Christopher J. Christie

Chris Christie won’t run, yet

Bugger. Chris Christie won’t be running for the republican nomination for President this time around:

Saying “now is not my time,” Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced on Tuesday that he would not seek the Republican nomination for the presidency.

Mr. Christie said he had taken to heart the appeals of influential Republicans and ordinary Americans to reconsider an 11th-hour campaign. But after only 20 months on the job as governor, he said he had “a commitment to New Jersey that I simply will not abandon.”

“So, New Jersey,” he added, “whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me.”

The decision ended a late flurry of political ruminating by Mr. Christie on his national ambitions, and dashed the hopes of Republican activists, pundits and donors who had hoped he would add his name to the field of candidates vying to challenge President Obama.

But Mr. Christie, who was elected governor in 2009, has long said that he did not feel ready to pursue the presidency. At one point, he joked that he would have to commit suicide to convince people he was not running.

Commentators in the US have been suggesting that Christie was too fat to run for President, one commentator proposes a different take:

Let’s imagine (yes, we’re pushing all sorts of buttons here) that Chris Christie were gay.

Would these same critics be insisting that he do everything he could to change his orientation? Or would they be highlighting the studies showing that homosexuality is in great measure about genetics? … Teasing out the moral distinctions in when and how much we are responsible for in our behavior is America’s national pastime, and has been, for right and left, since the days of the Pilgrims. Conservatives tend to emphasize personal responsibility for most everything, and liberals tend to find an explanation — an excuse, some say — for most everything. Except perhaps for the weight of their political opponents?

Andrew Sullivan nails it for me:

I have to say I’m struck by the data presented by John Sides. I couldn’t care less about how fat a politician is – but I do care that a politician is as candid and straightforward as Christie is in the video above. But maybe I have mistakenly misjudged my fellows

Hey John, call these guys

New Zealand faces a crossroads, and the Christchurch earthquake has brought us rushing at 100 miles per hour at that crossroads. We face some very tough decisions right now.

Cactus Kate looks closely at some of those decisions in her lambasting of the “caring” left and their claims for jacking up tax to pay for Christchurch.

John Key has the opportunity, because he actually has to, of leading a massive restructure of the entire New Zealand economy to cope with this crisis.

It is not only Christchurch that has the chance to rebuild, stronger and better than before, the whole New Zealand economy can as well. But not before some very tough decisions are made and swallowed by the electorate.

And he can start by deciding post February 22nd, who actually needs welfare in New Zealand.

Make no mistake the decisions that need to be made will entail sacrifice by ALL New Zealanders. If John Key needs any help then might I suggest he give three sensible men in the US a call.

In private, three of the Republican governors at the center of a growing national debate over public sector workers commiserate in telephone calls and e-mail messages. In public, the three — now members, it seems, of a newly established fraternity — sound like one another’s biggest boosters.

Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, whose proposal to cut collective bargaining rights for government workers has drawn thousands of protesters outside the state Capitol in Madison, has described Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana as a “great inspiration” and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey as a confidant.

Mr. Christie, whose is famous for his clashes with the New Jersey teachers’ unions, has praised Mr. Daniels as “a great help to me.” And the Indiana governor, who ended collective bargaining for state workers six years ago, has defended Mr. Walker’s choices. “He is simply keeping a commitment that he made very openly in running for office,” Mr. Daniels said in an interview over the weekend.

Scott Walker might have over-extended himself in trying it on against teh might of the unions, but he may yet prevail. Chris Christie is awesome to watch but is perhaps too confrontational for New Zealand. If I was picking one to come here and help out with the tough decisions then probably Mitch Daniels is best placed.

While Chris Christie smashed up the teachers unions it is Mitch Daniels who has made some interesting proposals.

But perhaps the most controversial measure that Indiana Republicans have proposed — “right-to-work” legislation that would prohibit any requirement that employees in private sector workplaces pay union dues or fees — was not one that Mr. Daniels initiated. In fact, to the dismay of some of those who are opposed to unions, Mr. Daniels has said he is worried that the idea “might get in the way” of the rest of his agenda.

“I thought it ought to really wait for a different time,” Mr. Daniels said on “Fox News Sunday.”

Very pragmatic, though he desperately wants to smack the unions, he is prepared to wait to get other more important things through then savour the belting at his leisure.

John Key should give these guys a call. At the very least they can give him some steel with which to deal with the current crisi facing New Zealand.

 

 

Headlines I'd like to see here

The government in the UK has had to act with growing debt. Here is the headline about how they have started to save money in the state sector.

