What do you think the next step is, Blue Jersey? – promoted by Rosi Efthim
OK. So we had a rally in Trenton with record turnout. It makes us feel good. And it will be ignored by Christie and his Tea Bagger friends.
There’s recall. That’s a bad idea – not only because it will be unsuccessful, but will invigorate the Tea Baggers and cause Christie to dig in his heels even further. The most promising approach is to keep the pressure on the Legislature – both Republicans and Democrats. A well-crafted campaign to override Christie’s veto of the millionaire’s tax could take the wind out of his sails.
We also need to revector the message from supporting teachers and kids to a more general audience. There’s a large unenlightened constituency out there who simply look at school costs as a burden on their overstreteched income. We need to show them the severity of the other harm Christie’s policies are causing. And we need the teachers’ union to realize that by matching Christie’s intransigence, they are only hurting themselves.
Christie basks in publicity, so it is counterproductive to attack him personally. The right thing to do is to mount a PR campaign to alert the voters on the short-term and long-term harm he is bringing to New Jersey, and concurrently suggest realistic progressive alternatives. And we gotta find a credible loyal opposition focal point.