Christie’s New Staff – That We Paid For

The Washington Post reported on who got hired to be on Chris Christie’s presidential campaign staff with a lengthy list that made one wonder how so many people have the wherewithal to sign up for a fledgling campaign operation that is likely hurting for money (unless Ken Langone changes his mind).

The answer is that they should have money saved from the last few years – from jobs that Christie got them and New Jersey taxpayers paid for in one way or another:

Maria Conella (communications) : $140,000 state job

Christie for governor campaigns – 2009 & 2013:

Bill Palatucci: among other government favors and contracts – $1.7 for his law firm to obstruct justice

Cam Henderson: $160,000 to run the Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund (with no prior experience running a charitable foundation) after being Mary Pat Christie’s chief of staff and director of protocol.


11 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    Oh no you mean ony in his inner circle’s best interest, now that’s fair and equal. Prosecution rests, jury verdict is guilty as charged.


  2. Posted by summerphan on July 3, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    hey tough love there are some public workers feeding at the taxpayers expense. excessive and greed? higher salary than any state worker gets and got hugh raises 23% unlike the rest of the state workforce.


  3. Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    TL is the female Chris Christie and she is very proud of it.


    • Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2015 at 3:01 pm

      Ok just stop it, you’re all just jealous of TL’s financial success b/c you’re all just menial public servants – LOL.


      • Posted by Tough Love on July 3, 2015 at 4:29 pm

        Actually, I believe they keep trying to poo-poo what I say because they are running scared (that their excessive pension & benefits will rightfully be reduced …. even just for FUTURE Service).

        If what I say and “demonstrate” weren’t accurate … and make sense to the reasonably intelligent and informed reader, I would simply be ignored.


        • Posted by summerphan on July 3, 2015 at 4:54 pm

          Once again you do not answer my query. I am not questioning your “belief”. However aren’t Christie’s hires not public employees that demonstrate your statement of excess and greed. they got 23% raises far and above any private sector employees for that time period. Yet I see you do not address that issue. If indeed you believe what you say then they are and should be the first on your list of reductions and should have been while they were in those positions. you say nothing of that. I am not nor have never been a state employee and since I am comfortably retired never will be. Although it should be noted that many republicans in the past have taken state politically appointed jobs after retirement to up their retirement benefits and double dipped salaries. the fact that you refuse to acknowledge the public excess and greed at the top appointed positions of the Christie administration is hypocritical


          • Posted by Tough Love on July 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm

            If Christie’s hires rec’d 23% raises, such way-above-normal raises should be accompanied by strong reasoning (verifiable comparisons to others with very similar responsibilities, education, experience, knowledge and skills) and publicly disclosed.

            If not, theirpay should be reduced to an appropriate level.

            That being said, how much do ALL of his support staff make, a few $ Million. IF they are overpay, it is wrong (and unjustified to do so) … even if only by 5 or 10% ……. but it won’t break the bank.

            The only recent study I am aware of (the AEI study linked on this blog previously) shows that NJ’s Public Sector workers have a 23% “Total Compensation” (pay + pensions + benefits) “ADVANTAGE” over their Private Sector counterparts ….. with that 23% rising to 34% if the much greater value of Public Sector job security in included.

            The 23% “advantage” HUGE in total annual $$$ ….. has, is now, and will continue to financially strangle NJ’s finances. It MUST end and for the FUTURE Service of all (NJ STATE and LOCAL) Public Sector workers..

          • Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2015 at 5:32 pm

            It’s excess in name of rectitude – march on!

        • Posted by Anonymous on July 3, 2015 at 5:38 pm

          wow what a shocker, its a holiday weekend and TL is not drunk yet, I never thought she would surface until Sunday night. By they way , what you say if poo poo and you very well know it. Christie is your male counterpart and hero


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