Tough seniors

Chris Christie got some tough questions today during a campaign stop at the Cedar Crest retirement village in Pompton Plains ..

As Christie talked about reducing the size of government and making cutbacks, some questioners pressed him for details. The candidate talked about “zero-based budgeting” and said everything would be on the table. But some asked for more specifics.

Christie admitted there are no easy answers, saying, “This is going to be hard, I told you that.”


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.

8 Responses to Tough seniors

  1. Ted says:

    It seems the shell game is ending. The electorate won’t quickly jump to anger about taxes and elect a Republican. It seems the long haired youth of the ’60s have become today’s politically active seniors. Still asking questions still questioning the answers

  2. motownrepub says:

    It is not a shell game. It takes leadership to begin a long and hard process of reducing taxes and regulation, attracting and keeping businesses in NJ, and ending a political system so deep in corruption, favor giving, and political self-service. Without the intention to take on these hard issues, change will never come. Corzine and McGreevey never had these intentions, and the problems only grew. It will take a focused and tough leader to begin us down this difficult road, and Chris Christie is that man.

  3. Ted says:

    Of course it’ll take work and tough decisions to do the things you suggest. But we should have some idea of Christie’s plans before election day.

    You’ve gotta question whether Christie has a plan or if he does, will revealing it hurt his chances to become governor?

  4. ChubbyPaul says:

    Genius Snowy. Pure Genius! Easily the most creative columnist in the state!

  5. P says:

    Under normal circumstances, a challenger has to make the case why he/she should be allowed to dislodge the incumbent. However, this year, logic has been turned on its head because Corzine has done such a poor job, he needs to convince people he has a real plan and is willing to do a 180 from the past four years. He doesn’t and he can’t, so Chrisite doesn’t need to do the heavy lifting that a challenger typically would have to.

    This column nicely sums up Corzine’s problems –

    from the In the Lobby Daily Muse

    Sept. 2, 2009

    So Tom Kean Sr. held a press conference Tuesday to urge Gov. Corzine to take down the negative ads and put up a positive message.

    Democratic strategist Julie Roginsky says Corzine needs to fill in the blanks and tell voters why they should re-elect him.

    Meanwhile, Corzine hires his fourth communications director in 3 ½ years because he doesn’t feel like his message is getting out there.

    If there’s one thing we’ve learned about our governor, it’s that when things are going wrong, he rarely looks in the mirror.

    Nope. It’s all George Bush’s fault.

    It’s the economy’s fault.

    It’s the Legislature’s fault.

    It’s the media’s fault.

    How long before he starts blaming the sweater vest?

    Seriously, at some point, perhaps the governor will give voters a reason why he deserves a second term.

    What could he say?

    We know he excels at satisfying his union constituents.

    We know he does a good job at backing down to the Legislature.

    He’s outstanding when it comes to raising taxes.

    A pro at expanding government.

    Great at keeping New Jersey at the bottom of the barrel when it comes to business climate.

    Superior when it comes to spending his own money to win elections.

    What an ad that could make!

    So far, the ads he’s spending his money on haven’t been that effective. The Quinnipiac Poll says, in effect, that Corzine’s ads aren’t working all that well. Half the electorate says the attacks against Republican Chris Christie are unfair.

    And despite the media saturation, Christie continues to have a 5 to 10 point lead, even with independent Chris Daggett in the race.

    Who will Corzine blame that on?

    Steve DeMicco: Do you have an ironclad contract?

    Rick Shaftan: You looking for work?

  6. Ted says:

    Wow, never has there been a weaker argument. Christie doesn’t have to detail a plan because those who oppose Corzine think he’s done a bad job. Let’s pretend that comment make sense for a moment… The argument only solidifies Christie’s base but does nothing to sway independents or change the minds of Democrats.

    Regarding the referenced article, it’s merely another opinion. P expects us to not only read the cut ‘n paste but to connect it to P’s thought and draw the the conclusion that P did. Besides being weak I found the post a tedious waste of time.

  7. Chocolate Martini says:

    Where have all the brains gone? Have we totally lost any recognizable form of intelligence?

    Does Chris Christie really think we believe he even knows what zero-based budgeting and he will put everything on the table. The only table he obviously knows very well is the kitchen table. This fat cat apparently knows nothing about self control. Add the fact that just feeding him will strain our budget to the fact that attorneys are trained to charge for every minute of time and are never trained in fiscal responsibility. Anyone with even half a brain can easily recognize that we are in deep financial trouble if Christie gets elected. At least Corzine is a businessman and some of his cuts were necessary to resolve some of our deficits.

    Mmmmm… whose costs are an expense compared to businessman who understands finance and who can help the bottom line? The answer seems very simple, even to those who are uneducated and brainwashed to tout the party line in Morris County,

  8. WideLoad says:

    The best thing Chritie can do to reduce governmet is lose 60lbs.

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