By now you have probably heard…Vice President Joe Biden almost got cold feet about appearing with Corzine during his big re-election announcement.
The reason? Biden, the Obama Administration’s ‘union guy,’ was a wee bit uncomfortable when NJ’s largest state worker union ( CWA ) threatened to picket across the street.
According to a law enforcement source, the protest had been planned up until 4:00 that afternoon…when union leaders abruptly pulled the plug.
So, was a deal reached to avoid an uncomfortable situation for all? Sources tell me ‘yes.’ Apparently, a deal was hammered out at the last minute that will reduce the number of mandatory furlough days to ten in next year’s budget…down from the original 12 that were proposed. And workers would accept a wage freeze while banking those furloughs and taking additional paid personal days at a later time.
Corzine was not happy about the online article which was first published during Primary night. Wow. talk about having a parade rained on, right? I thought the Dems were doing that to Christie by having the Veep come in for Corzine on Christie’s big night.
Anyway, I asked Corzine about the deal at a press conference the day after where he initially refused to take my question. He insisted on taking only “on-topic” queries. When nobody had any, he proceeded to take an off-topic question from the Fox News Channel. Thanks, Guv.
But in fairness, he answered it eventually and acknowledged that there is a tentative agreement. He refused to say if it was done at the last minute to avoid political embarrassment which is what the Republicans are accusing him of doing. Can you blame him?