From today's Wall Street Journal
REVIEW & OUTLOOK
JANUARY 13, 2011
'Say No to Us'
Chris Christie's advice to the House GOP.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has a message for the new Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives. Visiting the Journal's offices on Wednesday, Mr. Christie advised GOP leaders to reject funding requests from Governors like him.
"Say no to us in terms of more money," said Mr. Christie. "We've got to walk the walk as Republicans . . . and now that we've got 29 Republican Governors, we shouldn't be lining up with our hands out saying, 'We know what we said, but come on, give us a little help here.'" It isn't every day that a politician asks that someone not send him money.
The governor explained that critical to the success of the new House majority is for GOP Members "to define success differently," so that a Representative is no longer measured based on how much federal funding he brings home to his district.
In suggesting that Congress deny funding requests from state governments, Mr. Christie is not simply adopting a principled pose. He said it would make his job easier if Washington said no more often. The Governor explained that if the Beltway crowd continues to spend recklessly, it may convince some voters that the spending orgy can go on forever, and these voters will then question whether their own states really need reform. "It doesn't help get the job done," he added, if there isn't a "consistent thematic across the country."
Mr. Christie reported that he has delivered his message directly to new Speaker of the House John Boehner. We're guessing that Mr. Boehner, a veteran of many budget wars, has rarely been visited by Governors suggesting that Congress write them smaller checks. Let's hope Mr. Christie is not the last.