low bid wins. If it ends up in India, too bad.

slickwillie2001 on January 27, 2011 at 7:15 PM

Let’s see.

Chris Christie:

Gun grabber

For amnesty for Illegals

And a HUGE supporter of Hamas terrorists and their associates.

It’s no wonder this blow hard spoke out so loudly FOR the Ground Zero Victory Mosque. He’s in bed with a bunch of radical Islamic Supremacists.

This guy is an embarrassment.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

…and Palin is the greatest human and politician that ever lived and there is none greater and that’s the end of that, etc. etc.

We get it.

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM

I wonder why in Christie’s quest to cut spending(which is definitely necessary) he refuses to address the costs associated with illegals?

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

I wonder why in Christie’s quest to cut spending(which is definitely necessary) he refuses to address the costs associated with illegals?

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2011 at 7:26 PM

The cost of public sector salaries is a much more systemic and more overwhelming cost.

And he’s showing you how you beat these public employee union dolts in whatever form they appear.

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:29 PM

And he’s showing you how you beat these public employee union dolts in whatever form they appear.
Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:29 PM

So his for being for amnesty and not addressing those costs are ok?

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM

. I haven’t had a raise in 4 years, my benefits have been cut, contributions to my pension and 403 have been cut, I don’t know anyone who can afford to retire until they’re in their 60s, and we’re facing a 2% pay cut this year.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

I’ll have to work until I die. Do you get more than 1.5% in state contributuions to your 401k?

If so, don’t whine here.

Like Christie said, 2% cut vs. no paycheck. Pick one.

ladyingray on January 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:48 PM

That’s lame. What’s your salary?

ladyingray on January 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM

You know why people love this guy? Because he talks to people like they’re grown-ups.

We keep hearing about entitlement reform that “we’re going to have to have an adult conversation” and then whoever just said that runs in the opposite direction of that conversation.

Chris Christie treats his audiences like adults. And THAT is what makes all the difference.

That’s my $0.0001 (two cents, adjusted for inflation and dollar devaluation).

Canucker on January 27, 2011 at 7:13 PM

Exactly. He tells you just like it is, and we could use so much more that nowadays on every level of government. Politicians get so caught up in pandering to all the little identity groups so that can get re-elected, they can’t produce any reform of any real substance.

But Chris Christie doesn’t care if he gets re-elected. He’s doing exactly what he said he would do during his campaign, and if after 4 years the people of New Jersey decide they don’t like it, then they’ll vote him out and live with the consequences.

If we had more politicians who actually cared about results and governing well, we wouldn’t be in the mess we’re in now.

KSgop on January 27, 2011 at 7:37 PM

So his for being for amnesty and not addressing those costs are ok?

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Let’s just ignore what he’s doing to union thuggery and reigning in massive government spending caused by unions in the public sector that’s never been challenged.

Let’s ignore the water flushing in through the hole in the Titanic that will doom the ocean liner in two hours, and instead start whining about a stack of dishes that fell in a second class eatery at the back of the ship.

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I work for the public sector, and while your statement may hold true in some situations, it doesn’t in mine and I consider myself an average state employee. I haven’t had a raise in 4 years, my benefits have been cut, contributions to my pension and 403 have been cut, I don’t know anyone who can afford to retire until they’re in their 60s, and we’re facing a 2% pay cut this year.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Then go find a job somewhere else. We, the taxpayers, (and I say this in general because I don’t know where you work) can’t afford you anymore. You’re lucky to have a paycheck at all. Either feel fortunate or we’re going to have to let you go.

KSgop on January 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

Let’s see.

Chris Christie:

Gun grabber

For amnesty for Illegals

And a HUGE supporter of Hamas terrorists and their associates.

It’s no wonder this blow hard spoke out so loudly FOR the Ground Zero Victory Mosque. He’s in bed with a bunch of radical Islamic Supremacists.

