Epic public relations FAIL.
And botched Jersey exceptionalism, from the Jersey governor. He’s in Indiana today, whooping it up there and in Wisconsin for GOP candidates in both states. Today’s schedule includes an Indiana distribution center for Express Scripts, a pharmaceutical benefits company whose merger with Medco Health earlier this year cost New Jersey 258 jobs.
Cost New Jersey 258 jobs. In a state with 9.9% unemployment, way above the nation’s average, a state with jobless rates among the highest in the U.S..
10%? Higher? Tomorrow we find out September numbers for NJ’s jobless rate, with a forecast from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia that the rate will climb to 10%.
Somebody on Christie’s staff is not serving him well. Or else, his arrogance and self-pumpery has grown to the point that he just doesn’t give a fig. Or a crap.
Bergen County, heads-up: 244 of those jobs were yours. Layoffs of 216 people were at Medco Health Solutions in Franklin Lakes, the workplace for those New Jerseyans before Medco merged with the company Christie visits today. Another 28 used to work at 2 Medco facilities, in Montvale and Fair Lawn. That wraps up as one of Bergen County’s biggest single layoff announcements this year.
Red-flags (mostly) from Dems: That was July. In March, the NJ Assembly voted 53-16-2 for a resolution urging Christie to oppose the Express Scripts-Medco merger.
Today, Christie is with Mike Pence, syndicated radio host now GOP congressman who is running for governor. This guy.