N.J Governor: 'No magic wand' for economic, school problems
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie spoke with CNN about education, the economy and "The Jersey Shore."
January 12th, 2011
09:57 AM ET

N.J Governor: 'No magic wand' for economic, school problems

Rising star in the Republican Party N.J Governor Chris Christie has made tough choices during his tenure in office by closing the state spending gap and getting tough with teachers unions. He says there no easy choices to make in hard economic times and there is "no magic wand to wave."

Wednesday, Christie spoke to American Morning's T.J. Holmes about politicians telling the truth, making tough decisions in education and whether or not he is winning the battle against MTV's "Jersey Shore."

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  1. biggerthanyou

    Cnn.... You must be REALLY bored and desperate.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Ancient Texan

    This governor is to be admired for his no nonsense approach to his state's problems. The nation would be better off with more like him. Where are they?

    January 12, 2011 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
    • jerseygirl

      I'm so sorry that you're being fooled like a lot of other people in the country by Christie. It's not your fault at all. CNN, FOX, and Republicans in general are touting Christie like he's saving the great state of New Jersey, but I am very sad to say that is not the case. I understand how it can happen though. Chris Christie does nothing better than talking about Chris Christie.

      I suggest you take a close look at how the people of the state that he governs feel about him. He travels the country talking about the great things that he has done, but all's I see is that my son has less school offerings (extracurriculars, teachers, kindergarten and preschool programs) because of the money Christie slashed from school budgets, but somehow I pay more in taxes.

      Where is my rebate that I was promised when he ran for election? Where are my lower taxes? Because the last bill I received stated that I am paying more. I see him giving speeches stating all the great things he has done, but it does not add up to what I see in my community and most of all, my bank account. Welcome to the era of you pay more for less and be happy about it because it's your shared sacrifice.

      Speaking of shared sacrifice, truth-talking Christie has not shared in the sacrifice he's calling on the middle class to take because when asked, he replied, "it's like apples and oranges".

      So I guess his apples are better than our (everybody else's) oranges. Ouch.

      January 12, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. herzygurl

    I think it was nice that Obama, Biden & Christie could get away with their families during the Christmas Holiday's.

    January 12, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  4. geddy2112

    There is something you could do. Tell your rich friends to stop outsourcing jobs!

    January 12, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  5. Frank

    The governor says New Jersey's schools are failing, yet NJ is consistently ranked in the Top 5 states in education. The governor says there are "pockets" of districts that are doing their jobs; yeah, 92% are "pockets".

    January 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AC

    So all the blame goes to Christie for the educational failures? Those in the educational system should look at the NJEA-the people that are actually doing the screwing over...

    January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • barb

      92% of the schools are successful. Why look any further than that? I would say that 92% is a pretty good record.

      January 12, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jkraushar

    Christie is a bigger thug than Tony Soprano ever was and makes Snooki a better representative of NJ than he ever could aspire to be.

    January 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Ryter

    While I'm not a fan of the Gov. Christie, he is right and saying something has to be done to curb spending. It seems his battle with the teachers union though is a personal one.

    And to balance the 2011 budget (effective 7/1/10) he didn't make the required payment to the state pension system. ("New Jersey this year will skip a required $3.1 billion payment to the state's pension fund, the retirement savings account of more than 780,000 current and retired public workers." – NJ.com) He has also "reduced funding for public education by $820 million and aid for colleges and universities by $175 million." There is also the missed opportunity of the $400 million federal grant from the "Race to the Top" application mess-up.

    As far as education in inner cities go, are the schools the only reason for the low graduation rate? Are any of the other contributing factors taken into account here? He makes it seem that it is the sole responsibility of the schools (he mentioned Newark) for the low graduation rate.

    Christie may be the new national Republican "wizard," in the other 49 states, but within the state, that's a "horse of a different color."

    January 12, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Jersey Guy

    geddy2112 has it right. If you want the economy to go down the toilet. Keep outsourcing jobs to India. The outsourcing of US jobs is a direct stimulus to the economy of Inida, and a direct subtraction to the economy of the US.

    A real quick way to put at a minimum 100,000 people back to work. Eliminate the H1B workers, send them home. It is an insult to Americans to think that we are untrainable and we need to import labor. The real deal behind H1B, save money on labor and pensions.

    January 12, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. duke

    NO MORE OUTSOURCING! That's the best way to save this country. After that we can alter the 1st amendment so hate speech isn't protected anymore.

    January 12, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PubWorksTV

    Hard to understand how Cristie can be blamed for the problems in the state.

    A fool can see they were created over years.

    Liberal states like Nj, Ill. and California must be loaded up with liberal morons.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  12. PubWorksTV

    Just in. The liberal theme song covered by 4 chics from San Francisco


    WOW. Dazed and Confused.

    January 15, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse |