Moe Lane, among others, are raving about this speech to mayors from New Jersey’s new governor, Chris Christie. A long, long time ago, I interned and worked for former Delaware governor Pete du Pont, whom WFB once described thus: “I swear, when talking to him you are convinced he has just finished consuming a month’s supply of truth serum.”
It sounds like Christie’s been drinking the truth serum in similarly large doses. He notes that the state treasurer’s office, faced with New Jersey’s massive deficit, offered 378 possible freezes and lapses to balance the budget. Christie accepted 375 of them.
. . . the troops of the decades of overspending and overborrowing and overtaxing have gained on us. So the ruination of New Jersey’s economy, and of the quality of life we want all our citizens to have, is certain if we do not take this course.
It’s time for us to hold hands and jump off the cliff. It’s time for us to do the difficult things that need to be done and to stop playing the petty politics of yesterday, of lying to the people telling them they do not have to pay for it because someone else will.
We are going to make the leap because that’s what people elected me to do. We are going to make the leap because it is the responsible thing to do. We are going to make the leap and we are going to do it together because that is what leadership demands for us. That is what the responsibility of the offices we hold requires of us.
It’s worth watching, or if you don’t have the time, reading. A lot of states are facing huge budget messes; New Jersey has a governor who’s tackling it head on.