“There’s lawlessness in this country. The president encourages this lawlessness. Encourages it . . . by his own rhetoric. He does not support the police, he doesn’t back up the police. He justifies Black Lives Matter. . . . I don’t believe that movement should be justified when they’re calling for the murder of police officers.”
Remember when Christie was a rational Republican? It seems like such a long time ago.
Christie’s push to privatize the lottery was billed as a way to make it run more like a business, but Northstar [the outside management company hired by Christie] today spends more and employs more people than when the lottery was run by the state.
Businesses are not designed to generate revenue for the state; they’re supposed to produce a profit for their owners. And the NJ state lottery is now doing just that, throwing off big bucks for
Northstar New Jersey — the management company that has fallen short of contractually-set targets. Christie unilaterally revised those targets downwards, saving Northstar from having to pay substantial penalties.
Gtech S.p.A — lottery privatization specialist, part-owner of Northstar.
Macquarie Capital Group — consultants who recommended privatization in spite of the NJ lottery’s record of high profits and low overhead.
Wolff & Samson — law firm of David Sampson, a Christie buddy. Hired by Gtech to lobby state officials.
Mercury Public Affairs — PR firm of Mike Duhaime, another Christie buddy. Hired by Gtech to tell New Jerseyans what a great job Northstar is doing.
Under Northstar, lottery revenue is off by ten of millions of dollars. But all is not doom and gloom. Mercury Public Affairs says the new lottery videos are quite popular on Youtube.
When Times reporter Mark Leibovich wrote of Governor Christie “he did not halt passage of a same-sex-marriage bill in New Jersey last year,” he must have known that it wasn’t true. In fact Christie had vetoed the gay marriage bill and then fought against the lawsuit that followed. After losing the lawsuit, Christie decided to surrender.
Saying that Christie did not halt passage of a same-sex-marriage bill is like saying that Japan didn’t oppose the Potsdam Declaration.
Christie, speaking at the annual conference of the Faith & Freedom Coalition:
Name me the one pro-life Democrat who has ever been able and allowed to speak at a Democratic National Convention since Roe v. Wade. Don’t strain yourself, because there’s never been one. Theirs is the party that’s intolerant …
It’s a flat-out lie, as has been proven in the past. In fact, in the years since Roe v. Wade, Democratic conventions have featured over a dozen anti-abortion speakers.
So many people are gloating over the supposed death knell of Christie’s presidential ambitions that it’s hard to keep count. The problem is, if a Republican WERE to win the next presidential election, wouldn’t you prefer Christie over Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul, or Darrell Issa?
In New Jersey, disabled students often go to private schools funded by taxpayer dollars. But, according to a Star-Ledger investigation, costs at these schools go largely unchecked and are inflated by nepotism and self-dealing.
Christie thinks these school are a great idea since they’re private, unlike the wasteful public school system. (Prof. H. O. Hell notes that at least Christie is supporting education for disabled kids.)