For the past year I’ve been saying that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is a Democrat in Republican clothes. Earlier this year, I raised the question if Christie could run for re-election this November on both the Republican and Democratic tickets because of his very liberal policies.
To list just a few of his liberal ways that makes him look more like a Democrat than a Republican, I’ll start with his anti-Second Amendment stance on wanting to ban any form of assault or assault-style weapon and universal background checks. He claims to be pro-life, but hasn’t done anything to prove it. When he did cut $7.5 million from Planned Parenthood, it was only due to a budget deficit and not for him standing up to stop abortions.
Christie does not believe in the term ‘illegal immigration’ and says it is not a crime for anyone to be in the US without proper documentation. In fact, he went further by saying that entering the country illegally is not illegal.
On the issue of homosexuality and same-sex marriages, Christie is right there with his bosom buddy Barack Obama. He even joined in a lawsuit against Christian colleges who hold to a biblical view that homosexuality is a sin.
When asked by other Republican governors to join in a lawsuit against Obamacare, he refused and cited that his state already had something similar called Family Care. Note that he would not join in a lawsuit against Obama and Obamacare but would join in one against Christians adhering to their faith.
And when it comes to faith, let’s just say that Christie’s track record is closer to Barak Hussein Obama’s than it is to Rick Perry, governor of Texas. Christie has often met with Muslim leaders including some that the federal government identifies as being Muslim extremists. He supports the building of the mosque at Ground Zero. Again note that openly embraces Muslim while suing Christians.
A new report out on New Jersey provides further evidence that he is following the ways of his Democratic buddies. Even though the federal government has declared the recession to be over and the nation’s economy is recovering, the percentage of New Jersey residents living under the poverty level has hit the highest level in 52 years.
According to Legal Services of New Jersey, 24.7% of the state’s residents are poor as of the 2011 Census figures. Nearly one of every four people in New Jersey are living at or below the poverty line. The report also warned that when the 2012 figures are released later this month that they expect the percentage of residents living in poverty to be even higher.
New Jersey is considered to be one of the wealthier states with a higher average income than many states. The poverty level for the annual report is considered to be $37,060 for a family of three, which is twice the national poverty level. The report stated:
A record high of more than 630,000 children — 31.2 percent — lived in a household defined as poor.
The percentage of 18- to 24-year-olds living in poverty rose from 26.9 in 2007 to 32.8 in 2011.
Of families headed by single mothers, 22 percent were poor compared to 3.6 percent of families headed by a married couple.
African-Americans and Hispanics had poverty rates at least three times higher than whites.
Boosted by the consistency of Social Security payments, the percentage of elderly who were poor dropped from 26.7 in 2007 to 26.2 in 2011.
Six counties — Passaic, Cumberland, Hudson, Essex, Atlantic and Salem — had more than 30 percent of their population living in poverty in 2011.
Among cities, nearly 65 percent of Camden residents lived in poverty, and 79 percent of children lived in poor households. Poverty topped 50 percent in Passaic, Lakewood, Paterson, Trenton and Newark.
Melville D. Miller, Jr., President of Legal Services of New Jersey commented:
“This is not just a one-year or five-year or 10-year variation. This is the worst that it’s been since the 1960 Census.”
I see the figures for New Jersey as an indicator that Gov. Christie uses many of the same economic policies as his fellow Democratic governors and mayors in other states. When you put all of Christie’s eggs in a basket, they add up to the same smelly politics of other liberal Democrats. With all of the problems the Republican Party has been having, the last thing they need is a flaming liberal like Chris Christie. He should just switch parties and join his fellow liberals and put all of the speculation of his true political affiliations to rest.