Christie goes all Scott Walker on Jersey

posted at 8:40 am on June 24, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

We may never know how he did it. It could have involved some sort of broad scale mind control experiment. Perhaps he brought in somebody from over the border in Delaware to cast a spell on the state legislature. But in New Jersey – a state generally defined by partisan warfare between liberal Democrats and really liberal Democrats – Governor Chris Christie has met the public workers unions on the field of battle and sent them running like pigs from the gun.

New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday approved a broad rollback of benefits for 750,000 government workers and retirees, the deepest cut in state and local costs in memory, in a major victory for Gov. Chris Christie and a once-unthinkable setback for the state’s powerful public employee unions.

The Assembly passed the bill 46 to 32, as Republicans and a few Democrats defied raucous protests by thousands of people whose chants, vowing electoral revenge, shook the State House. Leaders in the State Senate said their chamber, which had already passed a slightly different version of the bill, would approve the Assembly version on Monday. Mr. Christie, a Republican, was expected to sign the measure into law quickly.

In a statement released after the vote, Mr. Christie said, “We are putting the people first and daring to touch the third rail of politics in order to bring reform to an unsustainable system.”

What were the horrible, unreasonable, punishing changes the governor demanded in this reform effort? Public union workers will need to kick in a bit more for their benefits, on par with private sector employees. The retirement age will need to go up slightly. There will be a temporary suspension of cost of living increases for current retirees. Oh, and the collective bargaining rights of the unions over benefits packages will be curbed. (Any of this sounding familiar?)

The response was predictable if you paid attention to recent events in Wisconsin. Here’s a photo of the reasoned debate being proffered by the other side after the news broke.
Jersey Hearse

The usual suspects in the unions are vowing revenge at the polls in the next election, and we shouldn’t forget for a moment the power they hold. The Garden State is among the highest in the nation for union membership, making this feat all the more remarkable. But Christie has time to make his case and demonstrate results from these reforms. If enough Jersey denizens understand how much trouble their state economy is in, just maybe the governor has already made the sale.

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Perhaps he brought in somebody from over the border in Delaware to cast a spell on the state legislature.

Please don’t link to con artists.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Yes. One man can make a difference. Christie has started a movement to stop the mugging of tax payers by Union Thugs™.

NickDeringer on June 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Oh my. Doesn’t Christie realize that gumbint employees are the overworked and underpaid coal miners of the last century? Shame on you taxpayers for brutalizing these sad souls.

/The poor dears.

Key West Reader on June 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM

The fact is that Christie has reality on his side. There’s not much that the state’s can do. It’s either cut or …. what?

taney71 on June 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Good job Christie and NJ legislature. It’s tough dealing with mafia-like organizations.

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

How many voters in New Jersey are members of a union, public or private? Is it on par with the percentage nationwide (i.e. like 12%?)?

For the life of me, I still can’t fathom how about 12% of workers can get so much support from the other 88% when the other 88% are making far less and paying far more.

Tim Zank on June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Special Ed Shultz spent at least 30 minutes of his show having a coronary over this vote, Christie, and “You Righties!”. It was fun TV.

Marcus on June 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

That hearse, ROFL. I love liberals when they get all worked up, they’re so crazy. And the dude with the top hat…you have to laugh at these weenies.

Bishop on June 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

The usual suspects in the unions are vowing revenge at the polls in the next election

Go ahead, threaten all you like and show NJ exactly who and what you are … greedy, corrupt, thugs.

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Special Ed Shultz spent at least 30 minutes of his show having a coronary over this vote, Christie, and “You Righties!”. It was fun TV.

Marcus on June 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Schultz, what an hysterical dunce. He’s trying to champion people who are essentially saying they have the right to steal as much money from working class people as they want and if you don’t like it they’ll hurt you.

Way to go Schultz.

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Interesting that the Democrats use a hearse for representing their very soul.

This ideology (not just a party) is after all- the incubator for the culture of death – 53 million so far plus a president that sought infanticide and now exporting murder of the most innocent of lives(however legal -deadly immoral) around the world.

These are as Saul Alinsky has noted, disciples of Satan.

