They Love Him in Iowa

I see that our Governor has been visiting the great state of Iowa, undoubtedly checking out the Jersey cows in mid-July. He has also gone to New Hampshire. Twice. Could South Carolina be next?

By all reports, they really loved him in Iowa.

A new NBC/Marist poll found that a third of GOP registered voters in Iowa had negative feelings about Christie.

As the governor said, “Only a third? Pretty good, man.”

It is awesome, with all the unpleasantness in his home state, news of which is just reaching the Midwest, spread by his political enemies, no doubt, trying to derail a bandwagon.

Now I realize the governor, as they say, is “only thinking about” running for President. But, as Estes Kefauver, the 1956 Democratic vice presidential nominee and perennial candidate once observed, “The only known cure for persistent presidential ambition is embalming fluid”

It is clear that we the people of New Jersey need to face up to the fact we risk losing our governor.

No longer will we have an administration that is so friendly to real estate developers. We have more condos per capita than South Dakota or any other state, to go with out being first in shopping malls and highway clover leafs.

No longer will we have a governor whose state is lagging behind the nation’s economic recovery, with higher unemployment, whose richest citizens are leaving because of high taxes.

No longer will we have a governor who in the name of helping the middle class eliminates property tax rebates.

A governor whose best idea for solving a budget deficit, he claimed to have eliminated already, is to cut pensions for civil servants.

No longer will we have a governor willing to take both sides of emotional issues, a governor who in the name of promoting gun safety will veto a bill limiting guns to 10 rounds. “Why not zero?” he argued in the sophist argument of the year.

A governor who even though he is pro-life, refuses to meet with Sandy School Massacre parents, depicting it as a photo-op, which he never stoops to do.

No longer will we have a chief executive, whose administration bungles the handing out of Hurricane Sandy relief funds, who before a storm is willing to go out on the beach, shake his fist, and yell, “get the hell off the bridge.”

No, that was another time.

No longer will we have a governor willing to spend close to $2 million of taxpayer money for an investigation by his own legal team which found him not guilty of anything, which he already knew.

No longer will we have a governor who promised to fix our problems, and even claimed he had fixed them while making a nominating speech for Mitt Romney in 2010, in which he hardly mentioned Mitt at all.

I know there are some people who will say he is just another politician, who makes promises that he can’t or wont fulfill, But he our teller of tall tales.

I know some people call him a tyrant, the first boss we have had that had the potential and promise of becoming the quintessential New Jersey leader, the next Mayor Hague. But he is our tyrant, born and raised in the so-called Garden State.

He is a leader who will leave us with an unbalanced budget, bridges falling down, pot holes unfilled. Our casinos are failing. Our bond ratings are dropping by the day and week.

But these are sacrifices we citizens of New Jersey must make.

Are we so small to deny the nation of the best governor we currently have? We must reconcile ourselves to the inevitable.

I know his mother probably told him that anybody could grow up to be President. He is anybody.

Go, Chris Christie, follow your destiny. Become the first fat man to be President since William Howard Taft.

Some how we will get by without you. Sacrifices must be made. Go, Chris. Go. Your nation calls.

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Marvin Kitman
August 8, 2014

Marvin Kitman is the author of “The Making of the Preƒident 1789.” “George Washington’s Expense Account” by Gen. George Washington and Marvin Kitman PFC (Ret.) was the best-selling expense account in publishing history.

Creative Commons Licensed Photo Tasseled Out, Corn Crop, NW Iowa 7-25-13f by Don Graham