Chris Christie bought a plane ticket and came to Wisconsin to stump for Scott Walker. Walker welcomed him with (wide) open arms. But let’s not forget that Governor Christie has the same problem with basic honesty that Scott Walker has.
Mr. Christie, a Republican who took office in January 2010, would hardly be the first politician to indulge in hyperbole or gloss over facts. But his misstatements, exaggerations and carefully constructed claims belie the national image he has built as a blunt talker who gives straight answers to hard questions, especially about budgets and labor relations. Candor is central to Mr. Christie’s appeal, and a review of his public statements over the past year shows some of them do not hold up to scrutiny.
Yes, Walker, who’s honesty has long been challenged by the facts should be right at home with a Governor who, quite literally lied to prevent a much needed public works project from proceeding just to shore up his personal bona fides with the anti-government lunatics.
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey exaggerated when he declared that unforeseen costs to the state were forcing him to cancel the new train tunnel planned to relieve congested routes across the Hudson River, according to a long-awaited report by independent Congressional investigators.
Canceling the tunnel, then the largest public works project in the nation, helped shape Mr. Christie’s profile as a rising Republican star, an enforcer of fiscal discipline in a country drunk on debt. But the report is likely to revive criticism that his decision, which he said was about “hard choices” in tough economic times, was more about avoiding the need to raise the state’s gasoline tax, which would have violated a campaign promise. The governor subsequently steered $4 billion earmarked for the tunnel to the state’s near-bankrupt transportation trust fund, traditionally financed by the gasoline tax.
Like peas in a pod, Walker and Christie will criss-cross the state spinning fairy tales for the gullible Republican masses. And they’ll eat it up…