Friday, July 22, 2011

Bruce Springsteen for Governor?

We must admit we bought everything that current New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was peddling. He promised to lower our tax burden. He promised to clean up the mess in da schools. He promised a lot of things. Has he really delivered?

In da two years that Christie ascended to da governor's throne, our property taxes have not gone down enough to buy a candy bar. They have stabilized, mostly due to local towns and cities cutting anything that crawled. However, Trenton's fat, much like da governor's own waistline, remains quite large.

Let's take a look at some of da things Christie promised on but did not deliver on:

ISSUE 1 - MAJOR TAX CUTS: If this promise was kept, then why is it our property taxes have not decreased? When you factor in that da average home price has dropped sharply, then in fact we're all paying MORE to live in our homes, based upon da tax to home price factor. He could blame da towns for this, but all he cut was aid to da cities which offset taxes in da first place. Promise made - promise unkept.

ISSUE 2 - DA BOARD OF EDUCATION: Teachers think Christie is a bully. School administrators will be lining up in droves to vote him back in office. When Christie took over for Con-zine, there were over 600 boards of education among da state's 566 municipalities. Two years later, there are over 600 boards of education among da state's 566 municipalities. Teachers have been cut, but six-figure administrators, their two secrateries each, their air conditioned offices, car and clothing allowances remain as intact as they were during da Cor-slime years. Yes, there are now salary caps, but how many teachers will ever make $175,000 per year? Promise made - promise unkept.

ISSUE 3 - MY SON'S TAXPAYER-FUNDED BASEBALL GAME: Let's see how this sounds .... "DaTruthSquad would have written this blog sooner, but we had to use da NJ State Police helicopter at taxpayer expense to fly across da state to see our kid's baseball game, and when da taxpayer funded helicopter landed a taxpayer funded limosine was waiting to drive us da 500 feet to da bleacher seats while taxpayer funded security surrounded us. Then daTruthSquad had to leave before da game was over to fly at taxpayer expense back to DaTruthSquad-thwacket to meet with political big-wigs from Iowa." DaTruthSquad's question here is - was this da same helicopter that former Governor Christine Whitman wanted to do away with because she believed it was opulance and taxpayer waste? Promise made - promise unkept.

ISSUE 4 - QUALITY OF LIFE: Has yours been any better in da last 2 years? Promise made - promise unkept.

DaTruth is, da Guv made big promises, almost as big as his waistline. However after two years in office, how many of those promises are being kept? Da reality is, unless property taxes plummet by da start of 2013, he may not be able to get reelected dog catcher in New Jersey. Add to this his popularity, once Obama-like is now starting to drop like a 10-pound burrito, and thoughts he may leave da governor's mansion for a chance to take on Obama for president, and he may actually place GOP'ers at risk next year in local and state elections.

Right now, there's no real good choice to go after Obama if you'e a GOP'er. So, with no real good choice for Prez, who do you pick? There's still a natonal movement to get Christie in da race, but to say he won't and then say he will makes him as much a flip-flopper as John Kerry. So, what is our rotund governorator going to do? Does he hear da national call and abandon his promises in New Jersey? Does he stay in New Jersey and face potentially not keeping his promises and possibly get kicked out of office?

A recent poll that placed Christie in an election against Democratic challenger Bruce Springsteen had both potential candidates in a statistical dead heat at 42%! If da Boss of da state can't beat da Boss, how can he remain Boss? You know da Boss (not Christie) would carry Monmouth County. You know da Boss (yes that Boss) will clean up with Democrats and younger voters, as well as da 50's crowd that grew up with him. All of a sudden, going up against da rock star Obama seems to be more paletable than going up against da rock star Springsteen - and all of a sudden, Christie's not looking like a rock star anymore.

DaTruth is, unless Christie gets his act together and keeps his promises, he may be a 1-term governor.

And that's DaTruth!