Sunday, May 23, 2010
Even Assemblywoman Linda Greenstein came over from the Mercer County Democratic Leadership meeting which was held earlier in the morning to address the rally.
Senate President Sweeney indicated in a Star Ledger article that he thought the protest was counterproductive and that the union members present there did not speak for the Democratic Party or for ordinary New Jerseyians. The tone of the article was in general anti-public employee, as has been the tone of most material that has appeared in the mainstream state newspapers in the last couple years. And of course, the right wing blog.savejersey.com compared the protesters to a bunch of Communists and wrote us off as irrelevant.
Well I don't think we are irrelevant. And if we don't speak for at least part of the Democratic Party, why did Linda Greenstein show up to speak. We certainly are not a bunch of Communist rabble rousers. True, most of us were public employees, but the people there came from a broad spectrum of the state's population supporting the restoration of funding for a broad spectrum of programs from general assistance welfare to municipal moneys to go toward education and law enforcement to full funding of the state's Unemployment Insurance program so it can continue to pay benefits at the same rate as it does now under the same terms and conditions as now.
I don't think it will have any effect on Christie. He clearly overplayed his hand and is too arrogant to admit it. What he needs is to get his face rubbed in the mud real good by members of his own party when the budget comes up for a vote this summer.
In any event, expect a shutdown for a while this summer while the Republican Assembly and Senate members "stand with the governor" at least for a short time by supporting his expected veto of the Democratic alternative budget which includes the millionaire tax. Then expect these same Republicans to turn on the governor and demand that he negotiate and save face or they will support an override so the state can reopen and get on with its business.
Whatever happens, we'll find out eventually.
Now, sit back and enjoy the pictures.
Posted by trentonbutcherboy at 12:58 PM