Monday, July 04, 2011

Christie sucker punches Sweeney

NJ Senate President Stephen Sweeney: "He’s a rotten prick."
Quelle surprise. No one could have predicted that the conservatives favorite blowhard governor would screw a Democrat after he sweet talked him into making a deal against his best interests.

Seems Sweeney sold out his constituency on pension and health reforms. To reward him for his bipartisan comity, Christie took out his line item veto pen and slashed funding for every program Democrats support. The list is long, but here's a sample:
He mowed down a series of Democratic add-ons, including $45 million in tax credits for the working poor, $9 million in health care for the working poor, $8 million for women’s health care, another $8 million in AIDS funding and $9 million in mental-health services.
Of course it wasn't all bad. No worries for the GOP's wealthy supporters:
But the governor added $150 million in school aid for the suburbs, including the wealthiest towns in the state. That is enough to restore all the cuts just listed.
As Sweeney says, "He’s just a rotten bastard to do what he did."

The rest of us knew that already Mr. Sweeney.

[More posts daily at the Detroit News.]

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