Koch Conservatives Criticize Christie

Gov. Chris Christie

STATE — The conservative political organization Americans for Prosperity (AFP) released a legislative scorecard that unsurprisingly cast most Democrats in disfavor but also rendered a poor evaluation of Gov. Chris Christie’s job performance.

Christie supported AFP’s position on 26 bills while opposing the organization’s position on 19 of them, either through signing the measure into law or issuing an absolute or conditional veto.

Mike Proto, a spokesperson for the group, warned that using the legislative rating system may not fairly evaluate Christie’s executive branch job performance.

“It ended up that about 58 percent of the time he as with us,” said Proto. “I urge a little bit of caution but if you were to apply our grading system, he’d be a D.”

While in school, a score less than 60 percent is an ‘F’ but Proto said AFP pegged Christie and other low performers on a more generous sliding scale.

“People need to look at the scorecard and they are welcome to come to their own conclusion as to where the governor stands,” said Proto.

“I’m a little hesitant to give him a grade but I think what you see here is an indication of where he stands,” said Proto. “We did not embark on an effort to grade the governor, we sought to give taxpayers a way to grade their legislators’ performance on fiscal legislation.”

Americans for Prosperity has been widely identified as a Koch Industries-funded, anti-union free market advocacy group.

Proto said the “left-wing likes to inject Kochs at every turn” and he declined to disclose any information about the group’s donors but the Koch brothers have acknowledged that they provided more than $1 million seed money for AFP.

“Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity,” said oil billionaire David Koch at an AFP rally in 2009. “And it’s beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization.”

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