Letter to the Editor: Governor Christie is Not at All a Reformer, but a Hypocrite

BY  |  Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 1:30pm  |  COMMENTS (7)

Letter to the EditorAt a town hall meeting in Somerset, NJ last week, Governor Christie focused on the state budget saying health benefits for retired state workers will cost more than for current state employees. He said health and pension costs need to be contained and renewed a pledge to propose further changes to public workers’ pensions.

This Letter to the Editor was submitted by Joe Amato, President of PBA Local 382, Essex County Department of Corrections:

I know this letter made the rounds for many years, but its time to dust it off again.

This letter speaks volumes that Governor Christie is not at all a reformer, but a hypocrite.

He lives by the political sword of retribution to slash anyone who dares not kiss the ring and its unfortunate that taxpayers were duped into believing that they now have some sort of savior against public employees.

Christie is no savior. He a politician scorned by public employees and as we all see in the letter in his own words or at least in the words of someone who wrote it for him for which he approved and signed …

Our pensions are a “sacred trust” “No one respects us more or will stand up for us more than him” “Our agreements must be respected” etc.

Does that sound like a man who should be claiming that other politicians are in bed with us or telling taxpayers such things when he begged to claim his own spot in this supposed public employee bed?

“Please Vote For Me” begging for our support.

Keep drinking that Koolaide taxpayers and rub that Snake Oil in real good while you throw roses at this hypocritical and corrupted man and wait for your taxes to go down under false pretenses.

Your taxes are high due to decades of political corruption and financial shell games in Trenton and beyond and all Christie is, is the guy who currently controls that’s corruption.



  1. POSTED BY townie  |  April 23, 2014 @ 3:47 pm

    I’m no fan of Gov. Christie but Mr. Amato does his cause a disservice with the cover letter printed here. All political positions can change and rather than write about koolaid and snake oil, a more well-grounded argument of why pensions deserve protection would help make his case.

    What percentage of NJ voters get pensions? It must be a small number. So the challenge is to protect a benefit that few receive. It is not easy in these lean times and thus requires that Mr. Amato try harder.

  2. POSTED BY jcunningham  |  April 23, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    “What percentage of NJ voters get pensions? It must be a small number. So the challenge is to protect a benefit that few receive.”

    —oy. how many ways is this formulation off base?

    the percent of voters is a totally specious point, as pensions are NOT entitlements—employees contribute to these funds. oerhaps you could read up on this.

    And how nice for you that you can sweep away the utter corruption of NJ government and the hypocrisy of our Guv as “politics.” They are demonstrable facts. Just because you are in denial does not make them any less true.

    but since you are so keen on percentage of voters dictating policy, perhaps you should focus instead on what the top 1% of wealthy jerseyites receive from this state in tax beaks, etc…

    I’ll start holding my breath now…

  3. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  April 23, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    Call me naive, but I still can’t understand how Chris Christie, with an overwhelming mandate, an historic crossover vote, and an excellent shot at a 2016 presidency election, still felt the need to monkey around ( yes, he’s the boss, so it’s on his desk ) with lane closures, mayoral shakedowns, and similar crap. He’s turned himself into challah toast, and Hilary and Bill are ready to move their left to moderate agenda to the next level from their upcoming occupancy of the Oval Office. That is, unless Jeb Bush’s dad calls in old favors, the Koch brothers have some spare change after they upgrade their dentures, and the SCOTUS rules in Jeb’s favor after the 2016 equivalent of Floridian chads are tallied by hand.

  4. POSTED BY cathar  |  April 23, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    I hope that letter above (to which “editor?” Baristanet’s?) wasn’t meant as tribute to New Jersey’s public schools.

    Spiro, your post above was even mangier than usual in its desperate attempt to be, uh, “witty.”. The Koch brothers have absolutely no relevance here. Certainly no more than, say, a certain billionaire named Steyer from California.

  5. POSTED BY Spiro T. Quayle  |  April 23, 2014 @ 7:40 pm

    Cheer up cathar, a Hillary win will give you ample opportunity to kvetch on-line for another four or eight years. And, if Hillary loses, you can continue to kvetch about how Baristanet doesn’t meet your standards for acceptable journalism. You really should win some kind of endurance prize for endlessly kvetching here for more than a decade. It’s quite a record. I’m sure you’ve worn your way through several keyboards by now. Credit where credit is due, that’s what I say.

  6. POSTED BY cathar  |  April 23, 2014 @ 11:27 pm

    The only “credit” I can ever assign to you, Spiro, is persistent witlessness.

    It’s your due. And you’ve certainly earned it.

  7. POSTED BY townie  |  April 24, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    jcunningham’s strange beatdown notwithstanding (above), the news is full of pension reform and my point was not to sweep away or deny corruption but that Mr Amato’s letter was very poorly written and would likely appeal only to those relatively small number who are directly affected.

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