Governor Christie to Governor Malloy: Read the Governor’s owners manual and get back to me. UPDATE: Full video links

This is classic Christie and a shot across the bow of a Governor who called him “bombastic”. Juicy stuff for you conservatives from this morning’s Joe. Game on!

Both New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy were guests on the Morning Joe this morning. A tale of two takes on a budget crisis.

Chris Christie has been able to balance a budge in far worse shape than Connecticut without raising taxes … Dan Malloy has proposed the largest tax increase in the state’s history … by my count … more than $2 billion dollars in tax increases over two years, detailed here.

Mika asks Christie why he can’t be more like Malloy who has called for shared sacrifice in balancing the budget. Christie’s response is pure Christie. I ‘ll be standing at the border with open arms to welcome Connecticut.


The following is Malloy’s response. Hey, we’re better than some other states. Oh brother. Welcome to Connecticut, we’re not as bad as New York. Nice slogan. BTW, make special note of the states Governor Malloy thinks borders Connecticut.


UPDATE: My bad for not giving you the links to the full MSNBC Video. I apologize. They’re a bit long but the full segments are well worth watching and provide a good contrast in the two leaders.

Morning Joe with Governor Christie and Governor Malloy is here.

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  1. Marilyn on February 23, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Why can’t we be China, just for a day.? We could shoot all those conservatives

  2. rjan on February 23, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Christie is a phony conservative. If you look at his budget he is spending money on programs that republicans hate. Malloy is setting it straight you know where Ct. is headed. New Jersey as a state is terrible Have you ever sat in traffic on Rt. 1,9 or the turnpike? Asmart buisness will come to Ct. because with Malloy and the majority?democratic legislators they will be able to plan? for the future. In Nj. with a mixed bag government no one knows day to day what they are going to fight about with Christie who is putting on a great show and making his state look stupid. Go Malloy!!!

  3. RoBrDona on February 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Oooh I love Trolls. Let’s review?the the future under Gov. Malloy:

    The best and brightest are leaving CT for good jobs elsewhere.? Yes, even to NJ, and yes, even Dems.

    Smart businesses are already leaving the state due to the?HIGHEST taxation and peripheral costs in the nation.

    Malloy is choosing to?RAISE those taxes AGAIN.

    The only Democrat plan for the future is to suck the state dry to protect their own: the?unions, and to buy votes from the?entrenched victim class.??Crawl back under your rock and saw off a piece from your free five pound block of cheese.
    If left in this present condition you can kiss goodbye to the CT we once loved,?which oddly, protects and succors?you same moronic trolls who will be left holding the bag. (And be assured the bag won’t have money or jobs or blocks of cheese in it).?

  4. rjan on February 23, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    RoBrDona you sound like a typical no nothing because you resort to calling people names .If people don’t like Ct. they should try to get more like minded as themselves to vote. Don’t blame others for your parties in action. I know it must be hard to be in a minroty?but you can leave if you want. But soon there will be no where for you to go, because the say everything and do nothing republicans will be losers. Take my word for it, don’ t jump fight for it?maybe then you will be free!!!

  5. TomL on February 23, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    whats going to happen when the cart pullers are gone.

  6. winnie888 on February 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    WOW!? Mika couldn’t resist that last shot in reference to Christie losing weight, “You could do better”!!!? Nothing like ending with an insult.
    As for the second video…what is there to say?? He thinks 4 states border CT and the overused “CT is open for business” is becoming an empty, tired slogan with this guy.
    When it comes to the battle of the NJ gov vs. the CT gov-in-training, the best thing Malloy could do would be to avoid intellectually sparring with someone as clever and determined as Christie.

  7. rjan on February 23, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Tom l the cart pullers will never leave that is my point. They make good money here not in the sticks.

  8. Dimsdale on February 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    When the point that Mercedes picked Alabama over CT to build cars, Malloy comes back with “we build jet engines”.
    Didn’t Tricky Dick have to sue P&W to stay here, or at least not reduce their presence?
    As for “New Jersey as a state is terrible”, it was decades of “fine” Democrat “leadership” that got it that way, and CT is trying to follow in the old corrupt footsteps of the previous NJ administrations, where no tax is a bad tax.
    Why would anyone assume that the “cart pullers” will never leave?? They can make good money anywhere, not just CT, and probably more money elsewhere!? When the tax burdens exceed the costs of pulling up roots, they will be gone in a NY minute.
    With Christie, NJ is recovering from stupid, not going there.

  9. TomL on February 23, 2011 at 5:05 pm

    ?@Winnie Christie can stay on his diet and continue to lose weight, but Mika can never grow a brain. This is one cart puller who will be heading out before next winter. I can run my business from anywhere.?

