Chris Christie has signed a bill giving in-state tuition breaks to illegal immigrants. He explains:
Our job, I believe, as a government, is to give every one of these children who we have already invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in, an opportunity to maximize the investment for their benefit, for the benefit of their families, for the benefit of our state and the country. Even if you’re cold-hearted about this, you can agree with the common sense of the economics: An investment made should be an investment maximized.
Opposing giving benefits to illegal immigrants, that’s “cold-hearted.” And the money this will cost New Jersey, that’s “investment,” not spending. Well, if it makes economic sense, I guess we can overlook the fact that they’re in the country illegally. Problems like illegal immigration are easy to solve when you malign the opposition as cold-hearted.
Latino community organizer Martin Perez explains what it’s really all about:
Finally we have governor who made a commitment to us. The good thing about this governor is that when he makes his commitment, you have to understand that he will deliver the goods.
Buying minorities off, that’s what liberals do.
Another thing liberals do is accuse their critics of partisanship, while maintaining they are models of pragmatic virtue, especially in the wake of scandal (see Benghazi). Here’s Christie’s response to a brewing scandal in his administration on December 23:
Even though two top Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials have resigned over “Bridgegate,” the now infamous closing of approach lanes that caused several days of monster traffic jams earlier this fall, it is still not clear exactly what happened, or who was responsible.
David Wildstein, the former director of Interstate Capital Projects at the Port Authority, has been blamed for the debacle, which supposedly took place in order to carry out a traffic study on the span, but Bill Baroni, the former deputy executive director, who also recently quit, indicated he was to also to blame for not properly communicating information about the closures and the study.
Meanwhile the Executive Director of the PA, Patrick Foye, has testified he was never aware there even was a study.
So has the governor seen a study?
“No,” Christie said, in response to the question posed by host Eric Scott. “What do I care?”
If a study was produced, the governor said, his Democratic critics would not be satisfied. “Because they’d find something else. They’re already saying, ‘Well, maybe the Governor had nothing to do with this and maybe there’s no fault here but he created through his attitude, a culture which would permit this kind of thing to be done.’ That’s the latest line.” He added: “I get it. They’re partisan politicians.”
Turns out Christie was wrong, and his “partisan” critics were right. He released a statement January 8 to explain himself:
What I’ve seen today for the first time is unacceptable. I am outraged and deeply saddened to learn that not only was I misled by a member of my staff, but this completely inappropriate and unsanctioned conduct was made without my knowledge. One thing is clear: this type of behavior is unacceptable and I will not tolerate it because the people of New Jersey deserve better. This behavior is not representative of me or my Administration in any way, and people will be held responsible for their actions.
No apology to the people whom he sullied as “partisan politicians.” Beware the politician who wards off criticism by downplaying it as partisan. It betrays an attitude of unaccountability.