At a rally with New Jersey Governor Chris Christie today, Charlie Baker exhorted rally-goers to help make Massachusetts “Go Jersey.”
Nothing against the Garden State, but, like so many other things that exit Charlie Baker’s mouth, I’m not quite convinced that “Going Jersey” would be such a great idea for Massachusetts.
Beyond the snarky “Snooki” references and Jersey Shore jokes, the gulf between New Jersey and Massachusetts is about as wide as the difference between Baker’s rhetoric and his record. Since Christie took office in January, Jersey has lagged way behind MA in almost every single important indicator. “Going Jersey” as Baker suggests would mean an across-the-board nosedive for our Commonwealth.
On education, jobs, economy, health coverage – they can’t come close to us. And this is the direction Charlie wants to take us. Let’s make sure he doesn’t have the chance.
Hit the jump for a few examples of “Going Jersey.”
Under Governor Patrick, Massachusetts won the Race to the Top competition, delivering millions to Massachusetts schools. We came in first place. New Jersey came in 11th, losing out on funds. And Chris Christie’s team has been roundly criticizing for bungling their application and blowing their chance.
And since Governor Christie took office the New Jersey economy is limping towards recovery, far behind ours. Check out this graph that compares the monthly unemployment numbers for the two states.
Are you ready to Go Jersey? I think I can speak for all of us by saying, “No thanks, Charlie.”