Who’s the Hack?

Chris Christie has been chatty the last few days but mostly on topics like Ray Rice, ISIS, and Nancy Pelosi. On pension issues all he had to say yesterday was:
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I too believe that David Sirota’s initial story was thin but Christie calling him a hack makes me wonder….

Chris Christie was elected to govern New Jersey for the benefit of the middle-class majority, not his political donors.  Yet on his watch we have had:

  • Eight downgrades of the state’s bond rating
  • The New Jersey Public Pension System collapsing through underfunding and, after five years, we are awaiting a study panel‘s report that is 18 days overdue and a final court decision on how COLAs are to be reinstated
  • Atlantic City casinos dropping like flies and we get a photo-op summit
  • According to some studies: the highest property taxes, the worst business climate, and the most people moving out of state

David Sirota is doing the job he was hired to do.  Can Christie make the same claim?

25 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    TL fully supports Christie and all his outright lies and so called accomplishments such as 8 downgrades of the states bond rating. Both she and Chris know this is the very best for the state.

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    • Posted by bpaterson on September 19, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      and to think he turned out to be the best governor we have had in the last 20 years. Can anyone name someone better?

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  2. Posted by Tough Love on September 19, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    He also was hired to END the past practice of catering to the Public Sector Unions, which is the ROOT CAUSE of NJ’s financial woes (via unnecessary, unjust, unsustainable, and grossly excessive pension and benefit promises).

    Under very tough circumstances, he’s trying to do that.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2014 at 6:47 pm

      bwahahahahahahahhaahahahahah he did the same exact thing as all the other governors didnt pay the full amount, however he cost the taxpayers tons more money since he out in more money!!!!! What a joke, he took more of your money and didnt solve a thing yet you love him for that! too funny!

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      • Posted by Tough Love on September 19, 2014 at 7:04 pm

        Quoting …”he did the same exact thing as all the other governors didnt pay the full amount”

        Paying the “full amount” implicitly accepts that the associated pension promises (i.e., “generosity”) are appropriate and reasonable. Their not, MOST OFTEN being 3-4 times greater in value at retirement than those granted comparable Private Sector workers (and all while you make NO LESS in cash pay).

        Your pensions are simply the result of your Unions BUYING the favorable votes of NJ’s legislators.

        NJ can’t afford to, and SHOULDN’T pay anywhere near that “full amount” ….. EVER.

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        • Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2014 at 10:04 pm

          wake up fool, he took more of the taxpayers money and through it away on the pension system. A system that is going to fail according to your own words. So lets see the system will definitely fail, so why not take much more of the taxpayers money in the meantime. Afterall they are stupid enough to allow it.
          BY THE WAY MORON, THE FULL AMOUNNT WOULD BE A TINY FRACTION OF WHAT IS NOW IF ONLY THEY HAD PAID ALL ALONG. NOW YOU ARE BEING SOAKED FOR MANY TIMES MORE THAN YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN. KEEP ON TRUSTING SUCKER!
          ALSO THE STATE IS NOT REPAIRING BRIDGES THAT NEED REPAIR, WE ALL KNOW THAT FOR A FACT!!!!!

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          • Posted by Anonymous on September 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

            Oh yeah and TL likes to say, all mistakes in grammar and spelling are attributed to spell check. yah boy!

          • Posted by Tough Love on September 19, 2014 at 10:09 pm

            Quoting …”wake up fool, he took more of the taxpayers money and through it away on the pension system. ”

            You should check your facts. Luckily the Taxpayers have been contributing a VERY small % of the ridiculous amount that is SUPPOSEDLY “their” responsibility”.

            Your pension is “toast”.

          • Posted by truthnolie on September 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm

            Ok…..and millions of that have now gone to pay for the Chub Gov’s legal defense over Bridgegate, etc.

            So money is hardly being saved, just used elsewhere.

          • Posted by Tough Love on September 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm

            Truthnolie … let’s check your math.

            Yes indeed, Gov. Christie did WASTE (so far) about $8 Million by paying a friendly law firm to say that he knew nothing about the GWB lane closings. Big woop …. his mother could have come up with THAT answer for free.

            Indeed a great waste, and if possible, he should be held accountable for this waste of money (as well as any involvement he may have had with the GWB lane closings).

            But so far, he has saved taxpayers multiple BILLIONS … by my account about $10 Billion LESS than the ridiculously-high* full actuarial Pension funding ARC’s during his tenure.

            * Ridiculous BECAUSE (as I has stated in previous comments):
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            Paying the “full amount” implicitly accepts that the associated pension promises (i.e., “generosity”) are appropriate and reasonable. They’re not, MOST OFTEN being 3-4 times greater in value at retirement than those granted comparable Private Sector workers (and all while you make NO LESS in cash pay).

            Public Sector pensions are simply the result of the Public Sector’ BUYING of the favorable votes of NJ’s legislators with campaign contributions and election support.

            NJ can’t afford to, and SHOULDN’T pay anywhere near the full ARC ….. EVER.

