Okay, I admit to being a total fangirl when it comes to Christie. But dang, the man has a way with words. This time he's having to tell yet another public service employee (police officer) how it is. I have the highest respect for police officers and firemen but their unions are proving to be as intractable as the auto-workers and the teachers and are doing as much damage to their constituencies. They don't realize that fiscally, everyone is at the end of the line. Christie tells this guy that a lot of people before him made promises that they didn't (and couldn't) keep when it came to salaries and pensions (and cashing out sick leave). He also points out that one city had to actually take out bonds to pay four police officers over $900,000 at their retirements (each) for unused sick leave. At the end, when the man is complaining about a net $4.00 in his paycheck after his increase in health insurance costs and his two percent raise, Christie tells him that at least he has a job and that he's going to have to make health care choices, just like everyone else to see what he can afford.
A politician actually telling the truth. No wonder there's so much snow in the Northeast--hell has, indeed, frozen over. (Via Coalition of the Swilling via Insty): Let it snow!!
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