While the Governor continues to push his plans to privatize, it’s creating an uncomfortable situation for Republican Senator Tom Goodwin, who is challenging Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein for the Senate seat in the 14th districti:
Privatization became an issue for Goodwin and his campaign last week after a special panel released a report recommending ways to farm out state government functions to private firms.
The document does not specifically mention layoffs, but they are expected if privatization is implemented. That, combined with the slap of potentially having to pay to park at work (one of the commission’s suggestions), could be a bitter pill to swallow for public workers among the district’s voters.
“Do I think it’s a liability? Well, he’s doing what he feels is the best for the state of New Jersey,” Goodwin said of the governor. Christie “is looking at the whole state … I don’t think he’s looking specifically at my district and saying ‘Whatever is good for Tom.'”
But the question will be is Tom looking out for the good of his district or will he get the back of his Governor? It’s a tough spot for the candidate and that point isn’t lost on his opponenent:
Greenstein said the privatization issue could play well for her, though she said she wasn’t sure if Goodwin would try to ignore it. “I would if I were him,” she said.
If he’s not ignoring it, he’s certainly not willing to take a position yet:
The new GOP senator from Mercer County tells The Auditor he isn’t ready to take a stance, specifically, on Christie’s call for privatizing certain functions of state government.
“To be honest with you, I don’t know,” Goodwin said.
To be honest with you, he better figure out an answer or that will be an opening that Greenstein can drive a truck through in the 14th, where a good portion of the voters are state workers and public employees.