Perdido 03

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Christie Plans To Use Government Employee Pensions To Distract From BridgeGate Scandal

Because when all else fails, bash the government workers and their pensions:

It sounds counterintuitive: A Republican governor entangled in an imbroglio over his combative style girding for an ugly spat with government workers and their Democratic allies over New Jersey’s unfunded pension costs. 

But this is a Classic Christie Clash — a fight on behalf of forgotten taxpayers, challenging sacred cows, venturing where predecessors dared not go. (After outlining a painful solution to the $52 billion deficit, he said, “That’s not the typical thing you hear from a politician, right?”) 

No matter the outcome, the conflict is a proven winner with an immediate upside: It changes the conversation. Suddenly, New Jersey Democrats are talking about how to pay for public worker retirement benefits as often as lane closings at the George Washington Bridge.

“This is the better storm to deal with then the one he is dealing with now,” said Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute. “It’s trying to gain control of both the agenda and the message, something he has always been able to do over his first four years and hasn’t over the past few months.”

And who didn't fund the government employee pensions?

Oh, right - the state of New Jersey's politicians, including Chris Christie.

But no matter, because as we have seen time and time again in this country, the only business deal that is not sacrosanct to Republicans, Democrats and the courts are the contracts unionized employees agree to work.

Here's hoping the evidence continues to tighten around Christie and it gets him before he gets your pension.

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