I attended the Goldwater Dinner with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and about 1,000 of my closest friends last week. Darcy has done a great job with GWI, and the addition of Clint Bolick has given GWI some seriously sharp teeth.
One of the VIPs in the crowd saw me on the way in and said that this was the point at which Chrisie jumps the shark. He's taking on the unions and is going to end up getting crushed like Arnold did in California. "Mark my words, this time next year, Christie will have a 34% approval rating in New Jersey.
I have a lot of respect for this not-to-be-named pundit, and he's certainly right about what happened to Arnold--whose anti union initiatives lost at the ballot box. Arnold responded with a classic Republican mistake of tacking left and ended up being despised by both parties. He'll be lucky to finish his term with double digit approval ratings.
I think Christie's timing is better. Ordinary Americans are starting to notice fire fighters who retire at 45 with six-figure pensions. ?the public is beginning to realize that unions managed to elect people who would give away the store and now the municipalities and states that are left to pay the bills.
In its recent series, the Republic has done a great job exposing the excesses of the local public pension system.
So I think Christie's time has come. He's not afraid to take on powerful interests in the most corrupt state in the nation.
Here's the video of him at GWI.