Chris Christie

Good Riddance to Chris Christie

How the governor spent his last day in office

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Chris Christie
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Chris Christie's term as New Jersey's governor expired at noon on Tuesday. The ways he chose to spend his last hours in power should remind libertarians how happy we should be to see him go.

On Monday—his last full day in office—the state's most unpopular governor since William Franklin signed a flurry of bills that pile even more restrictions onto New Jersey's already overtaxed, overregulated residents on everything from firearms to drones.

By far the most consequential of these was a ban on bump stocks, introduced by a trio of Democratic legislators back in November in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

Christie, who has a decidedly mixed record on gun rights, initially intimated in the days following the shooting that he would be opposed to such a bill, saying "I just don't believe that a whole bunch of new gun laws are going to change that reality" on an October 2 radio show.

But a few days later, the governor was changing his tune, saying through a spokesman that he was "more than willing" to consider new restrictions and telling reporters that since "a bump stock is not a gun," and its prohibition should not be considered gun control.

The new legislation, which gives bump stock owners 90 days to turn over their devices or otherwise face 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine, only tightens New Jersey's already notoriously strict gun laws—laws, mind you, that Christie himself denounced when he was trying to win a Republican presidential primary.

Christie also signed a bill that amends prior pension reform efforts to let a few select officials pad their retirement pay.

The new pension bill—passed on the last day of New Jersey's legislative session with the minimum number of votes required—allows elected officials to re-enroll in the top tier of the Public Employee Retirement System after having been forced into "defined contribution" plans by a 2007 pension reform law. The most obvious beneficiary is former Camden mayor and longtime Christie ally Dana Reed, who will reportedly see her pension increase threefold.

New Jersey is arguably the state imost crippled by pension debt, with $90 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Christie is well aware of this fact, having made it a major part of his State of the State Address last week.

Having restricted gun rights and boosted his cronies' pensions, Christie still had enough ink left in his pen to sign a range on new restrictions on drone operators. S3370 makes it a criminal offense to use a drone for hunting, empowers the state to strip people of their right to own or operate a drone for life as a condition of their parole, and makes it punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $1,000 fine to fly a drone under the influence of an "intoxicating liquor, a narcotic, hallucinogenic, or habit-producing drug."

Once viewed in some quarters as a crusading reformer, Christie turned out to be yet another big government Republican eager to back any number of intrusions into the Americans' private lives, from mass NSA surveillance to pot prohibition. With his presidential ambitions dashed and his governorship at an end, libertarians can finally bid him good-bye and good riddance.

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  1. …in response to the deadly shooting in Las Vegas.

    I’m sorry, in response to what? I don’t know what this is.

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  2. I’m convinced. New Jersey is the shittiest state. At least New York has Soho, where one can find some delectable, albeit overpriced, meals.

    1. Delaware is pretty bad, too. If states were herbs it would be fresh cilantro.

      1. If that were the case, some people would like it.

  3. By this time next year everyone will be looking back fondly on the Christie years after that new guy they elected starts acting on his promises to make everything there ten times worse.

  4. But a few days later, the governor was changing his tune, saying through a spokesman that he was “more than willing” to consider new restrictions and telling reporters that since “a bump stock is not a gun,” and its prohibition should not be considered gun control.

    A trigger is not a gun. A firing pin is not a gun. A barrel is not a gun. A receiver is not a gun. You gun nuts can have all the guns you want, so long as you don’t have any of these items, none of which are guns.

    1. I admit to sleeping through ‘The American Constitution’ in my 6th grade Soc. Studies class. However, I’m fairly confident that not only does the 2A say “Shall not be infringed.” the rest of it doesn’t say “Everything else may be infringed to hell in back as long as not covered by the 2A.”

      1. But MUSKETS!!!!1!!!one!!1!

        1. Also, Butt Muskets was my nickname in college.

    2. Keep and bear arms, not just guns. Guns, their parts, accessories, ammunition, knives, swords, spears, clubs, etc are collectively arms.

  5. It’s as with Putin: in their respective jurisdictions, he & Christie may be the best you could reasonably expect.

  6. The stranding team finally got him back into the ocean, huh?

    1. It was Hancock who did.

      1. #camaletoe

    2. Yeah, and as soon as he was swimming free, a killer whale came out of nowhere and Christie ate it.

  7. The question is if New Jersey Democrat Chris Christie left his state better off than he found it. The answer is, of course, who cares. It’s Jerksey and they deserve what they get.

    1. Of course, the question is, if we were to drop Fist in the middle of the Delaware River, which way would he swim?

      1. He’d opt for drowning. No question.

        1. I assume the current would take me to a better place.

    2. The question is if New Jersey Democrat Chris Christie left his state better off than he found it.

      Trump did more for New Jersey than Chris Christie ever did by pointing out that Haiti is more of a shithole.