This guy is an embarrassment.

gary4205 on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM

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He also shot an unarmed moose,fathered 3 or 4 kids with one of his daughters and covered it up by declaring they were nieces,can see France from his house,is completely trailer trash stupid and will be dogged by the MSM for years.

docflash on January 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I want the Governors of the other 49 states to learn to speak as clearly and bluntly as Governor Christie does!

wren on January 27, 2011 at 6:30 PM

Me, too. My new GOP Gov announced no state employee cuts in his first year! If they had to have stimulus money to make payroll, it needs to be cut!!

ladyingray on January 27, 2011 at 7:41 PM

His candor is his splendor.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Christie does a great job of candidly laying out the bleak economic situation in NJ. Other governors should take notes. We need more leaders on the national stage who can deliver the same message. Paul Ryan and a few others are starting to.

dedalus on January 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

No no lets just address one problem. I like how you refuse to address the enormous costs associated w/illegal immigration. In my first post I said he was right to address public sector unions. CA spends in excess of $5 billion per year on illegals and has a $26 billion deficit. Sure would be nice to address all the factors bankrupting states.

arnold ziffel on January 27, 2011 at 7:49 PM

Christie does a great job of candidly laying out the bleak economic situation in NJ. Other governors should take notes. We need more leaders on the national stage who can deliver the same message. Paul Ryan and a few others are starting to.

dedalus on January 27, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Imagine if Obama had to do that, sans teleprompter.

Schadenfreude on January 27, 2011 at 7:52 PM

A spends in excess of $5 billion per year on illegals and has a $26 billion deficit.

Where does the other $21 billion come from?

And what are the numbers for NJ? Which is bigger by many orders of magnitude?

Sure would be nice to address all the factors bankrupting states.

Nothing wrong with starting with the #1 cause with both barrels, right?

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:53 PM

Mancrush. I got it bad.

Seriously, though, I don’t know if he’ll make a great (or even good) president. But as AP mentioned, he sure is an awesome communicator and salesman. If not president, maybe some cabinet post.

Splashman on January 27, 2011 at 8:43 PM

He’s not doing anything any other conservative can’t do.
pedestrian on January 27, 2011 at 6:05 PM

We know they can do it, but the fact is that they aren’t doing it.

DFCtomm on January 27, 2011 at 8:44 PM

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 7:17 PM
docflash on January 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

I’m a NJ state worker. I voted for Christie. I like what Christie is doing. I would vote for him again for governor, but not for any national office. Here’s why:

Here’s Christie on amnesty.

Christie’s radical islamist associations (including his recent appointment of Sohail Mohammed to the NJ Superior Court)

Christie’s hedged response to the Ground Zero Mosque question.

Before you flip gary4205 the rhetorical bird, you might want to read up on some of Christie’s not-so-conservative, and somewhat troubling bona fides.

IrishEi on January 27, 2011 at 8:47 PM

Yeah. Read all that. He didn’t march lockstep with the “true cons” on the GZ mosque, which as we know, means the end of America as we know it.

He appointed a questionable judge to a superior court position.

And he’s for a comprehensive approach to immigration that includes both border control and doesn’t include deporting every single human that isn’t here legally.

Oh, and he wants to take your firearms away from you or something.

Anything else?

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Yeah. Read all that.

Good Lt on January 27, 2011 at 8:54 PM

Really? And that’s all you got out of it?

Color me doubtful.

IrishEi on January 27, 2011 at 9:02 PM

.

I put the video into YouTube format:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTpRPNL9dWA

.

papa_giorgio on January 27, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Mr. Christie reminds me of what “conservative” Democrats used to look like.

BowHuntingTexas on January 27, 2011 at 9:46 PM

I would sure love to see him debate OBambi.

PattyJ on January 27, 2011 at 10:12 PM

Like Christie said, 2% cut vs. no paycheck. Pick one.

ladyingray on January 27, 2011 at 7:35 PM

Then go find a job somewhere else. We, the taxpayers, (and I say this in general because I don’t know where you work) can’t afford you anymore. You’re lucky to have a paycheck at all. Either feel fortunate or we’re going to have to let you go.

KSgop on January 27, 2011 at 7:39 PM

I didn’t mean to come across as whining, I’m thankful to have the job I have. But when someone complains about all public workers being a burden to taxpayers I resent that. It’s not like we’re taking handouts, it’s a job. We work and we get paid and we take cuts like everyone else. Ya’ll make it sound like public workers don’t deserve any benefits and you resent the fact that we even get paid at all.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM

I don’t resent anyone in the private sector getting a raise or a paycheck or benefits but there sure seem to be a lot of people who don’t think anyone that happens to work for the state or the feds should be given the same. We seem to fall in the category as a bunch of freeloaders. I work the same 40 hour week as a lot of you folks yet I’m not entitled to a decent wage or benefits because I happen to be employed by the state I live in? That’s a crock.

