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President Obama’s Weekly 1/28/12: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

WASHINGTON, DC— In his weekly address, President Obama discusses the blueprint he put forward this week in the State of the Union Address for creating an economy built to last. After focusing on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers during each of the last three days, he used his weekly address to highlight his commitment to a renewal of American values. The President is challenging leaders in Washington, DC to follow the model set by our men and women in the military, end the gridlock and start tackling the issues that matter – without regard for personal ambition.

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5 Reasons Why Chris Christie Would Be A Horrible President

This post from Addicting Info hits on all the points as to why our Governor, Chris Christie, would be a disaster as president. The post is not mean-spirted, just a matter-of-fact telling of how it is. Christie maybe the latest GOP flavor of the day and making people sit on the edge of their seats waiting like eager children for a double scoop of Rocky Road ice cream but the bottom line is, he is on the wrong side of many issues that are important to the average person.

The new Republican face of the week is Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie. After constantly saying “no” over and over when questioned whether he will run for president, Christie is possibly having a change of heart. Added into the mix of current candidates, Christie would surely shake things up. His anti-worker stance in New Jersey has been popular among conservatives, but hated by many others. Here are 5 reasons why Chris Christie would be a horrible president.

1. War on Workers – As we look around the country, the war on workers has grown. Conservative governors such as Scott Walker in Wisconsin and Rick Scott in Florida, have stepped on the average worker and union member as they’ve seen their rights stripped away at every turn. Chris Christie is one of the names on the list that has gone after union rights. In order to get his budget under control, instead of asking the wealthiest members of his state to contribute, Christie attacked union members and forced them into pension and health care cuts and froze their raises in the future.

2. Anti-Education – Like many other conservatives, the attack on public education is nothing new. Republicans look to privatize schools, manipulate the curriculum and cut more spending out of their budget to preserve the tax breaks for the wealthiest members of their state. Christie has cut over $1 billion in public education since coming into office, which effects both teachers and students. Public education cuts have more to do than just tightening the budget, they are also a great way to break apart public sector unions. Public school teachers are part of a larger public sector union, which are one of the top contributors to Democratic campaigns. Like his Republican friends, Christie looks to destroy unions in order to weaken the Democratic party, even at the expensive of working Americans.

3. Destroying Social Security – Out of all the government programs, none has stood the test of time and been as successful as Social Security. Before the great President Franklin Roosevelt signed Social Security into law, over 75% of seniors lived in poverty, today that number is less than 10%. Chris Christie has followed the GOP stance on Social Security and calls for privatization and raising the retirement age. Currently, seniors over the age of 65 receive benefits. Christie and the Republicans have looked to raise the retirement age to close to 70, forcing the elderly to work even longer despite the average life expectancy in the US to be only 73. While Democrats look to preserve the program, Christie and the Republicans look to destroy it.

4. Christie, of course, loves the rich – While middle-class families lost their property tax rebates, got kicked out of health care programs and schools lost over $1 billion in funding causing massive tuition hikes, Chris Christie pushed to give tax breaks to top income earners. The “token” line of defense for Christie and the Republicans is that if you lower taxes, businesses will want to stay in the state, build and create jobs. This is proven to be false on many occasions. Many pharmaceutical companies have left Christie’s state of New Jersey and headed for states like California and Massachusetts not because of the tax rate, but because they have better research and development centers. Cutting taxes on the rich at the expensive of the middle-class is not just wrong, but deplorable.

5. His Health – When discussing a political candidate, people should stay away from personal matters unless it would really be detrimental to the office. Chris Christie has been criticized, and rightfully so, for his out of control weight problem. Christie has had a history of medical problems, and was even taken to the emergency room in July because of severe breathing problems and an asthma attack. Obesity is one of the leading causes of heart failure, and Christie is the perfect example of someone who needs to take better care of themselves. The issue with Christie’s weight has nothing to do with his politics, but maybe instead of trying to take care of the country, he should try to take care of himself first.

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President Obama’s Weekly Address 7/9/11: Working Together to Meet our Fiscal Challenges

WASHINGTON – In this week’s address, President Obama called on both parties to come together during this unique moment to find a significant, balanced approach to deficit reduction that lets us live within our means without hurting investments our economy needs to grow and create jobs. The President believes the American people deserve to have their leaders work in a bipartisan way to find common ground to tackle our fiscal challenges so we can be in a stronger position to focus on new job-creation measures to get the American people back to work.

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>After Receiving $41.1M Tax Subsidy For Economic Development And Job Creation Campbell’s Soup Co. Announces Layoffs

>Nothing like wasting tax payer money on corporate welfare when the money could have been used for other more important things like education, health care, property tax relief, infrastructure….

Once again Governor you definitely have your priorities straight!.

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Campbell’s Soup Co. Announces Layoffs: MyFoxPHILLY.com

CAMDEN, N.J. – Campbell’s Soup Co. plans to lay off about 770 people worldwide, Including about 130 people at its Camden headquarters, in an effort to reduce overhead and improve efficiency.


The reductions will be phased in over the next two years and will result in a savings of about $75 million dollars.

The cuts include about 10 percent of the company’s workforce in Camden, its longtime headquarters.

Fox 29’s Steve Keeley has more in this Wednesday morning live report from “Good Day.”

