Transcript: Governor Chris Christie Keynote Speech

Transcript of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s keynote speech as prepared for delivery at the Republican National Convention. 

This stage and this moment are very improbable for me.

A New Jersey Republican delivering the keynote address to our national convention, from a state with 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans.

A New Jersey Republican stands before you tonight.

Proud of my party, proud of my state and proud of my country.

I am the son of an Irish father and a Sicilian mother.

My Dad, who I am blessed to have with me here tonight, is gregarious, outgoing and loveable.

My Mom, who I lost eight years ago, was the enforcer. She made sure we all knew who set the rules.

In the automobile of life, Dad was just a passenger. Mom was the driver.

They both lived hard lives. Dad grew up in poverty. After returning from Army service, he worked at the Breyers Ice Cream plant in the 1950s. With that job and the G.I. bill he put himself through Rutgers University at night to become the first in his family to earn a college degree. Our first family picture was on his graduation day, with Mom beaming next to him, six months pregnant with me.

Mom also came from nothing. She was raised by a single mother who took three buses to get to work every day. And mom spent the time she was supposed to be a kid actually raising children – her two younger siblings. She was tough as nails and didn’t suffer fools at all. The truth was she couldn’t afford to. She spoke the truth – bluntly, directly and without much varnish.

I am her son.

I was her son as I listened to “Darkness on the Edge of Town” with my high school friends on the Jersey Shore.

I was her son as I moved into a studio apartment with Mary Pat to start a marriage that is now 26 years old.

I was her son as I coached our sons Andrew and Patrick on the fields of Mendham, and as I watched with pride as our daughters Sarah and Bridget marched with their soccer teams in the Labor Day parade.

And I am still her son today, as governor, following the rules she taught me: to speak from the heart and to fight for your principles. She never thought you get extra credit for just speaking the truth.

The greatest lesson Mom ever taught me, though, was this one: she told me there would be times in your life when you have to choose between being loved and being respected. She said to always pick being respected, that love without respect was always fleeting — but that respect could grow into real, lasting love.

Now, of course, she was talking about women.

But I have learned over time that it applies just as much to leadership. In fact, I think that advice applies to America today more than ever.

I believe we have become paralyzed by our desire to be loved.

Our Founding Fathers had the wisdom to know that social acceptance and popularity is fleeting and that this country’s principles needed to be rooted in strengths greater than the passions and emotions of the times.

Our leaders today have decided it is more important to be popular, to do what is easy and say “yes,” rather than to say no when “no” is what’s required.

In recent years, we as a country have too often chosen the same path.

It’s been easy for our leaders to say not us, and not now, in taking on the tough issues. And we’ve stood silently by and let them get away with it.

But tonight, I say enough.

I say, together, let’s make a much different choice. Tonight, we are speaking up for ourselves and stepping up.

We are beginning to do what is right and what is necessary to make our country great again.

We are demanding that our leaders stop tearing each other down, and work together to take action on the big things facing America.

Tonight, we choose respect over love.

We are not afraid. We are taking our country back.

We are the great grandchildren of men and women who broke their backs in the name of American ingenuity; the grandchildren of the Greatest Generation; the sons and daughters of immigrants; the brothers and sisters of everyday heroes; the neighbors of entrepreneurs and firefighters, teachers and farmers, veterans and factory workers and everyone in-between who shows up not just on the big days or the good days, but on the bad days and on the hard days.

Each and every day. All 365 of them.

We are the United States of America.

Now we must lead the way our citizens live. To lead as my mother insisted I live, not by avoiding truths, especially the hard ones, but by facing up to them and being the better for it.

We cannot afford to do anything less.

I know because this was the challenge in New Jersey.

When I came into office, I could continue on the same path that led to wealth, jobs and people leaving the state or I could do the job the people elected me to do – to do the big things.

There were those who said it couldn’t be done. The problems were too big, too politically charged, too broken to fix. But we were on a path we could no longer afford to follow.

They said it was impossible to cut taxes in a state where taxes were raised 115 times in eight years. That it was impossible to balance a budget at the same time, with an $11 billion deficit. Three years later, we have three balanced budgets with lower taxes.

