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As far as I’m concerned jezebel had the best headline of the week: This was Christie at his most Christie. Running right over the needs of New Jersey’s working poor. Viewing the world through Republican-colored glasses. It’s a damn shame. New Jerseyans deserve better…
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QoTD Mejia: The Walker-Christie model

“Scott Walker’s campaign may be dead, but his anti-working family policies live on in the candidacy of Chris Christie. Like Walker, Governor Christie has staked his bid on reflexive hostility to hardworking public servants and wrongheaded opposition to pro-family policies like raising the minimum wage and paid sick days. NJ Working Families will continue to ‘tell it like it is’ about the mess the Walker-Christie model has made of New Jersey’s economy, until Christie joins Scott Walker on the losers bench.”

            – NJ Working Families Exec. Dir. Analilia Mejia

I’m intrigued by the idea that Scott Walker’s now-dead campaign lives on in some ghost-form imprinted on Chris Christie’s, particularly since Walker didn’t get what he wanted from the RGA when Christie ran it. Some nice symmetry to how much these guys have in common and how neither of them can shake the FAILstink of White House dreams nobody else shares.  

Transit Fare Rally

In his post earlier today, josef outlined how the Democrats are complicit with our anti-worker governor in the hike of NJ Transit fares and the failure to raise revenue to cover mass transit and infrastructure.

Today, in front of the Capitol Annex, a coalition of advocacy groups under the umbrella of New Jersey for Transit spoke about this situation. Here are some highlights:

A full, unedited audio podcast will be posted in a few days. Names and affiliations of the speakers are below the fold.

Analilia Mejia on Chris Hayes

From last night, this is Analilia Mejia of NJ Working Families, killing it on Chris Hayes. A segment called Pension reform made Gov. Christie a star. Until now.

Pension ‘reform’ made the guy famous, a bipartisan star. And as his propaganda advertised, a new kind of politician who was better than his predecessors of both parties – those saps that snagged pension money to close their own budget shortfalls. But that was then. Now, Christie’s sinking under his own budget mismanagement and unrealistic revenue projections, with policies based on corpo-loopholes, coddling the wealthy and telling regular people if they just pay in more and get less out, he’d keep a promise to fully fund the pension payments. Christie was supposed to be some new kinda politician. The darling of the Wall Street donor class, somebody they could get behind for 2016. Nope.  

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Below the fold, bonus video also from last night, on how Matt Mowers testimony might answer the question of Why was it suddenly time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee?

Activist pressure on the State Ethics Commission on David Samson

UPDATE: Commission clears Dudley Burdge of wrongdoing, and acknowledges it’s looking into the David Samson case. Burdge expressed anger, saying he suspected it was the Christie administration’s way of forcing CWA, his union and one Christie has made a politicslenemy, to bleed money and resources on his defense. He’s probably right.

NJ Working Families, CWA and other social justice and pro-labor activists are putting pressure on the NJ State Ethics Commission to use their powers to investigate David Samson. This morning, they showed up to press that case in person.

What the Commission focused on today, instead of the obvious issues of ethics involved in the unfolding Christie administration abuse of power questions, is the five-year-old case of CWA’s Dudley Burdge, a case which has already been dismissed by an Administrative Law Judge at a hearing early this year. CWA’s John Connelly tells Blue Jersey the story.

To the right, Dudley Burdge this morning, holding a sign reminding commissioners he didn’t close a bridge, or make millions for his law firm. He just made a phone call.

“In the six weeks since we filed ethics charges against David Samson our case has only grown stronger, and Samson’s resignation was necessary but not sufficient to repair this breach of the public trust,” said Analilia Mejia, executive director of New Jersey Working Families. “The State Ethics Commission is supposed to be a nonpartisan watchdog. It’s time they act like it.”

                            – Analilia Mejia, NJ Working Families

NJ Working Families calls for grassroots effort to keep the NJ State Ethics Commission “ethical”

NJ Working Families is inviting you to show up with them Tuesday at the NJ Ethics Commission to tell them to focus on ethics issues arising from the interrelated Christie administration scandals. The group filed a complaint last month against David Samson, whose law firm and clients benefitted enormously from the time the Christie confidante was given the job of Port Authority chair, which he’s since resigned. They complain the Ethics panel will instead address a 5 year old case against a union rep, Dudley Burdge; persecution of union workers, they say, instead of tackling the corruption at the top.

What: Demonstration at State Ethics Commission

Where: 28 West State Street, Trenton

When: Tuesday, April 22nd at 9:30am

Details.