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OP-ED: Governor Rex Christie

In light of the big game tonight, Josh Henne sent me a link to this op-ed he wrote on the striking similarities between Rex Ryan & Chris Christie. It appears over at PolitickerNJ:

In a sea of vanilla coaches and milquetoast politicians, Jets Coach Rex Ryan and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie have burnished reputations for bluster, bullying and bombast. They’re tailor-made for the attention-deficit, me-first, sizzle-over-substance society we live in. A splashy quote, a bold claim with a curse-word thrown in for good measure…and bickety-bam you’ve got a nice hit on the nightly news or a clip to go viral online. Sure, these two men can be considered refreshing. But so is a colonic. And you certainly don’t want to deal with either on a daily basis.

It stands to reason these two larger-than-life characters stand out – because Christie and Ryan both furnish the media with quality copy and soundbites. However, there’s a fine line between being charming and becoming a caricature of yourself. And leaders are afforded a short rope before folks start realizing the rhetoric doesn’t match the results. In recent months, Christie and Ryan have planted their feet firmly on the wrong side of both accounts.

The beauty of both politics and the playing field is that these arenas are results-oriented. The metrics of wins and accomplishments are the only ones that matter. It’s not just about who can talk the biggest game. And the shtick employed by both Christie and Ryan runs thin once you scratch the surface of their swagger.

No one remembers football teams who never make it to the big game – no matter how many times their coach promises a trip to the Super Bowl. Rex believes if he yells loud enough folks will forget choking in the conference championship or failing to even make the playoffs. If Ryan makes himself the story, perhaps fans won’t notice his team regressing or his quarterback failing to grow.

In politics, its hard to take someone seriously who hogs the spotlight, bashes his own state to pander to Iowa crowds and tosses the word “hell” into public statements like a twelve-year old who just discovered cursing. It’s difficult to believe someone is authentic when they pack taxpayer-funded townhall meetings with partisan backers and care more about generating youtube moments than results. It’s hard to take Governor Christie at his word as he pledges poverty when cutting essential programs, yet miraculously finds funds to give handouts and bailouts to casino execs, mall developers and those at the tippy top of the economic strata.

The words “doing the big thing” are often shouted to the rafters by Chris Christie. Yet if you look at actual results, he comes up small every time. New Jersey lags the nation when it comes to employment. And no matter how many times Christie claims he hasn’t raised taxes, all anyone has to do is hold up a train ticket, scan a tuition bill from a state university or look at their property taxes to see swelling costs.

Both Christie and Ryan have an amazing ability to change the topic following failures. Rex shoots off his mouth after a loss, giving excuses while still calling his team the one to beat – no matter how badly he was outcoached by those who might not be as flashy, but have more substance. When Christie skipped town with an historic blizzard bearing down on his state, the governor refused to take responsibility and even blamed local mayors when he finally came home from his Disney vacation. When New Jersey’s children lost $400 million in Race to the Top funding because his administration bungled a simple application, Christie first blamed Barack Obama and then threw his own Education Commissioner under the bus.

Chris Christie might not share Rex Ryan’s predilection for sucking on toes. But the governor does spend an inordinate amount of time and energy sucking up to the Koch Brothers, Karl Rove and corporate lobbyists. And that’s a far more nefarious fetish. Because these one-percenters are seeking to scale back regulations in order to better their bottom line – even if it means poisoning New Jersey’s land, air and water. In Christie’s New Jersey, middle-class families find themselves in harms way time and again.

Like Rex Ryan, Christie’s image as a take-charge guy rings hollow when you see the rudderless execution of plans. Womens’ health, infrastructure improvements and education efforts have all been defunded. Cops and firefighters receive pink slips, while crime escalates. And Christie has no vision for the future – as evidenced by cancelling the ARC Tunnel linking to Manhattan which would have taken cars off the road, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, raised home values and created 6,000 immediate jobs and 45,000 future jobs.

On the playground, the cardinal rule is that when you’ve got a big mouth you’ve got to be able to back it up. The quickest way to shut up a bully is to call them out. And for all their blunt statements and bold claims, folks are finally catching onto the Christie-Ryan playbook. The coach and the governor have both elevated the bar with inflated achievement to the point that even slight improvements would seem mundane when the tale of the tape is truly told. More and more, their exhortations are being met with eyerolls and yawns.