  10. sammy22 on February 23, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Where is Sarah?

  11. porschepete on February 23, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Hay rjan Just try to run a small businesses in ct you’ll find out you have?new partners( the fed,state,& city).
    Try working 12-16 hours?a day?7 days a week from April- December then they ?come to?you for more money you would POed too.?Yes we make jet engins BUT NOT FOR LONG East Hartford is going to rise the property taxes on them.We can wave good bye from the “Rent”?

  12. rjan on February 23, 2011 at 6:34 pm

    To all the cry babies that run buisnesses, if all you do is think about taxes then you should go out of buisness. Take some of that energy and use it to improve yourselves. The real buisnesses compete with others and not worry about petty stuff. Part of running a good buisness is treating your employees right and paying taxes. You are lucky to have a buisness stop crying.???

  13. Dimsdale on February 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    Clearly, you (rjan) do not run a business.? When all a business can think about is taxes (i.e. when they are so intrusive that they interfere with the course of business), they go where the taxes are less onerous, not out of business, simultaneously improving themselves.? Taxes are part of the cost of doing business, not something they can ignore.? A business making an item in a high tax state cannot compete with another company making the same (or similar) item in a low tax state.? If they do so, THAT is when they go out of business.
    Recent events have shown that all the “crybabies” are in the public sector.? Or “in the cart” if you prefer.

  14. crystal4 on February 23, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    LOL @ Sammy!

  15. steve418r on February 23, 2011 at 7:35 pm

    We all saw it coming when Malloy was running for office. The claims of 2 billion from public sector unions are impossible any way you cut it. Just more lies to get elected, and now… look out you hard working taxpayers, the tax takers are in position to leach off us for the next six years. There will be absolutely no reduction in spending, just more taxes. A lot more taxes.
    We are nearing retirement, and we will be relocating.

  16. crystal4 on February 23, 2011 at 8:10 pm

    “New Jersey’s sales tax as of today is 7 percent. New Jersey’s income tax today has a maximum rate of 8.97 percent. New Jersey’s corporate tax ranges up to 9 percent. So if he’s waiting for Connecticut jobs to move to New Jersey, he should not hold his breath,” Dannel Malloy

  17. sammy22 on February 23, 2011 at 8:19 pm

    Way to go crystal4. More often than not, there is a lot of whining and not enough constructive dialogue by people posting comments on this blog, and naturally the grass is always greener somewhere else.

  18. Law-AbidingCitizen on February 23, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    A good friend just retired. Yup, he was a 35-year union man. He looked at what he and his wife were bringing in for income (pension, S.S., 401k, etc., and said, “Westward ho!” and promptly moved to Utah.
    Here is a life-long union man and his small-business wife. Well, she has had it with the taxes, fees, filing costs, and on and on just to run her business. Everyone from the town, state and fed. gov. had a hand in her small business’s pocket. She had had enough. He, a life-long drainer of the public till, simply added up all of the coasts of living on retirement and Utah was their answer.
    My wife still has her business going and she is looking at starting another year (she’s in horticulture). We see the accountant next week, and there is just a hint that there may be just one less “mad gardener” here when the dust settles and another additional set of retirees headed to the Utah area.

    The taxes are too high here and the cost of running a business are just too high; add to this the cost of running a company vehicle, plus our private vehicle, (upkeep and gas = $$$$$ for a truck and a car) and the commutes to jobs just gets longer and longer. Hey, I love Connecticut but, we have to be practical; we need some enlightened leadership (something that is sorely lacking here for many years) in Connecticut or Connecticut will be just like its border states. (New Jersey does not border Connecticut: I’m sure that Gov. Malloy has heard enough of that one. Will he learn?)
    The wonderful thing about plants is that they grow all across the United States. And, in the sunnier latitudes, even more plants grow. It will be a tough break but, will we leave willingly or be pushed out of Connecticut by the combined costs? There is a limit to what people will pay for keeping their property looking nice; they will practice what Connecticut needs to put into action, they will down-size what they spend for garden maintenance.
    More brain drain and another business not paying for our exorbitant public sector.

  19. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Even the Kennedy family copped Florida’s lack of an estate tax when Rose Kennedy died: they claimed she was a resident of FL even though she hadn’t been in the state for over a decade.
    Where do you think all the fine Democrat legislators from MA retire: Jupiter, FL (or thereabouts).? Where did John Forbes Kerry moor his newest yacht (hint: RI, where there was no taxes on said yacht, saving him (well, his wife) a half million dollars.
    Nope.? Nobody goes where taxes are lower.? Nosiree.

  20. Don Lombardo on February 24, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Christie is a leader, Malloy is a kool-ade drinking liberal follower.

