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Opinion

Is Chris Christie a leader or a bully?

Is Chris Christie a leader or a bully?
BY PATRICK MURRAY
COMMENTARY

Much has been made of New Jersey Governor Christ Christie's initial harangue over the state's loss of Race to the Top funds. The governor lambasted federal bureaucrats and the Obama administration for not accepting revised information, although subsequent evidence indicates that such information was never provided by the state.

The governor's political opponents say this incident was just another manifestation of Christie's bullying personality. Those more sympathetic see the governor's self-titled "rants" as the product of a refreshing leadership style.

There is little doubt that Chris Christie approaches his job with a much different style than his predecessors. One question on the punditry's mind is how the public perceives this style. Is Christie seen as a leader or a bully?

The Quinnipiac University Poll attempted to address this question by asking voters straight out: "Would you describe Governor Christie as being more of a bully or more of a leader?" Their June poll found New Jersey voters split at 44% for leader and 43% for bully. By August, opinion had shifted to 51% leader and 39% bully.

 

Chris Christie is decisive, but divisive

Chris Christie is decisive, but divisive
BY IRWIN S. STOOLMACHER
COMMENTARY

The hallmark of Governor Christie's tenure to date — his basic modus operandi — has been to come up with up with "shake things up" approaches to our state's big proble...

Glenn Beck is an empty shell

Glenn Beck is an empty shell
EDITORIAL CARTOON BY MIKE SCOTT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

With all the egg recalls across the country, I wonder if the crowd that attended Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally checked out the one egg on sta...

N.J. state colleges need opportunity to control workers compensation

N.J. state colleges need opportunity to control workers compensation
BY MICHAEL W. KLEIN
COMMENTARY

"Doing more with less" is a recurring theme these days for families and businesses. It's also true for New Jersey's state colleges and universities. Step one is figuring...

Linda McMahon, you’re no Christie Whitman!

Linda McMahon, you’re no Christie Whitman!
BY ALAN J. STEINBERG
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
COMMENTARY

I will always be most proud to have served in the administration of former New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman. She was an outstanding Governor, wi...

N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders

N.J. might be the first state in Northeast to run out of water without action by state’s leaders
BY JEFF TITTEL
COMMENTARY

Even with the rain we had earlier this week, New Jersey still faces drought conditions as we head into fall with reservoirs and groundwater levels well below normal. With recor...

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

NJEA: Christie dragging feet on federal aid while teachers wait on unemployment line

With just a few days left before classes start this fall, Gov. Christie is inexplicably dragging his feet on completing a slam-dunk application for $268 million. The federal money, already approved by...

Bringing trust back to the free-market system

Bringing trust back to the free-market system
CHRISTOPHER W. YOUNG
COMMENTARY

Most would argue that the free-market system, the system of choice for most nations, has been the igniter of technological innovation, economic growth and the tool that h...

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements

Enhance transparency by changing N.J. PAC requirements
BY JEFF BRINDLE
COMMENTARY

It has been said that while reforms are often necessary and to the benefit of the public they sometimes have unintended consequences.

The Election Law Enforcement Commission's ...

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