We did it.

They said it was impossible to touch the third rail of politics. To take on the public sector unions and to reform a pension and health benefit system that was headed to bankruptcy.

With bipartisan leadership we saved taxpayers $132 billion over 30 years and saved retirees their pension.

We did it.

They said it was impossible to speak the truth to the teachers union. They were just too powerful. Real teacher tenure reform that demands accountability and ends the guarantee of a job for life regardless of performance would never happen.

For the first time in 100 years with bipartisan support, we did it.

The disciples of yesterday’s politics underestimated the will of the people. They assumed our people were selfish; that when told of the difficult problems, tough choices and complicated solutions, they would simply turn their backs, that they would decide it was every man for himself.

Instead, the people of New Jersey stepped up and shared in the sacrifice.

They rewarded politicians who led instead of politicians who pandered.

We shouldn’t be surprised.

We’ve never been a country to shy away from the truth. History shows that we stand up when it counts and it’s this quality that has defined our character and our significance in the world.

I know this simple truth and I’m not afraid to say it: our ideas are right for America and their ideas have failed America.

Let’s be clear with the American people tonight. Here’s what we believe as Republicans and what they believe as Democrats.

We believe in telling hard working families the truth about our country’s fiscal realities. Telling them what they already know – the math of federal spending doesn’t add up.

With $5 trillion in debt added over the last four years, we have no other option but to make the hard choices, cut federal spending and fundamentally reduce the size of government.

They believe that the American people don’t want to hear the truth about the extent of our fiscal difficulties and need to be coddled by big government.

They believe the American people are content to live the lie with them.

We believe in telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements.

We know seniors not only want these programs to survive, but they just as badly want them secured for their grandchildren.

Seniors are not selfish.

They believe seniors will always put themselves ahead of their grandchildren. So they prey on their vulnerabilities and scare them with misinformation for the cynical purpose of winning the next election.

Their plan: whistle a happy tune while driving us off the fiscal cliff, as long as they are behind the wheel of power.

We believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete.

Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.

We believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future – demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom.

They believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense.

They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children.

They believe in teacher’s unions.

We believe in teachers.

We believe that if we tell the people the truth they will act bigger than the pettiness of Washington, D.C.

We believe it’s possible to forge bipartisan compromise and stand up for conservative principles.

It’s the power of our ideas, not of our rhetoric, that attracts people to our Party.

We win when we make it about what needs to be done; we lose when we play along with their game of scaring and dividing.

For make no mistake, the problems are too big to let the American people lose – the slowest economic recovery in decades, a spiraling out of control deficit, an education system that’s failing to compete in the world.

It doesn’t matter how we got here. There is enough blame to go around.

What matters now is what we do.

I know we can fix our problems.

When there are people in the room who care more about doing the job they were elected to do than worrying about winning re-election, it’s possible to work together, achieve principled compromise and get results.

The people have no patience for any other way.

It’s simple.

We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something.

Believe me, if we can do this in a blue state with a conservative Republican Governor, Washington is out of excuses.

Leadership delivers.

Leadership counts.

Leadership matters.

We have this leader for America.

We have a nominee who will tell us the truth and who will lead with conviction. And now he has a running mate who will do the same.

We have Governor Mitt Romney and Congressman Paul Ryan, and we must make them our next president and vice president.

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good paying private sector jobs again in America.

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the torrent of debt that is compromising our future and burying our economy.

Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to end the debacle of putting the world’s greatest health care system in the hands of federal bureaucrats and putting those bureaucrats between an American citizen and her doctor.

We ended an era of absentee leadership without purpose or principle in New Jersey.

It’s time to end this era of absentee leadership in the Oval Office and send real leaders to the White House.

America needs Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan and we need them right now.

There is doubt and fear for our future in every corner of our country.

These feelings are real.

This moment is real.

It’s a moment like this where some skeptics wonder if American greatness is over.

How those who have come before us had the spirit and tenacity to lead America to a new era of greatness in the face of challenge.

Not to look around and say “not me,” but to say, “Yes, Me.”

I have an answer tonight for the skeptics and the naysayers, the dividers and the defenders of the status quo.

