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N.J. Governor Christie Stumps for Walker at Oak Creek Campaign Stop

Showing his support for the Republican Wisconsin governor, Chris Christie said the situation facing New Jersey was similar to that in the Badger State.

Lightning rods, GOP rock stars — Chris Christie and Scott Walker share some of the same labels on the national political scene.

On Tuesday, they shared a stage in Oak Creek, as the New Jersey governor rallied a partisan crowd to support Walker in the June 5 recall election.

Christie said New Jersey faced some of the same challenges as Wisconsin when he took office. Like Walker, he followed a Democratic administration and was forced to take on a massive deficit with a population already overtaxed, he said.

He fixed those problems, and now New Jersey residents and businesses are reaping the benefits, Christie said. Taxes for businesses were already cut and income taxes will be cut later this year.

"What I want to do is give Scott and you in Wisconsin a little preview of what good conservative governance can do for a state," Christie said to roars from a crowd of about 200.

Walker and Christie, along with Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who is also facing a recall, appeared at family-owned KEI landscaping company, 824 E. Rawson Ave.

Walker said it was 20 years to the day that he and his wife, Tonette, went on their first date. He talked about the role his family has played since he became governor, saying it's where he draws his strength in the face of protests over his policies.

"What we did this last year wasn't about politics," Walker said. "People ask me all the time, where'd this all come from? I'll give you two simple places -- one's called Matthew, the other's callled Alexander. Those are my two boys. 

"We make the tough choices in our life, not just in politics but in all that we do, and we do it for our kids. We do it for our grandkids."

Christie, noting the Stand With Walker campaign signs, said it's actually the other way around -- "Scott Walker stands with you."

He said the eyes of the nation will be on Wisconsin June 5.

"New Jersey and Wisconsin, two states that in many ways couldn't be (more) different, but in many other ways share so many of the same problems," Christie said. "And now are benefitting from the common-sense solutions that are being put forward by two guys who care more about making the lives of all of our friends and neighbors better than they care about preserving their own political careers.

"I cannot wait to be sitting in my living room on Tuesday, June 5, and watch Wisconsin make America proud again."

Ahead of the appearance, the state Democratic Party released a statement criticizing the two governors for policies it said has hurt the middle class.

"Chris Christie and Scott Walker have been leaders, each in their own way, in shrinking the middle class, rolling back the freedoms their states have enjoyed and salting the earth for the working families they were put into office to serve," Democratic Party of Wisconsin Chair Mike Tate said Tuesday. "In the radical, divisive and publicity-seeking way that each has gone about their business, each must find quite a bit to admire in the other."

Mike in OC May 02, 2012 at 10:02 PM
@Bren Talgo should have never gotten that contract in the first place, it should have gone to SuperSteel.... but then there couldnt be this grand photo opp with Doyle and Barrett. Talgo is pulling the maintence shed out because they are pissed with Walker and thats all that is. Re: Christie... if Walker had Ghandi in stumping for him, you would have found something bad to say about him too. Just saying....
Mike in OC May 02, 2012 at 10:05 PM
@Bren should auto insurance companies be forced to charge the same rate for people from different risk groups? auto insurance is mandated by the state.... just wondering your thoughts on that? women drivers tend to have lower auto insurance rates then men....
Mike in OC May 02, 2012 at 11:20 PM
@Bren 18,780 filled out applications for retirement according to this article in the Wisconsin State Journal..... http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/govt-and-politics/government-workers-retired-in-in-record-numbers/article_814ab01c-3d7e-11e1-be4e-001871e3ce6c.html
GearHead May 03, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Thanks Mike. Bren, where did you go?
Steve Ebbie May 03, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I do not want to be responsible to others that's why the individual mandate is important to me. What I glean from your response is that the Insurance Industry should not be mandated to only make a 20% profit on premiums collected. This is at the heart of someone sitting behind a desk denying coverages to bloat profits. While this might be ok in some businesses... we are talking health care here. Ever had a serious illness to deal with and then get hit with "we will not cover that"? Disgusting.

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