I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Still Running Against Corzine

Has anyone told Chris Christie that he actually won? And now he has to take responsibility for how New Jersey is run?
Gov. Chris Christie is distancing himself from steep toll increases taking effect Sunday on the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike, placing blame on former Gov. Jon S. Corzine, out of office for nearly two years. 
During a radio interview Thursday, Christie also said he didn’t have the option to trim the plan to increase tolls on the Parkway by 50 percent and on the Turnpike by 53 percent, an assertion immediately challenged by state Democrats. 
Transportation officials say the extra revenue is needed for a $7-billion capital program to upgrade roads and bridges, but Christie, a Republican, hinted that the hike is excessive and said that Corzine is at fault. 
Average Parkway car tolls will jump from 70 cents to $1.05 New Year’s Day. Car tolls on the Turnpike will increase an average of $1.10, from $2.20 to $3.30. 
This is, I hope, one of the last vestiges of the Jon Corzine years,” Christie told host John Gambling on WOR-AM. “There’s no way for us to roll these back because the state and Jon Corzine sold bonds to bondholders and promised the bondholders that the money, the increase in the tolls, would be there to pay their bonds and if we rolled it back we’d be violating the bond conveyance.” [emphasis mine]
Keep reading to find out how the non-partisan OLS calls BS on Christie. But trust me - this won't be the last time Christie blames something on Corzine. It's much easier to blame things on a guy who's been out of office two years than to actually govern.

1 comment:

theassailedteacher.com said...

It is unfortunate that the good people of New Jersey have to deal with this man. He is a bully and one of the worst 1%er shills around. God forbids he ever becomes President.