FRONT PAGE CONTRIBUTOR
Axis of Evil?* NJ Government Unions Unite Against Chris Christie and Taxpayers
In New Jersey, where the last Democrat governor (while he was a US Senator) had a girlfriend who just happened to be the head of New Jersey’s largest government union, where the property taxes are the highest in the nation, and where the state faces a $10+ billion budget gap and the real debt may be as high as $176 billion, government union bosses have spent millions of their members’ money fighting the reforms Governor Chris Christie has been pushing.
To his credit, Christie has not backed down from the fight–even going so far as to call the state’s teachers’ union (the New Jersey Education Association) a “political thuggery operation.”
Now, however, government union bosses are banding together to attack Christie by filing a joint lawsuit against the
taxpayers State of New Jersey.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Public workers, rather than Democrats, have been the Republican governor’s greatest foil. He gained national attention after calling on teachers to accept salary freezes and blaming the state’s financial woes on workers’ compensation packages, which he mocked in town-hall-style forums across the state.
Now, most of the state’s public unions are forging a united counterattack.
They plan to file a lawsuit as early as this week challenging the changes, including the elimination of annual pension cost-of-living-increases, union representatives said. The suit would be on behalf of at least 500,000 teachers, firefighters, police officers and other state and local workers.
“It’s being done strategically,” said Bill Lavin, head of the New Jersey Firefighters Mutual Benevolent Association. “The governor has tried—and the [state] Legislature to a lesser degree—to divide and conquer, to separate one from the other. The idea is to find what we have in common versus what separates us and file together.”
Of course, if the unions prevail in their joint assault, it will be the taxpayers of New Jersey that are left footing the bill. But, in New Jersey, that’s nothing new.
[* NOTE: If Democrat Rep. Mike Doyle [PA] and the Vice President Joey Biden have the audacity to call tea partiers “terrorists,” then turnabout can only be fair play.]
“I bring reason to your ears, and, in language as plain as ABC, hold up truth to your eyes.” Thomas Paine, December 23, 1776