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DNC Response to Chris Christie's Demand For An Apology

The DNC released the following response on Chris Christie’s demand for the media to apologize for its coverage of the Bridgegate scandal:


“Oh. Right. Never mind the fact that his incompetent leadership wrecked the state budget, led to a record nine credit downgrades, the highest property taxes in the nation, and one of the worst rates of job growth in the country. Never mind the fact that there is still an ongoing investigation, and that he created a culture that led to Bridgegate. Chris Christie is the victim here, and he’s got low poll numbers because people love him so much.  If you buy that, then we’ve got a closed bridge to sell you.” –Kaylie Hanson, DNC spokesperson


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DNC - Jeb calls believing in climate science "intellectual arrogance"

Tonight in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush asserted that believing the science that climate change is man-made is "intellectual arrogance."


Full quote: "It's just convoluted and for the people who say the science is decided on this, it's just really arrogant to be honest with you. It's intellectual arrogance..."


"Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists agree that human activity has led to climate change.  Ninety-seven percent.  But Jeb Bush thinks they’re wrong.  Who’s being intellectually arrogant now?" – Holly Shulman, DNC National Press Secretary


DNC Response to Chris Christie Interview 

Tonight, Chris Christie was interviewed on Fox News by Megyn Kelly and proved once again that his ambition is clouding his judgment. Below are responses from DNC National Press Secretary Holly Shulman on the key issues discussed:

On Christie’s belief that New Jersey doesn’t want him to run for President because they like him too much: “Right. Probably has nothing to do with gross fiscal and economic mismanagement that led to a record nine credit downgrades, huge budget shortfall that he slashed pension payments to fill, lagging job growth, or skyrocketing property tax hikes.  It’s because they love him.”

On Christie’s opposition to a pathway to citizenship: “This is Christie’s latest desperate attempt to put his political ambitions above the interests of everyone else and attract the most extreme members of the Republican party to his failing campaign for President. It won’t work for Christie or any other Republican running for President.”

Regardless of whether or not there will be any further indictments in the Bridgegate scandal: “Chris Christie is kidding himself if he thinks he’s disconnected from the Bridgegate scandal. A majority of New Jersey voters believe that Governor Christie personally knew that his aides were causing the traffic jam. But while the scandal has hurt his credibility with voters, it’s his reckless policies that drove New Jersey into the ground that disqualify him from higher office.”

On foreign policy: “All Chris Christie has to show for himself on foreign policy is a series of embarrassing headlines and lack of understanding for our nation’s role in the world. He’s turned to George W. Bush’s policy advisers for help and fumbled his way through a few trips abroad to try and get smarter on foreign policy. That strategy has backfired, and shows he can’t be taken seriously on world affairs.”


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DNC - Washington Post: If you liked Mitt Romney’s tax plan, you can keep it, Chris Christie says 

Washington Post: If you liked Mitt Romney’s tax plan, you can keep it, Chris Christie says




The tax plan Chris Christie proposed this week feels familiar.


In a speech Tuesday, the Republican governor of New Jersey argued that reforming the tax code is vital to economic growth. He proposed lowering tax rates across the board. To make up for the fact that the Treasury would be taking in less money in taxes, he'd eliminate special exemptions and deductions, which would also simplify the system.


In other words, Christie is standing on a very similar platform that former Massachusetts governor and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney did just three short years ago.


Christie has not said that he will run for the GOP nomination next year, but he did give the speech in New Hampshire, a state with an early primary.


He called for collapsing the personal income tax brackets into just three, all of them with lower rates and with a top marginal rate of 28 percent. By getting rid of tax breaks, he said he'd make sure that these adjustments didn't expand the deficit.


There are a few breaks Christie wants to keep -- in particular, the deductions for charitable donations and for interest paid on a mortgage for a taxpayer's first home. Instead, he floated a cap on the total exemptions and deductions that any taxpayer can use to lower her bill, an idea that Romney also suggested in a debate.


Like Christie, Romney was looking for ways to raise more money, as his plan also cut marginal rates for all taxpayers, reducing them by 20 percent.


As the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center concluded at the time, it was "not mathematically possible" for Romney to achieve his goal of lowering tax rates without forcing the government to borrow more -- unless he was planning on effectively raising taxes for the poor and middle class, while reducing them for the country's wealthiest citizens.


Many of the breaks that Romney suggested eliminating help taxpayers with more modest incomes. Wealthier people have larger houses, so they're able to deduct much more in mortgage interest -- but only up to a certain point. As Josh Barro explained for Bloomberg at the time, taxpayers with incomes over $200,000 earned 26 percent of all income in 2009, but received only 12 percent of all exemptions and deductions.


The Tax Policy Center's analysis of Romney's plan assumed that reducing tax rates would stimulate economic growth, but the growth wasn't enough to make up the difference.


That mathematical reality contrasted with the rhetoric of Christie's speech. He said that President Obama's policies had widened the gap between rich and poor. A different approach would create faster growth, Christie said, helping the middle class.


"Why has the income of middle-class Americans not grown for 15 years?" the governor asked. "Until we answer that question and fix that problem, the anxiety and unhappiness that weigh on middle-class America will not be resolved."


Christie's plan is less dramatic than those proposed by other contenders for the GOP presidential nomination. The wealthy would pay far less under the flat tax proposed by Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky, and the national sales tax advocated by former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.


One strategy for Christie to compete with them would be to convince Republicans that his platform will be more palatable to moderate and persuadable voters in the general election. Yet resurrecting a  plan from an unsuccessful campaign three years ago may not answer Republicans' questions about Christie's chances of success.



DNC Response to Christie Economic "Plan"

Chris Christie’s speech about his economic “plan” left us with more questions than answers today. What is clear, however, is that his plan cuts taxes for the wealthiest and corporations. We still don’t know what he would do for the middle class, which tax credits and deductions he would eliminate to make his proposal truly revenue neutral, or what level he’d set for his cap on deductions and tax credits. What does Christie’s plan mean for students who use loans to afford the high cost of college?


With so many questions, we can only refer to Chris Christie’s economic record in New Jersey for answers, and those answers are pretty terrible for the middle class. Under Chris Christie, New Jersey has consistently ranked near last in the nation in job creation with an unemployment rate higher than the national average. Net property taxes on seniors and the middle class have grown by more than 20 percent while the wealthy were protected from increases. And when Chris Christie watered down the earned income tax credit, low income families across the state lost money they needed to support their families.


Prioritizing the wealthy and corporations while failing to put the middle class first is typical of the failed Republican playbook, and typical of Chris Christie. It didn’t work for him in New Jersey and it won’t work this time either. –Kaylie Hanson, DNC spokesperson


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