With his annual guarantees of a Super Bowl victory, yet failing to even make the playoffs this year, Rex Ryan is clearly no second coming of Joe Namath. And Chris Christie…well, let’s just hope he goes the way of Sarah Palin. A one-term governor with a big personality who burst onto the national scene and became addicted to the adulation to the point of diminishing returns and eventual ridicule.

What society needs – in all facets of life – are leaders of substance focused on results, not their own ego or personal gratification. Clearly, Coach Ryan and Governor Christie care more about creating headlines than making a real difference. We should treat them like a parent dropping off a crying kid at nursery school. All they want is attention, so if we just walk away hopefully they’ll get the hint and cut the act.

Josh Henne is a Democratic strategist and a Giants fan.

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Princess Picks Week 15 – Giants v. Redskins

NFL week 15 is upon us and you know what that means, it’s time for Princess the Camel to make her choice for this weeks game.

Last weeks correct pick of the Giants over the Cowboys made it 3 wins in a row, will this week’s pick extend the winning streak to 4 games ? We’ll have to wait and see.

For this week’s pick, Princess goes back to the well and is taking the NY Giants to beat the Washington Redskins at home in MetLife Stadium. It’s a game that the Giants should we handedly but as we all know the Giants haven’t had too many easy games of late. And even thought the Redskins have been a disappointment this season they are still a dangerous team, What I posted about them when the faced the Jets in week 13 still holds true.

Here’s what Princess had to say about the game:

“…the pressure’s on, they (the Giants) have to win out the remaining 3 games. They’ve got to play their cross-town rivals Rex Ryan and his circus after this week and then the Cowboys again. So barring a let down from last week, which is always possible with the Giants, Eli should have a good game.”

Princess’s records stands at an impressive 9(W)-5(L) thus far this season, if either the Giants or the Jets had an equivalent record at this point of the season they would both be virtually assured playoff spots this season. I think Princess got this weeks pick right and in doing so, both her and the Giants record will for the season will improve.

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NFL Week 13 Princess Picks – Jets v. Redskins

Coming off a win last week after picking the New Orleans Saints to beat the NY Giants, Princess the prognosticating Camel of Lacy Township Popcorn Park Zoo, is feeling pretty good about herself and her 7W-5L record.

Some (unlike me) would say that last weeks pick was a no-brainer and there was no way the Giants could beat the Saints down in Superdome, so they aren’t willing to give Princess any credit for her winning pick. This week’s pick by Princess isn’t much different.

In a game that would on the surface seem to be another no-brainer, Princess is taking the NY Jets to beat the Washington Redskins on the road at FedX Field. I say no-brainer because conventional wisdom has the Jets beating up on the 4W-7L Redskins on Sunday, but if you succumb to conventional wisdom you may be making a big mistake this week.

The Redskins are a better team then their record would indicate even with the massive amount of injuries that the team has suffered this year. On defense the Skins rank 10th overall in passing defense and 18th against the run. What has hurt the Redskins is their offense, they are 14th overall in passing but their running game is essentially nonexistent ranking 31st in the league.

Offensively these teams are evenly match, while on defense the Jets seem to have a slight advantage, so the game isn’t going to be a blowout or an easy win for the Jets if they do happen to come out on top.

Speaking of the Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan, Princess gave the follow reason as to why she picked the Jets over the Redskins tomorrow,”…Well, sometimes he has a way of rallying his team with the way he acts, and they need this game to have any chance at the playoffs.”

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NFL Week 12 Is Nearly Over But Not Before Princess Picks The Saint In Monday Night Match-Up Vs The Giants

It’s been a long Thanksgiving weekend between eating turkey, Black Friday shopping and watching football, so seeing how Princess the Camel decided to choose this weeks Monday night match-up between the New Orleans Saints and the NY Giants as this weeks game in which to issue her prognostication it has given me a little more time to post about it.

