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Christie more suited to be carnival barker

August 31, 2012
The Leader Herald

Now, more than ever, I think New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is more suited to be a carnival barker than a governor.

According to a USA Today article before the Republican National?Convention, Christie said his keynote address to the convention would be "very direct and with hard truths to the American people."

After looking at his stellar record as governor since 2010, I think he should try speaking more directly and honestly to the residents of New Jersey first. When Christie came into office, New Jersey's unemployment rate was 9.7 percent, ranking 35th in the nation. Currently, it is at 9.6 percent and ranks 48th in the nation.

Christie now wants to give the voters of New Jersey a 10 percent income-tax cut. This is a problem. You see, the state's revenues are not enough to bridge the shortfall. Also, New Jersey's unemployment fund is depleted as well as the state treasury coffers.

Now, Christie claims the economic comeback of New Jersey is "rolling" and job opportunities are growing. In this respect, he is telling the truth, but only partially. He conveniently fails to tell his constituents that the job gains are in the leisure and hospitality area. He also fails to acknowledge that these jobs tend to pay low salaries and have high turnover rates.





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