Tuesday, August 3, 2010

How Governor Christie Spent His Summer Vacation

Senator Loretta Weinberg and Assemblywoman Linda Stender called on their Republican colleagues in both houses to join with Democrats in supporting a critical vote to override Governor Christie's recent veto of a bill providing $7.5 million for women's health and family planning centers throughout New Jersey.

But before Tuesday's press conference, they played a short video entitled, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation;" a jab at Governor Christie who is currently on vacation with his family.

Senator Weinberg said, "The Governor likes to laugh and have fun, so I'm sure he would appreciate this."

One slide said, "God Save the Queen...especially if she needs healthcare in NJ." Governor Christie met the Queen of England on her visit here last month.

Another pointed to his tax break for millionaires as opposed to a $10 million tax credit for TV/Film Productions to stay in Jersey. Now shows like Law & Order SVU have said they will film elsewhere, taking $55 million with them.

Fist pumping Governor? A comparison slide showed Christie with his arm in a fist pump next to a picture of Snooki from the MTV show "Jersey Shore."

Finally, July 23rd. "The Governor vetoed bill providing healthcare for 136,000 men and women who rely on family planning centers."

The video suggests that Governor Christie has sat on the sidelines for most of the summer. So,what has he accomplished so far?

June 29th- Signs a $29.4 billion state budget, hours after Democrats provide votes needed for Legislature to pass it

July 13th- Signed legislation capping local spending and property tax growth at 2 percent a year

The Legislature has been meeting throughout the summer to consider other bills in the Governor's tool-kit to help rein in property taxes.

Governor Christie has said he likes to "get things done."

It's not like he's only been sipping margaritas poolside during June and July.

Weinberg is right, Christie does like to laugh and have fun, but I'm not positive he's going to appreciate this Powerpoint parody.


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