Don L on June 24, 2011 at 8:51 AM

How many voters in New Jersey are members of a union, public or private? Is it on par with the percentage nationwide (i.e. like 12%?)?

For the life of me, I still can’t fathom how about 12% of workers can get so much support from the other 88% when the other 88% are making far less and paying far more.

Tim Zank on June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

If it’s been a generation or more yes, others will support them/also whatever they do (electric, police, water workers) as long as they help the general public they will overlook without realizing they’re being screwed.

ProudPalinFan on June 24, 2011 at 8:52 AM

That picture with the above post is cute, like the Democrat Party ever had a soul.

darwin-t on June 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Well played, Governor!!

Khun Joe on June 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

How many voters in New Jersey are members of a union, public or private? Is it on par with the percentage nationwide (i.e. like 12%?)?

For the life of me, I still can’t fathom how about 12% of workers can get so much support from the other 88% when the other 88% are making far less and paying far more.

Tim Zank on June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Ignorance. That’s the only logical explanation. Think about it. How much news coverage did these generous public worker benefits get back when state and local governments weren’t billions in the red? Now that people realize the pensions and health coverage given out to the unions are bankrupting us, they’re a lot more aware of what’s going on and want to put a stop to it. Hence normally deep blue areas of the country having a sudden conversion to fiscal conservatism.

Doughboy on June 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

Special Ed Shultz spent at least 30 minutes of his show having a coronary over this vote, Christie, and “You Righties!”. It was fun TV.

Marcus on June 24, 2011 at 8:48 AM

Boy, his head’s going to explode after the Wisconsin recalls, isn’t it?

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 8:56 AM

Did they bring the rat balloon and nazi signs? It’s not a real protest unless they do. Looks like the unions are in a death spiral.

Kissmygrits on June 24, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Way to go, Christie!

petefrt on June 24, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Christie for Governor of the United States!

Shy Guy on June 24, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Maybe the unions went too far. Several times a week I drive past a billboard that rises over 100 feet to look down at the elevated New Jersey Turnpike, calling for Christie to put the schools ahead of millionaires. (The “millionaires tax” is a tax on small business.) This is from the teachers’ union that demonstrated its pettiness and inflexibility in negotiations, and tried to demagogue Christie, who is a natural demagogue. This in a state where the highest court has ruled that the state must spend money it doesn’t have on schools that need policy and personnel fixes, not more money. (All it would take is a State Constitutional Amendment to remove all references to education from that document!) That billboard must cost millions per year, all seized via the dues checkoff from the salaries paid by taxpayers.

The key word here is “taxpayer.” The taxpayer is the forgotten man, and if we pound that word home we’ll beat the public employee unions, at least in New Jersey.

Curiously, although my national legislators are Donks and disgraces, my state legislators are GOP and have been, so far as I know, relatively sane.

njcommuter on June 24, 2011 at 9:04 AM

Yes. One man can make a difference. Christie has started a movement to stop the mugging of tax payers by Union Thugs™.

NickDeringer on June 24, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Christie didn’t start diddly squat, and neither did Walker. They were both faced with a bankrupt state and had no choice. A woman started the movement to stop the mugging of tax payers by union thugs.

My home state made the switch from defined benefits to a defined contribution system, and as governor, I introduced a number of measures to build on that successful transition, while also addressing the issue of the remaining funding shortfall by prioritizing budgets to wrap our financial arms around this too-long ignored debt problem. When my state ran a surplus because we incentivized businesses, I didn’t spend it on fun and glamorous pet projects for lawmakers – though that would have made me quite popular with the earmark crowd. In fact, I vetoed more excessive spending than any governor in our state’s history, and I used the state’s surplus to bring our financial house in order by paying down our unfunded pension plans that some other governors wanted to ignore. This fiscal prudence didn’t make me popular with the state legislature. In addition to vetoing hundreds of millions of dollars in wasteful spending, I put billions of dollars into savings accounts for future rainy days, much like most American families do in responsibly planning for the future. I also enacted a hiring freeze and brought the education budget under control through a commitment to forward-funding.

NoNails on June 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

We have a Democratic majority in both our Assembly and Senate. This truly had to be a bipartisan compromise.

