New Jersey Governor Chris Christie didn't take long to make a name for himself in the political world with his shoot-from-the-hip approach to the many problems facing his state. With his recent calls for cutting school budgets and public workers' rights, he pretty much ranks right up there with Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker for guys you either hate to love or love to hate.
So when Christie decided on his own that it was time to change the state motto from 'Liberty and Prosperity' to 'Whatchu Lookin' At?' no one batted an eye. Christie has some solid reasons for the change. "Liberty? Look where that got us with all that union talk and what not. You give the people words like liberty and prosperity and they begin to act like you owe it to them," said Christie.
"We needed something that would bring the focus back to who New Jerseyites are, what we stand for," he said. Asked how he came up with the word "whatchu," Christie claims that his good buddy, comedian Joe Piscopo suggested it. "I wanted something catchy, but something that all New Jerseyites could relate to. We ain't never used great grammar, and that is what sets us apart from the rest of the country."
As for the motto itself, Christie claims that he hears this phrase at least a dozen times a day. "While most people greet each other with a hello in passing, New Jerseyites are pretty consistent when it comes to 'Whatchu lookin' at?' It's just who we are," he said, then asked "You got a problem widdat?"