By Minhaj Hassan | January 17th, 2013 - 5:18pm
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TRENTON - Gov. Chris Christie said the job numbers that were released today, coupled with the increase in income tax revenues, shows that December was a good month in terms of economic news for New Jersey.

Christie said it shows there’s “continued evidence of economic recovery.”

“What it tells you is that New Jersey is doing quite well.”

 That evidence, he said, is in contrast to the gloom and doom portrayal by state Democrats.

“The Democrats will see the rain coming out of the sky no matter how bright the sunshine is,” Christie said.

He called Senate President Stephen Sweeney’s criticism of his job creation policies “asinine.” In a release, Sweeney said Christie’s policies are failing.

“Really? Ask the 30,000 people back to work who think if that’s a failed policy or not,” Christie said. “Maybe he thought he was time transformed to the Corzine administration.”

“There’s no one who roots for failure more than the legislative Democrats because all they care about is taking back the governorship. They care about nothing else.

“And so they can continue to jawbone down the hall with their ridiculous jobs plan that just creates bigger, more expensive, more bloated government and do nothing to really help the job situation.

“I’m happy to continue to dig Sen. Sweeney and Speaker Oliver out of the hole they dug with their Democratic colleagues.”

In his release, Sweeney said that “We are no doubt going to hear glowing reviews from the administration on these latest figures of failure.  The truth remains: three years later and New Jersey’s unemployed are no better off under this governor.

“Enough is enough already.  When is the governor going to come up with any kind of plan to put people in this state back to work?  While he is busy erasing blackboards and acting like none of this is happening, people in this state are suffering under decade’s high unemployment.  They can’t keep their homes.  They can’t find access to affordable healthcare.”

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"And here was Christie — a tell-it-like-it-is, straight-talking, no-nonsense Jersey guy — telling about 60 members of the media what he really thought. 'Governor Branstad is a role model for me,' Christie gushed, referring to his 67-year-old counterpart from Iowa."

- The New York Times

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