Do you want to know why New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is trying to destroy the public unions in his state? Read this New York Times profile to see if you can find an answer.
The Times story will run in the Sunday Magazine this weekend and it examines Christie’s arrogant attitude towards public unions.
Since the New Jersey governor was elected in 2009 he has become the poster boy for “public pension reform.” Part of his toolkit for reform centers on forcing union members to contribute more to their plans, employees retiring later and receiving lower benefit payments.
Under his plan, fire fighters would have to work five years longer and thousands booed the governor for his pension proposal at an event last fall.
For his part, Christie appeared smug about the havoc that he is wreaking on the unions. “Listen, if they want to travel in the Michael J. Fox time machine and change time, I guess we could try that,” he said. “We could get the DeLorean out and try to go back there.”
Public union leaders like Vincent Giordano, executive director of the New Jersey Education Association were able to get their digs in at Christie in the Times profile. He said,” Public employees, public education, public pension systems – somehow he’s allergic to the word ‘public.’ Somebody ought to get him some kind of medication that gets him off that allergy he has to anything that’s public.”