  21. joegutter on February 24, 2011 at 4:26 am

    Sammy22 Said "Way to go crystal4. More often than not, there is a lot of whining and not enough constructive dialogue by people posting comments on this blog"

    Um all she did was repeat what someone else (Malloy) said?  Instead of just reading the one liners that don't have ANY CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE by the left wingers why don't you try to actual read what some of the other comments given by Dimsdale, lawabidingcitizen, steve418, porshepete & robrdona!  All of them have given great debate points?  You want to talk about NON CONSTRUCTIVE DIALOGUE lets look at the very 1st post (by a lefty ofcourse).

    Marilyn Said "Why can’t we be China, just for a day.  We could shoot all those conservatives"

    Lefties complain about civil discourse all the time yet they are the ones who seem to be the farthest from it!  The proof is in the pudding.  No better way to start off good constructive dialogue then to say "We could shoot all those conservatives"!  That's Nice Real Nice!

    And Rjan – if I paid less in taxes for my small business I could actually afford to pay my employees a little more!



  22. rjan on February 24, 2011 at 5:56 am

    Well I proved my point again. Everyone has to pay taxes including me. Everyone wants services but they are not free.It would be nice if we could live in a perfect world of utopia, but that was changed at the beginning of time with Adam and Eve.  Once again you business owners that have to base your salaries on taxes, maybe you shouldn't run a business because it shows you have no clue on how it is done. Let the big boys take over your enterprise and stop crying. That is why WALMART the conservative model should  apply to you. They pay taxes and keep prices low.

    They don't have unions and I bet you don't either. So go compete  and shut up, and if you can't win join them.

  23. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 6:25 am

    You have yet to prove you have even the slightest clue about running a business, rjan.  Part of competition is keeping costs low, and part of that is paying as few taxes as possible.  Taxes are frequently more about income redistribution than providing needed services.


    Not everybody pays the same taxes, some little or none, so I don't know what you proved to yourself, other than what we all suspected…

  24. rjan on February 24, 2011 at 6:40 am

    If you can't compete get out of the way. If your whole business revolves around taxes then you can't run one properly. There are plenty of great companies that do a wonderful job and provide great services pay taxes and don't complain. Listen to big daddy RUSH be creative and make more cash and support the services you demand or go live on an island in paradise.  

  25. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 6:53 am

    Here is another point for you to ignore: taxation is not competition.  It is confiscation, frequently without representation, particularly if you are a business.  Every time money changes hands, the government is there with its hand out too.


    How do you know who is complaining about taxes?  NOBODY likes to pay taxes, particularly Democrats.  See my previous post (seven up).


    When taxes become so onerous that your business starts to revolve around them, it is time to move, which is what you always hear Democrats crying about.  You make your bed,  you lie in it.

  26. Tim-in-Alabama on February 24, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Why did Christie say Malloy has to “read the governors owner manual”? Malloy can’t read.

  27. crystal4 on February 24, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Why is everyone "moving" as steve (above) when they retire?

    Why not go now?

    hmmm…is it because the pay is higher here-the schools are better? the quality of life better for working families? Do you think that is free???

    BTW, knew many couples that went south or west-where housing, etc. was cheaper-the pay stunk and the schools were ones that you wou;d never send your kids to.

    Where there were top-rated schools-the cost of living and taxes were as high, or higher than here.

  28. PatRiot on February 24, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    All that politicians need to feed their spending habit is for taxpayers to do nothing or fight amongst themselves.

    Press for efficiencies in the state well before taxing us folks.

    If we have the best welfare packages in the US, then that needs to change.  Folks will wander off to the state with the best deal.  Don't swing the pendulum all the way, just more towards a balance.  Folks receiving welfare should be drug tested.  Their cable TV should be limited to learning programs – child and adult.  Accountablilty and value for the investment as well a mechanism to escape poverty.

    One caller from Florida said that 2 counties down there had just as many students as all of CT and only had 2 Superintendants of schools.  Why all the duplication of positions? 

  29. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    One reason people move is death, er, estate taxes.  Florida has none.  Ask the Kennedys.

    Everything is relative: what good is higher pay when the cost of living is high as well?   Schools?  You don't have to look far in CT to find "schools you would never send your kids to".  Housing?  It usually is prices according to what the market will bear: higher incomes will create higher housing costs.  I doubt your friends left simply for cheaper housing.  there must be other reasons (surely not taxes!).


    I will ask you the analogous question: if it is soooo great here with all the taxes, quality of life etc., why isn't everyone from those "lowly" states you mock coming here?

  30. Dimsdale on February 24, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    A parasite that kills the host is a very unsuccessful, short lived parasite…


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