You know, by that bully Christie.

Sweeney and Oliver also deserve credit for making it happen.

Mr. Bingley on June 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM

For the life of me, I still can’t fathom how about 12% of workers can get so much support from the other 88% when the other 88% are making far less and paying far more.

Tim Zank on June 24, 2011 at 8:47 AM

Bcs a small % of that 88% probably votes.
The rest don’t.
Let’s face it. Dems vote in big #s.
People need to WakeTF-up & start voting.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 9:07 AM


… raucous protests by thousands of people whose chants, vowing electoral revenge …

“HEY HEY! HO HO! YOUR RACIST BENEFIT CUTS AND RETIREMENT AGE INCREASE AND YOUR COST OF LIVING INCREASE (inhale) AND CURBED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTS HAVE GOT TO GO!”

These people would rather let the state collapse than take a cut in bennies. When it does collapse, they get NO bennies.

Tony737 on June 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

He maybe a RINO but he has achieved possibly the most important blow against the public employee unions…ever.

Changing the paradigm regarding public employees has been unthinkable up to now.

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Changing the paradigm regarding public employees has been unthinkable up to now.

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Desperate times.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 9:09 AM

“I am not a Warlock!”

csdeven on June 24, 2011 at 9:10 AM

Who cares that he did this, right? Cause he’s a RINO who wants to take your guns and loves Muslims, or something.

Vyce on June 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

NoNails on June 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Yes, she did. She needs to be able to contiue this on a national level. The Dims and Leftys know she means business. They are developing hypertension at an alarming rate these days.

BetseyRoss on June 24, 2011 at 9:15 AM

It’s important to remember exactly what changes to the status quo these greedy thugs are so outraged about:

The new law will remake the state’s various public pension systems by increasing the shares paid by employees, ending automatic annual increases and, ultimately, putting each system under the control of an independent board that can tweak the contribution formulas as needed. The governor says it will save the state $120 billion by 2041.

On the health care side, New Jersey’s public employees will now have to pay a percentage of their premiums, rather than of their salaries. And everyone will have to pay at least 1.5 percent of their salaries into the system; previously, most teachers hadn’t paid anything.

So:
1) No more automatic annual pay raises
2) Employees, instead of paying NOTHING towards their HC, now have to contribute a minimum of…1.5%.

Union reaction:

OOOOOOHHHH MYYYYY GOOOOODDDDD!!!!11!! HITLER v 2.0!!!!

And looking at the pics from these demonstrations, I’m surprised (as I’m sure you all are) at how many of these poor, starving, underpaid, over-worked public employees appear to be overweight, obese or morbidly obese.

Fattest starving state workers ever.

Congrats, Christie. This wasn’t easy, but you’ve shown people how it can be done.

Good Lt on June 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

Vyce on June 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

The perfect candidate does not exist.
I can compromise on some things if I have to.
But I’d really rather not if there’s something better.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

He maybe a RINO but he has achieved possibly the most important blow against the public employee unions…ever.

Changing the paradigm regarding public employees has been unthinkable up to now.

rickyricardo on June 24, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Chris Christie isn’t a RINO. He’s a New Jersey Republican that has some flawed views on certain key points.

MeatHeadinCA on June 24, 2011 at 9:17 AM

NoNails on June 24, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Don’t even. Public union reform was most certainly in existence before 2006. It’s never been on as big a scale as this until Wisconsin.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

But I heard his poll numbers dropped recently. When that happens you’re supposed to completely abandon any principles and capitulate to the Left.

/Standard GOP Strategy

mankai on June 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

We conservatives will continue to sound like Chicken Little until a piece of the sky falls heavily.

