This is what Christie’s people came up as the best response to the ‘pension question”:
There was only 2-1/2 minutes dedicated to the New Jersey pension mess on the Eyewitness News Upclose program this morning but some of what came out was notable, and possibly even true:
This July 4 it seems the further we get from 1776 the further we get from real democracy, at least in New Jersey.
Counties in New Jersey elect their sheriffs so it has become a political position where power-brokers can use that office for their own purposes. For example, back in 2006 then-Assemblyman Joe Cryan got the Union County Sheriff’s office to intimidate an ex-girlfriend:
Golding was arrested by 13 officers — from Cryan’s Union County — in the Statehouse parking garage in Trenton, which is in Mercer County and guarded by the New Jersey State Police.
Over the next few years the judicial system (made up of judges Cryan had a hand in putting on the bench) then worked over Elizabeth Golding while Assemblyman Cryan got a new job: Union County Sheriff.
Union County is as Democrat as Huntrerdon County is Republican. What happened there might be even worse:
The Washington Post reported on who got hired to be on Chris Christie’s presidential campaign staff with a lengthy list that made one wonder how so many people have the wherewithal to sign up for a fledgling campaign operation that is likely hurting for money (unless Ken Langone changes his mind).
The answer is that they should have money saved from the last few years – from jobs that Christie got them and New Jersey taxpayers paid for in one way or another:
How do you turn a 30% approval rating in your home state to your advantage nationally? Here is one way:
Another way is to turn being the governor of New Jersey into an advantage on the national stage. YouGov compiled a ‘State of the States’, asking Americans how they feel about each and every state. Here are the results:
This is Bill Palutcii, Christie’s former law partner, who first cashed in on Christie through prisons but apparently was not very good at it so in 2012 he got out of prisons and landed a new job. As it turned out his new employer then got tabbed by the state of New Jersey for a particularly sleazy task* which it undertook for a fee that has now hit $1.7 million. Some of that money is sure to find its way to Christie’s PAC based on past history and Bill Palatucci is hardly the only one eager to repay a favor to a patron generous with other people’s money.