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Montclair Delegates Wowed By Christie's Speech

Honorary delegate Roland Straten issues his latest report from the Republican National Convention.


All I can say is WOW! What a time.

For someone who is not that political, it was extremely exciting to be right in the middle of things.

The New Jersey delegation was thrilled with Gov. Chris Christie's speech. I will not try to describe it since the major news media will be all over it. I will say that everyone here, including delegates from other states, have a new respect for New Jersey. Christie's line about the "need for respect first and love will come later" was really relevant to New Jersey.

Ann Romney also thrilled the entire audience. Her comments were more addressed to women and she brought out Mitt Romney's compassion, love, and abilities.

If you have not heard these two speeches, go to the Internet and listen. It may influence your thinking.

There were also a lot of other great speakers, who I am pretty sure got drowned out by the media types thinking that their opinions were more important than others. I will look at my notes and give you more info in the future. If you have time listen to them as well. Even the "minor" speakers were extremely good.

In closing, the basic theme which I assume everyone got was based on President Obama's statement that people didn't build their business. We heard from many business people who feel that they built their businesses. 

And I have to agree. Government did not build [my business] Associated Fire Protection. My father, my son, and I built it with the government hurting much more than helping. 

Susan van Inwegen August 29, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Is he wow'ed by the 400 million federal dollars our education system lost do to Christie. Is he wow'ed by the lie that christie spread to destroy an infrastructure project badly needy by our state.
Louis Fontana August 29, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Roland, "For someone who is not that political, it was extremely exciting to be right in the middle of things." Respectfully, you twice ran for Congress. I'd say that makes you somewhat "political." Question: have you heard any complaints about Governor Christie's speech being too self-promoting (i.e., that he did not promote Romney enough)?
Montclair's Own August 29, 2012 at 05:39 PM
If they were wowed, they obviously loved his pitch to become President in the in 2016. He said nothing of Mitt. Glad you loved it.
Bob Cannon August 29, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Yes, and Roland, I'm so glad you could build Associated Fire Protection without any roads, phone service, Internet or electrical power to your workplace. I'm glad you didn't have to pay any employees Social Security taxes whatsoever--not one cent! It must be wonderful to have "Built it yourself." Gosh, you bought Christie and the GOP's "we built this ourselves" sales pitch, hook, line and sinker. I thought a successful businessman and two-time candidate would have been a lot more savvy. But I guess party loyalty is more potent than actual facts.
Roland Straten August 29, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Bob, I think you have it the wrong way around. Who built the roads, the phone service, the electrical power system? The roads were built with the taxes that we and our forefathers paid. Didn't Mr .Bell and Mr. Edison have something to do with building the phone system and power system? Of course, we purchased material from other suppliers, paper, computers, pipe, trucks and everything else we needed to run a business. The government has always received more money from our efforts than any employee or any owner. I recall sending over $500,000 in payroll taxes to the government about $10,000 every week when our total annual profit was $20,000. I don't understand you comment on Social Security taxes at all. The combined employer employee rate is close to 14%.
HCKid August 29, 2012 at 07:53 PM
"...Not that political" HAW HAW HAW, the pure hackery of that sentence. Hey Shelly is this a paid political advertisement?
Shelley Emling (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
We will have delegates reporting from the Democratic convention as well, I assure you.
Roland Straten August 29, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Louis I guess I have been somewhat political for the last four year so I have to plead guilty of being political. But believe me for the 40 years before that I was very apolitical with many of pols in Paterson thinking I was a Democrat. I gave money to John Girgenti, Frank Graves, and Bill Pascrell. (yep I did support him during his first run) No one I heard thought Christie was too self-promoting. The general feeling among the people here was that he had done something really good for New Jersey. Michael Ahren felt that Christie had missed an opportunity, that he should have run for President this year. But most people here feel that there is a lot of work to do in NJ. Just look at some of the other comments and you can see that there is a lot of work to be done.
Roland Straten August 29, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Montclair's Own -- in the speeches I heard he spoke highly of MItt Romney and Paul Ryan. Perhaps you should reread them. I may do a bit of research and point you in the right direction. Don't forget he was one of the very first to come out in support of Romney when things were really up in the air. That is why he was keynote speaker.
Roland Straten August 29, 2012 at 08:03 PM
We are off to the convention again where it is hard to communicate, but I will do my best to answer questions using my cell phone. Please leave the personal attacks, etc out of this and ask questions on what is going on and the mood of the crowd. I will be happy to answer.
HCKid August 29, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Who was your biggest customers, government?
Joe Kavesh August 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Roland, You referred to Michael Aron commenting that Governor Christie "missed his chance" by not running for President this year. There is some merit to that train of thought. Politics is often about freshness. Barack Obama, in 2008, was "fresh" (certainly when compared with opponents such as Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Chris Dodd and John McCain). Bill Clinton, in 1992, was "fresh" (certainly when compared with his opponent, George H.W. Bush). Neither Obama nor Clinton "waited their turn," as many party elders had urged them to do. Had Obama "waited his turn" until 2012 or 2016, chances are he'd be "just another Senator running for President" (see, e.g., McCain, John Kerry, Bob Dole). By waiting until 2016, assuming that is his plan, Governor Christie runs the risk that he and his message/image could be stale by then. That's not an indictment of him, nor a prediction. Rather, that's just the reality of politics.
Montclair's Own August 29, 2012 at 11:49 PM
Mr. Straten, I don't expect to convince you. You drink the kool-aid and then-some. But I have read the speech...and as noted in various articles, Christie says "I" 37 times, "Romney" 7 times (only later in the speech). But, yeah...he was glowing in his love for Romney. And I'll go do some research now.
HCKid August 30, 2012 at 02:15 AM
Roland, I have researched the speech and here are some interesting things 16 was the number of minutes that passed as Christie talked about his personal history and New Jersey record before he mentioned Mitt Romney’s name, the entire speech took 24 minutes. Here is the liberal media's take on the gov's speech as reported in Politico: • Fox News anchor Chris Wallace noted how long it took for the speech to mention Romney and called it “the most curious keynote speech I have ever heard. … For a moment, I forgot who was the nominee of the party.” • “I thought it was a tremendous disappointment,” added Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, saying the speech did nothing to advance the ball against Obama, or for Romney.
Peter Zorich August 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
Go ahead and criticize Christie's speech, and or the GOP platform, but is it really necessary to personally attack Roland? Show a little class... stick to the issues.
Jenny Ogden September 02, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Roland I'd like to get involved in the campaign- where do you meet?
Roland Straten September 08, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Jenny send an email to montclairrepublicans@gmail.com with your contact info.

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