Governor Christie fire is burning up the State House. Whoa.
Anyone familiar with that Sean Kingston song? There was a period where I couldn’t wake up in the morning without hearing it on my alarm clock radio, so I am sure some of you caught on the car radio ( although admittedly I’ve changed the lyrics slightly ).
Much to the consternation of the print reporters, members of Christie’s senior staff held an off-the-record briefing with reporters after Christie’s Thursday speech. I might have asked the same question of that senior staff six times because I think it’s a key point: does this emergency declaration constitute a broad expansion of Executive power. “No” was the short answer. Technically, the Governor already had the power to make these cuts.
Well, many Democrats think otherwise. The level of hostility towards Christie’s actions among the party of the left was perhaps greater than some would have anticipated. Words like “usurping the legislature” and “declaring martial law” were just some of the terms of art that ended up in the notebooks of fellow reporters.
But the Republicans were equally fervent in accusing Democrats and the “special interests” of trying to maintain the status quo which is “unacceptable.” Bottom line I think is this: Dems say bring us to the table, Repubs say its too late in the year for that.
But the Dem legislative leaders were annoyed from the beginning with this thing. There was some grumbling about not getting the documents they wanted, and not getting the info they were promised by 8 am this morning – long before the speech.
One thing seems clear…that “new era of bi-partisanship” is soooo last month.