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I do not usually quote the Baltimore Sun nor am I especially interested in New Jersey politics but I could not resist it when the Sun’s Ron Smith starts out his op-ed  like this:

In these times of economic distress, massive job losses, shrunken businesses, bloated governments and runaway public spending, we’ve been waiting for some politician (other than Ron Paul) to stand and tell the truth.

Smith is of course right about Ron Paul (who won his GOP primary with 80% of the vote on Tuesday).  But Smith was not talking about the Texas Congressman, he was talking about the bold step that Governor Chris Christie took in deciding to balance the state’s budget without raising taxes.  Christie was clear:

But behold! The newly elected governor of New Jersey, Republican Chris Christie, stood in front of 200 of his state’s mayors last week and told them basically that there is no more road down which to kick that proverbial can. In his speech at the New Jersey League of Municipalities, Mr. Christie began by calling the legislature’s $29 billion budget something out of “Alice in Wonderland.” He told the collected hizzoners that the old game of tax and spend was over. He described unhappy meetings in his treasurer’s office, where he was presented with 378 possible freezes and lapses to be used to balance the budget. He accepted 375 of them.

Like Bob McDonnell here in Virginia, Christie’s tough cuts and talk will not make friends with some groups:

No doubt there will be a political firestorm in New Jersey as the pinch is felt by politically powerful entities such as the teachers, police and firefighters unions. Whether he can survive tackling the growing fiscal crisis with actual solutions is the question.

This is virtually the same fight that will happen in Virginia.  I heard on the radio the question about how the high school football coaches will work for free as Gov. McDonnell has proposed and I have heard that people are complaining that McDonnell will keep rest areas open but cut education.  Conservatives and Republicans must stand behind Governor McDonnell even if we are niot sure we fully agree.  It is tough times.  He’s got to make the decision.  Let’s give him a chance. 

And Smith warns us the consequences:

Chris Christie will need a lot of public support in his efforts to put the Garden State’s house in order; with the public in New Jersey and all across the land depending on government largesse more than ever before, can that actually be expected to happen? A lot rides on the answer to that question. If he can’t succeed in this vitally needed reordering of government taxing and spending habits, who elsewhere will be able to, and what instead will happen?

Let’s support Bob McDonnell.

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Tom White says:

    I hope Governor McDonnell takes a good, hard look at the work Christie is doing. Their government has become more bloated than Virginia’s, but this is a great start.

    The ones screaming the loudest are the Teacher’s Unions. This group has been responsible for much of Virginia’s bloat, receiving more and more money in the name of educating the kids.

    If the generous increases that Education has received had made ANY real difference, most of us would line up against cuts. But that simply is not the case.

    Let us hope Virginia has the courage that New Jersey is showing. Perhaps these same teachers who believe that Obama’s plan to cut Medicare by $500 billion to stop fraud and waste will work on Education as well. If they receive less money, perhaps the money will be spent more wisely.


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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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