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Christie: ‘Make a Few People Unhappy So That the Greater Good Can be Achieved’

Says his home state needs to set a national example by making key cuts.

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Nicholas Ballasy

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April 23, 2014 - 11:52 pm
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Christie told the audience that the state is making a $2.5 billion payment to the pension fund this fiscal year – the largest in the history of the state. Alluding to the lack of entitlement reform on the federal level, Christie said New Jersey should set an example.

“The same thing the federal government refuses to do we need to set an example to do in New Jersey. If we expect the people in Washington, D.C., to finally step up to the plate and meet their obligations and tell us the truth on both sides of the aisle, then we better do it ourselves in our own state or we’re nothing but hypocrites,” he told the crowd.

“This is not about me, this is about the next person, whoever he or she is, and what we’re going to leave them to deal with. So we can ignore it if you like, but it’s not going away and it will impact each and every one of you and your businesses and your employees,” he added.

Christie challenged the legislature to leave the state in better fiscal shape for the next generation.

“It is not good enough for us to use up the great resources of our state and this country for our own creature comforts and benefit and say, ‘well, the kids are smart, they’ll figure it out.’ No one did that to us. They gave us a leg up,” he said. “They gave us an opportunity to inherit a greater country than the one they were given. We are now at that crossroads, everybody, because these problems don’t get smaller, they get bigger.”

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Nicholas Ballasy is a video journalist based in Washington, D.C. His interviews with prominent politicians and celebrities have been featured by media outlets including Fox News, NBC News, ABC News, Access Hollywood, Inside Edition, the Washington Post. Follow his work at www.nickballasy.com.

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If I don't like Christie for other reasons, can I still like the idea that Workers Party bloated and unfunded pensions are a Cloward-Piven tool that must be dismantled?

Whatever Christie's motivations are...rooting out all the small c communist plots, schemes and designs to crater capitalism and the attempts to insert Trojan horses and "compassionate caterpillars" that incrementally morph into "butterfly bombs" that destroy our economy....is mandatory, not elective.

We should be having this conversation out loud.

He has continually done so. I won't look for ways to weaken or muddle THIS topic by infusing it with my other reasons for not liking Christie. I can address those separately at an appropriate time.
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Real reform: No more pensions. State and local government workers get 401ks like us the private sector.

In the past, if you took a government job, you got lower pay in return for: 1. A good pension. 2. Good job security. Now public sector workers have higher pay than many in the private sector.

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40-55% of Republican voters would support a speed bump for president if the RINO Establishment told them two or more times the speed bump was the most electable candidate.

These non-TEA Party Republicans vote and live with one objective. Their Prime Directive is avoid conflict at all cost. They would rather switch than fight. No matter how many times they lose by rushing through the Primary process ASAP to nominate the next Good Loser they think the strategy isn't just necessary but wise. These preemptive losers would rather become slaves than be thought to strongly believe in anything besides peace and quiet.

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There are plenty of losers among the horde of wannabees: Santorem, who should try getting a real job, Huckabee who is so sweet my teeth hurt and who will not want to give up his big TV bucks. among others. They must appeal to a majority of voters, I'm afraid, if the GOP doesn't start turning this country around we are really lost!
34 weeks ago
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"“We spend more on people doing nothing than people doing something.”

Also true for social security.
34 weeks ago
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So, I assume this means he's going to run for President?
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And the governor should be allowed to eat a few children for the greater good.

Hey, I agree with his goal of cutting retirement costs, so just how does he make it sound like some kind of complex moral quandry? The promised retirement benefits were fraudulently proposed and passed and were never going to be supportable, once that is faced squarely there is NONE of this talk of making people unhappy, you are simply restoring competence and justice, and people ought to be happy about that.
34 weeks ago
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come up with something better than "the greater good." The utilitarian argument is the most amoral one that can be used and the number of things one could ostensibly justify in the name of a greater good is not pleasant.
34 weeks ago
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Howdy wareagle82
Perhaps a better line would be, "We're robbing everyone to help just a few people and it can't go on."
34 weeks ago
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I don't care what the guy says. Like all of them, he's a liar.

The bigger problem is that he's a sure loser. If the last 22 years hasn't proven that, then nothing is provable.

He's a stalking horse for Hillary, and if by some chance he could beat her, he would govern in the same vein.

If you value what the United States has done for the world, abandon the Christie's and support somebody who will fight for our way of life. Observe the magnificent "grace" that Romney lost with...not a peep out of him, even though he was slandered in ways this country hasn't seen for many many years. Maybe a fighter can't beat the marxists either, but at least a fighter will try to win.
34 weeks ago
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Excuse me? A guy who's never lost an eection is a sure loser? On what planet? You don't want Christie? Who do you want, Rand Paul? Great! Thanks for electing Hilary!
34 weeks ago
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I'm for Christie.....He's realistic, in contrast to many of the GOP right wing.
34 weeks ago
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"A guy who's never lost an eection is a sure loser?"

Here, let me help you with that:

"A guy who's never lost an election in New Jersey is a sure loser?"

Oh, by the way, the answer is, "Yes."

Because even if he wins, we lose.



34 weeks ago
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Perfect rino thinking.

Dole, McCain, Romney, Christie. If Christie gets the nomination, he'll lose by more than his predecessors. Same strategy, same result.

And yes, I would personally prefer Rand Paul, but he would also lose by a large margin, so I won't support him either. Rand's problem is spelled R o n, and that problem can't be overcome.

There are many conservative candidates this time who will actually run on their principles rather than the failed theory that being slightly less liberal is the way to win national elections. I'll be supporting one of them, and if the rinos buy their guy the nomination again, then I won't be supporting that person. I fell for the con the last several times, and unlike rino chum, I have learned from experience. Millions others have learned the same lesson. I won't be voting for someone playing the DC game again, no matter how many times you chant the mantra.
34 weeks ago
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Rand Paul could not attract a majority voters. If the ultra conservatives try to force one of themselves down our throat, we are ensured defeat.
34 weeks ago
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The talk is good. But does he actually mean it? One of the main flaws in our current political system is that candidates make campaign promises and once elected feel free to break any or all of them. The only thing that can be done is to vote them out but in the intervening 2, 4, or 6 years before that can happen they can do a lot of damage. I think that's why a lot of people don't vote. What's the point when nothing they will do will reflect what they're saying prior to the election?

The solution? I don't know. Perhaps a very quick mechanism for recalling elected officials, and anyone so removed would be barred from having any other future position in the government, elected or otherwise.
34 weeks ago
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"the greater good"

Basic Principle:
Trust no one who says that is his goal.
Trust no plan with that as a goal.
Ever.
34 weeks ago
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Governor Christie has his moments, that's for sure. This is one of them.
34 weeks ago
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How about you cut some of your gun control laws and legalize marijuana, you fat pathetic big-government pimp.
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H3LL YEAH!!
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