Chris Christie, the Republican governor of New Jersey who has consistently been championed as a “fiscal conservative,” has a real soft spot for several of his state’s “too big to fail” private projects. These projects include the massive retail/entertainment/sports/dining complex at the Meadowlands and the Revel casino project in Atlantic City. Governor Christie has made his state, which is in perilous financial condition, equity partners in the two projects.
Meanwhile a court order is forcing Governor Christie to increase the state’s contribution to public schools:
The New Jersey Supreme Court ordered the Christie administration on Tuesday to increase state education aid by $500 million in the coming school year, saying it had failed to meet its constitutional obligation to provide adequate educational resources for poor and minority children…
… Stephen M. Sweeney, the Senate president, said that Mr. Christie “was well aware that his draconian cuts to education were illegal,” and noted that during his 2009 campaign, the governor vowed not to cut school aid.
Yes to gambling and shopping and no to education — there is something horribly wrong with this picture.