Christie v. Christie on the Unemployment Numbers

PolitickerNJ compared candidate Christie with Governor Christie on the state's unemployment rate. In 2009, Candidate Christie ripped then Governor Corzine when jobs were being created but the unemployment rate ticked up from 9.2% to 9.3%:

"Look, unemployment is up again this month," the gubernatorial hopeful said at the time. "I don't know how when unemployment continues to go up that you can say that's a success. That shows the low standards the governor has set for economic success in the state."

Yet Governor Christie seems to have lowered the standards even further, because this was his reaction after the unemployment rate jumped from 9.2% to 9.6% or the 4th highest rate in the whole country:

"The numbers indicate that the comeback is still very strong," he said in Statehouse news conference.

Yeah, right.  That's exactly what the numbers indicate. The Star Ledger generously called it Christie's attempt to "put a positive spin on the numbers." What the numbers continue to indicate is that Christie's comeback is nothing more than a talking point for speeches and a slogan on the banner. It's starting to look more like a fall back than a comeback.

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