If you recall from my last Princess post for NFL week 11, she picked the NY Jets to beat the Denver Broncos in a game that the Jets unfortunately went on to loose.
It was a bad loss for the Jets, it set off a fire storm of criticism in the media, put the Jets play-off hope at risk and lead Coach Rex Ryan to publicly humiliate Quarterback Marc Sanchez by taking away some of his practice time with the first string offense.
In this weeks game Princess seems to have made the a predictable safe prediction after two straight very close loosing predictions (Giants over Niners, Jets over Broncos). Princess says that the New Orleans Saints will beat the NY Giants in New Orleans to close out week 12 in the NFL on Monday night.
…the blue on the Giants is a little faded and I think they are too. The defense is in disarray and they looked almost as bad as the Jets defense. The Saints are tough especially in their own building. Someone has to step up and take control of the Giants, until then…
Princess record at picking games this year is currently 6W-5L, I think after this game her record will be even. I just can’t imagine after two bad losses in a row,the last one being a total shellacking by the Eagles, that the Giants will stink it up three weeks in a row.
I think the Giants will be ready for this game even though their offensive line is being reconstructed this week and they will be playing without runningback Ahmad Bradshaw. The Giants defense will hold the Saints in check just enough for Eli Manning to work enough voodoo in his New Orleans homecoming.
It will be close, I’m thinking somewhere along the lines of say, 20-17 Giants.

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With Week 7 Pick Princess Looks to End Two Game Losing Streak; Take The Chargers Over The Jets She Says

After starting off the football season with a perfect 4-0 winning streak of picking winners of NFL games this year, Princess the Camel of Popcorn Park Zoo, has had a little bad luck lately. She is now looking to reverse a two game losing streak after choosing the Jets to beat the Oakland Raiders in week 5 and the Buffalo Bills to defeat the Giants last week.

In an attempt to get back on track this week, Princess has decided that the San Diego Chargers will beat the NY Jets to bolster her record of picking game winners to a very respectable 5-2 by the end of Sunday’s game.
In speaking about Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan and the Jets in general Princess had this to say about why she chose the Chargers this week, “… with his team in disarray. You never know what to expect from him or them.
Is she right or will her losing streak continue dropping her record fall to 4-3 after Sunday? If you’re a Jets fan I know you think she is wrong, but we’ll have to wait until Sunday to find out.

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Princess The Camel Picks Jets Over Jags For Week Two

For all you football heads out there, week two of the NFL season is upon us and that prognosticating camel of Popcorn Park Zoo, Princess, is at it again; predicting the winners from the area’s 3 NFL team, Giants, Jets & Eagle.

This is Princesses fourth season of making game predictions and if you have followed her through the years like I have, you know that she has an uncanny ability at picking game winners. That’s why I try and devote post to her picks each week during the NFL season.

To open the season last week, Princess correctly chose the NY Jets to beat the Dallas Cowboy on Sunday night.

This week Princess goes to the well again and chooses the NY Jets to defeat the Jacksonville Jaguars, having this to say of the Jets and their coach Rex Ryan after coming back from a 10 point deficit to beat the Cowboys, “…whatever he’s selling, his players are buying, and they are playing real hard for him….”.

That seems like a good enough reason for me, now let’s see if it pans out on Sunday.

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>Same Old Jets – Princess’s Prediction Comes True

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Unfortunately for Jets fan all around the Country, Princess the Camel got this one correct. On Friday, the prognosticating camel of Popcorn Park Zoo, picked the Steelers to defeat the Jets in the NFL’s AFC Title game.

It’s the day after and all I can say is that nothing new has happened with the Jets, they are still the same old , snake bitting team they have always been. For the second time in as many seasons they lost in AFC Championship Game, the last hurdle to the Superbowl.

I think Princess was onto something, maybe all that trash talking by Rex Ryan and the hype that came from being on HBO’s sports anthology show “Hard Knocks” earlier this season was just to much to bare. Maybe now, Ryan has had that chip knocked off his shoulder and has learned that you should make promises that you can’t deliver on.
Even though I am a Giants fan and predicted a Steeler victory (24-17) which was nearly spot on, I really wanted the Jets to win and extend the football season for all NY fans. It is always more exciting to have a hometown team involved in a championship game or series. Having the Jets in the Superbowl, even though I would have been jealous, would have been exciting.
Oh well, as they say, better luck next year Jets. This just wasn’t your time to soar.

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