Christie’s VIP

In a WSJ story New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vowed to persevere on pension reform though he declined to specify proposals, saying “everything is on the table but raising taxes.”

This product promotion campaign reminded me of a Rock Hudson/Doris Day movie where the product was also a secret, even to Rock, though he had to come up with a campaign to sell it without knowing anything about what he was selling:

VIP turned out to be candy with liquor inside which might be preferable to what Christie is likely to come up with as his Vow to Improve Pensions.

To try to retain some vestige of credibility on the issue in the WSJ story Christie continued:

“Never did I say in 2011, even when we signed the reform, that this was it, that we had completely fixed the problem. I didn’t say it on purpose because I knew it was just one step, an important one, but it was just one step,” he said. “Compared to the governors around the country who have done nothing on pensions and health reforms, I think I’m doing just fine.”

He may not have said it but the guy he was negotiating with clearly saw it as fixing the problem:

Why didn’t Christie correct the misperceptions that poor misguided souls like this were under back in 2011?  And as for comparing himself to governors who have done nothing on pensions and health reforms…let’s do that.

According to this story more than 40 states have enacted some type of pension reform since 2011.  If anything he would be comparing himself to governors who did not need to reform their pension or health care systems since they had not driven their states to any fiscal crisis.  Comparisons to that group (Nebraska?) do not make him look fine.

What will Christie’s VIP look like?  All we have to go by so far is a vague idea of what the courts won’t let him do and this warning:

Rock Hudson’s VIP commercial provided more detail.

6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    He has been spouting this same bullshit even before he was elected. He has never yet done anything despite his grandiose claims of a plan. Remember??? Same old crap and people foolish or desperately fall for his emptiness. He has no plan! Wake up!


    • Posted by Tough Love on July 3, 2014 at 8:44 pm

      So if not him, name even 1 Democrat that will tackle PROBLEM #s 1, 2, 3, 4 …..your GROSSLY EXCESSIVE Pensions & Benefits.

      It’s an upward battle for Christie simply BECAUSE of the roadblocks to reform put in place by the Democrats bought-off with your Unions’ campaign contributions and election support.

      Stop complaining and yacking unless you want to become part of the solution


  2. Posted by Tough Love on July 3, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Actually Gov. Christie DID try to do something that would have been very material, but the Democrats wouldn’t go along.

    Remember the 2% “Cap” on local taxes …with the cap EXCLUDING the cost of Debt service, pension costs, and benefit costs ?

    What Christie tried (but failed) to get approved, was a 2.5% Cap that INCLUDED pension & benefit costs.

    Now THAT would have been a BIG deal and very helpful to local taxpayers, because it would have CLEARLY shown to local officials that these grossly excessive pension & benefits costs were going to squeeze everlasting else in the town budget …. and eventually these officials would have no choice but to SUPPORT cutting these ridiculous promises for the future service of all CURRENT workers.

    Clearly the greedy (but well informed) Unions recognized this and successfully fought to keep these costs OUT from under the cap.


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