Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Election Day

New Jersey's gubernatorial races are off-year affairs.  In 2009, we New Jersey elected Chris Christie to the governor's mansion.  Today, he will likely be re-elected.  He's likely making a bid for the presidency in 2016, to which I say good riddance.  Chris Christie is a loud-mothered bully and I am not a fan.

Since he became governor, neither my property taxes nor my income taxes have gone down, though he promised they would.  The state's unemployment rate is north of 8% and higher than when he took office in the midst of the recession.  We still don't have enough street lights and the potholes are large enough to swallow a car.   We've used federal money for Sandy relief that has mostly left the middle class to struggle on their own.  We spent more than $10 million on a special election held just three weeks ago so that the bully didn't have to appear on the same ballot as Cory Booker.  Having failed to set up our own healthcare exchange, we are instead part of the federal health insurance exchange.  While neighboring New Yorkers are signing up for insurance, people in this state are struggling to get informed and get health care.

We do have legal same-sex marriage but that's despite the fact that the Governor vetoed the bill to legalize it.  If Chris Christie is the best moderate that the GOP can drum up for 2016, then the Republicans are in big, big trouble.

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