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 10:36 PM

That’s lame. What’s your salary?

ladyingray on January 27, 2011 at 7:36 PM

What’s your salary? Is that something you seriously ask someone on a blog? Seriously?

scalleywag on January 27, 2011 at 10:47 PM

I worked for the State of New Jersey for many years, beginning in 1974, including several years as a staff person in the Legislature. I know what it was like.

During all of those years, trust me when I tell you, NJEA absolutely OWNED Trenton.

It really didn’t matter who was in charge Ds or Rs — although for the vast majority of those years, the Legislature was controlled by the Democrats.

Those years were ones in which the Governor’s office was more equally divided between R & D Administrations, with a slight edge to the Ds in terms of the number pf yuears they were in charge.

Simply put, I have waited all of my adult life to hear a New Jersey Governor talk like this. I never thought I’d see it. Never.

Furthermore, I do not even remotely understand the obnoxious title of this post. This guy is a class act, and that is political courage you are witnessing. He spoke respectfully but honestly to that officer, and I can tell you that the people of New Jersey are getting it.

Trochilus on January 27, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Trochilus on January 27, 2011 at 11:33 PM

In beta blogger world “porn” is a compliment of the first order. Even if you don’t appreciate the humor, the respect for Gov. Christie is sincerely felt by AP.

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2011 at 12:22 AM

“Christie porn” was fun while it lasted until his other stripes surfaced.

Bleed_thelizard on January 28, 2011 at 8:10 AM

The Christie ads trying to lure businesses out of Illinois are very funny (Eyeblast link).

Chicago radio stations have been running them for the past few days and Governor “Tax and Spend” Quinn is livid.

Fallon on January 27, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Christie isn’t the first Governor to try to lure businesses out of Illinois–the Governor of Wisconsin also did it when Quinn first signed the tax increase. Wisconsin is a lot closer, although New Jersey has a better climate.

Steve Z on January 28, 2011 at 9:43 AM

Simply put, I have waited all of my adult life to hear a New Jersey Governor talk like this. I never thought I’d see it. Never.

Furthermore, I do not even remotely understand the obnoxious title of this post. This guy is a class act, and that is political courage you are witnessing. He spoke respectfully but honestly to that officer, and I can tell you that the people of New Jersey are getting it.

Trochilus on January 27, 2011 at 11:33 PM

Much agreed. Christie is an unprecedented break from NJ’s past–the Kean’s and Whitman’s weren’t much better than the Florio’s and Corzine’s. The post’s title appears to be affectionate.

dedalus on January 28, 2011 at 10:09 AM

I really like Christie. But, with all due respect, it seems stange that a 400 pound guy wants to be the spokesman for dicipline. He needs to lead by example and tighten his belt by pushing away from the table. If he doesn’t, his oponents will have some real fodder to hammer him. He needs to demonstrate that he has personal dicipline in his own life.

saiga on January 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

This is directly to Allahpundit

The Christie “porn” refernce was funny the first couple of times. Now it’s just demeaning and unprofessional.

This is directly to Allahpundit

SFTech on January 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM

The Christie “porn” refernce was funny the first couple of times. Now it’s just demeaning and unprofessional.

Click.

Good Lt on January 28, 2011 at 11:36 AM

I really like Christie. But, with all due respect, it seems stange that a 400 pound guy wants to be the spokesman for dicipline. He needs to lead by example and tighten his belt by pushing away from the table. If he doesn’t, his oponents will have some real fodder to hammer him. He needs to demonstrate that he has personal dicipline in his own life.

saiga on January 28, 2011 at 10:12 AM

Yeah. Because fat jokes worked so well for the Corzine campaign when they made them.

Good Lt on January 28, 2011 at 11:37 AM

I agree with:

sesquipedalian on January 27, 2011 at 5:59 PM
Proud Rino on January 27, 2011 at 6:21 PM
chief on January 27, 2011 at 6:38 PM, and especially
SFTech on January 28, 2011 at 10:17 AM:

AP, drop the “porn”. It doesn’t add anything. It only looks tacky.

Sowell Disciple on January 28, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Cindy Munford on January 28, 2011 at 12:22 AM

Cindy, I think I got that “Christie porn” was intended both as a complimentary reference, and even as humor. But I disagree that it was a complementary reference. There is a key difference.

I guess I “snapped” at the characterization because I thought it so completely missed the point. I don’t want to claim that a definition can easily or even fairly capture the emotive extent of an expression, but in general terms, even a complimentary “porn” reference usually attaches to something that is relatively devoid of content, but which nevertheless induces a considerable level of fascination.

