No Brain. No Plan.

To put this into some perspective when Governor Christie came into office in 2010 he set upon reforming the state’s pension system. His ill-thought out, knee-jerk reforms failed miserably in every respect and with cost-of-living-adjustments for retirees about to return and a crash in the values of alternative investments about to decimate the ‘trust’ there is every likelihood that New Jersey retirees will see draconian benefit cuts even as taxpayers and current employees are intimidated into paying more to fund even the reduced benefits to come.

So what’s the plan?……

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No this is not the work of Rand Paul or Stephen Sweeney or even David Wilentz (presuming the aforementioned have no hacking facility) but of whoever runs the GovChristie youtube site.  They have actually kicked off their second round of pension reforms by taking off on the plot line of a movie that describes itself as:

The story of a bodybuilder who longs to be respected for his mind….Far from home, he’s confronted by a gym culture of freaks, juicers and Hollywood wannabes….Against all odds, the honest and driven bodybuilder resolves to win the prestigious “Mr. West Coast” competition as a way to prove himself and his ideas to the world.

Don’t expect much more in the way of intelligence or reasoned forethought from Christie’s pension re-reforms when he decides to clue us in on that plot.

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PS: The video was deleted from the GovChrisite youtube channel later in the day but, anticipating such, copies were made including the one above and the one below, which adds a few more clips that Chrisite’s people might have inserted to make their points a little more obvious.
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23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on July 15, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I’ll bet those “draconian benefit cuts” (whatever they may be) will STILL leave in place pensions & benefits far greater in value at retirement than those of the Private Sector Taxpayers who are NOW responsible for 80-90% of the total cost of PUBLIC Sector pensions.

    Bring em on …. these cuts can’t be too big or too soon…. Taxpayers are tired of being financially “mugged” by the insatiably greed Public Sector Unions/workers and their bought-off elected officials who granted these grossly excessive pensions & benefits.

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I am at a loss for words.

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  3. Posted by Mr. Anonymous on July 15, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    Good to see the largest staff in N.J. gubernatorial history are earning their 27% raises.

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  4. Posted by bpaterson on July 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    toughlove is probably right, most of the pain will be felt by the taxpayers, and tiny bit by the employees, because after all it was legally “contracted” and they “earned” it, missing the point altogether that the system was corrupted against the taxpayer in the first place. Why would the highest taxed state in the nation have to extort even higher taxes, something just aint right.

    Good idea would be to link the ENTIRE funding of the benefit obligations directly to the “wealthy” tax as a lock box plan. That would take the legisl democrat tax plan to the extreme intent and will certainly wake everyone up

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    • Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2014 at 5:05 pm

      TL-BP- you are typing too fast. You can’t be in two places at once.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on July 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

        Ah …”pig-fest” participant ?

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        • Posted by truthnolie on July 16, 2014 at 2:19 am

          Ah…..yes, probably a “pig-fest” participant (although you claim you don’t insult or name call)…..

          Just like the Jersey City police officer just recently killed in the line of duty whom you would classify as a “pig-fest” participant. And he & the family he leaves behind is exactly the reason why such benefits (which you claim are grossly over inflated) are not only needed but DESERVED…..although I’m sure you think you deserve equal or better since it’s not “FAIR”….

          Enlighten me….is it “FAIR” that you go to work everyday, day after day without a concern of either being shot, killed or not making it home to your loved ones after a day at work???

          Or will you claim that as an insurance actuary you are equal to or better than those men & women who put their lives on the line everyday??? Tell me…when was the last time a person in your field (as unimportant and extremely menial as it is) was executed in their day to day responsibilities.

          See……..THAT’S WHY POLICE & FIRE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED….YES…GROSSLY ENTITLED TO MORE THAN YOU!!!!

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          • Posted by Tough Love on July 16, 2014 at 9:50 am

            While I appreciate the complement (that’s quite a brainy group),,I’m not an insurance company actuary, very sad,and what happened in Jersey City is horrible and unforgivable.

          • Posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am

            And the next day in Jersey City some idiot attacked 2 Emergency Service Officers in their truck with a fence post and tried to pull a rifle out of the truck. This occurred near the memorial set up for the cop killer (which was removed by the City later). He got shot for his actions (he survived so far).

            All that has happened in the last few days and will happen in the future is why cops and firemen deserve and are entitled to their pensions and benefits.

          • Posted by bpaterson on July 16, 2014 at 6:11 pm

            wonder how much the military get paid in comparison. soldiers face the enemy as their one and only job. At least the cops get to fill in for the crossing guards when sick.

            BTW I heard about the warning that a rogue band is out to shoot random cops.

  5. Posted by JDavisi on July 15, 2014 at 5:01 pm

    What about the 2.6 billion dollar bridge loan he had to take last week. Who do you blame that on? He does not see himself as public employee. He sees himself as a late night comedian doing a summer road show. Pathetic.

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  6. Posted by eDDIEr on July 15, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    If this is plan B to cover up the failure of plan A it is time to go to plan C.

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  7. Posted by RealRep on July 15, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    He’s really running for a slot on television. These shenanigans prove he has no real intent on running for president. He is just trying to build the brand. Whatever that brand is.

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  8. Posted by Anonymous on July 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    “Crash in value in alternative investments”? Not that we even know what those investments are!

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  9. Posted by truthnolie on July 16, 2014 at 2:21 am

    SO IMPORTANT AND TELLING I HAD TO POST IT TWICE:

    Ah…..yes, probably a “pig-fest” participant (although you claim you don’t insult or name call)…..

    Just like the Jersey City police officer just recently killed in the line of duty whom you would classify as a “pig-fest” participant. And he & the family he leaves behind is exactly the reason why such benefits (which you claim are grossly over inflated) are not only needed but DESERVED…..although I’m sure you think you deserve equal or better since it’s not “FAIR”….

    Enlighten me….is it “FAIR” that you go to work everyday, day after day without a concern of either being shot, killed or not making it home to your loved ones after a day at work???

    Or will you claim that as an insurance actuary you are equal to or better than those men & women who put their lives on the line everyday??? Tell me…when was the last time a person in your field (as unimportant and extremely menial as it is) was executed in their day to day responsibilities.

    See……..THAT’S WHY POLICE & FIRE PUBLIC EMPLOYEES ARE ENTITLED….YES…GROSSLY ENTITLED TO MORE THAN YOU!!!!

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    • Posted by Anonymous on July 16, 2014 at 8:04 am

      Bravo and thank you….

      JCPD Retired

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    • Posted by Tough Love on July 16, 2014 at 9:55 am

      The man who ambushed and killed Officer Melvin Santiago was a very sick and disturbed individual. I was horrified by his actions and feel terrible for the Officer’s family.

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      • Posted by truthnolie on July 16, 2014 at 12:28 pm

        But not terrible enough that you wouldn’t like to see his pension benefits (now his survivor’s pension/health benefits) cut to a mere shell of what they are…..I’m also sure, kind heart that you are and all, that you’d want the survivors or relatives of him or any other pension “pig-participant” like him to pay much more into the system & survivor healthcare since they are collecting a benefit over & above what he/they have paid in…..

        I have a suggestion (that I know you’d be to cowardly to take up):

        Get out of your sheltered existence and away from hiding behind that computer that you use to constantly berate public employees and go for a ride-along with Jersey City PD, Newark PD, Newark FD, Irvington, Camden, etc. – Too challenging??….Then why not spend a day or so with a teacher in one of those school systems and see what their days are like.

        But no…..you’d refuse to do any of that because it would open your eyes up to the real world and what these workers have to put up with vs. the self created, delusional existence you have created in your own head.

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  11. Posted by Javagold on July 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    Taking a bad situation and making it a talking point. Typical public taker garbage.

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