Saturday Reading: George Will on Christie

4/24/2010:

A Hoboken411 reader thought you’d find this op-ed from George Will interesting, saying (Hoboken Mayor) “Zimmer is not bringing change to Hoboken, but at least we have strong leadership coming from Trenton.”

Some excerpts…

Bringing Thunderous Change to New Jersey

“There are 700,000 more Democrats than Republicans in New Jersey, but in November Christie flattened the Democratic incumbent, Jon Corzine. Christie is built like a burly baseball catcher, and since his inauguration just 13 weeks ago, he has earned the name of the local minor-league team — the Trenton Thunder.”

“So he closed the $2.2 billion gap by accepting 375 of 378 suggested spending freezes and cuts. In two weeks. By executive actions. In eight weeks he cut $13 billion — $232 million a day, $9 million an hour.

“Challenging teachers unions to live up to their cloying “it’s really about the kids” rhetoric, he [Christie] has told them to choose between a pay freeze and job cuts.”

“He [Chrisitie] has received some support from the Democratic president of the state Senate, Stephen Sweeney, a leader of a local ironworkers union. This suggests waning solidarity between unionized private-sector workers who are weary of paying ever-higher taxes to enrich unionized public employees.”

“Saying “subtlety is not going to win this fight,” Christie notes that New Jersey’s police officers, the nation’s highest paid, can retire after 25 years at 65 percent of their highest salary. In the state that has the nation’s fourth-highest percentage (66) of public employees who are unionized, he has joined the struggle that will dominate the nation’s domestic policy making in this decade — to break the ruinous collaboration between elected officials and unionized state and local workers whose affections the officials purchase with taxpayers’ money.”

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22 Comments on "Saturday Reading: George Will on Christie"

homeworld
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There’s an ad here on Hoboken411 about supporting NJN which the Christie administration has just axed.

Between this and raising taxes on the motion picture and television industry in New Jersey by getting rid of the state tax incentives, he is killing off the last few remaining jobs in this state that aren’t FCC mandated.

truth1
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truth1

The Governor is human and as one, knows his own motivations and hopefully, his limitations. He did inherit a mess and has a difficult job ahead. He should be a strong leader but not headstrong. Is the comparing of our dissenting students as “being used as drug mules by teachers” correct? I THINK NOT!

matt_72
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More like the union is using them as human shields.

In response to truth1 who said:
The Governor is human and as one, knows his own motivations and hopefully, his limitations. He did inherit a mess and has a difficult job ahead. He should be a strong leader but not headstrong. Is the comparing of our dissenting students as “being used as drug mules by teachers” correct? I THINK NOT!

truth1
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truth1

…as human shields…quite emotional…!

In response to matt_72 who said:
More like the union is using them as human shields.

emarche
Member

“Christie is just pissed off because he was probably an unpopular “sub-par” student at school.

Really? That’s your conclusion? The governor is doing this for revenge? If that’s how all teachers in NJ think, then we’re in worse trouble than I suspected.

matt_72
Member

Then what does that make all the lower level workers at the state and local level? Below-par students? Based on their post, this individual certainly would fall into that category.

In response to emarche who said:
“Christie is just pissed off because he was probably an unpopular “sub-par” student at school.

Really? That’s your conclusion? The governor is doing this for revenge? If that’s how all teachers in NJ think, then we’re in worse trouble than I suspected.

truth1
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truth1

Today’s economic climate has caused emotional rage with some overreaction. It took many factors and time for this situation to happen and it will take some time to correct. Teachers, Police Officers and Firefighters are not Public Enemy No. 1. They really protect life and prepare minds for future success. We all share in the mess, since we elected our past leaders.

plywood
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plywood

Let’s unmotivate the best and brightest. Great place to start with the budget.

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