One sure sign that a politician is getting ready to run for national office is when a trip to Israel gets logged into the day planner. That kind of trip is almost a candidate requirement if a wannabe wants to be taken seriously because now a check mark can be placed in the ‘world exposure column’ on the political experience grid. No matter what he says, Governor Christie is going for the gold.
Governor Christie said his trip to Israel is meant to highlight New Jersey as a state that welcomes international business and research. He expressed that the economic impact for our state could be as high as $280 million in capital investments that would create hundreds of new jobs for our citizens. If this actually happens, then mazel tov to the Governor.
It’s good that Mr. Christie is visiting the Holy Land because he needs all the prayers he can get. He might just learn that it takes more than name-calling and muscle to bring about change and good will in the face of combat and conflict. Maybe he will also learn that sometimes the end doesn’t justify the means. That’s why we embrace a thing in civilized society called compromise.
If he plays his cards right, the lessons of prolonged sacrifice that Governor Christie could bring back with him could go a long way toward citizens perceiving him as a statesman instead of a politician. History reveals to us that in societies where government serves the needs of the people, peace and prosperity reign. But when there are hidden agendas in governing, including power struggles and entitlements for the already wealthy, hard-working people get hurt economically and chaos ensues.
In Israel, Gov. Christie will be reminded that real change is gradual and does not always come in exactly the way that is desired. After a few thousand years, Israel is still fighting for its existence. No amount of enemy smack down or name-calling will bring peace to that region, as Benjamin Netanyahu knows. Calm, steady vigilance is the way.
Here’s hoping our Governor returns to New Jersey a humble man who is more reflective about his interpersonal dealings with those whose opinions differ from his. Now if I could just believe this is possible, well, I’d be in the market to buy that bridge over in Brooklyn that’s for sale.
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