If California (or Detroit or other Liberal Land) defaults and tells pensioners an unions “sorry, we are bankrupt”, and the pay stops, then we may be able to get true reform. Otherwise…

barnone on June 24, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Good Lt on June 24, 2011 at 9:16 AM

I can’t believe anyone would whine about those contribution levels going up a little.
I pay almost 1/2 here in the right to work state of ND.
I think state law says a district has to pay a base % of the salary, at least regarding teachers.
Some districts offer more in benefits to attract talent.
Each district should be able to offer whatever they choose to their employees.
In benefits & salary, I make almost $44,000 for a 182 day work year, after teaching for 10 yrs.
This is nothing to whine about, IMO, bcs I am certainly free to work in the summer.
I remind my fellow teachers about that when they whine about salary.
Ungrateful wretches.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM


The usual suspects in the unions are vowing revenge at the polls in the next election, and we shouldn’t forget for a moment the power they hold.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/jamesdelingpole/100093577/the-science-is-settled-us-liberals-really-are-the-dumbest-creatures-on-the-planet/

“The science is settled: US liberals really are the dumbest creatures on the planet”

Tony737 on June 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Please don’t link to con artists.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Thanks for the tip. I wouldn’t have noticed the link otherwise. Christine looks as if she’s doing well.

gh on June 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Every governor needs to follow Walker and Christie’s lead.

Kick the unions while they are down.
Kick the unions in the head, hard.

Roy Rogers on June 24, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Meanwhile here in NC where state workers haven’t seen a raise in 3 years… where they were asked to take a two-day “furlough” (temp pay cut) to help balance the budget… where the UNC system has taken 7-10% cuts over the last three years… where salaries average significantly below equivalent jobs in the private sector… nary a word in the press… because we’ve had Democratic leadership for essentially a century.

Our budget crisis continues and the new GOP majority just won a battle with the Dem governor (overriding her veto)… state workers will contribute slightly more to their health care, state agencies (including the UNC system) will have another reduction in force and a 15% budget reduction (give or take)… I’m anxious to see if anyone notices while we still have a Dem Governor.

mankai on June 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

It’s never been on as big a scale as this until Wisconsin.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Indiana? Daniels did the same thing didn’t he?

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

HARD WORKING UNION EMPLOYEES IN NJ?? HAH. Go to Trenton any day after 2:30 many of the employees are gone. On a Friday they aren’t there after noon. Go to get your car inspected and they treat you like trash. Same goes for over half those working in the area where you get your licenses. Road and Bridge projects! Yeah right – they are on the job about 40% of the days and when they are there are usually 2 people standing around for each person who is actually working. Teachers? Drive by the parking lots at the schools – look at the make, model and year of the cars. No clunkers in the bunch. And most of the cars have Pennsylvania plates. Yes they want the taxpayers to pay more but they won’t even LIVE IN NEW JERSEY AND PAY THE TAXES THEY WANT US TO PAY.
The Party’s over – we are bankrupt. Suck it up or quit and see if you can make it in the private sector. NEVER HAPPEN.

IlonaE on June 24, 2011 at 9:28 AM

To be clear, I support the moves by the new NCGOP majority. The point is that our state workers would gladly trade benefit and salary packages with the state workers in WI or NJ… they are not unionized… yet in a state that hasn’t had a GOP majority in 118 years and only two GOP governors in the last 100 years, nobody is running around here calling the Dem Governor a Fascist union buster.

mankai on June 24, 2011 at 9:30 AM

A New Jersey DOT worker got hurt on the job the other day… he fell off his shovel… and then compensation set it.

mankai on June 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

We may never know how he did it. It could have involved some sort of broad scale mind control experiment. Perhaps he brought in somebody from over the border in Delaware to cast a spell on the state legislature.

In this case, I think the sudden common sense/self-preservation by some of New Jersey’s Democrats was motivated by actions coming from across the state’s northern border — basically, Andrew Cuomo’s attempt to cut back the union’s power in New York State in the six months since he became governor.

The Dems in Jersey would have held firm if they thought all Democrats in not just the state, but the region would hold firm. But since the Garden State has no TV market wholly of their own, they’ve had to put up with stories of not just the Republican takeover in neighboring Pennsylvania coming out of the Philadelphia TV market, but of Cuomo playing hardball with the public sector unions in New York.

