Oops! Chris Christie Admits Obama’s Economic Policies Have Worked, Economy Has Improved

chris-christie-jobsI love the two sided argument state-level Republicans (particularly governors) use when talking about our economy.  When speaking about President Obama and his policies, they’ll undoubtedly say his policies are failing and have hurt our economy.  Yet, when they’re trying to champion their own political successes, often the first numbers they cite are jobs numbers.

It’s always funny.  When a state’s jobs numbers are good, that state’s governor takes credit.  But when they’re bad, it’s because of the federal government.  Well, at least in the world of Republican “logic.”

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie made a statement recently where he touted the jobs success New Jersey has experienced, claiming that since 2010 the state has created 143,000 private-sector jobs.

A number the fact-checking website Politifact rated as “True.”

The time frame they used for their findings was from February 2010 (Christie’s first full month in office) until August 2013 (the last month we have finalized jobs data).  And it’s true — in that time frame, the state of New Jersey did create 143,000 private-sector jobs.

Oh, but what also happened in February 2010?  Well, that would be the first month of the ongoing 44 consecutive months that the United States has experienced private-sector job growth.

So, let’s see.  Chris Christie is claiming that his “leadership” has resulted in 143,000 private-sector jobs (a “True” statement) starting the very first full month he assumed office.  You know, when his policies had absolutely no impact on New Jersey’s economy.  

But that was when the country as a whole experienced its first month (first of what would be 44 consecutive months — and counting) of private-sector job growth.  You know, when President Obama’s economic policies began to show their true impact following the worst economic crash our country had seen in nearly a century.

Now, if Christie had just taken office (meaning it was impossible his policies had any chance at having an impact on New Jersey’s economy as of yet) and private-sector job growth was already established (and continues to grow to this day) it’s clear that his leadership wasn’t the triggering point for that job growth.

In other words, either the private-sector job growth is due in part to his predecessor — or the successful economic policies of the Obama administration triggered it.

Oh, and so much for that “job-killing Obamacare,” huh?

So the way I look at it is, Christie must believe President Obama’s policies have been a massive success.  Not only has “Obamacare” not destroyed job creation (since he’s bragging about the job growth over the last three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed), but he clearly believes that the economic policies pushed by President Obama have been highly successful.  Especially considering the job growth which he’s bragging about began during his first month in office—when his policies would have had absolutely no impact.

But President Obama’s clearly did, considering Christie’s first full month in office was the beginning of our current 44 consecutive months of private-sector job creation.  So yes, congrats on those 143,000 jobs, governor.  I hope to see the number continue to rise.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Matt Begley

    Despite his being a republican he has gone against the GOP agenda more than once, especially when it had to do with the citizens of his state. He’s the most reasonable republican out there.

    • Stephen Barlow

      The most reasonable on that still has a job…

    • MiMg

      If you call being anti gay, anti minimum wage, anti-voting, anti-minority, anti-woman “reasonable”

  • Keith Piper

    I really thank Rachel for her ability to cut through Republican B.S. No one does it better. Keep it up Rachel.

    • MiMg

      I agree, Rachel Maddow is one of the best ever!

  • Stephen Barlow

    I love how Rachel shows (with great lead up fanfare and glee) the massive hypocrisy that has been hobbling America for a decade.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      a decade? look up what SAINT Reagan did to this country,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,starting with selling our debt to china/ nearly tripling deficit as well as the mass exodus of outsourcing our manufacturing jobs overseas,,,,,,,,,SAINT REAGAN

      • Joebobjones

        Over 70%? Please give us some data. Until then, you dance on air, HM.

