Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Christie Has No Core Principles

The following letter to the editor from libertarian Dr. Murray Sabrin appeared in The Record of Bergen County.

Christie has no core principles

Regarding "He could've been a contender" (Opinion, Oct. 16):

Richard Muti, the former mayor of Ramsey, highlights Governor Christie's fall from being a leading contender for the Republican presidential nomination to an also-ran. Muti leaves out the most important reason Christie's presidential campaign imploded: He does not have core domestic and foreign policy principles that he deeply believes in.

Throughout his political career, Christie has been on both sides of key issues, including gun ownership restrictions, taxes and school spending. But more troubling was his belligerent foreign policy views during the campaign, namely that the U.S. government should continue intervening in the Middle East. In other words, the governor has been a consummate politician, holding up his fingers to see where the wind is blowing and crafting his message to the public.

As a former mayor, Muti should realize that governing is about horse trading — giving up something to get something. The 23-cent-a-gallon increase in the gas tax is one of the few things the state government gets right, that is, charge a fee for the use of a service.

The gas tax is really a user fee, similar to cellphone, cable and scores of other fees we pay to obtain services in the marketplace.

The increase could have been avoided if previous governors had increased it by a penny a year for the last 30 years, which would have eliminated the need to borrow to pay for transportation projects.

Murray Sabrin

Fort Lee, Oct. 17

The writer is a professor of finance at Ramapo College.


  1. Jersey's gun laws are insane. I grew up in Jersey, in the beautiful northwest mountains. The taxes there now are stultifying. Christie is a politician, like most in politics. There are few statesmen like Dr. Paul.

  2. I'm an outsider with regard to New Jersey's tax structure so perhaps they have safeguards in place to prevent what would otherwise be inevitable. I'm referring to the gasoline tax. Most states just spill all of their ill-gotten wealth together into one basket and then dole it out to the highest bidder. Does New Jersey somehow assure that their gasoline taxes go only to roads?