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>President Obama’s Weekly Address 6/25/11: Strengthening America by Investing at Home

>WASHINGTON – Speaking to the American people from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, President Obama discussed the vital role advanced manufacturing will have in strengthening our economy and creating good, middle-class jobs. The President believes that realizing our nation’s potential requires more than simply cutting spending; we have to foster development at home, so that the United States will continue to grow and attract the world’s best talent, ideas and job-creating technologies. This week, the President announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, which will link the federal government with our nation’s finest minds to insure that our best ideas quickly become our best technologies. By providing American innovators with the resources they need to make their ideas a reality, our nation’s strong legacy of manufacturing, development and middle-class opportunity will continue to grow.

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 3/27/10 Two Major Reforms on Health Care & Higher Ed

The President looks back on a week that saw the passage of two major sets of reforms: one putting Americans in control of their own health care, and one ensuring student loans work for students and families, not as subsidies for bankers and middlemen.

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 3/13/10 Education for a More Competitive America & Better Future

The President discusses his blueprint for an updated Elementary and Secondary Education Act to overhaul No Child Left Behind, the latest step from his Administration to encourage change and success in America’s schools at the local level.

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Video: Cory Booker & Jon Corzine: Partners in Education


I received the following email from Newark Mayor Cory Booker tonight stressing what a good job Governor Corzine has done in leading and maintaining the high standards for education in the state. The video that accompanied the email I thought was excellent and a must watch:
Dear Friends.

It’s that time of year again — the summer is over and we’re sending our children back to school for another school year.

As I meet with teachers, administrators and students in Newark, I’ve been reflecting on the changes that I’ve witnessed in our schools over the last four years and Jon Corzine’s leadership when it comes to education in New Jersey.

Governor Corzine has increased funding for our schools by over $1 billion over the last four years, and here in Newark we’re making the most of it — we have three Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence and seen 4 new schools built to serve the children and families of our great City.

While we’ve made some important strides, there is much work to be done to ensure that every New Jersey child receives an excellent education. Jon Corzine is our partner in this critical mission.

Your help and support could make a real and lasting impact in the New Jersey Governor’s race, so please get involved today.

Thank you,
Mayor Cory Booker

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New Corzine Campaign Ad Released

The Corzine ‘09 campaign released a new television spot that will be aired in the coming weeks. It is a positive message that highlights Jon Corzine’s leadership on the economy and education.

The new spot is entitled “Top” and features President Barack Obama praising Governor Corzine’s leadership at the recent rally in Holmdel, which was attended by over 17,500 people ( myself included ).

The 30 second ad will air on broadcast and cable television across New Jersey starting today.

In case anyone is interested in fact checking what President Obama has to say about Jon Corzine in this new Corzine’09 ad spot, here is the documentation, knock yourself out:

Corzine introduced the first-in-the-nation economic recovery plan. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Corzine supporters noted “New Jersey was the first state to pass its own economic-recovery plan.” [Philadelphia Inquirer, 7/6/09]

Jon Corzine protected funding for New Jersey schools. According to Education Week “even in an austere budget year, the Garden State found the funds to give precollegiate education a boost, driven in part by Gov. Jon S. Corzine ‘s high-profile campaign to revamp the way the state hands out money to its schools. The $32.9 billion New Jersey state budget for fiscal 2009, signed by the governor July 1, was a decrease from the previous year’s $33.5 billion. But the $7.8 billion it allots for pre-K-12 education is a 7 percent increase over fiscal 2008’s amount…[The education funding] also provides extra money for districts with high concentrations of students from low-income families, and it adjusts for regional cost differences.” The recently passed Fiscal Year 2010 budget also increased education funding to $8.8 billion. [Education Week, 1/7/09; New Jersey Fiscal Year 2010 Budget]

Jon Corzine reformed New Jersey’s schools with tougher standards. According to the Star Ledger, Jon Corzine’s Board of Education “adopted tougher new high school graduation requirements [in June] that aim to prepare all New Jersey students for jobs or college in the 21st century economy. Under the new requirements, which will be phased in between now and 2016, every high school student will have to take three years of more rigorous math courses; three years of lab science; and a half-year of “economics and financial literacy.” Furthermore, “as part of an ongoing effort to boost academic expectations and achievement, the state [in July] made it harder for New Jersey’s third and fourth graders to prove their proficiency on annual tests. Under the new standards adopted by the state Board of Education, public school students who took the exams in May needed to get 50 percent of the answers correct to show proficiency on the language arts and math tests. Previously, the ‘cut scores’ needed to be deemed proficient were between 40 and 45 percent.” [Star Ledger, 6/18/09; 7/15/09]

New Jersey students rank at the top of the country in reading and math. According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress a report card issued by the U.S. Department of Education, only one state ranked higher than New Jersey fourth-graders in reading assessment and no states ranked higher in eighth grade reading assessment. In mathematics, only one state ranked higher than New Jersey in fourth grade assessment and only two states ranked higher in eighth grade mathematics assessment. [U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, NAEP Report Card]

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President Obama’s Weekly Address: 7/4/09

On the 4th of July, Overcoming Americas Challenges

The President recounts Americas great history of overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges, and pledges to lead America in continuing that tradition. Focusing on creating a clean energy economy, comprehensive health reform, and revitalizing an education system in need of change, the President pledges not to leave these decades-old problems to yet another generation to solve.

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