  3. Posted by Eric on September 19, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    Rather than broadcasting the constant, idiotic name calling, place your focus upon the dire state of affairs in New Jersey as outlined by John. Hopefully, we are not staring at a catastrophe such as a bridge collapse, similar to what happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2007. I know that the official report found a design flaw instead of lack of maintenance. The irreversible result was that people needlessly died.
    Eric

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  4. Posted by hondo on September 20, 2014 at 10:27 am

    CC might think David Sirota is a hack but, from that video above CC seem very agitated.
    Boy CC talks too much above the investigation and relationship with Mr. Gray. I think he let the cat out the bag!

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  5. Posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    CC is an arrogant man. He knows he can lie easily to the dumb sheep of NJ including TL who has fallen for him hook line and sinker. Although she may be Chris Christie on this Blog for all we know.

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  6. Posted by Anonymous on September 20, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    Typical CC response- dismiss the message by killing the messenger.
    http://www.phillymag.com/news/2014/09/19/chris-christie-writer-hes-journalist-hes-hack/

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  7. Posted by truthnolie on September 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Very in depth and interesting article here:

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/Seven_deadly_sins_of_NJ_pensions_add_up_to_104_billion_debt.html

    The Christie lovers here who praise the fat man and would probably volunteer to clean out the grime & lint build up in his fat rolls should really stop drinking the Kool Aid and see what a reprehensible, two-faced scumbag he really is.

    Many tidbits from the article but here are a few good ones:

    “Double-dipping by public officials has existed for decades, and the practice continues in the administration of Christie, a self-proclaimed reformer.

    Of 60 prominent double-dippers in the executive branch, 19 were hired under Christie, New Jersey Watchdog reported in 2012.

    The list includes Lou Goetting, Christie’s deputy chief of staff. Goetting (pronounced “getting”) gets $228,860 a year — $140,000 in salary plus $88,860 in pension as a retired state employee.

    Goetting is one of Christie’s experts on budgets and cutting the cost of government.” –
    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    And:

    “Our pension system is burdened by some who collect disability retirement because they claim they are ‘totally and permanently’ disabled, but are now working full-time,” proclaimed Christie during this year’s State of State address.

    However, there is a “heck” of hypocrisy in the governor’s remark.

    Adam J. Heck, a lawyer in Christie’s office, collects $110,000 in annual salary plus nearly $45,000 in tax-free disability retirement checks from the state.”

    The clueless believe what the clueless pretend to do.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

      ALL of the shenanigans are wrong, but they all-together add up to a few $ Million (perhaps a few tens of $ Millions) …… while just the unnecessary, unjust, unsustainable, and grossly excessive SHARE of promised pensions paid to ALL (yes ALL) of NJ’s Public workers adds up to tens of $ Billions.

      Dear Taxpayers …. don’t be swayed by Truthnolie’s diversion tactic from where our efforts need to be focused…

      FREEZING the grossly excessive pension currently granted ALL of NJ Public Sector workers (BOTH State and local) … ZERO future growth for all CURRENT (not just new) workers.

      They should be replaced (for future service) with a Defined Contribution (401k-style) plan with a Taxpayer “match” of 3%-5% of pay … which is TYPICAL in the Private Sector.

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      • Posted by truthnolie on September 22, 2014 at 2:44 pm

        So it’s “Pay no attention to the man behind that curtain!” eh??? (Or in Christie’s case not a curtain but an elephant shroud).

        Dear fellow Public Employees: Refuse to agree to and fight every attempt at change until the corrupt political machine, scumbag double dealing politicians, political favortism, waste, paybacks, cronyism, deceitful acts, lies, empty promises, conspiracy with insurance cos./corporations/millionaires, etc. ENDS.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on September 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm

          Who says that Public Sector workers need to “agree” to accept the VERY material pension reductions desperately needed.

          Anyone who EXPECTS them to “agree” is a fool. These changes need to be FORCED upon them ……… and if we can’t do so, then we should CONTINUE to starve these Plans of contributions until they go bust.

          Greed HAS consequences!

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          • Posted by truthnolie on September 22, 2014 at 8:30 pm

            They don’t need to agree…..just keep filing lawsuits, counter-lawsuits, injunctions and the like an tying it up in court while the State pays out millions to defend (currently making Christie cronies very happy with the money they are making off of it) and keep it tied up in the system forever.

            It’s like paying for sex or getting married….either way, you pay one way or the other.

          • Posted by Tough Love on September 22, 2014 at 8:34 pm

            Millions in legal fees vs BILLIONS in unjust Taxpayer pension contributions NOT made….

            Yeah, I can go for that …. permanently.

          • Posted by truthnolie on September 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

            Last I checked, the “unjust” pension contributions are still being made and have been since your hero (or is that jumbo sub) Christie “fought and made substantial changes” (HA!) in June 2011….3 + years and counting….no real change aside from the COLA thing which has already been beaten down.

            Here…..have some more Kool Aid. Crazy Cranberry for you!

          • Posted by Tough Love on September 22, 2014 at 10:38 pm

            While the promised “benefits” haven’t been reduced beyond the COLA suspension (which the Courts may yet reinstate) and changes for NEW workers (which will do little for the next 20 years) … we the Taxpayers are still actually “contributing” (and have been for years) only 10-20% of what the actuaries calculate that we NEED TO BE contributing to adequately fund the (grossly excessive) pension promises.

            Do the math …. your pension are dead in less than 5 years.

            Denial isn’t a good plan.

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