      • MiMg

        I’ve started both a facebook group and a page dedicated to how Reagan was one of the WORST presidents (anti gay anti minimum wage antivoting antitax (the rich) etc

      • regressive rightwing trash

        with due respect—Reagan was a GREAT American!!! crappy as all hell president ( domestic “policy”) but a well liked and wealthy man,,,which is all the regressive RIGHTING TRASH decry!!! Hannity/ Huckabee/Limbaugh/O’reilly et al——— all wealthy capitalizing financially upon the lemming-esque “thinking” of white trash CHRISTIAN rightwing scum,,,, they also are great americans in THAT vein

      • regressive rightwing trash

        hey gerbil droppings— JOB??? JOB??? Ive been a self employed WHITE chef living in and working in south FLA and its 70% of regressive white trash pseudo-Christians who watch FOX “news” who are crying….especially with the 2016-2024 Hillary administration enveloping the American skyline. NOTE: my TENT is a PAID FOR 2200 sq ft condo (top floor facing east) one block from atlantic ocean in nirvana-esque pompano beach ( see: FT.L) florida where I was hatched from my egg. fat boy? 6’2 210 athletic lbs ( basketball/weightlifting/surfing/scuba) and im not interested in “phallus” ( C’ept my own entering slim big chested women) so I hate peeing on your infantile regressive crybaby post but–as expected– facts are NOT a part of your atavistic mentality

  • Gabriel Gentile

    I still don’t trust him.

  • joecooling

    When Kristy beats Hillary he will flip flop and turn back into the real big mouthed bully Republican he is,

    • MiMg

      Just to be clear, Christie is down by over TEN points in the polls, he is NEVER going to beat Hillary

      • strayaway

        “Christie takes 43 percent in the Quinnipiac poll, compared with 42 percent for Clinton. Christie’s strength comes in part from his strong showing among independents: He leads among the group by 16 points, 48 percent to 32 percent.” -from a Politico article of 11/13/13
        Christie has sided with the neocon status quo wing of the Republican party which has a lot in common with status quo Democrats. One thing that might hurt Hillary is that she voted to empower Bush to decide whether or not to attack Iraq. I suspect that Christie would have voted the same way but at least that smear isn’t on his record.

      • MiMg

        Christie will NEVER be Hillary, the polls already show him losing EVEN in HIS OWN STATE!

      • joecooling

        I hope so.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      beat her at what? hot dog eating?

      • joecooling

        That too.

  • Short Stack

    But he never stated what methods were used, and obamacare is killing jobs, no one can get a full-time job around here, so everyone is getting part-time jobs and corporations and companies have to hire more people so they don’t have to pay for any ones obamacare. It’s hurting people, badly, and the economy. Your blindness to believe that Obama is screwing us is sad. He hasn’t helped any American since he took office. Those are facts, your blog here is nothing more than theory and speculation that Obama freaks will believe.

    • regressive rightwing trash

      he helped FOX “news” satiate regressive crybabies for 5 yrs

    • Bil Wood

      The Republican CEO’s started gutting benefits for employees and cutting hours well before the ACA was ever voted on and approved and the stats and numbers back that up. Obamacare as you call it has nothing to do with the bottom feeding billionaires you speak of cutting jobs. Also you are insane if you cannot see gas prices are down , jobs are coming back , the housing market has recovered in some of the worst areas , and all this was accomplished while the GOP tried everything in their power to stop all of it no ,matter who they hurt in a effort to make Obama look bad and that is on record that they said that was their plan…. SO maybe Short Stack you need to cut off FOX News and let that feces they have filled your head with run out and then go do some reading and understand a few facts and stats that you seem to ignore. I suggest you tilt your head to the left and the right for the best drainage of the brown matter clouding your mind.

  • strayaway

    The reasoning in this article is questionable. The economic effects of the (un)ACA would affect the entire Country somewhat evenly one way or the other. Democrats criticize Republicans who blame the (un)ACA for contributing toward the high unemployment rates by responding that the (un)ACA hasn’t even gone into effect yet (until recently). This article reverses that conclusion by suggesting that the (un)ACA hasn’t damaged New Jersey’s unemployment rate “since he’s bragging about the job growth over the last three years since the Affordable Care Act was passed”. Democrats can’t have it both ways. We don’t know if unemployment would be higher or lower because of the (un)ACA in New Jersey.

    All sorts of things could result in higher employment in New Jersey. Maybe Christie deregulated parts of the economy. Maybe the hurricane created a lot of temporary construction jobs. I don’t know that much about New Jersey to give a reason. What I am trying to say was that Christie was trying to claim credit for something he may or may not be responsible for and that without knowing more, it is difficult to attribute those jobs to Christie, the President, a hurricane, or some other combination of factors.