The Blog

About Today's New York Times Chris Christie Hatchet Job...

1:30 PM, Mar 10, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
Widget tooltip
Single Page Print Larger Text Smaller Text Alerts

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?

Recent Blog Posts

The Weekly Standard Archives

Browse 15 Years of the Weekly Standard

Old covers