Thinking Big; Acting Small

Chris Christie needs a study commission to be able to reduce pension and health benefits for New Jersey public employees because he does not want to be the fall guy for what he has already decided to do.

Executive Order No. 161 was signed today.  In it we learned:

“the Department of the Treasury and its Division of Pensions and Benefits are in the process of completing an exhaustive review of potential public employee entitlement reform proposals for my review”

but an internal report recommending termination of the Defined Benefit system and deep cutbacks (if not elimination) of health care benefits is not going to work for Christie politically so he needed to create:

“a non-partisan ‘New Jersey Pension and Health Benefit Study Commission’ (hereinafter the “Study Commission”) to consist of at least five (5) members, appointed by the Governor who shall serve at his pleasure. “

They need to be non-partisan but no mention of being pension experts (or getting paid) since that is not a criteria for selection.   What Christie is looking for is a phalanx of patsies and quislings willing to trade on their perceived non-partisanship to absorb the brickbats and derision that Christie’s proposals (and they will be Christie’s proposals) are sure to receive.

8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2014 at 6:41 am

    Christie is a liar. It sounds harsh but the shoe fits.

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2014 at 8:08 am

    Since he couldn’t’t raid the pension funds and the Transportation Trust Fund is empty, did CC raid the NJ Unemployment Trust Fund to repay the JPMorganChase bridge loan from July 1. Folks on unemployment. began receiving letters that there is no money August 1. I guess the road trips get CC out of the NJ public rage arena. Are millionaires that important he would harm struggling families, people who worked and paid for insurance in case they lost their job? Being math challenged is detrimental to NJ citizens that need to tap a safety net and the money is diverted to address a budget shortfall. Obviously the State did not tax/raise fees to over the budgetary needs of the State of NJ.If the Unemployment Trust Fund was raided it to needs constitutional. protection.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on August 2, 2014 at 10:21 am

      The NJ State Trust Fund for unemployment as of 3/31/14 was 32,763,121, outstanding Title XII advances as of that date was 409,040,824 with 17,086,824 owed in interest. NJ is ineligible for interest-free advance. In 2010 voters approved a constitutional amendment prohibiting the diversion of unemployment trust fund and other benefit funds for other purposes. Other than taxes and fees there is nowhere to go, there are other states with solvent trust funds, earning millions in interest income with no advancement and interest debt. Add almost h as of billion debt to the underfunded pensions and you can feel the earth opening to swallow the golden dome. Horrors!

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  3. Posted by TLbrokendowninsurancehag on August 2, 2014 at 9:08 am

    I would take TL on this crack committee before his choices. At least she might voice an opinion.

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    • Posted by truthnolie on August 2, 2014 at 12:34 pm

      Shhh….don’t even mention her name….she has not been around (possibly in a mental institution) but she’s like Beetlejuice….if you you say her name too many times she may reappear and no one wants that…..how refreshing it has been not to have her clogging up this blog with her long winded, delusional, repetitive and idiotic posts…let’s enjoy it while we can (at least until her shock therapy is done).

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  4. Posted by Eric on August 2, 2014 at 11:22 am

    John:
    Nice work. I agree with your theory. The two former governors, Kean and Byrne, I believe had suggested a commission, if my memory serves.
    Eric

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  5. Posted by bpaterson on August 3, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    it must be a common ploy of our elected officials. Here in Garwood the mayor and council (controlled by one poltical party) were having a tough time keeping the promise of a senior/youth building to be built for around $1 million. The mayor was also under pressure from local sports groups for something more, but didnt want to anger the residents further abot costs and taxes. The mayor then appointed some residents, cronies and hacks to a “recreation committee” to study the idea and 1 year later without any info or progress updates to the resdidents, suddenly the committee unveiled huge plans of a rec complex/mtg hall/soccer fiel/walking paths for a cost of around $2.5 million+. many residents were made at this change in direction and huge debt burden. Gee, the mayor and council had nothing t do with this new direction, the elected officials unabashedly said.

    This was called “The Garwood Duck”.

    Us garwoodians are pretty smart and in the next couple of election cycles threw the lying bums out. Of course we are now saddled with the additional $3 million in dept for out tiny boro.

    quack.

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  6. […] predicted they would be a combination of five patsies and quislings but apparently Governor Christie could not fill out that roster so he settled on some professional […]

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