June 23, 2011
“I didn’t create a single job,” said the former Governor of New Mexico.
“Don’t get me wrong,” Johnson said in a statement. “We are proud of this distinction. We had a 11.6 percent job growth that occurred during our two terms in office. But the headlines that accompanied that report – referring to governors, including me, as ‘job creators’ – were just wrong.”
“The fact is, I can unequivocally say that I did not create a single job while I was governor,” Johnson added. Instead, “we kept government in check, the budget balanced, and the path to growth clear of unnecessary regulatory obstacles.”
“My priority was to get government out of the way, keep it out of the way, and allow hard-working New Mexicans, entrepreneurs and businesses to fulfill their potential,” he said. “That’s how government can encourage job growth, and that’s what government needs to do today.”
–Gary Johnson in quite candid and humble terms.
December 10, 2010
I am proud of myself for aligning with more Republican leaders.
Gary Johnson, who served as governor of New Mexico, seems to be an interesting breed of politician. He openly admits to of used marijuana, even when it was illegal in New Mexico, because of the pain from a paragliding accident, is pro-choice but wants Roe v. Wade repealed, suggests that between 25-90% of our defense budget can be cut, and believes we shouldn’t be in Iraq or Afghanistan. Truly, his views are radical amongst the GOP ilk.
Chris Christie strikes me as interesting by his large stature, being a Jersey politician type, and he has a boldness to stick with making tough choices. He is up against a New Jersey school board that has been circulating emails asking people to pray for him to die. Meanwhile, he is dealing with a $1 billion budget cutback and making a lot of public appearances to talk through it with his Garden State denizens.
Unfortunately, Chris Christie has hinted that he will not run for president and Gary Johnson may be an outside runner in the sea of GOP possibles.