I have faith in us.

I know we can be the men and women our country calls on us to be.

I believe in America and her history.

There’s only one thing missing now. Leadership. It takes leadership that you don’t get from reading a poll.

You see, Mr. President – real leaders don’t follow polls. Real leaders change polls.

That’s what we need to do now.

Change polls through the power of our principles.

Change polls through the strength of our convictions.

Tonight, our duty is to tell the American people the truth.

Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice. Any leader that tells us differently is simply not telling the truth.

I think tonight of the Greatest Generation.

We look back and marvel at their courage – overcoming the Great Depression, fighting Nazi tyranny, standing up for freedom around the world.

Now it’s our time to answer history’s call.

For make no mistake, every generation will be judged and so will we.

What will our children and grandchildren say of us? Will they say we buried our heads in the sand, we assuaged ourselves with the creature comforts we’ve acquired, that our problems were too big and we were too small, that someone else should make a difference because we can’t?

Or will they say we stood up and made the tough choices needed to preserve our way of life?

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want my children and grandchildren to have to read in a history book what it was like to live in an American century.

I don’t want their only inheritance to be an enormous government that has overtaxed, overspent and over-borrowed a great people into second-class citizenship.

I want them to live in a second American century.

A second American century of strong economic growth where those who are willing to work hard will have good paying jobs to support their families and reach their dreams.

A second American century where real American exceptionalism is not a political punch line, but is evident to everyone in the world just by watching the way our government conducts its business and everyday Americans live their lives.

A second American century where our military is strong, our values are sure, our work ethic is unmatched and our Constitution remains a model for anyone in the world struggling for liberty.

Let us choose a path that will be remembered for generations to come. Standing strong for freedom will make the next century as great an American century as the last one.

This is the American way.

We have never been victims of destiny.

We have always been masters of our own.

I won’t be part of the generation that fails that test and neither will you.

It’s now time to stand up. There’s no time left to waste.

If you’re willing to stand up with me for America’s future, I will stand up with you.

If you’re willing to fight with me for Mitt Romney, I will fight with you.

If you’re willing to hear the truth about the hard road ahead, and the rewards for America that truth will bear, I’m here to begin with you this new era of truth-telling.

Tonight, we choose the path that has always defined our nation’s history.

Tonight, we finally and firmly answer the call that so many generations have had the courage to answer before us.

Tonight, we stand up for Mitt Romney as the next President of the United States.

And, together, we stand up once again for American greatness.

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  1. I thought he started out slow but finished strong. I think his line about there being enough blame to go around was pretty good but he didn’t slam The Inept One enough. I thought Mia Love was great.

  2. herb, I liked the governor’s lines about “America’s Greatest Generation”, considering that both of my elderly parents, and all of their friends still living ( each of whom survived the Great Depresssion and World War 2) will be voting for Obama/BIden 2012
    ..Go figure !

  3. I’m so tired of hearing about the “greatest generation.” They won a war. They also kept Americans in prison during the war because of outright racism, kept black kids away from white kids in school, killed black and white people who allowed blacks to vote…

    I’ll take my generation, thank you.

  4. spiro, My parents in similar situation . Thankfully along with their friends they’ll cancel out your parents and their friends votes, haha.

  5. Yes, the elderly who are paying attention are rightfully afraid that the Republicans plan to decimate Social Security and Medicare.

  6. I like how he started out with that Springsteen reference. Poor Chris! He is a devoted fan , goes to the concerts and Bruce refuses to acknowledge him.

  7. Maybe my expectation was too high, but I found his speech just okay. I found it especially awkward that he not only didn’t acknowledge Ann Romney’s very good speech but he basically undid her goodwill. Her speech was all about Love. Love of Country, love of family, love of helping troubled neighbors, and her love for Mitt through their underappreciated struggles.

    Christie gets up and says forget love, it is fleeting… you have to go for respect. He was obviously talking about politicians taking the easy path and going for fame and popularity, but he said love. I wish he had listened to Ann’s speech, said how awesome she did, and most importantly, I wish he had made a clear distinction between what she was talking about and the type of “love” he was admonishing.

