We wanted results and Gov. Christie has started to deliver the results. The first was having his budget passed with bi-partisan support. Though, to be fair, Christie didn’t get everything we wanted. He told “Morning Joe” that he only got 99.872 % of what he asked for.
What I found surprising was that even the newspapers were singing his praises, which they don’t normally do with anyone that has a (R-State) after their name. The “Newark Star Ledger” said it was his finest moment of governor, and even went so far as to issue a warning to state Democrats. Yes, you read the right.
So sayeth (I think) NJ’s #1 newspaper…
It was his finest moment as governor. Our hope is that Democrats resist the pressure from public employee unions and shake the hand the governor has extended…
The second big fight will center on the governor’s “tool box” of reforms aimed at helping local officials control costs. The sharpest tool would cap increases in labor costs at 2.5 percent as well. That would include salaries and benefits, and apply to both towns and schools. That’s the provision that the unions will fight to the death, in the Legislature and in the courts. But it’s time for that showdown. Labor costs constitute the bulk of local spending. Without this tool, it’s unreasonable to expect local officials to live with the cap.
The initiative now moves to Democrats. If they resist this sensible reform, they better have a good explanation for voters next year. If not, the governor may have just opened the door to a GOP takeover.
I can only hope the NY GOP is taking notes.