(CNN) – Republican Chris Christie touts his bipartisan record as governor of New Jersey in the first television commercial of his 2013 re-election bid.
Christie's campaign says they'll spend $1.2 million to run the 60-second spot, titled "Jersey Proud," starting Wednesday in the expensive New York City and Philadelphia markets, which cover most of the Garden State.
"Four years ago, New Jersey was broken: runaway spending, the nation's highest taxes, and unemployment on the rise. Then we elected Chris Christie. He made the tough decisions to get New Jersey back on track. Taxes cut. Spending cut. Government made smaller and smarter. A real property tax cap. Working with Democrats and Republicans, believing that as long as you stick to your principles, compromise isn't a dirty word," says the narrator in the ad.
"The result: Four balanced budgets in a row, with no new taxes for anyone. The best job growth in 12 years. Nearly 130,000 new private sector jobs. Merit pay to reward New Jersey's best teachers. And the most education funding, ever. But the most important thing he did has little to do with numbers, statistics or even politics: He made us proud to say we're from New Jersey. Chris Christie. The governor," continues the narrator.
Christie ousted Democratic incumbent Gov. Jon Corzine in 2009 in a state that Democrats dominate. Thanks to his well-received response to Superstorm Sandy, which slammed into New Jersey's coast last October, Christie's poll numbers soared. The most recent polls indicate he has a more than two-to-one advantage over New Jersey state Sen. Barbara Buono, his Democratic challenger, in the November showdown.
New Jersey and Virginia are the only states to hold gubernatorial elections in the year after a presidential contest.
Okay look, the fact that Chris Christie was THE ONLY Rethug who had enough common sense to realize that going against EVERYTHING OBAMA was not only stupid and ridiculous, but also something that the voters had had enough of does NOT make him eye-candy to me poltically speaking.
I cannot forget how before he had htis "Aha!" moment he was totally on board with the unabashed bashing of the President at Romney's behest.
So while he may have exhibited sharper survival instincts politically I'm not sold on him for a national platform, ie President. When chewing him over I still taste bully, a savvy bully, but a bully nonetheless.
...as far as I can throw him....
Conservative response: " He's a RINO."
Gov. Christie killed long term economic growth on the whole east coast when he cancelled the NJ portion of high speed rail project that was years in progress. He claimed it would go over budget. A claim that was unsupported by the facts. The ongoing project had years of work under the belt on budget. NJ taxpayers wound up paying back the federal government for work already completed.
Christie's idea of bipartisanship was to agree on deals with Democrats, who controlled the state legislature. The legislature passes the compromises and then Christie uses a line item veto to remove all of his concessions to Democrats. Nice guy.
He does not realize he is not a republican anymore? any republican willing to participate in bipatisanship, which is what americans want, will be immediatly primarried, to no avail. this guy put his constituents first, party politics second, and they hate him for it. it is nice to see a guy stand up for his people, and he no longer needs super pac money, ggod thing because he wont be getting any, a true testiment of a working democracy, gop is furious with this guy, i love that about him, only gop i would ever vote for. since when is doing whats right for your people so unacceptable? when your trying to help the people, you tend to alienatee special interest, and after all the money they spend on gop, they demand to get unchallenged on their desire to control policy
Putting people first will get you in deep doo doo with your special interest overlords, so easy to see who the gop works for, side with us one time, and your cutoff, he does not need your superpac money fools he put his people first and will get reelected on that basis alone, scary thought huh gop?
It's strange that the people of New Jersey support Christie but the Republican Party hates him for working with and praising President Obama – who was strongly supportive of Christie's efforts in Sandy. What's happened to the GOP when compromise and teamwork during a disaster is a bad thing? Are obstructionism and bigotry the only planks in their platform?
Jersey Proud? Is that supposed to be like Boston Strong? This game could be really fun...like maybe Phoenix Crazy (you can't spell crazy without R-AZ)...or Mississippi Mindless...maybe some Charleston Racist...or hey, we can even throw one out there for the Teatrolls and go with Chicago Corrupt so they don't get all butthurt and feel left out of the jokes...
he will easily win reelection to Gov but the more he talks about "bipartisanship" "working together" etc, the more he'll be hated by the power-mongers in the American taliban party. They demand absolute obedience and only purity of thought. His idea of running for POTUS in 2016 will die long before it gets off the ground