Cameron Government swings the axe

Cameron Government swings the axe

If only our government had the courage to embark on reforming our economy. 10% cuts in a bloated civil service is of course still rather timid, but it could easily be classified as a good start. Instead we tinker around the edges and cringe as teachers and the PSA conduct political action against government policy under the thin guise of industrial action.

The national government here was elected with a set of policies that included national standards, the greedy teacher unions, who have enjoyed year on year salary increases of 4% for the past 3 years want even more.

Worse they cry like they are the poorest in our society and pinko ranters like Bomber squeal too;

I’m sick to death of hearing from this Government that they don’t have the money to give Teachers more, but this Government DID have enough money to give the richest NZers massive Tax Cuts.

Yet those teachers have benefited from those tax cuts because they are in fact almost all in the “rich prick” class that people like Bomber hate so much. They’ve had their pay increase, it was a tax cut. Now they should get back to the “chalk-face” as they so quaintly call it.

Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey knows how to sort out stroppy teacher unions and his plan wouldn’t go amiss here.

Unqualified teachers will feel the lash. The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.

“It might lead to the firing of lousy teachers and bad principals who hurt our children,” Christie said.

The governor wants to turn the old seniority system inside out and put quality teaching ahead of lack-luster performance. He will:

* Prohibit salary scales based on seniority

* Grant raises based on classroom performance

* Give tenure based on classroom performance

“We are paying a fortune for something that is not giving our children the hope and the faith and the trust that their tomorrow can be better than their today,” Christie said.

The governor said he would appoint a task force to come up with standards to measure teacher achievement.

Educational experts applauded the governor’s actions.

The current way of running our education system is demonstrably failing, it is time to smash the teacher unions, and Labour along with them, and start rewarding our excellent teachers and cutting the incompetent.

Chris Christie’s solution coupled with David Cameron’s axe-wielding would go a long way to improving the long term prospects of this country.

How to handle the teachers

Has anyone wondered why teachers, when they threaten strike action, never schedule it for the school holidays?

I have. Especially when the bleat about hard they work, and how holidays aren’t actually holidays, and how hard they actually work in the holidays. (I can’t believe a principal is so stupid to put this on a school blog, but there you have it)

As students leave for their two weeks holiday I hear teachers making plans with their teams for meetings for planning and assessment during the two week break and I wish all those people who say teachers have so many holidays could see the reality.

You would think just once in their miserable lives they would schedule strike action for the holidays wouldn’t you? But no, I guess that tells us exactly what holidays really are to teachers, same as for everyone else, holidays.

Anyway I digress. Teachers are actually miners who dress up sort of nice, they should be treated as such when the go about working at the “chalk face” and other such nonsense.

However it seems to me that Anne Tolley needs a little help. First up she needs to take some lessons from Merv Wellington. He knew how to treat bleating highly unionised whinging teachers. He ignored them.

The second thing that Anne Tolley can do is follow the play book of Chris Christie, the governer of New Jersey. He is sorting out the teachers unions in New Jersey.

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. (CBS 2) — Determined to turn New Jersey’s education system on its head, Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday unveiled a tough-love reform package that will make classroom achievement — not seniority or tenure — the basis for pay hikes and career advancement in Garden State public schools.

Christie is turning his take-no-prisoner’s style to the classroom, demanding a top to bottom overhaul of how New Jersey students learn and teachers teach. And that means undoing tenure, seniority and other union work rules.

“We cannot wait. Your children are sitting in these classrooms today. We cannot wait to make it better,” Christie told CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

Uh huh….seems they have the same problems in New Jersey as we have here. But wait it gets better.

Unqualified teachers will feel the lash. The governor is demanding that teachers in kindergarten through fifth grade actually pass tests in reading and math in order to be certified.

“It might lead to the firing of lousy teachers and bad principals who hurt our children,” Christie said.

The governor wants to turn the old seniority system inside out and put quality teaching ahead of lack-luster performance. He will:

* Prohibit salary scales based on seniority

* Grant raises based on classroom performance

* Give tenure based on classroom performance

“We are paying a fortune for something that is not giving our children the hope and the faith and the trust that their tomorrow can be better than their today,” Christie said.

The governor said he would appoint a task force to come up with standards to measure teacher achievement.

Educational experts applauded the governor’s actions.

Bwahahaha, making teachers actually sit tests. Brilliant!

Og course the teacher unions are a mite upset.

A spokesman for the New Jersey Education Association attacked the governor’s plan saying that once again he was “trying to implement education reform without any input from educators.”

They’ve had their chance for input, same as the teachers here. the results are before us of 50 years if their input into the education sector. Time to do something different.

So long as the teachers unions and Teachers Council advocate to protect the most useless teacher and hide the names of criminal teachers, including those convicted of sex crimes, I will campaign against them.