The New Jersey Star-Ledger has endorsed Governor Chris Christie, but to say that they aren’t big fans would be putting it lightly.
This is how they describe Christie.
The property tax burden has grown sharply on his watch. He is hostile to low-income families, raising their tax burden and sabotaging efforts to build affordable housing. He’s been a catastrophe on the environment, draining $1 billion from clean energy funds and calling a cease-fire in the state’s fight against climate change.
The governor’s claim to have fixed the state’s budget is fraudulent. New Jersey’s credit rating has dropped during his term, reflecting Wall Street’s judgment that he has dug the hole even deeper. He has no plan to finance transit projects and open space purchases now that he has nearly drained the dedicated funds he inherited from Gov. Jon Corzine.
His ego is entertaining, but it’s done damage as well. By removing two qualified justices from the Supreme Court without good cause, he threatened the independence of judges at all levels, and provoked a partisan stalemate that has left two vacant seats on the high court. This was a power grab gone wrong.
Despite a very frank and accurate description of Christie’s tenure thus far, the Star-Ledger has endorsed him for an unfathomably stupid reason that lays the ground work for future pieces that blame “both sides” for the state’s problems.
We have endorsed Chris Christie and urge you to press the button for him, but it’s up to Democrats to stop his agenda. What?
Christie hasn’t fully disclosed his plans and our fear is that he’ll veer rightward and do terrible things.
Fuck it, we’ll endorse him anyway.