Christie the Victim

Yesterday Governor Christie gave a speech at the NAACP New Jersey State Conference’s annual membership event (full video at the bottom of this blog) and his focus was on bail reform and giving drug addicts second chances.  Were I in that audience my thoughts would have run something like:

  • Rather then keeping suspected lawbreakers in a virtual debtor’s prison for lack of $250 bail money why not get more competent judges out there to work on that ‘speedy trial’ angle of the constitution.
  • Why is he telling me this? Does he believe these are the issues that effect me?
  • Is this the speech he gives in Iowa?

Then he took a swipe at the New Jersey Education Associations (NJEA) in a manner that revealed more about his own convenient misinterpretations of reality:


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“I think its interesting that there’s this perception of ‘disrespect’ towards public employees,” said Christie, adding, “I will tell you though, at times, that I feel like the ‘disrespect’ in this relationship has been disproportionate. … See, when a public employee union in this state between January of 2010 and mid year of 2013 spends tens of million of dollars in ads that says things like, ‘Chris Christie: He loves millionaires; he hates children.’ No matter of what any of you may think of me politically in this room, I do not believe there is a person of goodwill in this room who believes that I hate children. Not one. But it’s an interesting moment in a public servant’s life when you’re driving down the New Jersey Turnpike, and your children see a billboard that says that their father hates children. Now, of all the things I’ve said over time, about leaders of public employee unions, I’ve never said they hate their children. I’ve never said they hate their family. I don’t think I ever said they hate anybody. It’s a big thing to say, everybody.”

Note the leap from hating children (which if you’re in the process of mortgaging their futures is a reasonable interpretation) to hating your OWN children.  If the NJEA were to put up a billboard saying that Chris Christie hates Andrew Christie, Sara Christie, Patrick Christie and Bridget Christie then those kids in the car might have cause of immediate concern. As it is, as New Jerseyans, they should still be concerned about where their driver is taking them (and the rest of us).
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23 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on October 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    Christie did well in getting debt under control in NJ. Imagine how well he will do when he become President. He will really rein in the federal debt, I mean he has proven himself in NJ.

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  2. Posted by Anonymous on October 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    He just copies the NJ union ads and spends the Koch brothers campaign millions to make disparaging remarks about Democratic candidates nationwide. He should try that speech with its specific content at the Italian American clubs maybe he would get a clue about disrespect. I hope he steps down to enter the race for the White House, it’s the best solution for NJ.

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  3. Posted by Tough Love on October 12, 2014 at 10:03 pm

    John, You don’t have to like Gov. Christie, but I believe your commentary in this case is becoming unjustly biased.

    What I see behind Christie’s protestations of the Union’s statement that he hates children, is that it is the UNION’s insatiable greed for FAR greater than necessary, fair, just, or sustainable pensions & benefits (and their refusal to negotiate material givebacks) that results in the diversion of huge amounts of money that SHOULD BE going into classroom instruction, but can’t because it is needed to pay for the teacher’s outsized pensions & benefits…….. certainly an accurate description of what is now happening.

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  4. Posted by Anonymous on October 12, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Spare us TL, Christie’ s biting commentary about Democrats, teachers, legislative services employees and others were heard, he didn’t about their children viewing youtube videos of his snarky, condescending and disparaging remarks, politics is dirty and he is a political dirt devil. Classroom education is driven by the teacher books, computers and etc. are tools in the process. You consistently make “unjustly biased” statements about public employees, heed you own advise.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 12, 2014 at 11:09 pm

      Well, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree.

      My position …….. Every dollar which goes toward the funding of GREATER THAN necessary, just, and sustainable pensions & benefits does NOT go towards educating our children.

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 12, 2014 at 11:16 pm

      care

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  5. Posted by Eric on October 13, 2014 at 12:00 am

    Christie may very well be the next President. He has more presence than Hillary. It also seems that the whole bridge fiasco is behind him. The US Attorney’s Office may try to indict someone once the statue of limitations has expired.
    Eric

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 9:02 am

      He and his friend of 40 year, Chairman of the NJ Investment Council Mr Grady won’t survive the ethic inquiry nor the cans of worms that will be opened as that investigation proceeds forward. Ethics and investments are a mystery to the public, the information that is shared by the media will provide valuable lessons in the power of the ethic codes and securities regulations. The bridge investigation is quiet but active. It is very difficult to determine candidates presence and potential impact, most political interactions with supporters and potential voter is online, so who knows Hillary’s fan base compared to CC?

