DNC - MEMO: Brown and Havenstein Want to Bring Christie's Failed Leadership to NH

From: DNC Regional Press Secretary Ian Sams and NHDP Communications Director Julie McClain

To: Interested Parties

Date: September 17, 2014

Re: Brown and Havenstein Want to Bring Christie’s Failed Leadership to New Hampshire


Today, Republican candidates in New Hampshire are welcoming failed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to the Granite State. As Maryland’s Walt Havenstein and Massachusetts’s Scott Brown campaign with New Jersey’s Christie, one thing is abundantly clear – all three of these Republicans stand at odds with New Hampshire’s values and priorities.


Granite Staters want leaders who support equal pay for women, would push for raising the minimum wage and stand up for middle class families over special interests including Wall Street and the Koch brothers. On all three counts, Republicans strike out. And what’s worse perhaps is that Brown and Havenstein are seeking to emulate Chris Christie’s disastrous economic record if they’re elected.


The Disastrous Christie Economic Agenda


Chris Christie has become the GOP’s poster child for failed economic leadership and complete budget mismanagement. Just take a look at the numbers:


  • ·         8
  • ·         48th 
  • ·         20 percent


Christie’s failures to lead a “New Jersey Comeback” in the Garden State hasn’t kept desperate Republicans in New Hampshire from welcoming him to the Granite State. And that’s no surprise – Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown would emulate Christie’s failed leadership if they’re elected.


Walt Havenstein and Chris Christie Have a Lot in Common


Walt Havenstein’s past gives us good insight into how he’d run New Hampshire as governor – and it looks a lot like Chris Christie’s New Jersey. Under Christie’s watch, New Jersey’s credit rating has been downgraded eight times, while during Havenstein’s tenure as CEO of defense contractor SAIC, the company lost millions of dollars in revenue and its stock value plummeted. On jobs – New Jersey has regained less than half the jobs it lost in the recession, while SAIC shed thousands of jobs during Havenstein’s disastrous time as CEO.


This is the record Chris Christie brought to New Jersey and that Walt Havenstein would bring to Concord – and it’s one that would drive the Granite State’s economy into the ground.


Chris Christie & Scott Brown – Big Money’s Favorite Footsoldiers


Not only is Christie here to campaign with Havenstein and Brown, but he’s here to lay the groundwork for his potential presidential bid – trying to boost his optics for the same kind of big-money, out-of-state donor network that is bankrolling Scott Brown’s campaign. As Christie endorses Brown, it’s worth noting that Big Oil, Wall Street and other special interests are spending millions to try to buy New Hampshire’s Senate seat for their reliable footsoldier Scott Brown. Christie knows a thing or two about putting the interests of big money and big corporations ahead of creating jobs or helping working families. As we pointed out above, New Jersey has significantly increased corporate tax breaks under Christie, but his $4 billion giveaway has been unsuccessful in creating jobs. And on issues from equal pay to raising the minimum wage, Christie and Brown stand at odds with working women and families.


Like Christie, if Scott Brown is elected, he would be a reliable voice for special interests and Big Money – not for New Hampshire’s middle class families.


The Bottom Line


On issue after issue, the leadership offered by Chris Christie, Walt Havenstein and Scott Brown would further hurt the economy, wreck budgets, and leave working families out to dry. New Hampshire deserves leaders like Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan who put the interests of the middle class first – from pushing to raise the minimum wage to ensuring equal pay to easing the financial burden on students. Whether it’s Governor Hassan expanding Medicaid or Senator Shaheen supporting our veterans and voting for paycheck fairness, they bring commonsense leadership to work for Granite Staters every day and will continue to do so long after November.


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