Chris Christie and hints of what’s to come

CHRIS CHRISTIE AND HINTS OF WHAT’S TO COME…. We talked earlier about the fact that the Republican agenda is clear — cut spending, reduce the size of government, cut taxes — but the details remain elusive. We don’t know what the GOP would cut, or by how much, or who would be affected. We don’t which taxes the GOP would cut, or by how much, or to whose benefit. The details matter.

Reader L.G. reminds me, however, that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), just four months into office, is offering a blueprint of the kind of decisions we might see mirrored in D.C. in the event of a Republican takeover. In particular, Christie is slashing spending on everything from schools to first responders to mass transit to health care.

Republicans and their allies are giddy over Christie’s budget ax. A fair number of his constituents are less impressed.

More than 30,000 angry New Jersey residents marched to the state capitol Saturday, delivering a blistering message to the governor in an effort to protect their turf and their paychecks.

At times resembling both a rock concert and a pep rally, more than 30,000 union employees and community activists gathered for a massive protest at the capitol to blast the governor.

Lately, it seems the only people taking to the streets are those who want to increase the burdens on working families. It’s nice to see the opposite, for a change.

Indeed, Eric Boehlert reminds us that the “conservative Woodstock” in Nevada in March drew a whopping 10,000 people, and the media covered it extensively. “That massive NJ crowd blows away the turnout for virtually every state-run Tea Party rally held over the last year,” Boehlert noted. But don’t tell reporters, many of whom seem convinced that the Tea Party movement remains hugely important and growing by the day.”