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 10:23 am

      Basically Americans respect obese men more than women.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

        That’s 18th century thinking, 21st century thin is in, nutrition is important, obesity is highly suspect.

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  6. Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 8:06 am

    Christie gets away with his deceit and corruption, Americans respect that. It is a sad state of affairs in this country

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    • Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 9:06 am

      When he declares his national candidacy the raft of nationwide opinion will open at full force and won’t be pretty. The investigation and hearing for the ethic charges is pending, I say right rules.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 13, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      Anything that Christie has actually and directly “cost” Taxpayers (by his OWN actions, not carryovers from the actions of his predecessors) pales in comparison to the cost of the deceit, corruption and Public Sector Union/politician collusion (re outsized Public Sector pay, pensions, and benefits).

      And with the financial beneficiaries of that collusion being Public Sector WORKERS ……… via pension & benefit promises always MULTIPLES greater in value at retirement than those of their Private Sector counterparts, unnecessary to attract and retain a qualified workforce, unjust to taxpayers, and clearly unsustainable ……. THAT’S where Taxpayers must look and go to right this wrong, via VERY material (50+%) reductions in the promised pensions & benefits for all CURRENT workers.

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      • Posted by Anonymous on October 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm

        how does it compare to other governors? as if you would have any idea? However he has done nothing to soothe your tremendous pain over public pensions and benefits, yet you are too much of a moron to even realize that. If anything genius he has made matter worse! And of course you will have to pay no matter what happens to pensions. I am not sure how you fail to realize that. Transportation Fund has been raided and depleted, Unemployment fund has been raided and depleted. Get ready to fill the kitty back up!

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        • Posted by Tough Love on October 13, 2014 at 7:55 pm

          Quoting …”And of course you will have to pay no matter what happens to pensions.”

          While I may pay a small bit more in taxes as part of a wider compromise, you can be assured that with a TRUE NJ plan funding ration of about 40% for State Plans (and 50% for Local Plans) very material pension reductions for CURRENT workers (and very like for those already retired) are all but certain.

          The Union mouthpiece who said ….. a large unfunded pension promise is better than a smaller well-funded pension promise …. will indeed be shown to be a fool.

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          • Posted by Anonymous on October 14, 2014 at 12:43 am

            oh you will pay a great amount because you are ignorant of the extent of the states insufficient funds besides pensions. You will have a rude awakening.

          • Posted by Tough Love on October 14, 2014 at 12:48 am

            So we’ll (Taxpayers AND Public Sector workers) BOTH suffer all because of

            (a) your Unions (and members) insatiable greed, and

            (b) our elected officials, all too willing to do your Union’s bidding in exchange for campaign contributions and election support.

  7. Posted by Javagold on October 13, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    His presidential campaign will last about as long as Rudy’s did…..HA HA

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  8. Posted by Eric on October 14, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Javagold:
    I respectfully disagree with your conclusion. This nation has twice elected a “community organizer” with no accomplishments and a sealed history.
    You are giving the American people too much credit which is a very dangerous thing.
    Eric

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    • Posted by Tough Love on October 14, 2014 at 3:09 pm

      Eric, Giving them “credit” isn’t the “dangerous thing”, what’s “dangerous” is their stupidity in CONTINUING to elect politicians (who in return for campaign contributions and election support) routinely betray the taxpayers’ interests to benefit special interest groups such as Public Sector Unions/workers and certain large corporations.

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  9. Posted by Eric on October 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm

    Tough Love:
    I agree with you. I am troubled how most Americans, especially the young people, have absolutely no sense of basic history in this country. Young people never heard of JFK, the “Missiles of October” or any limitation agreements, pertaining to arms, between the former Soviet Union and the US. It is beyond mind boggling. Forget using abbreviations such as SALT, NATO or what is the Warsaw Pact? Berlin Airlift is that a song? Didn’t he write Christmas carols? I am sure that he did.
    While watching Jeopardy last evening, the contestants did not know even the most basic English grammar which was a category. There was a tie. I assumed that the older man would have known, but I was wrong. He knew nothing at all about it!
    I also predict that Chris Christie will be the next President of the United States.
    Eric

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