Rally Reaction

This thread for you to share your reactions, both to the rally and to the official reactions to the rally.

This statement just came in the from New Jersey Democratic State Commitee Chairman John Wisniewski:

“Today tens of thousands of concerned New Jerseyans spent a beautiful Saturday rallying in Trenton to tell Governor Christie to get his priorities straight.  The diverse cross section  of people who spoke today clearly illustrate the outrage and heartache felt across the state as one campaign promise after another falls by the wayside so governor Christie can focus on cutting taxes for the wealthiest 16,000 New Jerseyans.  The rest of us are left with huge property tax increases, fare hikes and losses of crucial services from after school programs for at risk youth, to libraries and women’s health programs.”

“Chris Christie campaigned on a platform of change.  No one realized he wanted to change New Jersey into a right wing utopia where everyone shares in sacrifice except for millionaires, where our children’s teachers and other public employees are the enemy, where our independent judiciary is cast aside to instead apply a political litmus test to judges and where a return to the days of Tammany Hall are imminent by eliminating civil service rules for public hiring. ”

“I commend and congratulate the organizers and participants of today’s historic rally for their hard work, dedication and success in putting a face on the priorities that we share.”

Meanwhile, Christie’s spokesman asked workers to accept that right-wing utopia is inevitable:

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the protesters were “blinded by their own rhetoric” and “on the wrong side of history.”

Update: Christie at the racetrack:

When asked about the workers’ rally in Trenton, he said, “I’m here. They’re there. Have a nice day.”

Comments (8)

  1. deciminyan

    Drewniak’s comment says it all about the Christie administration.  His comment is condescending and inappropriate.  It would have been much more conciliatory if he had said something like “we understand the protesters’ concerns, but the state budget is in a crisis and deep cuts have to be made.”  We would still disagree with him, but it would have brought some civility to the discussion.  This is no different than Dubya’s assertion that you’re either with him or with the terrorists.

    Christie needs to realize that he is governor of ALL of New Jersey, not just the 48% that voted for him.  He is just another smug bully who happens to be in power (for now)

  2. Jersey Shore John

    George Bush’s 3 term.

  3. rjsnj

    Drew over 35,000 people – largest crowd in Trenton.  Speakers did a good job.  Larry Hamm of POP really lit up the stage.

    Dump Christie!

  4. bluescat1

    I was really impressed with the organization, many large screen TV monitors so you didn’t have to push toward the stage.

    Christie had his staff as well as legislative aids busy posting at NJ.com. my opinionSome of the things they were saying to teachers was pretty vile teabagger rhetoric.

  5. Got Kids

    Politicians pushed by their friends in labor gradually expanded pay and benefits . . . while keeping the job protections and layering on incredibly generous retirement packages that has left us with the current unsustainable systems we now face.

    One cannot both be a progressive and be opposed to pension reform. The math is irrefutable that the losers from excessive and unfunded pensions are precisely the programs progressive Democrats tend to applaud. Those programs are being driven out of existence by rising pension costs.

    Chairman Wisniewski and his minions are caught between a mythical public backlash against budget cuts and the a blind search for the “great middle” of the electorate; layering public anguish, instead of leading he has chosen to follow.  

  6. Winston Smith

    The telling quote was from the Star Ledger story.  

    The governor’s spokesman, Michael Drewniak, said the protesters are “blinded by their own rhetoric and are on the wrong side of history.”

    So the Christie administration views itself as “history’s actors” ? Those remarks echo the ignorant hubris of the Bush Administration. Recall the killer NY Times Sunday Magazine story “Faith, Certainty and the Presidency of George W. Bush” that nailed the Bush fatal flaw with this famous quote:

    The [Bush] aide said that guys like me were “in what we call the reality-based community,” which he defined as people who “believe that solutions emerge from your judicious study of discernible reality.” I nodded and murmured something about enlightenment principles and empiricism. He cut me off. “That’s not the way the world really works anymore,” he continued. “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality. And while you’re studying that reality – judiciously, as you will – we’ll act again, creating other new realities, which you can study too, and that’s how things will sort out. We’re history’s actors . . . and you, all of you, will be left to just study what we do


    Chrisitie is NJ’s George Bush – creating his own false reality. Ideological. Ignorant. Arrogant – but with a bullying mean streak even frat boy Bush couldn’t match.]

    Full post, with pictures, see:


  7. rjsnj

    The task for us is to limit the damage.

  8. laur

    I was impressed with Larry Hamm, too! An amazing speaker!


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