Christie was the headliner in many papers today for his outright rejection of the Democrat’s arbitration reform proposals. The Star Ledger was critical of the governor’s attitude –
His typical behavior has created an interesting scenario. Does Christie stand his ground and try and twist some democratic arms (besides the alliances he has forged with the pathetic Essex Dems) to ram through his own proposals? Does Sweeney and Oliver hold their ground out of fear their core constituency will turn on them as primaries inch ever so closer?? Thus far the democrats have turned their backs to labor nearly as much as Christie has. I suspect labor will be very energetic for the primaries and for the general in 2011. Labor has been hammered by the Governor over the past year. The governor’s policies and grandstanding has angered the NJEA, police and fire, CWA, ect.. Trade unions were already hurting because of the recession, Christie’s dumping of the ARC has amplified the number of trade labor members going on the dole.
Christie won the governorship because many union members voted their social values and ignored the endorsements of their respective unions. Those votes are gone now, social values are going to take a back seat to pocketbooks. I don’t know how much longer the Dem’s can ignor labor. Often there will be splits between private and public sector unions. That spilt is gone as well.
Labor is going to be unified, organized, and ready to spend some money as the primaries near. Christie drew a line in the sand over this arbitration issue, will the Dem’s push back on this one or let Christie win again?