Seeing that, they knew that the boilerplate attack on Christie being a typical Republican who wanted to throw teachers out into the streets while eating children and old people wasn’t going to fly, because the highest-profile Dem across the Hudson was now trying to do the same thing. They knew unless they were in a completely safe seat, they were about to be hung out to dry in the eyes of the voters as a bunch of hacks completely enthralled to the public sector unions, so they caved on Christie’s budget proposals.

jon1979 on June 24, 2011 at 9:33 AM

Indiana? Daniels did the same thing didn’t he?

darwin on June 24, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Yes, but unions were not entrenched there as much as they were in Wisconsin. That state was considered the greenhouse of progressive politics – and Walker sprayed the whole damn place with defoliant.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 9:35 AM

Bipartisan! I think I’ll do some checking to see which MSM outlets were honest enough to bust out the “B word”.

forest on June 24, 2011 at 9:36 AM

We have lived in the same house in NJ since 1996. Our property taxes then were $3200 per year. Fifteen years later, our property taxes are NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS per year.

Those union goons can kiss my taxpaying arse. And my husband’s. But they’ll have to stand on their tiptoes, cause we’re tall.

Naturally Curly on June 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Don’t even. Public union reform was most certainly in existence before 2006. It’s never been on as big a scale as this until Wisconsin.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 9:18 AM

Geez! Your hate is palpable. Prove what you state instead of exposing your jealousy and hatred.

Vince on June 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Geez! Your hate is palpable. Prove what you state instead of exposing your jealousy and hatred.

Vince on June 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

Instead, why don’t you guys back off the hagiography. She didn’t “start” public union reform – not nearly. And in that post, she even mentions that it wasn’t her who moved from defined benefit to defined contribution – she “helped with the transition.”

Puffery doesn’t help her case at all. Let’s be realistic.

KingGold on June 24, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Yup, sounds like something Hitler would do…

changer1701 on June 24, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Who cares that he did this, right? Cause he’s a RINO who wants to take your guns and loves Muslims, or something.
Vyce on June 24, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Yes, pretty much.

Boy the numbers must have really been bad if the Democrats in the majority gave in like this. But at least they did… maybe it will work to bring NJ back from the brink.

CCRWM on June 24, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Benefits were cut for state workers in VA years ago and there hasn’t been a wage increase in 5 years, going on 6. There was some grumbling but nothing major. We aren’t union though. AND we knew it was either everyone made sacrifices or there would be massive layoffs.

scalleywag on June 24, 2011 at 10:06 AM

We have lived in the same house in NJ since 1996. Our property taxes then were $3200 per year. Fifteen years later, our property taxes are NINE THOUSAND DOLLARS per year.
Those union goons can kiss my taxpaying arse. And my husband’s. But they’ll have to stand on their tiptoes, cause we’re tall.
Naturally Curly on June 24, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Wow! That’s outrageous… If we had t passed Prop 13 here in Ca we’d be in the same boat!

CCRWM on June 24, 2011 at 10:09 AM

That picture with the above post is cute, like the Democrat Party ever had a soul.

darwin-t on June 24, 2011 at 8:55 AM

I hear you. I was wondering who spelled all the words correctly. Aren’t the teachers unionized in NJ?

TugboatPhil on June 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

The fact is that Christie has reality on his side.

taney71 on June 24, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Which 999 times out of 1000 doesn’t factor into the ‘thinking’ of the nitwits on the left.

Midas on June 24, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Christie is a great Blue State Republican. One of the best.

portlandon on June 24, 2011 at 10:40 AM

To those not living in New Jersey, what Christie and Sweeney have accomplished may not seem very earth shattering. But consider this: our last governor literally bought a house with his own money for the head of one of the largest state public employee unions. He slept with her for years. He addressed many PU rally’s, in an effort to fire up the energy level of demonstrations, during state contract negotiations. Obviously, Christie is different and the unions have tried to make his life as miserable as they are able.

MTF on June 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

This blog post appears on a page with an ad by union Marxists claiming NH Republicans (also engaged in trying to roll back Union hegemony) are planning to create an income tax in NH.
Absolute lies – including the false flag of the ‘group’ sponsoring the ad.
No excuse for taking liar’s money to perpetrate lies Allah.

HammerNH on June 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Well here in NJ, we have a teacher in an “Abbott” district being paid $80.0+ teaching phys ed to 4 year olds. He has 30 years in.

red131 on June 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

Oops – my mistake.
Google is what is helping the Marxists target me by location and spreading lies about our reps.
Missed the little tag which opens to show Big Brother Google has MA0bama’s interests at heart.

