The region's most respected newspapers are lining up to endorse Christopher Christie in the Republican primary.
They recognize that New Jersey is broke and Christie can fix it. Here are some excerpts:
Asbury Park Press: "He is bright, has the leadership skills needed to govern, the backbone needed to stand up to what is sure to be a Democratic-controlled Legislature - at least for the first two years of the governorship - and the powers of persuasion needed to help sell his program." (Editorial, "Opt for Christie in Republican Primary," Asbury Park Press, 05/28/09)
Daily Record: "Throwing bad guys in jail may have no direct correlation with reforming property taxes or how to deal with the Highlands Act, but an ability to get things done does. The leadership and boldness he showed as U.S. attorney earns Christie the chance to compete in the governor's race. He is the best choice for Republicans..." (Editorial, "Republicans should pick him on Tuesday," 05/31/09)
The Record: "Christie is the best choice among three candidates for the GOP nomination." (Editorial, "A reasoned fighter," The Record, 05/28/09)
New York Post: "...he's made clear that he means to pare down the state's bloated public workforce, reduce New Jersey's soaring debt and end one-shot revenue gimmicks." (Editorial, "Christie for Jersey," New York Post, 05/26/09)
Philadelphia Inquirer: "The Inquirer endorses [Christie] in the Republican primary. Christie is the most electable candidate - so much so that Democrats have tried to boost the prospects of right-wing rival Steve Lonegan." (Editorial, "Christie in GOP primary," Philadelphia Inquirer, 05/24/09)
Recorder Newspapers: "Our nod in the Republican primary, therefore, goes to Chris Christie, whose tax policies...are more in line with the diverse nature of New Jersey's needs and its current fiscal crisis than the views expressed by Lonegan." (Editorial, "Christie for GOP nomination for governor," Recorder Newspapers, 05/22/09)