Governor Chris Christie addressed 200 hundred mayors assembled by the NJ League of municipalities, and for the first time in decades, a governor explained just how broke NJ is, and what needs to be done. You can listen to the speech here (sorry, I can’t embed it and it’s not on YouTube).
Michael Shedlock posts on governor Christie’s speech:
hat was the best speech on spending by any government official I have ever heard.
Inquiring minds are no doubt wondering about the COAH (Committee On Affordable Housing) program Chris Christie referred to. Here is the COAH Fact Sheet.
The fact sheet shows the state of New Jersey is bragging about COAH. He expects a court fight to get rid of it.
- He froze aid to schools
- Challenged school boards.
- Wants to change arbitration rules for public workers
- Requests public-private salary and benefits parity
- Demands pension reform
- Property tax hikes not an option
- Wants to get rid of programs like COAH
- Is not thinking about the next election
I applaud Chris Christie. Not only is he saying the things that need to be said, he is acting with executive actions, freezing 375 government programs out of 378 suggestions. That is leadership, something sadly lacking from president Obama and Congress.
Moe liked the speech, too.
Can Christie do it? Daniel Foster points out that
Thankfully, the New Jersey governorship is constitutionally strong and Christie has been able to make a big impact with executive orders, halting the growth of the state’s bureaucracy in ways that would never have flown in the legislature.
Additionally, 52% of New Jerseyans approve of the job he’s doing.
Let’s hope he can bring the New Jersey fiscal disaster under control.