My Boomershoot buddy sent me a link to a speech given by new New Jersey governor Chris Christie to about 200 mayors at the New Jersey Statehouse. About thirty minutes, no teleprompters, no notes (not even on his palms) and no holds barred. He pulled no punches and spared no feelings.
As he says (at about 20 minutes in):
Now when I was running for governor I told people repeatedly, from February to November, that I was committed to governing as a one-termer. Now a lot of people thought that was political rhetoric, to try to get elected, and a lot of people thought that I didn't really mean it. I hope that when you see what I've done in the first five weeks that you know I meant it. 'Cause man, if you're looking to get re-elected, this is not the kinda stuff you do.But it is the kind of stuff that has to be done. And it looks like the New Jersey electorate knows it.
If he manages to accomplish what he believes he needs to do, I would not be at all surprised to see New Jersey's economy rebound, their tax revenues rebound, and Christie get a second term through general acclaim.
And, of course, he'll be roundly denounced for failing on a campaign promise for doing so.
Give it a listen. It's damn seldom you hear a politician speak unvarnished truth.