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Things that are true about Chris Christie:
- He is the governor of New Jersey
- He loves Bruce Springsteen (like, a lot)
- He is fat
- He sucks
He does not suck BECAUSE he is fat, and his fatness should have NOTHING to do with the criticisms against him. I’m so tired of the snide remarks about Chris Christie’s weight in articles, on television, and in blog posts.
Reasons that Chris Christie sucks:
- He enacted HUGE cuts to NJ’s education budget, possibly violating the state’s constitution.
- He’s anti-choice in a variety of ways, including support for mandatory waiting periods, and state-mandated parental notification.
- Believes marriage rights should only be extended to couples consisting of “one man and one woman.”
- Thinks that “the free market” is the best way to solve the health care crisis in this country.
There are more, of course, but NONE of them are “Chris Christie sucks because he’s fat.” Stop. Fat-shaming doesn’t become okay just because this fat politician sucks. Every time Christie does an interview, there’s some joke or bit or question about his weight, and even though he says he doesn’t mind, it’s at the very least a huge waste of time.
We could be asking Christie about his policies in the time we spend giggling at his waistline - we could be demanding he account for the millions of dollars he pulled from poor school districts, but no, it’s more fun to laugh at his appearance.
At worst, this interviews enforce the cultural belief that it’s OKAY to laugh at fat people, that it’s ACCEPTABLE to use them as a punchline, that their weight is any of our damn business.
Chris Christie definitely sucks, but not because of his weight.
WORD to all of this. Here are some additional reasons Chris Christie is awful:
- He spends an inordinate amount of time traveling around the country instead of staying home to govern the state that elected him.
- He may have done well with his Sandy response, but remember when Christie abandoned NJ to go to Florida after we got sacked with some of the worst blizzards we had seen in a while?
- As of late 2012, more than one third of this state is living in poverty. As a reminder, NJ has the third highest cost of living in the US.
- Poverty in NJ has increased every year that Christie has been governor.
- Thanks to Christie’s push for exclusionary zoning laws and to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing, it’s becoming more and more difficult for the middle class to afford to live in NJ.
- Foreclosure filings fell 3 percent nationally in 2012 from 2011′s levels but under Christie, they increased in New Jersey by 55 percent.
- Christie has vetoed a millionaire tax increase not once, or twice, but three times.
- Chris Christie vetoed the minimum wage increase bill.
- Under Christie, NJ’s debt grew by $6 billion in fiscal year 2012.
- NJ’s economic performance is ranked 47th in the nation. Our economy is shrinking while the economies of 43 other states are growing.
- Our unemployment rate is currently 9.6% (pretty much the same it was when Christie took office) and lags behind the national unemployment rate by nearly 2%. We’re still losing thousands of jobs. If unemployment rates included those who have given up looking for work, it is estimated our unemployment rate would be around 10.3%.
- Christie is not shy about letting his former life as a lobbyist color his governing decisions. Look at his support for JCP&L after their abysmal performances in all the storms we’ve had lately.
- Christie has campaigned for other Republicans who supported Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments.
- He believes women are not half his constituency but are a special interest group that Republicans shouldn’t have to “cater to.”
- He cut funding for reproductive health care services, resulting in the closure of 6 family planning health centers (many in lower-income neighborhoods that are in desperate need of affordable health care), and a decrease of 20% in patients served.
- Christie will not allow NJ to participate in a Medicaid Family Planning Expansion authorized under federal health care reform. This expansion could save the state at least $43 million annually.
There are lots of reasons to hate this guy, but his appearance is not one of them. So, fellow progressives, especially you progressive New Jerseyans: stop mocking Chris Christie’s weight, because this is the last guy on earth I want to defend.
There’s also a dark — a dark vein of intolerance in some parts of the party. What do I mean by that? I mean by that that they still sort of look down on minorities. How can I evidence that? When I see a former governor say that the President is ‘“shuckin’ and jivin’,” that’s racial era slave term. When I see another former governor after the president’s first debate where he didn’t do very well, says that the president was lazy. He didn’t say he was slow. He was tired. He didn’t do well. He said he was lazy. Now, it may not mean anything to most Americans, but to those of us who are African Americans, the second word is shiftless and then there’s a third word that goes along with that. The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?
Fifty-eight Republican leaders supported aid for victims of Hurricane Katrina, but not for those hit by Sandy.
Here’s a party that’s facing a President with a 70% approval rating, in terms of being likable. 52% of American’s approve of the job he’s doing as president. Only 26% approve of the republican party. John Boehner has an 18% approval rating. The Tea Party a 9% approval rating. This is a party in retreat… The extreme part of the republican party is in retreat.
The Newtown massacre created a tipping point on the gun debate in America. The Obama administration and Democrats are moving quickly to reframe the issue and move new policy. As a citizen, I think it is appropriate and overdue. As a political observer, I think it’s smart politics. As a Republican, I think it’s yet another instance where the party, by refusing to recognize reality, is going to end up looking like the “stupid party” that fails to adapt and evolve to changing circumstances in our society.
Unless the GOP comes out with a proactive plan that has some appearance of responding to recent events, then it continues to play defense and digs deeper the hole it has been digging for itself in recent years. On issues where the physics are moving irrevocably forward, like immigration, gay rights, and guns, the Republican Party continues to look backward. And backward is a sure path toward irrelevance.