And it led directly to a pivotal moment that came to define the Corzine administration. In June of the governor's first year in office, about 10,000 public employees rallied outside the Statehouse -- on a work day, by the way -- to protest the Sweeney plan, which included such sensible reforms as an end to defined-benefit pension plans for new hires.
As the union members gathered around a giant inflatable rat that was meant to represent Sweeney, the governor took the podium to assure the employees that he would not do a single thing Sweeney suggested. The speech culminated with Corzine proclaiming "We will fight for a fair contract!"
Emphasis mine. "We"? Does that sound like Corzine was representing the interests of the taxpayer against unions?