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October 26, 2010

Awesome Headline Of The Day: "N.J. Democrats In Crisis Mode After Failing To Dilute Christie's Cap On Public Worker Raises"

Your moment of Chis Christie awesomeness.

(Democratic) Party officials and operatives spent the day burning up phone lines trying to determine what can be done following an embarrassing defeat Monday on the floor of the Assembly, where some Democrats refused to support a binding arbitration bill the Democratic leaders of both houses publicly touted.

The defeat was so bitter that some Democrats even talked about whether and how they could attempt to remove Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver from her post, according to three party leaders.

...Little was resolved, but some party officials acknowledged they know how much trouble they’re in and realize Democratic loyalists are disappointed with their performance in opposing Republican Gov. Chris Christie.

"We need a stronger unifying voice for Democratic principles and right now I don’t see that," said Assembly Majority Leader Joe Cryan (D-Union). "We’ve got work to do."

The most recent blow to hit Democrats who run the Legislature came Monday afternoon when Oliver (D-Essex) was forced to table bill that would water down the hard cap on public-worker salaries increases proposed by Christie. Oliver and Senate President Stephen Sweeney last week announced their plan to reform the way public-sector unions have their wage hikes approved, but it ran into opposition led by Christie and Democrat Joe DiVincenzo, the Essex County executive.

Christie standing up for taxpayers against public workers and getting the Democrats to fight amongst themselves in the process? Nice. Very nice. The Democrats figure they can afford to lose voters but if they lose their paymasters in the public employee unions? Doom.

Another slice of Christie awesomeness? Despite pleas from everyone, it looks like he's sticking by his decision to can the tunnel project the state simply can't afford.

Care for a little more of the big man? The jacket is off and he's kicking some teacher union ass.

FTR-Next week, I'm writing him in for Governor...of New York. There's enough Christie to go around.

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