Christie’s one-shot dilemma

Originally published on TheStateNJ.Com

by Fred Driscoll of The State

As Governor Chris Christie sells his budget plan to an anxious over taxed over and over burdened public he often states that he does not want to rely on one-shot gimmicks. We find this position laudable.

The cornerstone of his plan to control state spending is to seek union concessions in the form of salary and benefit freezes. We find this position laudable as well.


We also commend Gov. Christie for taking a bolder and more straight forward approach than any Garden State governor in recent memory.

Let’s face it the legislature is basically a wholly owned subsidiary of the very special interest groups that he is tackling and this fact would remain true even if the GOP had the majorities. With FEW exceptions, an examination of the GOP senate caucus would reveal few profiles in courage as union leaders pull their strings when necessary.

As for the Assembly – any caucus featuring Alex DeCroce and Jon Bramnick in leadership simply cannot be taken serious. Bramnick is an ambulance chaser and somehow he is a leader of the GOP? No wonder we have the worst business climate in the nation! And DeCroce is a clown, literally. But we digress. Our point is that we acknowledge that the governor has his work cut out for him.

That is why we are not gloating when we point out the following inconsistency. If Gov. Christie successfully gets every union put off or simply skip their raise this year in order to control state spending (no small feat), he will not achieve any structural change to balance next year’s budget. Therefore, a major part of his solution for this year’s budget crisis is a one shot gimmick. Think about – is he going to not make $6 Billion in pension payments next year?
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