People can handle the truth
Q: New Jersey's new Republican governor, Chris Christie, has forced cutbacks in pay for teachers and superintendents, capped local property taxes, cut pension benefits for state workers, canceled popular public works projects and closed a $11 billion state budget deficit. Yet in spite of these highly controversial initiatives and a blunt speaking style, his popularity in a heavily Democratic state is rising. What is the lesson here for other political leaders?
After traveling to 39 states during the past two plus years to engage Americans across the country, it has become clear to me that the people can handle the truth and the biggest deficit we have is a leadership deficit. The federal government as well as many state and local governments have grown too big, promised too much, and become more disconnected with Main Street America. Governor Chris Christie has tapped into these conditions and is capitalizing on them. His efforts will be controversial and are by no means perfect; however, he understands that the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable. He is trying to change course and many other government leaders need to do the same.
October 12, 2010; 9:57 AM ET
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