|Mike Mulligan will be our next state senator from District 3, if public employees have anything to say about it. He represents our best alternative to Stephen Sweeney,|
Also, check out this video from the Star Ledger.
http://video-embed.nj.com/services/player/bcpid619329501001?bctid=1021686536001 After watching this video, I'm pretty certain George Norcross suffers from one of the worst cases of potty mouth I ever have seen in either an insurance salesman or a public official.
Basically it appears that Sweeney and the rest of the South Jersey Democrat legislators that went along with the pension bill are in the hip pocket of George Norcross III, who had the bill larded with provisions to line his pockets and enrich his hospital and health insurance company.
No, Sweeney doesn't have to go just because he has the morals of a 19th century Chicago alderman. He's also a bad negotiator. Remember how I said in the last posting that a politician's positions are more about respect than his personal beliefs. Well Christie had no respect for Sweeney. He gutted the Democratic budget and cut programs that were near and dear to the senate president such as aid to the state;s cities (Witness our recent 12 cent per $100 property tax increase made necessary by the aid cuts.), family planning and Medicaid. If these programs were so important to the Democrats, shouldn't Sweeney have worked out a quid pro quo with the governor that the Dems would back his plan to screw over public workers if Christie would go easy on aid to the cities and the state's lower income residents. No, Sweeney chose instead to trust Christie. Why on God's green earth would anybody trust a former prosecutor?
The end result was Christie got everything he wanted and the working people and poor people of this state got screwed over double.
There is an alternative to sending this jerk back to the senate this fall. It's called Mike Mulligan. Voting for Mulligan would more about getting rid of Sweeney than standing for anything Mulligan is for. He is an attorney from Pilesgrove Township in Salem County and is your basic cookie-cutter Republican. He would back up the governor on just about anything he wants.
OK, then what's the difference between Sweeney and Mulligan? Well, Mulligan will be a freshman senator with little power. Sweeney is the senate president. Mulligan won't have the ability to push through legislation like Sweeney does. And besides by getting rid of Sweeney, we are sending a powerful message to the rest of the Democratic legislators. That message is that attacks against unions will not be tolerated. Anyone who attacks unions will get thrown out of office.
Here is a video where you can see and hear Mike Mulligan in action. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wk_h1GC_ZT8
Why not vote for a third party candidate with views more in line with ours. The answer is because Mulligan has a chance and third party candidates do not. When was the last time that someone other than a Democrat or Republican got elected to the legislature anyway. Besides, we can simply remove Mulligan during the next election and replace him with a REAL Democrat, someone other than Stephen Sweeney.
By the way, if you are interested in learning more about George Norcross, here is his Wiki article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Norcross_III