It was a horrible year. For Republicans not named Chris Brown. If you’re a Democrat, you probably thought 2017 was great.
If you’re a whopping 65% of the registered voting population of New Jersey, you don’t care… You’re bored.
You wanted it to look like The Ten Commandments and instead It had the feeling of Exodus: Gods and Kings.
To the extent that the state simply stagnated, or even sank dismally in on itself like the banks of a swamp collapsing and the ensuing chemical reaction produced a gaseous haze that blanketed our condition, we could count 2017 a success. Otherwise, it was another dismal 12 months in New Jersey politics.
We have a state pension system that is underfunded by $50 billion.
Freed from having to worry about how his actions impact New Hampshire, Governor Chris Christie crash landed back in Jersey after his 2016 presidential run and signed – amid train wrecks, commuter bedlam and crumbling infrastructure – a gas tax hike for estate tax disintegration – to infuse the Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) with cash. That sparked a brawl in an already badly damaged and capsized Republican Party. Watching the GOP fight one another was like watching a scuba dive fight in a black and white movie: murky, ugly and finally irrelevant.