  8. nick, I don’t blame kids months removed from HS being dumped on beaches to fight and be killed for the problems you talk about. Many of those kids went on to fight for the positive changes we’ve made over the years.
    I’ll take Audie Murphy over Paulie D any day of the week.

    spiro, have you read Tom Brokaws “Greatest Generation”?

  9. Latebloomer,

    The elderly that are really paying attention know that your scare tactics are not based on any actual plan by Republicans to decimate social security.

  10. As I wrote last night here, despite being a fan of Christie’s, I got bored after about 10 mins. And offended (and tired) with the whole faux mobster b/s (cribbed from The Prince): “Is it better to be loved or feared”? Really, it’s right up there with educated Black folks talin’ “jive” in the hope to “connect.” (A closed second is ANY politician using “y’all” and “folks”)

    It rings false, pandering and well, like I said, I turned it off.

  11. A speech extolling respect from the governor who consistently displays his lack of respect for his constituents.

  12. Perhaps the expectations were impossibly high, but I thought that christie’s speech was nothing special.

    The man can certainly project confidence and he can connect with people, but i thought the speech was very much about him rather than about Romney. Very self-serving. And of course those of us who live here know that his balanced budget and lower taxes mantra is all bunk.

    As for the Greatest Generation, no, I don’t buy it. Better than those in 1776? In 1861? In any number of tough eras in history?

    What I find most odd is that so many extol the Greatest Generation and draw unfavourable comparisons with the Boomers. well, who raised the Boomers?

  13. Nick, I think you are off a generation. The greatest generation were the kids fighting across the globe not the ones in power to do any of what you said. It was their parents that did that.

    The greatest generation won the war. They then came home and created global charitable movements, brought a global economy out of the ash, rebuilt our allies and enemies alike, led the civil rights movement, and won the cold war.

    Are they perfect no, but you have to be kidding me to hang on them what was in fact the shame of other generations.

  14. Hypocritical pap. I wonder if he ever contemplates where he’d be without the GI Bill, one of the most successful government programs ever.

    Also, unemployment is worse than when he took over. I understand the whole “shared sacrifice” thing, and the teacher’s union is the root of all evil. I’m just waiting for the sharing part.

  15. Agree with Cro on this one. It felt like he was just about to accept the nomination and at the last second remembered that he was just the keynote speaker…

  16. That big federal program for veterans at the VA hospital out near my parents has been excellent for my father. Thanks to his service to our nation during WW2, he gets great savings on medication and hearing aids, among other things.
    We’ll see if Ryan tries to dump the program, either as VP or in his current position in Congress.

  17. I think that a lot of those who cheered lustily for Christie last night — people who live in other states and regions — are in for a surprise when they dig deeper into his social positions.

    I’m not a Republican, but if I were one I’d encourage some variety in the party, and I’d worry about the narrow acceptable positions that seem to be mandatory for those who want to advance in the ranks.

  18. 4 of the 5 Baristanet subheadlines/stories are about Christie– The story of the Day! (Though Ann Romney’s speech was better.)

    But cro, you contradict yourself by saying that Christie’s– the Keynote Speaker- social values are not in line with other Republicans. But yet you “encourage some” variety?

    What about the Dems? Obama’s “evolution” to support “gay” marriage is only a few months old. Black folks do not support it, yet they support Dems overwhelmingly. That’s about all the “variety” in the Dems I see (oh, right: you got the “Blue Dogs”).

    See how that works, folks join/align with the political party that they most agree with– without a whole lot of “variety,” despite your “encouragement.”

  19. spiro, I wouldn’t worry about Paul Ryan , I’d be concerned with Maobama. I think even you know The Inept One already tried cut benefits to those military vets.

    The Obama administration’s defense budget called for military families and retirees to pay drastically more for their healthcare, while leaving unionized defense workers’ benefits untouched.

    Protecting the unions while throwing those that have fought under the bus, now that’s the inept one.

  20. Christie’s divergence from the party platform (you know what that is, right? The document that outlines the party’s position?) insures that he will not be the nominee in 2016 unless he completely alters his position.
    Like Romney did. And continues to do.

    The GOP has chased moderate candidates from the party and they’ve even coined the term RINO to make it clear.

