Misbashing Christie

The current issue of the New Yorker magazine leads off with 12 pages of a searing attack on New Jersey Governor Chris Christie that portrays him as a back-stabbing opportunist unqualified for the positions he wheedled or bullied himself into though it does include a couple of obligatory sentences about the ‘good’ things he has done:

Before the bridge scandal, Christie was known as a governor who transcended New Jersey’s reputation for toxic politics and toxic dumps. He took on the exploding costs of the state’s pension system, reformed property taxes, and worked with his opponents in the legislature, and he provided decisive leadership after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.

If all that were true then this might be more funny than disturbing:
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It’s not on all counts.*

Variations on those 12 pages of vitriol could have been written on practically any politician in New Jersey above the micro-local level who get appointed based on their willingness to betray taxpayers on behalf of their party minders.  But as far as Christie’s purported accomplishments:

  • Pension reform consisted of record under-contributions and illegally (as we should find out any day now) eliminating COLAs which bought time but assured a Detroit-East scenario for retirees in the very near future.
  • Property taxes continue to go up even with a supposed cap since localities (Union County anyway) are coping by piling up debt and stealing from their Open Space Trust Fund to keep their gravy trains fueled all with the tacit rubber-stamp approval of Christie’s Division of Local Government Services.
  • Any government head with access to television would look good after a natural disaster out of relief even if their actions included using Sandy money for political purposes.

Chris Christie is a miserable failure, maybe not as a human being as the New Yorker wants you to think, but as a governor which is where it should really matter to most of us.

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* Except for the Joy Behar jokes which are funny to someone with a real sense of humor.

12 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Javagold on April 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    No. He is a complete failure as a human as well. Just look at him. It screams failure. And then there is his closet of skeletons that has yet to really open.

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    TL loves this Rum dum. She trusted him and supported him. She has a habit of believe politicians, she will never learn.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on April 12, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      No, I don’t love him, but had a Democrat been elected Gov., we would have been in even WORSE shape. Would a Democrat have capped School Superintendent’s salaries, stood up the the insatiably greedy and obnoxious Teacher’s Union, accomplished at least SOME pension changes, and pushed through the 2% property tax increase cap (notwithstanding it’s loopholes) ?

      ALL 99% of politicians betray the Taxpayers and act with self-interest … with most far MORE so than Christie.

      And it looks like we’re headed for worse, as the only Democrat who worked collaboratively with Christie, Sweeney, now seems to be currying favor with the Public Sector Unions in advance of his run for NJ Governor. Taxpayer are going to get screwed royally … but at least we’ll so get to grin and say “I told you so” when the workers lose their retiree healthcare promises and a good share of the pensions.

      Greed HAS consequences.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2014 at 4:06 pm

        You can always dream, nobody can stop you from dreaming. Reality is to hard to accept, I really dont blame you everyone will lose everything. I know you think you are exempt but you arent.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on April 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm

          Anonymous, considering the you are certainly either an active or retired NJ Public Sector worker, here’s YOUR Quote (re my comment that your retiree healthcare promises and pensions will be reduced) …”You can always dream,…”.

          And here’s a quote from Mr. Bury’s post above … “Pension reform consisted of record under-contributions and illegally (as we should find out any day now) eliminating COLAs which bought time but assured a Detroit-East scenario for retirees in the very near future.”

          Good luck … you’re going to need it.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on April 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm

            We are all going down, face it TL, It never fails to amaze me how some people are in such denial!

          • Posted by Tough Love on April 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm

            While I don’t disagree (and am not happy about it) as long as the Public Sector workers (whose grossly excessive pension & benefit promises are perhaps the PRIMARY cause of NJ’s financial problems) take that ride along with the Taxpayers, I’ll deal with it.

          • Posted by Jomama on April 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

            Well let’s look at those Detroit pensions. Police and Firefighters were untouched. General employees took a 4.5% hit. And of course the city had to go through bankruptcy to get there. Now IF a state COULD declare bankruptcy (which it cannot) MAYBE you could cut 4.5%. Two legal opinions from the NJ attorney general indicated that vested pensions/benefits cannot be cut. The full brunt of those opinions will hit will occur when the state loses the COLA case, as was the case recently in Arizona.

            And then it’s time for the tax payers to make-up for 20 years of not making payments. In the meantime, the Gov employees retired public employees on his staff–while someone else is unemployed.

            The Gov is a lame duck. He should’ve put the 2 billion he gave to businesses in the form of tax cuts to the pension system. Turns out cutting all those public jobs had a negative effect on the economy. Guess he failed economics, or maybe he took it from a “family friend.” He can’t do a thing, he’s done. His 15 minutes are up.

        • Posted by Tough Love on April 17, 2014 at 3:14 pm

          Jomama, amazingly, (and to my chagrin because the Taxpayers desperately need a president-setting pension reduction to create the fear that will sway OTHER Unions to negotiate MATERIAL givebacks) it appears that the latest proposal will indeed impact retirees as you described.

          They aren’t getting off scot-free however. There is a COLA reduction/elimination for retirees, retiree healthcare is all but gone, and if I recall correctly, there are material pension accrual reductions for the future service of active workers.

          Also, a substantive source funds allowing the small/no retiree pension reductions is the outside deal put together to save Detroit’s Art Collection from the auction block … $800+ million in State/Foundation money. That likely would not happen in NJ.

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      • The fact that Christie will be reolaced by a Marxocrat is exactly why. I left NJ – as bad as things are now, they will get much worse once Corzine II or McGreevey the sequel are in office.

        No mas.

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        • Posted by dentss d on April 14, 2014 at 6:37 pm

          Well congratulations ,you have solved the pension problem if not for New Jersey at least for yourself .I’m sure as more and more people keep moving out they will come to understand that is the only to solve this problem …..that is for all but the retirees counting on those checks to keep coming

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