HammerNH on June 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM

HammerNH on June 24, 2011 at 10:51 AM
That’s why anything google is disabled in my home. Not a fan of Gates but Bing is better.

red131 on June 24, 2011 at 10:54 AM

Should have been a large green DOLLAR SIGN overlaid on that “Soul of the Democratic Party” sign.

GarandFan on June 24, 2011 at 11:06 AM

I’m sure Christie made the deal without worrying a lot about his re-election chances. He saved his state decades of painful choices. If NJ voters don’t reward him for that with another term, he’ll still sleep easy at night knowing he made a difference.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2011 at 11:12 AM

Well here in NJ, we have a teacher in an “Abbott” district being paid $80.0+ teaching phys ed to 4 year olds. He has 30 years in.

red131 on June 24, 2011 at 10:47 AM

I don’t think even the highest paid teacher in ND makes anything close to that, tho I may be wrong (someone with a PhD might get there teaching long enough).
That is ridiculous.
I subbed for Phy ed before I got a regular gig as a HS science teacher.
Phy ed is not mentally taxing. I’m not knocking the talents of a Phy Ed teacher, but let’s face it-academically, that is not typically a challenging degree to attain.
Pathetic & disgusting.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 11:19 AM

The banner on that hearse should read: THE BRAIN OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

edgehead on June 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

Maybe Ann Coulter was right…

Aronne on June 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM

I am married to a (non-union and grossly underpaid) New Jersey state employee, and believe me they are STUNNED in Trenton. Christie has simply dominated this debate and scored a TKO on the unions.

BTW, even though my husband is vastly underpaid for what he does and how many hours he works, we pay only $100 a month for health and dental insurance. We have never planned on living on his pension since he started there so late (3 years ago) so the pension changes don’t mean much.

The biggest impact so far has been a massive exodus of senior level employees. This is bad in that it produces a brain drain of the most experienced people, but it is good in that it presents more opportunities for savings and for promotions for younger employees. My husband’s boss recently retired and the only reason was the pension cuts an d retirement age increases that are coming. My husband has a good shot at his job and a substantial raise which he would never have otherwise gotten.

rockmom on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

What you’re seeing here is the result of good planning, and attention to timing.

Timing: The NJ Primary is over; the state redistricting is complete; thus, the “remember in November” line is an empty threat. The candidates for election in November are all selected.

What are the unions going to do about the 14 Democrats who voted for the measure? Vote against them? Elect a Republican super-majority?

Yeah, right.

wpw on June 24, 2011 at 12:43 PM

RINO or not on social issues, the man knows how to get stuff done.

Nelsen on June 24, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Aren’t the teachers unionized in NJ?

TugboatPhil on June 24, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Public school teachers are unionized EVERYWHERE!!!! Not just in NJ. We need to get rid of Jimmy Carter’s Dept of Education.

xler8bmw on June 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

. . . our last governor literally bought a house with his own money for the head of one of the largest state public employee unions. He slept with her for years. He addressed many PU rally’s, in an effort to fire up the energy level of demonstrations, during state contract negotiations. Obviously, Christie is different and the unions have tried to make his life as miserable as they are able.

MTF on June 24, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Ah, yes. Corzine was the indeed worst. Perhaps the most voluntarily corrupt person of all — with his money he didn’t have to be criminally beholden. He could simply buy others, including his former girlfriend, Carla Katz, the head of the CWA.

Back in 2000 he bought himself a US Senate seat. It only cost him $62 million, including $33 million in the primary to defeat the tax man, former Congressman and former Governor, Jim Florio!

Corzine was brought into politics and taught the process by none other than the sultan of sleaze himself, Robert Torricelli.

The former US Senator was eventually elected Governor in 2005, on the theory that as the former CEO of Goldman-Sachs, he was a “financial genius” who would ride into Trenton and straighten out the state’s finances from years of abuse. It was a town and a state that was owned, in particular by the NJEA, but also by other public employee unions, including Katz’s CWA.

