The big bloggers of the far right have voted and they chose NJ Gov. Chris Christie as “Conservative of the Year.” And why not? The man clearly embodies the conservative philosophy.
He showed those feds what’s what and cancelled a desperately needed connector tunnel to Manhattan so New Jersey’s commuters could get to work in the city without waiting for hours in traffic jams, because there might be cost overruns. Of course, that pesky contract the state signed that “requires it to pay back the money if ARC was cancelled” then kicked in, but of course that’s $271 million of the NJ taxpayers money well spent to show the feds he doesn’t need their help. And as conservative of the year, he surely be taking “personal responsibility” for the decision.
Oh wait. Christie just decided to use the NJ taxpayers money to hire a Washington DC law firm at $485 an hour to fight his contractual obligations. Maybe he couldn’t find any New Jersey attorneys who wanted the job and he says the state’s attorneys aren’t up to the task.
But hey, he also cut the state budget for social services and education. He showed those lazy poor people and arrogant teachers’ unions who’s boss. Clearly he stands firm on small government. I mean you won’t find him swooping in to bail out a private corporation from failure. Oh wait:
"With the Xanadu entertainment and shopping complex three years behind schedule and in need of an estimated $875 million to open, Gov. Chris Christie said Wednesday that it was time for the state to help resuscitate the project." [...]
"If the state does invest in Xanadu, the governor said, 'we have to become owners along with those who would operate and own Xanadu so that we can participate in the upside of that project.' The report did not say what kind of stake the state might obtain in the complex."
Well, maybe it’s because it looks like such a “winner” of a project. Nothing at all like the bailout of General Motors. So he clearly deserves the honor.