Here is my prediction: sometimes Christie will overshadow his own accomplishments. For example, on his first day in office Christie signed eight Executive Orders aimed ( mostly ) at improving the state’s business climate.
But on the same day in a press conference he took some shots at Corzine and his Treasurer for failing to provide the Christie transition team with revenue projections through June. Yes, Christie asked for them many times. And yes, Rousseau stonewalled. and yes, that is really annoying. But let’s not forget that they are merely projections from a guy who is no longer the state Treasurer. The now infamous spreadsheet predicts a $1.2 billion shortfall. OK, we’ll see what happens but remember that’s not the same as an actual hole. We have no idea what revenues will look like next month, let alone in May. Meantime, Christie makes substantive governmental changes with the EO’s which wind up not being the headline because conflict always trumps substance in the news game.
So, lemme be the exception here and draw attention specifically to one of these orders. It’s number six which makes the Casino Control Commission employees “essential.” That means if there is ever a government shutdown, Atlantic City casinos do not have to close their doors as they did in 2006.
I remember this well. When Corzine and his fellow Dems in the Assembly went to war over how to spend a 1 cent tax hike, the casinos were forced to shut down because Control Commission workers were furloughed. I literally interviewed people on the boardwalk over that six day period who had planned their yearly family vacations around a visit to AC. Then, they get there ( over July 4 weekend ! ) and the casinos are closed because politicians in Trenton can’t agree on some issues. It’s kinda like the Griswolds driving all the way to Wallyworld only to learn from a talking moose that the park is closed. That is an outrage, and Christie changed it on his first full day in office after promising Assemblymen Amodeo and Polistina he would during the campaign. OK, so he promised them it would be EO number two and it wound up being number six, but he still followed through by signing it on day one.