Gov. Christie: I’m Overjoyed By How Things Have Gone The First Six Months

christie win 3 APN.J. Gov. Chris Christie, in a fast-paced first six months on the job, has cut the budget and tax rebates, capped property tax hikes and school superintendent pay, and taken on teachers, lobbyists, lawmakers, pollsters and columnists. “I’m overjoyed by how things have gone the first six months,” Christie told The Record’s editorial board in a recent interview.

The governor, however, also concedes that he still has “plenty to do,” and that now is “no time for self congratulations at all.”

Last year, Christie’s campaign made public the “88 Ways Chris Christie Will Fix New Jersey,” a list of promises that covered state finances, education, energy, ethics, cities and jobs.

Christie has come through on many of his campaign promises – such as cutting employee benefits and reviewing the effectiveness of state regulations. Some promises are works in progress — including making finances at all levels of government more transparent — while others have yet to be advanced, despite Christie’s breakneck pace in his first half-year.

Here is where Christie stands in a sampling of those 88 points he made during his campaign.

PROMISES KEPT

No. 4: I will make full use of my veto pen — the absolute veto, the conditional veto and line-item veto — to shape legislative budget policy.

The governor has certainly not been shy when it comes to using the veto. Most notably, he did it within minutes after Democratic lawmakers voted to raise the income tax rate paid by the state’s millionaires. Christie also used the conditional veto to whittle down the Democrats’ 2.9 percent cap on property taxes to a 2 percent cap with only limited exceptions. Full story in Star Laedger.

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