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Christie: 'I Don't Know' Who Romney Will Pick for VP

The governor accuses statehouse Democrats of holding his tax cut plan 'hostage' during a stop in Manasquan.

Gov. Chris Christie said today he does not expect to be former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's pick for vice president.

"Hopefully (Romney) picks a smart, well-qualified person who's ready to be president and ready to support him as president," Christie said Monday in Manasquan. "Who that's going to be? I don't know. I assume we're going to hear relatively soon what his decision is."

The governor, who is set to head across the U.S. this week to campaign for Romney, kicked off his tour of the Jersey Shore at the Manasquan Pavillion, where he touted the tax cut plan that he said statehouse Democrats are "holding hostage."

Christie, fresh off what he described as much-needed vacation after getting into a , pounded the "Corzine Democrats" in the state Legislature for trying to stall the state's economic recovery by holding his proposed 10 percent tax cut "hostage" until they see how much revenue Trenton pulls in this year. 

Citing a CNBC report that ranked New Jersey as the fourth-best state in the U.S. for job creation in 2012, Christie said that last year his administration created the most private sector jobs in the state since 2000—and 2012 was on pace to be even better, he said.

Since taking office, Christie said his administration has added nearly 85,000 new private sector jobs. 

Christie, with the Manasquan River Inlet behind him and Manasquan beach to his right, told a crowd hundreds gathered at the Manasquan Pavillion to urge the state's Democratic lawmakers to vote for his proposal to cut state income taxes for all New Jerseyans by 10 percent, which he said would result in even more job creation.

"If we cut taxes now, we're going to add even more jobs and put even more gasoline on this recovery, and it's going to burn even faster and brighter and help your neighbors and your friends who aren't at work to get back to work," Christie said.

Christie credited his policies of cutting spending and lowering taxes with injecting optimism into the state's business community, which he said has responded by hiring workers and investing in the state's economy.

"They feel the comeback and they're putting their money where their mouth is by putting more people to work," Christie said. 

Christie held up two recent Farleigh Dickinson University polls of New Jerseyans in which a majority of respondents said the state was headed in the right direction—the first time in 11 years the university gathered data in two consecutive polls in which a majority of respondents felt that way, he said.

The governor also took several shots at what he described as the Legislature's "Corzine Democrats," a phrase he used roughly a half-dozen times Monday, for allegedly trying to raid the pockets of individual taxpayers and businesses.  

"The only people who don't recognize this comeback and are routing against it are the Corzine Democrats in Trenton because it's in their political interest," Christie said. 

Although the governor said he doesn't know who Romney's vice presidential pick will be, Christie did not definitively say he wouldn't accept the nod, either. 

"For my sake I hope I'm right here (in 2013), making sure that New Jersey continues to move in the right direction and not get off on the wrong track again if I go (to Washington, DC)."

Westfield Taxpayers July 24, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Oh, and look. The NJGOP is still condeming the private, tax-paying Solberg Airport. Nothing like "supporting economic growth and jobs" like condeming businesses. Sends a very strong message. Raise taxes, raise debt, use government power to destroy an 70 year-old business. A business that provides transportation infrastructure. Smooth move. No wonder our unemployment and tax rates are higher than the rest of the country.
Nick Nacks July 25, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Westfield Taxpayers, there are perhaps 1-2 "local" jobs created by Solberg Airport, except for the weekend of the balloon festival. Don't talk about something of which you know nothing.
Christie DaLiar July 26, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Nothing like STEALING someone's land so you can enrich some guberment friends, through the magic of eminent domain, eh? Just another airport; who needs them anyway. What New Jersey needs are more condos and strip malls.
Al Bobanya July 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Here's one of his campaign letters in case anyone is curious: AN OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF OUR LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY Law Enforcement for Christie Recently, I learned that inaccurate information had been presented to you in an attempt to swing your vote to Governor Corzine. The false claim states that I would somehow eliminate or diminish your pension benefits. Let me be clear – Nothing could be further from the truth. The claim that any harm would come to your pension when I’m elected Governor is absolutely untrue. It is a 100% lie. Your pension will be protected when I am elected Governor. I spent the last seven years in Law Enforcement as the US Attorney for New Jersey. I worked day in and day out with the men and women on the front lines who dedicate themselves to keeping families and communities safe. No one respects what you do more than I do. And no one will stand up for you more than I will. Do not believe the lies that have been spread about my proposals.
Al Bobanya July 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
For seven years I worked with law enforcement officers to get illegal guns off the street, prosecute gang members, thwart terrorist plots at Newark Airport and Fort Dix and throw corrupt politicians in jail. I know how hard your work, and you deserve a governor who will stand with you. While I have put forward proposals to cut taxes and cut spending so we can bring change to New Jersey to make it more affordable for families, I have repeated time and time again that the pension agreement made with members of our law enforcement community must be respected. It is a sacred trust. Nothing will change for the pensions of current officers, future officers, or retirees in a Christie Administration. I respectfully ask for your vote this November 3rd. If you choose to vote for another candidate, I hope you will do so based on the facts and their vision for the future, not because of misinformation spread by my opponent. Thank you for your consideration, and thank you for your service. Chris

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