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