What New York Can Learn from Chris Christie

Here in New York, the state budget I believe is close to three months late. This is a Democrat Governor dealing with a Democrat led Senate and a Democrat led assembly. Under complete Democrat control (the Republican Party in the state was recently described as “too-often-irrelevant” and “sclerotic”), Albany can’t pass a budget.

They’ve also apparently pulled the legalization of Mixed Martial Arts, because why on Earth would a state on the brink of bankruptcy possibly want to bring in a new revenue source?

Across the river in New Jersey, Gov. Chris Christie has gone to war with the Democrats and their chief benefactors in the teachers and public employee unions, yet was able to pass a budget on time and with slightly over 99% of what he wanted in it.

New York, take notes

Lots of voters are saying Christie is a bully — but they said that of Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher and Rudy Giuliani, too. All of them laughed their way to re-election. At a moment when three-quarters of New Jerseyans are pessimistic about the future, Christie’s approval/disapproval ratings are even, at 44/43.

What lessons should the clownish leadership in Albany take from Christie’s leadership? Being tough, intransigent, stubborn — “bullying” — can work. Christie said from day one that he wouldn’t allow a job-killing, wealth-chasing “millionaire’s tax” and that he expected real cuts in spending. He got them. The New Jersey budget is now off $5 billion from its peak.

New York Gov. David Paterson, for all of the theater in his vetoing a three-foot stack of budget bills this week, has no authority and not much in the way of principle. He’s a born compromiser who has allowed $9 billion in tax and fee hikes in the last two years. The final budget passed this year will be higher than last year’s — and that one leaped 10%.

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