Christie to Tapper: We’re just getting started
You either love this guy (if you believe in fiscal conservatism) or you hate him, right lefties? But I have rarely seen the New Jersey Governor not get a reaction. So this clip is for both of you. Plenty to love and plenty to hate.
Tapper informs Christie that his critics pretty much accuse the New Jersey Governor of using smoke and mirrors to close a p[projected $11 billion dollar gap, which Tapper says includes a tx increase (Christie eliminated the Homestead Tax rebate that went to all citizens). But the best part comes when Tapper asks about state pensions toward the end of the interview, pointing out that the budget only balanced because Christie didn’t make a pension payment. Bad move Jake.
None of this means Christie, or like minded people in the private sector, “hate”, as one caller put it, government employees. Quite the contrary. They provide a service. But like anything else in commerce, when you can no longer afford something, you don’t buy it. And that my friends is the bottom line. So it would appear that the pension postponement might last a little longer than a year. The point Christie is making is that it was over promising that got Jersey into its fiscal mess, and that is going to stop. I’ll take one of these please
One should never make promises that cannot be kept. If Christie was left with this mess, it is not his responsibility to keep the promises from a previous administration…how in God's name would he fix NJ's problems otherwise?
Another way of looking at it is that by trimming some of the more outrageous benefits that the retired or retiring state workers have, more and better benefits will be available for current and new state employees.
Besides, Democrats have no trouble trimming executive pay with a shiny new "pay czar", so why can't the same be done to the union elite? Are union bosses salaries being cut?
Good for the goose, good for the gander.
Note to Obama –
When you sign on to accept a hand off of a smelly bag of problems, fix the problems or your gonna get stink on you.
P.S. – notice that Christie has yet to whine.