New Jersey’s Governor is doing to his state budget what the president should be doing to the federal government: freezing spending. And unlike the Democrat’s proposed freeze, the Republican is not waiting until he has increased funding to various pet programs he’s trimming spending right away:
Calling New Jersey’s budget a “shambles,” Gov. Chris Christie announced Thursday he is immediately freezing all state spending.
Saying New Jersey is on the verge of bankruptcy, Christie declared a fiscal emergency, announcing drastic cuts. Among them, aid to school districts that have excess surpluses.
“Today we are going to act swiftly to fix problems too long ignored. Today I begin to do what I promised the people of New Jersey I would do,” Christie said.
Wonder if Christie is blaming his big-spending predecessor for the fiscal mess he inherited. We’re hearing squeals of protest from the typical suspects. Democrats and liberal special interest groups are outraged, but taxpayer groups are pleased. It sounds like the Governor has only just begun; he plans to revisit union contracts for the state’s public transportation system. Let’s hope those are they only union contracts he’s looking into.
This freshman Governor is showing the way Republicans need to act if they want to restore the faith of the American people and return to sound fiscal policies, but they need also brace themselves for attacks in the media and from special interests. Doing the right thing won’t endear you to everyone, least of all those used to sucking a the government teat.
Looks like this Republican is keeping his promise to pick the state capital up and turn it upside down. Kudos, Governor. You’re a credit to your party–and your state.