Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Chris Christie: "I love collective bargaining"







By Gary P Jackson

From Mercury News:

HILLSBOROUGH, N.J.—Gov. Chris Christie, long at odds with unions over his budget-cutting ways, said that he's ready to start negotiating with state worker unions—and that he "loves" collective bargaining.

Christie said at a town hall meeting in Hillsborough that New Jersey is very different from Wisconsin, where a debate rages over whether that state's Republican governor is trying to break unions by getting rid of collective bargaining. Christie said he has never suggested that collective bargaining rights be taken away.

Just the opposite, said Christie, a darling of the Republican Party.

"In fact, I love collective bargaining," Christie told the crowd Wednesday, packed into a room in the municipal building. "I've said let's get rid of civil service and let everything be collectively bargained, as long as collective bargaining is fair, tough, adversarial and there's someone in that room representing you."

After accusing former Gov. Jon Corzine, a Democrat, of being too cozy with the unions, Christie said there would be a different tone this year.

"Let me at them. Get me out of the cage and let me go," Christie said.

Chris Christie talks a good game to his fans on You Tube, but it seems when the rubber meets the road, he's just another typical squishy RINO who doesn't have the cojones to really do what must be done.

"Let me at them. Get me out of the cage and let me go,"

Seriously, who is he trying to kid here. Like most bullies, he talks a big game, but again, one of the real issues before us is the out of control public sector unions, and how they are bankrupting the states with outrageous demands through collective bargaining. Governors in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other union states are trying to end the practice, and yet Christie is all for it.

F.D.R. Warned: Allowing Public Sector Unions Collective Bargaining Rights "Unthinkable and Intolerable." So did early union officials.

This is where Christie's over-sized ego is about to cause him massive trouble, as well as trouble for New Jersey. Let's say, for the sake of argument. Christie can actually negotiate something with these unions.

I know, I know, just bear with me.

Let's say his awesomeness gets it done. As soon as he gets defeated in an election, the next guy can come in and undo everything Christie has done. And with New Jersey's voting history, that will most certainly happen.

It's interesting that for all of Chris Christie's big talk, he seems to be all hat, no cattle. When it came time for New Jersey to join the fight against ObamaCare, he declined. This wouldn't have cost New Jersey any money, or effort. It would have just added their name to the long list of states suing the federal government, and would have certainly added to that effort. Christie didn't have the guts to do it.

Now we see that when the heat is on, and while other Governors are standing firm against the unions and WILL end their destructive collective bargaining practices, Christie wimps out.

Maybe if Christie would concentrate less on creating sound bites for his You Tube fans, and more on actually governing, he might get some where. So far the only thing we get from Christie is a lot of bluster, but no results.


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