Christie’s response to the policeman was the exact opposite . . . it was an appeal to reason. In the potentially charged atmosphere of a town hall setting, Chris was taking the issue on with a straight-up explanation to a public servant, respectfully and thoroughly responding to a legitimate concern raised by the officer as to what Christie’s policies will mean in his life.

Was it a “fascination-inducing” exchange? No question about that! But was it in any way devoid of content? Not even for a second! Therefore, I don’t see it as a “complementary” reference at all.

It just doesn’t fit.

Christie has a quality that has been missing from virtually every state-wide political figure in New Jersey for as long as I can remember. It is the ability to say “we cannot do that” and to explain the reason why . . . i.e., we cannot dig our way out of this huge hole, and you, sir, are “a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” We need to put the shovels down, and start looking for a ladder!

I suppose the ultimate test of Chris Christie as a politician will be his ability to put in place policies that will transcend just “hitting the brakes,” and instead become everyday tests of the government’s ability to control spending, while making sensible judgments in meeting legitimate public needs.

Democrats have summarily destroyed all such efforts in the past. Former Governor Tom Kean created the Transportation Trust Fund to provide a stable funding source for state infrastructure projects back in the ’80s. Ultimately, Jim McGreevey and his post-resignation fill-in, Senator Dick Codey, spent it into the ground so that all new monies coming in went directly to paying debt service!

And, when statewide hopes then turned to supposed financial genius, Jon Corzine, he instead played out the role of the riddler, taunting the public with unworkable plans, but never solving the problem.

I saw the movie!

Trochilus on January 28, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I like Christie… BUT… he said that there is no inflation. I call Bull Sh*T. Buy gas, bread and milk… Soup, cereal and electricity… And my turnpike ride just went up 10% for 2011, and went up not too many years ago by 25%…….. So hey Christie. Bull on the no inflation claim.
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Keep doing what you’re doing, but don’t start blowing smoke up my a**.
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That is all.
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RalphyBoy on January 28, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Dear GOP,
Missile defense shield by thy big tent.
You’re going to have to make choices.
Our military is broke.
Help our economic engine.
Sincerely,
Need more small business owners and private sector workers in the hospitality tent and Christie’s radio spots are a helpful reminder and easy sell. (Shh, so TEA Party but I wont tell. Keep the pressure on for 2012.)

Here is an exit question for you AP since you find advertising free market capitalism fun (in a dismissive way?), [url=http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/praveenswami/100073474/russias-new-age-terrorist-and-what-he-tells-us-about-the-global-jihadist-movement/]shouldn’t we offer real political alternatives learning from our pop culture adversaries? [/url] After all, our enemies have: “Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who proclaimed that the “language of war is killing,” was quoting, almost verbatim, from the writings of Carl von Clausewitz. In his recent statements, Osama bin-Laden has borrowed the language of the environmental movement and New Left. Basayev, of course, read an author beloved of Oprah fans.”

P.S. [url=http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/finance/jeremywarner/100009416/camerons-chinese-slur/]Is Illinois more precious than China?[/url] “Yet there’s no doubt that Western democracies need to rediscover some of the dynamism that made them great. [b]If insulting the Chinese is part of what it takes to bring the Eurocrats to their senses on the ever mounting weight of bureaucratic gobbledegook they are piling on to their dying economies, then it is a price well worth paying.”[/b]

FeFe on January 28, 2011 at 5:15 PM

Dear GOP,
Missile defense shield by thy big tent.
You’re going to have to make choices.
Help our economic engine.
Sincerely,
Need more small business owners and private sector workers in the hospitality tent and Christie’s radio spots are a helpful reminder and easy sell. (Shhhh, so TEA Party but I wont tell. Keep the pressure on for 2012.)

Here is an exit question for you AP since you find advertising free market capitalism fun (in a dismissive way?), shouldn’t we offer real political alternatives learning from our pop culture adversaries? After all, our enemies have: “Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, who proclaimed that the “language of war is killing,” was quoting, almost verbatim, from the writings of Carl von Clausewitz. In his recent statements, Osama bin-Laden has borrowed the language of the environmental movement and New Left. Basayev, of course, read an author beloved of Oprah fans.”

P.S. Is Illinois more precious than China? “Yet there’s no doubt that Western democracies need to rediscover some of the dynamism that made them great. If insulting the Chinese is part of what it takes to bring the Eurocrats to their senses on the ever mounting weight of bureaucratic gobbledegook they are piling on to their dying economies, then it is a price well worth paying.”

FeFe on January 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM