There’s an old Middle Eastern saying, “The enemy of my enemy is my friend.” I don’t buy into this philosophy, but it does provide a starting point for evaluating that enemy of my enemy.
Today, the Koch Brothers’ organization, Americans for Prosperity, released a 2014 scorecard of New Jersey legislators. AFP has a simplistic philosophy – government and taxes are bad. However, the real world is more nuanced than that, but it’s interesting to see how AFP rated some of our New Jersey legislators.
A 100% rating from AFP should be considered bad – it means that the legislator buys into the Koch Brothers philosophy of governing for the 1 percent. Not surprisingly, all of the recipients of the “perfect” score are Republicans – Declan O’Scanlon (ranking member of the Assembly Budget Committee), Jack Ciattarelli, Donna Simon, Alison McHose, BettyLou DeCroce, and potential GOP gubernatorial nominee Jay Webber.
The highest ranking (worst, by my account) state senator is Sam Thompson.
The Kochs’ “worst” legislators are Democrats, with my cream of the crop receiving a 2% or 3% score. They are Assembly members Herb Conaway, Craig Coughlin, Patrick Diegnan, Joseph Egan, Angel Fuentes, Jerry Green, Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Reed Gusciora, Angelica Jiminez, Charles Mainor, Jason O’Donnell, Nancy Pinkin, Annette Quijano, Linda Stender, Whip Wilson, and former members Joe Cryan and Bonnie Watson-Coleman.
In the Senate, the Kochs’ “enemies” were Peter Barnes, Richard Codey, Sandra Cunningham, Nick Scutari, Brian Stack, Senate President Steve Sweeney, Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, and Jim Whelan.
I’m not surprised that there are a number of Christiecrats and Norcrosscrats in this list of Koch enemies. The AFP is single-mindedly focused on eliminating government, and even “bad” Democrats vote for sensible government most of the time.
You can see the complete list of rankings at this link.