Check out my story today on Christie's big speech last night, and leave your thoughts in the comments:
TAMPA - Gov. Christie pumped up an adoring Republican crowd Tuesday night as he offered a national TV audience the message he has sold for nearly three years up and down the New Jersey Turnpike: Politicians become leaders when they tell "hard truths."
That's what he has done for his state, Christie argued, and that's what former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney - newly minted as the official Republican presidential nominee Tuesday afternoon - will deliver for America.
"It's simple," Christie said in his Republican National Convention keynote address on the biggest stage of his political career.
"We need politicians to care more about doing something and less about being something. And believe me, believe me, if we can do this in a blue state like New Jersey with a conservative Republican governor, Washington, D.C., is out of excuses. Leadership delivers, leadership counts, leadership matters."
For New Jersey, Christie said, his leadership meant taking on teachers' unions, saving billions of dollars in reforming the public pension system, and delivering balanced budgets that lower taxes. (Neither property taxes nor income taxes are actually down in the state, however, despite some business-tax cuts.)
For the country, Romney's leadership would mean ending President Obama's health-care overhaul, rolling back the national debt, and "telling seniors the truth about our overburdened entitlements."
"Mitt Romney will tell us the hard truths we need to hear to put us back on the path to growth and create good-paying private-sector jobs again in America," he said.
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