Get this, Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Christie is against the state’s high unemployment rate.

He seized on the news that the state’s 8.2 percent unemployment rate now exceeds the federal rate of 8.1 percent by blaming Gov. Jon Corzine. Really.

Here is part of what he said:

Corzine and McGreevey’s 103 tax increases and anti-business policies have driven business from our state and caused our state’s business climate to be ranked dead last in the country. 


About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

5 Responses to Really?

  1. JS says:

    Didn’t the Governor establish that as his ‘hold me accountable’ statistic of measure in his budget address? Isn’t it higher than our neighboring states? Aren’t we far behind our neighboring states in private sector job creation? None of this has to do with ranking at the bottom of job competitiveness?

  2. Mark in Rockaway says:

    If only we had a governor who had experience in the financial sector, you know, used to be a CEO at a big financial company? Think of the financial expertise he could apply to the state budget! We’d be so rich, the parkway tollbooth attendants would hand YOU money instead of the other way around.

    And wouldn’t it be great if such a governor also used to be a US senator? Think of the pull he would have on the federal level to help us out!

    And it would be a dream trifecta that this mythical governor could also be of the same party as the NJ Senate and Assembly! Think of the progress that could be made without all that evil partisanship getting in the way! No more compromises, they could just fast-track all those spending cuts right thru the legislative process and balance our budget in no time!

    It’s nice to dream, but it’s never gonna happen.

  3. P says:

    Fred – Stop spinning for Corzine. Christie said that the 100+ fees and taxes that McGreevey and Corzine imposed on businesses helped drive unemployment to a rate higher than the average across the US. What’s so surprising about that? Do you think either of the last two elected governors helped make the business climate in NJ better? Didn’t both drastically increase the number of employees on the public payroll? In an economic downturn, both are recipes for an employment disaster.

    In the end, is Corzine part of the solution, or the problem?! The voters will decide in November (unless the Dems pull another Torricelli). 🙂

  4. Pravelon says:

    Governor Corzine is ultimately accountable for whatever transpired on his watch—and I use the past tense deliberately. Candidate Christie can blast away at the current regimes’ failures, but he’d better have something more to offer than what we’ve heard so far. The ghost Of Christine Todd Whitman is ever in the wings!

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