Everyone is talking about Chris Christie these days.

Chris Christie as candidate, Chris Christie as moderate, Chris Christie as conservative, Chris Christie as RINO, Chris Christie as Winner, Chris Christie as Governor, Chris Christie as Republican Savior  etc etc etc.

There is however one aspect of Chris Christie’s that nobody seems to be talking about at all.  Chris Christie as party leader.

Chris Christie is the highest ranking GOP official in the state of New Jersey.  As such one of his unofficial duties  is to promote the GOP brand within the state.

I would expect he would be good at it.  For all the complaints we Tea Party types have his record in the state of NJ is rather good.  He’s held back Taxes, Cut funding to Planned Parenthood and spending overall,  cut business taxes etc etc etc.  And all of this had to be done while dealing with Democrat majorities in both houses.

So naturally I expect he’s love to see more Republicans in the state house to vote with him and make this job easier.  My favorite speech of his discusses this.  While I talk about the “grandfather”  part a lot  the entire speech deserves to be noted in terms of why you need to elect Republicans.

“35 years ago we didn’t have an income tax in NJ no income tax like right here in NH, we had no income tax and Governor Brendon Byrne, a democrat said: If you just give me a small income tax, a little one, I will lower your property taxes, we had the highest property taxes in America back in 1977 so 35 years later, what have we got? We’ve STILL got the highest property taxes in America and the income tax that started at 2% under governor Byrne is now 9%”

We would expect that Gov Christie would make the same case in the state that he made on the campaign trail nationwide doing all he can to help elect more republicans in NJ. After all a swing of 8 seats in the NJ House and 4 seats in the Senate would mean at least one chamber behind him.

Since Christie is so popular and won re-election so decisively one would naturally expect he brought success for the party with him. After all , if he is the poster boy for the GOP nationally he would be the model to elect party members following his lead all over the state right?

Despite Christie’s 60 percent showing on Tuesday, Republicans didn’t make up any ground in the state Senate.

Somehow that line in the Washington Post story Chrissie’s win got no play nationally, neither did this piece from NJ.com (emphasis mine)

Democrats in the state Senate and Assembly withstood Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s decisive victory over Barbara Buono on Tuesday, retaining majorities in both houses of the Legislature and ensuring at least four more years of divided government in Trenton.

With most of the votes counted Tuesday night, Democrats said they would hold onto their 24-16 majority in the state Senate. They also appeared to hold a majority in the Assembly — currently 48 to 32 — though they lost at least one seat.

One house seat? That’s it? You mean to tell me Chris Christie, the Savior of the GOP, the model for Republicans nationwide,  success in advancing his party within his own state was barely more successful than a camel spotter in an election he won by 20 points?

Contrast this to what the Tea Party,  that the GOP establishment hates,  did for Republicans during the big read wave of 2010 down ticket

in 26 states the Republicans now hold majorities in both legislative chambers, up from 15 before the election.

The GOP took control of the New Hampshire House and Senate, the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate, the Minnesota Assembly and State Senate and, for the first time in decades if not more than a century, both legislative chambers in Maine, North Carolina, and Alabama. They also won back control of the Indiana House, the Pennsylvania House, the Ohio House, the Iowa House, the Montana House, the Colorado House, and the Michigan House of Representatives while not losing control of a single chamber they already held.

and that’s not even counting the 63 seats in the US house.

Given the lack of coattails for the GOP that Chris Christie beings vs the Tea Party I can certainly understand why the media and the left keep pushing him forward as the great GOP hope, the GOP establishment, not so much.


Olimometer 2.52

It’s Monday and DaTipJar is at $32. With the Magnificent Seven now on board that means I’m actually BEHIND last week when I was at $2 at this time.

I submit and suggest by giving an additional platform for Seven defenders of Conservative opinion here at DaTechGuy blog I have bigger coattails than Chris Christie did in 2013.

If you agree please hit DaTipJar below.

Chris Christie made a big fuss about complementing President Obama for helping out in NJ and made a point to make everyone know it didn’t matter where the help came as long as the help came.

Apparently there are exceptions:

Nonunion Ala. crews turned away from Sandy recovery

You’ve got to be kidding me

Crews from Huntsville, as well as Decatur Utilities and Joe Wheeler out of Trinity headed up there this week, but Derrick Moore, one of the Decatur workers, said they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.

The crews that are in Roanoke, Virginia say they are just watching and waiting even though they originally received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey

Via the Dana show who notes this was also done during the Blizzard in NY a bit back and asks?

I thought Chris Christie was infamous for taking on the unions? Some via Twitter have speculated that Gov. Christie may be unaware that this is happening. I’m willing to extend him the benefit of the doubt for then, but now after this story has blown up online there can be no ignorance of the matter. People need help. Sandy didn’t happen in August or early September like Katrina, Ike, and Irene. It’s November now. People are cold.

I get that he’s a moderate, but none of this should matter right now: people need help. If Christie doesn’t indignantly react with the fire of a thousand burning suns over this insanity, his reputation as a fighter for the people will be at stake.

The right thing is usually the smart thing, this should be reversed at ONCE and if anyone is planning on running against Christie in 2020, this is an ad pre-made.

I wonder if the people still suffering agree with this?

Update: Breitbart

On Wednesday, while visiting cleanup efforts in New Jersey in the company of Gov. Chris Christie, President Barack Obama vowed: “We are not going to tolerate red tape, we are not going to tolerate bureaucracy.”

Unless, of course, that red tape is enforced by Obama’s union cronies. Then stranded residents have to wait.

Via the Lonely Conservative video:

Here’s the video report. If this doesn’t tell you all you need to know about unions, I don’t know what else to say.

WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL

Update 2:
Michelle Malkin:

First, a comment from a Twitchy reader: “I’m from Jersey. I had to work with an IBEW crew for years in Hackensack. (Sopranos Country). Trust me, these guys can be filth. Not all of them, but many of them don’t give a *blank* about anything but themselves and the union. Violence is always an option. In Jersey its just a way of life. Sorry to the good people who wasted their time driving north expecting union scum to appreciate the help.”

Sunshine State Sarah:

A final thought: the news report I quoted at the beginning of this post says that the Alabama crews “received a call asking for help from Seaside Heights, New Jersey,” but that “they were told by crews in New Jersey that they can’t do any work there since they’re not union employees.”

This gives rise to several questions: who exactly called these crews to invite them to come to New Jersey? Was it the local government? And if it was union crews in New Jersey who told them they couldn’t work there, who gave the New Jersey crews that authority? Why didn’t the government or whoever made the initial call to the Alabama crews step in and make sure they were put to work?

Those New Jersey crews had better hope none of their neighbors are waiting for utility repairs. They need to get their priorities straight. Worry about putting their neighborhoods put back together now, worry about the unions later.

The Right thing is usually the smart thing. To my union friends…this is the WRONG thing.