Just like Obama, Christie inherited the worst economy in NJ in almost a century. But unlike the Feds, he does not have the ability to draw on deficit spending to the degree the Feds do. Even with that dysfunctional Democratically Controlled legislature was was able to slow down the deficits. He was able to get some things accomplished with the Teachers Unions and other trades. He has tried to compromise with that dysfunctional State Legislature to varying degrees of success. One thing he has ALWAYS done, which none of his predecessors had ever done, was tell the truth about how bad the State Budget was handled and the hard truths the citizens had to accept, all the while keeping taxes in check.
So call him any name you want. I will call him a leader.