New Jersey Governor Chris Christie credits New York Governor Andrew Cuomo for doing the same things he did: Closing budget massive deficits without raising taxes, avoiding new taxes on millionaries and capping school superintendents' salaries.
Is Cuomo doing them better? NorthJersey.com reported that according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday, 64 percent of New York voters approve of the job Cuomo is doing as governor. The same polling group found that Christie has a 52 percent approval rate in New Jersey.
Are we looking at the two Presidential candidates for 2016 here?
“When I see what Governor Cuomo is doing across the river, I think it's true, I think we were separated at birth." Christie was talking about New York's new Democratic governor at a conference for Big Pharma this morning in Jersey City, according to philly.com.
Last month Christie learned that Cuomo is pursuing another measure similar to his: capping pay for school superintendents.
Politickernj.com reports that Cuomo, according to Christie, proposed a salary range between $125,000 for the smallest school districts and $170,000 for the largest districts. The proposal is identical to Christie’s.
At his recent budget address, Cuomo spoke about the public employee unions, the special-interest groups, the lobbyists representing health care and education, all of whom he said have for years forced the state to live beyond its means.
When he gets done with them, Cuomo vowed, they would all be running around the state capitol in Albany "like their hair is on fire."
Sound like anybody we know?
According to the Daily Beast, people who know Cuomo say he believes if he can be even moderately successful in bringing order to New York State's insane finances, he might be the best candidate running on the 2016 Democratic ticket. They say he's sounding more like Ronald Reagan these days than Mario Cuomo, and hoping that's enough to someday get him into the White House.
Meanwhile, Christie has consistently denied any interest in a Presidential campaign for 2012. But regarding a Presidential run in 2016, Politico.com reports Christie said: "Well, who knows? Who knows what life is going to be like five years from now? I haven't decided whether to seek re-election in New Jersey in 2013 to another term. There are all kinds of variables."