More than half of New Jersey residents say they wouldnâ€™t back Governor Chris Christie for a second term, disapproving of his choices on a range of policy and personal issues, from killing a commuter tunnel to using a state-police helicopter to attend his sonâ€™s baseball game
On the night Chris Christie was elected, I wrote,
I think the people of New Jersey possibly donâ€™t understand how far right Christie is. New Jersey has had Republican governors in recent memory, but not crazy hard-right ideological Republican governors. New Jersey likes governors who cut taxes, but if Christie pushes a hard-right social agenda, he will be a one-term governor.
Christie’s mostly been pushing a hard-right economic agenda. It’s one thing to cut taxes (which I believe he has done only for the wealthy, anyway), but something else to cancel building projects that would have employed a lot of people and cut funding for schools.
To hear Republicans nationwide tell it, Christie is achieving great results in New Jersey (although they tend to be vague about what those “results” are). But it’s plain to me the only thing he’s good at is going viral on You Tube.
Update: See also Atrios.