A number of people have asked me why I endorsed Chris Christie over Steve Lonegan in the election for Governor.
Part of the answer is that Chris is more successfully advancing issues that are important to me.
Both Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan are pro-life, pro-school choice, pro-reduced state spending, and pro-lower taxes -- but Chris Christie is more successfully winning support for these issues.
I don't want New Jersey to remain a state where outright infanticide, in the form of partial birth abortion, remains legal.
I don't want our state to be a place where children are cheated out of an education by politicians who throw money at failing schools when what the schools need is the increased accountability for performance that only school vouchers and/or tuition tax credits can bring.
I don't want New Jersey to remain a state where ever more residents and business owners want to leave. State spending and tax rates need to be CUT to make New Jersey a place people can afford to stay.
I have other far more serious reasons for not supporting Steve Lonegan, but for the sake of party unity, I would rather speak about why I support one candidate than why I oppose another. So just looking at the positive standard of who is being more effective building support for the conservative changes New Jersey needs, I think it's clear that the answer is Chris Christie. It's why Chris is so far ahead of Corzine in the polls, while Lonegan, as unpopular as Corzine is, still looks vulnerable.
This is NOT 2001. BOTH Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan are conservatives, but Chris is doing a better job building support for conservative policies, and that's a big reason I'm supporting him.