Professional watch-me-scream-on youtube and occasional Governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie, is widely known for his “jersey guy” braggadocio and a seemingly irrational hatred of unions. The gargantuan governor gained national attention for his daily feuds with New Jersey’s teacher unions and, much like his old buddy George Bush, he remains poised to pretend that the democratically-controlled legislature is just a figment of his imagination and exists only for his Veto enjoyment. So it’s really not earth-shattering news to discover that he strongly supports Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s ‘strong action’ to balance budget.
Gov. Walker was elected by the people of Wisconsin,” Christie said. “I know him and I trust him and I support him.
Thousands of state workers have taken to the state capitol of Wisconsin in response to Governor Walker’s drastic proposal to stripping public employee unions, except police and fire departments, of much of their collective bargaining rights–all under the guise of “fiscal responsibility”.
It seems Christie has a new hobby: instead of dodging presidential questions from reporters, he’s dodging questions regarding whether he agrees with Walker’s proposal to strip workers of their collective bargaining rights.
For a man who prides himself on ‘putting it straight’, he convieniently forgot this apparent panache when it came to the substance of Walker’s proposals.
“I support Gov. Walker’s strong action to balance his budget,” Christie said. “I’m not going to micromanage Wisconsin from New Jersey.”
Interesting, considering he has micro-managed New Jersey from California, Ohio, and even Disneyland.
Governor Christie can be elliptical now, but don’t expect him to be so evasive come June, as contracts for the state’s non-public safety employee union are set to expire and will surely force a collective bargaining showdown between Christie and the state’s unions.
“At least we now know the full truth about this governor – he favors the complete decimation of worker rights,” Cryan said. “Let there no longer be any doubt – Gov. Christie is not on the side of working class Americans, whether they be from New Jersey or elsewhere.”
Whatever the turnout may be in Wisconsin, it remains clear Wisconsin governor Scott Walker will always have a warm place to sleep in the NJ governor’s mansion, assuming of course that it isn’t already being occupied by one of Christie’s powerful lobbyist friends.