    See how that works? People with extreme positions take hold of a party and drive it to defeat? Think McGovern, for example (ask someone who he is if the name seems unfamiliar).
    Then, the party corrects back to the center, where most Americans are.

    I’m glad I could help you with that, prof.

  21. I agree with Herb. Our illustrious Commander in Chief has no respect for people in the military and it shows.

    As for the speech, it was good to see Christie up there but I don’t think the speech will go down in history as one of the greatest ever. He basically talked about stuff we already know.

  22. Why go all the way back to McGovern to prove your point. Just point to Obama! I really feel like he has lost the moderate/independents that voted his way in 2008.

  23. Hey herb how about this for your bumper – “maobama – I don’t like him when he cuts, and I don’t like him when he spends”….Reminds me of Flounder’s line in Animal House regarding the fairer sex….. Anyway, too many of today’s GOP celebrities are more like the freshman rushes in Neidermeyer’s frat than anything else. “Thank you sir, may I have another…..”

  24. “Blacks do not support it”….

    You sure? The WASHINGTON POST/ABC News poll of May showed that views among blacks are likewise “evolving”, with 59% supporting gay marriage. A Public Policy Polling sample taken in Maryland in June showed 55% of blacks support the concept.

    Saying things like “blacks don’t support it” is pretty dumb.

    Nerd, I find Obama to be far more centrist than McGovern was. As to whetehr he’s lost the moderates, we’ll see I guess. I think plenty of moderates are disappointed in him for sure, but if their choice is him or Romney I think they’ll still choose Obama.

  25. Deadeye, I must be, I have been the featured comment 3 days running !! A few more hours and i might just earn a slot in ther Featured Comment Hall of Fame.

    (watch now they’ll take it down)

  26. Herb, it’s not part of Obama’s defense budget. It’s a recommendation from a panel. Read your own link.

    Also if you don’t think the republican party is extreme, read this year’s platform. Akin is getting a lot of grief for what he said, but the “exception” for rape victims isn’t in there. It’s fun watching poor, moderate Romney pretend to be a severe conservative, except when he’s asked direct questions about what that means.

  27. Herb ……Don’t get a swell head, the featured comments dept. @ B’net is probably closing up their summer retreats and will be back to business right after labor day.

  28. A “new media low”, herb.

    Check out yesterday’s Rush Limbaugh transcripts or clips, wherein he says, repeatedly, that Democrats are hoping for “death and destruction” in New Orleans so that they can show it on the split screen during convention coverage.

    Righty partisan and racist rhetoric? Nah, probably not, since it ain’t “lefty”.

  29. Cro listens to Rush more than the GOP does!

    I was watching the NBC Convention coverage, which was on Lester Holt in NOLA until after the Ann Romney introduction was completely over and she was on the stage about to speak. So he was wrong, it wasn’t split screen it was juxtaposition!

  30. I don’t listen to him, nerd, but I do check his web page every couple of days.

    He didn’t say that it would be a split screen, rather he said that Democrats wished for death and destruction so that they could then show it juxtaposed with partying GOPers.

  31. But you know nerdherd, it is useful I think to listen to others with whom one disagrees.
    So I’ll check out Limbaugh’s site, and MSNBC, and Fox and NPR and the like in the hope that somewhere in all of that mess there will be some unbiased reporting.
    It happens sometimes. Not often, but sometimes.

  32. Cro, I can’t lsiten to Rush because at work but if you heard Wolf Blitzer interviewing Rubio the other night you can tell they are looking for something with this storm to hang their hats on. I don’t think Rush is that far off on that one. They’d have split screen up in a heartbeat.

  33. Is it in the budget (definitely going to happen) or just a proposal (may happen)? One makes this a good point, the other doesn’t.

  34. You don’t think he’s “that far off”?

    You think that Democrats want people to die in a hurricane so that they can make Republicans look responsible?

    Jesus Christ! How far out on the limb are you?

    By the way, the split screen treatment would be equally applied if the storm took place during the Deomocrats’ convention. The media wants a story, and that’s a story.

    You need to step back from the ledge, herb.

