I’m sorry, I know South Jersey too well to fall for these crocodile tears.
Tom Moran ran a column Sunday called “Sweeney unleashes his fury as N.J. budget battle turns personal.”
Sweeney plays himself off as a jilted lover, seduced into intimacy by the beguiling new man in town, he’s the Governor ya know, completing the soap opera with the great “betrayal.”(Ay Dios Mio!):
“After all the heavy lifting that’s been done – the property tax cap, the interest arbitration reform, the pension and health care reform – and the guy wouldn’t even talk to me?” Sweeney asks.
I hope no one was blinded by all the Lysol Sweeney sprayed to cover the stench of bullcrap.
Want to see some bad acting?
Oh man, they say “politics is acting for ugly people” – that’s just ugly acting.
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After a lot of people called bull on the whole display right after the press conference. Sweeney doubled down saying:
“I wanted to punch him in his head.”… “You know who he reminds me of?” Sweeney says. “Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the mean old bastard who screws everybody.”…”He’s a rotten prick.”
Firstly, violence is never appropriate, heartbroken or not. Sweeney will likely be called on that one and asked to apologize and he should. The law is the line in American politics and physical violence is wayyy over it.
Getting past the scripted Mr. Potter reference and the dirty talk (to show Sweeney is really upset) is the simple fact that he and Christie have been partners continuously since day one and now, when some deflection over unpopular policies is needed, Christie goes from the man Sweeney swoons over to “a rotten prick.” It’s ridiculous.
They are both professional politicians cutting politically calculated deals, the outrage is phonier than the time cards at
Xanadu American Dream Meadowlands.
You want to win back some support among the base Mr. Senate President? You want any shot at Governor in 2013? Fake outrage is worthless, pass some good Progressive legislation; protect public education from privatization, marriage equality, stand up for seniors and the poor who need government services… something, anything?
Otherwise we are all left with the final act in this farce. The new man in town comes back sorrowfully to ask forgiveness, the wounded lover can’t help himself – he knows the Governor acted rotten (prick) – but those ancient feelings soon return. But… can Sweeney really open his heart again after such a betrayal?
“We could work together on the Corporate takeover of public education, it would be just like… old times.” says the Governor, suddenly vulnerable. A long hard moment, why is trust so hard? “That would be reallllll nice” Sweeney says, heart all a flutter.
The Governor and Sweeney ride together out into the sunset, the darkening sky illuminated by the fires of the state of New Jersey burning to the ground behind them.
Spare us the drama.