Republican N.J. Governor Chris Christie won re-election for the governorship against Democrat Barbara Buono by a landslide margin of 60 percent to 38 percent. An uncompromising compromiser, Christie won, according to N.J. Star-Ledger columnist Charles Stile, the old-fashioned way: by buying up every influential Democrat in the state.
As long as they went along with his agenda, they would get their education funding, transportation projects, and mega-projects in Atlantic City and the Meadowlands. All they had to do was stay out of his way as he battled union leadership and bureaucratic backlogging. Democrat mayors, in particular, promised their support in the fear that after the election their phone calls for help from the hugely popular governor would not be answered.
Most troublesome to New Jersey Conservatives was Christie’s victory speech late last night:
“We stand here tonight and show that it is possible to put doing your job first, to put working together first, to fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles and get something done for the people who elected you,” he stated.”
The middle of that sentence – “fight for what you believe in yet still stand by your principles” – is a non-sequitur. Aren’t they supposed to be the same thing? If fighting for what you “believe in” is in conflict with your “principles”, requiring the word “yet” to connect the two, something is wrong with either your beliefs or your principles. That is the signature of a moderate (or someone who didn’t do very well in elementary grammar).
Christie didn’t so much win votes as he bought them. Moderate Republicans would probably shrug and say, “Well, what difference does it make? He’s Republican. He won in a blue state.”
It’s the principle of the thing.
In other news, the bottom-feeders of New Jersey voted themselves a regular, state-mandated raise in the minimum wage, so that they can continue their careers as burger flippers and cashiers without having to try too hard to make more of themselves. They are like my father, a smart man with a high IQ, who ought to have been a college professor. He had low self-esteem, thinking his ne’er-do-well brother was the better man because he was a schmoozer. He settled instead, for minimum wage jobs as a security guard. The state law now guarantees a person the right to be a loser (my father at least had an excuse; he had a heart condition).
Finally, William DeBlasio easily won election for the Mayor of New York City. What a triumph for Communism it is.
The New York Post reports, “New Yorkers handed Bill de Blasio a landslide mandate in his bid to take the city in a sharply different direction after 20 years of Republican mayors.
“The victory was never in doubt — the Democrat was projected to be the 109th mayor barely a minute after voting closed, with exit polls showing him beating Republican Joe Lhota across virtually all political, ideological and ethnic lines.
“The public advocate and former councilman held a commanding 74-24 percent lead with 88 percent of the votes counted.
“’Make no mistake — the people of this city have chosen a progressive path,” de Blasio, his family at his side, declared at a packed victory party inside the Park Slope Armory.
“He added that voters had chosen to alter paths from the Bloomberg era, “united by a belief that our city should leave no New Yorker behind.”
“With murders here at an all-time low, only 15 percent said crime was the most important issue in the race, the exit polls showed.
“De Blasio, who at 6-foot-5 will become the city’s tallest leader, warned supporters in his victory speech that he faces a daunting challenge to fulfill his campaign promises of vast change.
“’We have no illusions about the task that lies ahead. Tackling inequality isn’t easy, it never has been and never will be,” he said, as supporters on the victory podium nodded in agreement.
“’The challenges we face has been decades in the making,’ he said. “’And the problems we set out to address will not be solved overnight.’”
Christie held his victory party in Asbury Park, one of the bleakest cities in the state and where he enthusiastically embraced Obama. It was an ominous sign for New Jersey, though hardly surprising to Garden State Tea Partiers who already knew what he was.
“If we can do this in Trenton, then maybe the folks in Washington, D.C., should tune in their TV’s right now,” Christie said.
Christie shrewdly scheduled the special election for Lautenberg’s empty U.S. Senate seat two weeks before the November election, knowing Booker would mean a bigger Democrat turnout, particularly in the cities. One pundit noted, a few weeks ago, that the blacks only seem to turn out when a black candidate is on the ticket. Generally, big cities like Newark only have about a 30 percent voter turnout, and that, almost entirely Democrat.
Meanwhile, across the river in New York City, Bill DeBlasio did what’s called a “Smackdown” dance to a tune that sings about rejecting royalty. But royalty is exactly what they voted for and got – a king, not a mayor. The billionaires in their penthouses paid no attention to DeBlasio’s rant. They’re the ones who funded his campaign, after all.
He campaigned on a platform of ending “Stop and Frisk” and taxing the wealthy. Only the superwealthy are left in New York and they have accountants and attorneys to deal with the tax system. They can afford to be magnanimous even as the mobs run wild in the streets of New York, no longer having to worry about being stopped and checked for weapons.
There will only be two kinds of people left in New York City and its suburbs, including those in New Jersey, where businesses are packing up and leaving by the droves: those who have money and those who take money. They do have one thing in common – neither of them work for a living.
Welcome to the Workers’ Paradise of Metropolitan New York and New Jersey.