  35. Cro, I re-read your post. I don’t think your everyday Whole Foods, Starbucks Democrat would want that but I certainly think Rachel Maddow, Chris Matthews and the ilk would be out there with the split screen loving to pound the R’s if God forbid somthg tragic happened. If you don’t believe that then you my friend have your head in the sand.

  36. There is a world of difference between exploiting a disaster for political purposes (which GOPers did with BP and Dems did with Katrina, and on and on), and ACTIVELY wishing for, hoping for, said disaster and subsequent loss of life.

    I don’t believe any but the most depraved and cynical partisan of any party would wish for that.

  37. Our illustrious Commander in Chief has no respect for people in the military and it shows

    Sometimes, Martta, you seem like an okay person, and then other times you seem like a raving wingnut. This time, it’s the former.

  38. I love how a year old link about a Pentagon advisory group proposal regarding benefits for new recruts proves our “Commander in Chief has no respect for people in the military”.

    Romney supports the House Republican budget that cuts veterans’ programs by $11 billion. Where do you think he’s going to find those savings? Last year he was floating the idea of privatizing veterans benefits and giving veterans vouchers for their health care, which was immediately panned by vets groups. Haven’t heard about that one much lately.

    As for Obama, he expanded health benefits for veterans. He increased the budget for DVA every year he’s been in office, and changed that way it’s funded. He created a career service program for returning vets. He signed the Returning Heroes Tax Credit that gives tax credits to buinesses that hire unemployed veterans. He signed the Wounded Warriors Tax Credit that gives tax credits to buinesses that hire veterans with disabilities. He made improvements to the GI Bill. He’s made changes to the VA regarding access to mental health care, access to care for rural areas, and revamped the claims process so vets can get their benefits faster. He also stopped the for-profit colleges from continuing to prey on veterans.

  39. Nothing in the speech resonated with me. Just the typical self-centered politician BS, divisive “us versus them” nonsense. I really loved his shtick about how he lowered taxes here. Please.

  40. I’m just glad that NBC cut away before his trousers conflagrated. But I guess if you are as tough as Christie is you wear asbestos underwear.

  41. cro, your Benny Hill theme is blaring. Taking on all comers, making little sense but really ready to FIGHT everyone!! (Cowardly Lion type– put ’em up, put ’em up, I’ll beat you with one paw tied behind my back…”)

    You so funny!

    I found your poll and know why you didn’t bother with a link, because the poll states: “Though statistically significant, it is a tentative result because of the relatively small sample of black voters in the poll.” And I won’t even comment on your other bit of proof, which shows a support for the “concept” of gay marriage.

    I won’t call you dumb, that’s too easy and mean. I’ll just continue to laugh at you typing in fast motion to your Theme Song.

    btw, Do you wear the funny hat when you type your comments?

  42. Hey prof, that Benny Hill stuff still kills me! You are one funny dude!

    And of course I wouldn’t expect you to take any notice of something that is “statistically significant”. Why bother with significance when you’ve got your FEELINGS! (the prof knows how blacks think and what “they” support. Like Trump, black people LOVE the prof!).

    And you do know (but actually, you probably don’t) that support for a “concept” generally precedes support for a law or action? Well, maybe they don’t teach that anymore to you youngsters.

    All in all prof, I’d have to say that your last post was even dumber than your first.

    But I WOULD appreciate, as a sort of public service, if you could keep me updated throughout the campaign as to what “blacks” support.

  43. But State Street, the Republicans Built It! Now they expect people to come. Clearly, doing all those things that Obama did for verterans over the course of his first term means nothing when the Republicans are at their convention and are wearing ties! How classy is that? And has anyone asked Ann Romney which Grand Cru Bordeaux goes best with tuna casserole? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Oh, they’re Mormans, so they probably don’t know much about wines… never mind.

  44. And just like that!!! The Wascally Wabbit known here as cro, changes the subject from a link to a poll that didn’t support his created “facts,” to whether or not the prof speak for Black folks.

    Is this where I go along and say “I don’t speak for ALL Black folks, just this Black person?” And then you can reply and act like you didn’t offer un-cited and incorrect info?

