Not impressed with Christie's political tour

That would be Rick Merkt, who once ran with Christie for the Assembly in 1995 , and has now morphed into a critic. Merkt also ran for governor in last June’s primary and finished a distant last. In response to the governor’s political trip out west, Merkt sent over the following:

So, Fred, things are so “fixed” in NJ that Hizzoner can take a month off to campaign for a GOP Congress?

Silly me!  I didn’t realize that the pension problem here was solved, the debt problem worked out, and the $60 billion in unfunded health benefits cleaned up.

Now I understand he’s promising tax cuts (as, indeed, he also promised them during his campaign).

Good luck getting that through the Democratic-controlled Legislature!  Oh, but wait, as he lectured me during one campaign event, “It’s called ‘leadership,’ Rick.”

Well, Chris, I’m waiting … (but I’m not holding my breath, ’cause I don’t want to die).



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.

One Response to Not impressed with Christie's political tour

  1. Ed France says:

    Rick Merkt is a pretty smart guy. I heard him speak in person a few times when he ran for Governor last year.He is very knowledgeable. He would have made a good Governor as well.
    Fast forward to 2010. Christie was respected,had the money and the GOP connections to win. He also ran at a time when many voters had doubts about John Corzine.
    Going around helping other people who are connected in the GOP is part of his job. If he ever wants to run for president he will need all of the help he can get. That may be as soon as 2012. It’s called POLITICS!!!

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