This might be the most successful and popular use of “Judgment Day” since Terminator II. Conservatives have fallen in love with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in just a few short months, thanks to his plain-speaking style. That’s a remarkable turnaround from the primary campaign in the Garden State, when Christie faced a serious challenge from conservative darling Steve Lonegan and had to defend his own position. One year later, Tea Party activists wonder when Christie might consider a run at the White House (via The Right Scoop):
One of the questions that often comes up in analysis is whether the American electorate is really prepared for the kind of tough budget cuts that are necessary to get the country back on the right track of fiscal responsibility. Christie is making New Jersey into a test case. Its electorate tilts towards the Democrats, but they elected Christie handily to reject the Leftward policies that ran the state aground. Christie has publicly and explicitly challenged the public-sector unions, has already enacted significant cuts to the budget and some services, and offers this kind of defense of conservative policies on a regular basis. If New Jersey voters wind up rewarding Christie for his clear-eyed and honest work, it should serve as a lesson that voters really do understand that there is no free lunch, and that they’re prepared to reward fiscal responsibility over pork-barrel politics.