    Sad, but I hear a slow version of your Benny Hill theme, and see you running around in SLO-MO, like some kind of memorial because, friend, taken together in these last few weeks, and as shown above, you’ve got your water skis, leather jacket, and life vest on, and are high in the air, just clearing the shark tank.

  45. Anyone here have some insight as to why Christie didn’t proudly declare to the delegates how he appointed Soheil Mohammed to the state bench – despite the flack from NJ xenophobes? It was one of his finer moments.
    The appointment wouldn’t be the ideal crowd pleaser in Tampa….that would be my guess, unless, perhaps, Mrs. Mohammed showed up with straight blonde hair and a red blazer.

  46. You know, I can’t help but be thrilled that the prof races to read my posts almost as quickly as he does cathar’s! What a thrill this is for me!

    Now, I don’t have a lot of time left to spend with you, my friend, as I am busy fielding calls from friends and associates who live outside the state, marveling at Christie and wondering how to get in on the NJ action.

    So you were right there, too. His speech provided “benefits” to NJ.

    And of course I didn’t offer any “facts” in my post, my dim friend. I merely asked if you were sure of yours — your unattributed and unverified “black people don’t support” gay marriage pronouncement. I guess we’re just supposed to accept that from you because you’re you.

    But you see, based on the sloppy nature of most of your posts, that’s exactly why one might want something more than, well:

  47. Anyone have insight about this one: …Or for that matter, who let these people into the building?

    “Two attendees were ejected from Republican National Convention on Tuesday for throwing nuts at a black CNN camerawoman.
    The individuals told her “this is how we feed animals” as they threw the nuts, multiple witness said.
    Convention security and police removed the two from the convention center shortly after the incident.
    In a statement, convention officials said the attendees had “exhibited deplorable behavior”..

    ..well, duh.

  48. I’m not really sure what polls prof has access to, but the shift in support of gay marriage among blacks has been documented. This is from May:

    Public Policy Polling last week surveyed blacks in North Carolina, where voters approved a same-sex marriage ban the day before Obama’s announcement. The poll found that their opposition, though a robust 59 percent, had dropped 11 points since the state ban passed.

    On Thursday, NPR’s Eyder Peralta reported in the Two-Way blog that a Washington Post/ABC News poll found African-American support for same-sex marriage at 59 percent, compared with 41 percent before Obama’s announcement.

    Also on Thursday, Public Policy Polling released another poll, of blacks in Maryland, where voters will decide in November whether to uphold a new state law that legalized same-sex marriage. Fifty-five percent of black respondents said they will vote to enact the law. Back in March, PPP found that 56 percent of blacks said they would vote against the measure.

  49. You are killing it today, cro!!!

    Funny. Funny. Funny.

    I offered a known truth about Black folks and Gay marriage (surely my post wasn’t the first you heard of that, right?) but you contradict it with a bogus poll, I then add some real facts.

    But yet I make things up?

    Your continued foolishness in not thinking that having Christie out and about being good for NJ is breathtaking. Oh, well, you must be dizzy from all that running around with your pants pulled up so high to your theme song.

    You’re such a hero!

  50. A “known truth”.

    “Known”, because prof says it is.

    Better tell the NAACP, which has come out for gay marriage. Maybe they’re not really “black”.

    You are really one of the dumbest individuals I’ve come across.

    But your Benny Hill stuff is REALLY, REALLY FUNNY!!!

  51. The greatest generation were the kids fighting across the globe not the ones in power to do any of what you said. It was their parents that did that.

    George Wallace fought in WWII. My math is fine, thanks.

  52. I’m not saying every person in that generation was a terrible racist. I’m just sick of hearing everyone call them the Greatest Generation. Says who? Themselves?

  53. “Our problems are big and the solutions will not be painless. We all must share in the sacrifice.” CC

    Apparently, “all”, according to the New Republican dictionary, is everyone except those that pay 15% income tax on their dividends and funds as their only source of income. And, if by any chance, you work for living and your salary is your only source of income, you should pay 35%+. Because, you know, it’s your fault you are not rich.

    And CC didn’t lower our taxes. He just switched the burden to the townships and real estate taxes. I got a tax bill to prove it.

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