    3. New Jersey Democrat Chris Christie

      Let a real New Jersey Democrat show him how it’s done.

  8. I am sure Britches will write a similar piece when New Jersey’s new governor Phil Murphy leaves office.

  9. Christie was on his way out and his only concern was his legacy. Legacies are determined by leftists and stupid Republicans swerve to the left in the vain hopes history will be kind to them. They hate your guts and they’ll applaud your acting lefty, but you’re still Hitler. Ask John McCain and Mitt Romney, pleasantly moderate bipartisan middle-of-the-roaders willing to reach across the aisle right up until the media suddenly remembered they had pictures of the both of them in their KKK robes sucking Hitler’s dick at a Black Mass where they were sacrificing new-born babies.

  10. New Jersey should cede the only good thing about it, its beaches, to Delaware and NY.

    1. You mean the beaches where you have to pay admission to go lay on the sand?

      1. I said it was the only good thing about the state. That’s grading on a scale of Good – New Jersey. Compared to other beaches, they suck–beach tags and too many rules.

        1. Also, Jersey beaches are where guidos crawl ashore to spawn in a flurry of fist pumps and an orange froth of spray-tan runoff. Probably best to cordon them off and drop napalm regularly.

        2. Go back to whatever shit-hole you exist in, shit-head.

      2. Yeah, where libertarians should applaud the beach user fees – to maintain the beach – that users pay instead of all the rest of the hapless taxpayers who may never go near the beach.

        1. No.

          Beach user fees should only be administered if the beach is privately owned. If it’s public property, we hapless taxpayers have already paid against our will, so that the fees are yet another left-winged evil.

    2. The pizza’s good. So are Sabrett hot dogs.

      1. I make the best pizza in NJ. For myself.

    3. It must have been difficult to say that with a cock in your mouth, Albino.

  11. If it looks like a Rhino [RINO], walks like a Rhino, and sounds like a Rhino, it must be Chris Christie.

    1. Sometimes, a rhino is just a rhino.

  12. And here come the usual, reflexive, Republican team tribeswhiteman, defending the dirty Republican once again!

    1. Here we observe the mouthing off of the usual, reflexive Democrass tribal sub-human, rationalizing with half a cranium once again!

  13. “the state’s most unpopular governor since William Franklin”

    Explanation

    1. What we really need is another Jim Florio.

      /ducks

  14. The new legislation, which gives bump stock owners 90 days to turn over their devices or otherwise face 5 years in prison and a $15,000 fine

    This isn’t Orwellian at all. Hopefully those powers of surveillance the Democrats voted for will come in handy.

  15. “since ‘a bump stock is not a gun,’ and its prohibition should not be considered gun control.

    Stocks are not guns, nor are locks or barrels. So just ban each piece individually and not call it gun control?

    1. Not to mention that, alcohol is not a gun. Ban alcohol. The internet is not a gun. Ban the internet…

  16. Dana Reed, who will reportedly see her pension increase threefold.

    No. It will increase two times and be triple. And it only happens after she’s been CEO in her new job for three years.

  17. I only agree with most of this article. Very few give a hoot about bump stocks and here’s the real issue. The U.S. Congress didn’t enact such a bill because it’s a poor investment and most states have come to grips with it. In fact all gun laws are poor investments. Administration of them costs tens of millions, accomplishes nothing and merely annoys the most lawful, peaceable segment of our population. I’ve never heard of it being used in a U.S. shooting before and probably won’t again.

    If permitted, leftists simply will restrict the rate of fire they believe you need. And what’s next? Restriction of muzzle velocity? What about recoil? Since leftists won’t allow sound suppression, doubtlessly they’ll outlaw firearms that exceed their opinion of an acceptable upper decibel limit. It’s as ludicrous as banning the bayonet lug or even the Picatinny rail. They might even make another run at reloading, in the interest of public safety of course.

    When voting, remember this. Those who carry out mass murders fear armed citizens and it’s why governments always disarm the governed before they purge the disobedient. Taken together, all the mass shooting deaths from nuts, felons, terrorists and illegal aliens, throughout history is infinitesimal compared to the total number of civilian citizens murdered by governments. It’s the reason for our 2nd Amendment and throughout human history, it has been a very bad idea to allow any government to disarm its people.

  18. I live in NJ. I was born in NJ.

    Good riddance, Crispy Creme Christie.

    Only one problem:

    You’re being replaced by a fucking Democrass who’s going to make us miss the hell outta you.

  19. Christie turned out to be yet another big government RINO

    Fixed that for you.

  20. Thank god that fat bastard is out of public domain…Now if we could get rid of that other fat bastard in the white house.

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