Christie aides admit that taking on unions was intentional and absolutely a part of their strategy

For all Governor Christie’s talk that he’s just trying to bring change and shared sacrifice, the truth is coming out through his aides about a calculated political strategy. And that truth confirms what everyone knew all along, his goal was to demonize the unions, even though the Governor still denies. From the NY Times:

Mr. Christie said there was no plan to put the unions front and center, though some of his aides say privately that it was quite intentional.

But on controlling local government spending and taxes, he acknowledged that “yes, absolutely,” there was a political strategy to doing things in a particular order. The governor’s budget reduced school aid, leading to predictions that districts would raise property taxes. He blamed the teachers’ union for any increases and proposed capping property tax increases. Now he is using that cap as leverage for a package of bills, which has met union opposition, to help towns and school districts control spending.

Smart politics for sure, but that doesn’t necessarily lead to good policy. Even if they slap the word bipartisan on it for the seal of approval.

Comments (6)

  1. 12mileseastofTrenton

    Sweeny started doing it four years before Christie took office.

    Of course, if Christie wanted to eliminate project labor agreements, Sweeney would be the first one screaming.  So much for union solidarity in New Jersey.

  2. speedkillsu

    When Corzine gave the unions that sweetheart deal ,to ensure Biden would show up to help his reelection ,and Christie saw the outrage  from voters over that deal …the light bulb went on !attack the unions and the people will back you !

  3. Winston Smith

    to replicate Reaggan’s attack on air traffic controllers union?

    How’d that work out?

    We are still reaping the whirlwind of the Reagan Revolution.


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