But Corzine did nothing but propose additional financial burdens on the residents, such as in the form of huge toll increases that would have destroyed the state’s economic viability. He wanted to continue to feed the cancer.

People with resources were abandoning the State at an alarming rate, and fortunately the US Attorney, Chris Christie was putting corrupt (mostly) Democrat top-tier pols behind bars at an alarming rate.

132-0. Think about that . . .

Having had a perfect record as US Attorney, I have no doubt that the US Attorney’s Office, of necessity, exercised a form of triage . . . there had to have been literally hundreds of cases that Christie could not bring simply because the necessary proof was insufficient, or plea negotiations set some cases to the side, or other reasons.

But Chris Christie KNOWS where the bombs are buried, as they say. And he also knows the patterns of the usual suspects, as well as the names of many of the bad actors who, to their good fortune, managed to avoid prosecution during his tenure as the US Attorney.

I have no doubt that the reason many of the D’s caved on this massive sea change, arose on some level, from abject fear of what could possibly result from a “failure to communicate”, and play ball on their part.

Good for Chris Christie.

Trochilus on June 24, 2011 at 1:30 PM

Don’t get too excited yet:

http://www.theridgewoodblog.net/2011/06/who-is-sohail-mohammed-why-did-governor.html

ArmchairEnergist on June 24, 2011 at 1:31 PM

Chris Christie FTW.

Love that guy.

nickj116 on June 24, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Public school teachers are unionized EVERYWHERE!!!! Not just in NJ. We need to get rid of Jimmy Carter’s Dept of Education.

xler8bmw on June 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

No they’re not.
Lots of teachers here in ND are not union members.
But many are, like me, only for the ‘malpractice’ protection they afford.
The union here really has very little power.
They basically just force administrators & school boards to abide by the law.
That’s really all they can do here.

Badger40 on June 24, 2011 at 2:18 PM

Christie needs to remember to point out that not only did they help the taxpayers, he helped the very teachers and unions that are mad at him. When the state has no more money, how are they going to get paid?

hawksruleva on June 24, 2011 at 2:25 PM

The banner on that hearse should read: THE BRAIN OF THE DEMOCRAT PARTY.

edgehead on June 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM

They’d need a smaller hearse.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2011 at 2:29 PM

Public school teachers are unionized EVERYWHERE!!!! Not just in NJ. We need to get rid of Jimmy Carter’s Dept of Education.

xler8bmw on June 24, 2011 at 1:22 PM

First sentence, not true. Second sentence, very very true.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Christie devoured Lauer for b-fast.

Schadenfreude on June 24, 2011 at 3:45 PM

The biggest impact so far has been a massive exodus of senior level employees. This is bad in that it produces a brain drain of the most experienced people, but it is good in that it presents more opportunities for savings and for promotions for younger employees. My husband’s boss recently retired and the only reason was the pension cuts an d retirement age increases that are coming. My husband has a good shot at his job and a substantial raise which he would never have otherwise gotten.

rockmom on June 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM

I’m sure your husband is a good man and provides a valuable service for the people of New Jersey. It’s the same old drill-many folks expect something for nothing and are very convinced that no one deserves more than themselves.

If the various states, counties and municipalities can’t get this or that done and people see their taxes aren’t going down a dime, they’ll just bit$h and moan even louder-except they’ll be doing that to the people they voted in.

We have one side that thinks that ultra-brilliant Libtards and the Federal government can fix everything, and on the other those who believe a failing (failing for the vast majority of us, that is, many folks are making money hand over fist) if only the government and the Democrats would disappear.

And, of course, both sides blame each other…and nothing’s really working. The economic system will adjust its equilibrium no matter what. What I’m not so optimistic about is that our Bill of Rights will remain in tact.

What disheartens me the most are the Conservatives who seem to want to define exactly what our rights are-paying a fraction of a fellow Citizen’s salary is no justification for treating them like Proles…no better than the Communists who want to do the same.

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 24, 2011 at 6:16 PM

They’d need a smaller hearse.

hawksruleva on June 24, 2011 at 2:29 PM

May I suggest Matchbox© ?

CW on June 24, 2011 at 6:52 PM