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A Jersey guy for New York

June 21, 2010 - John D'Agostino

Over the weekend, I finally heard something from Republican Rick Lazio that made me -- for the first time — consider voting for him.

During a Buffalo radio interview, Lazio said if he is elected governor, he wants to make tough decisions in New York state that are similar to the tough choices being made by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.  

For those who don’t know him, Christie is on a "mission to make New Jersey competitive once again," wrote The Wall Street Journal on April 17. For those in the Garden State, you either love him or hate him.

Of course, the public sector is on the hate side. A teachers' association president wrote this in an internal memo:

“Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”

Of course, that note was written as a joke, not a threat. But if politicians are not liked, that usually means two things — they are making tough choices or they are corrupt.

For Christie, it's all about tough choices. "California and New York have attracted headlines for the budget woes," The Journal writes. "Yet, as Mr. Christie points out, 'Their problems are much smaller than ours as a percentage. (Gov.) David Paterson’s talking about an $8.2 million deficit in New York — I only wish."

Christie's fight to reduce spending in Jersey is no easy task. But he's not about lip service. He's about getting the job done.

Think we can get him to move to Albany?



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