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While I posted a diary just yesterday morning, I felt compelled to write one again today given the impending action the State Senate will be taking on Monday, July 11th.

This Monday, the State Senate will convene at 10 am sharp in an attempt to override the Governor's cuts to the Democratic fiscal year 2012 budget.  Yes, we are realists and fully appreciate that it is unlikely we will succeed given the wall of opposition the Republicans have raised.  But it is crucial that we take a stand.

Every member of the legislature must go on record and either stand with students and teachers, with middle income families and with the most vulnerable New Jerseyans, who need a helping hand … or stand with Governor Christie and the politics of retribution and pettiness.

We all know the facts.

Governor Christie didn't like the state's revenue projections provided by our non-partisan Office of Legislative Services (OLS) ---- so he slashed the OLS budget.  The governor didn't like the legislative map ---- so he cut funding for the Eagleton Institute of Politics, in a transparent jab at a respected member of the redistricting commission. He doesn't like dissent. And he doesn't like being held accountable. So he cut the legislature's budget, but not his own.

Fine.  We’re all adults -- we can handle it. He's not hurting us.

Governor Christie's victims are the real people out there -- many of them children -- who don't know the governor, have never met the governor, don't care about politics, and never had any desire to tangle with the front office.  But, make no mistake, they will be the ones bearing the brunt of Governor Christie's unnecessary cuts.

It's our college students who saw their tuition grants slashed. It's our teachers and school kids in dozens of suburban districts who are financing the governor's tax cut for millionaires through reductions in their statutory school aid. It's seniors in nursing homes, blind children in special schools and sexual abuse victims who have had their funding slashed. It's thousands of working-class women who won’t be able to get cancer screenings or receive pre-natal care. It's our municipalities that will be more at risk with fewer police officers on the street when funds for public safety are cut. It's those fighting AIDS, who need access to medications that well help them not only stay healthy, but stay alive. And it's families with special needs children, who need early screening services, that the governor also cut.

Since Governor Christie doesn't seem to understand this very simple point, let me be crystal clear: he is using the line item veto to practice political retribution, not fiscal restraint. And he has terrible aim.

New Jersey families are already being squeezed like never before, and its Governor Christie who is tightening the vice.

Monday will be a day of reckoning for every member of the Senate. You either stand with the people of New Jersey or you support the destructive politics of anger and retribution. You can't do both.

I will be proud to stand with my Senate colleagues in favor of middle-class families, kids, parents and teachers. I implore my Republican friends to do the same.

(Cross-posted at BarbaraBuono.com & Blue Jersey)

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  •  As a New Jersey resident (2+ / 0-)
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    dark daze, brettski55

    you have my unequivocal support.

    Now if only you could get it from your colleagues.

    I will not deny that I am absolutely furious with those "Democrats" who sided with Lord Christie. I know the demands of politics require you to be civil, but I sincerely hope you realize just how much damage they have done to shake the faith of the public sector workers and what that could mean in November.

    And the worst part is that they sold us out to line the pockets of Norcross. What a f'ing joke.

    But don't forget that most men without property would rather protect the possibility of becoming rich, than face the reality of being poor. (1776)

    by banjolele on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 01:20:14 PM PDT

  •  Hard to bash Christie when (4+ / 0-)
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    agent, Railfan, dark daze, CarolinNJ

    Dem leadership sold out to him.

    Just saying

  •  To be truthful... (2+ / 0-)
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    DSWright, CarolinNJ

    ...I stopped paying too much attention to Trenton after the marriage equality fiasco.  And I know that wasn't your fault.

    As a college professor, we need to restore the futures of our young people.

  •  Christie is an asshole (1+ / 0-)
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    dark daze

    and he is paying mere lip service to the very real problems facing the middle class in this state. It has become too expensive to live here and neither party is doing much to reverse that. Taxes need to be raised on the wealthy but public employee bennies DO need to be reigned in as well. Everything is completely out of control and all the two parties can do is fucking play games.

    I would abandon the democratic party in this state in a heartbeat were a credible alternative actually present.I am sick of voting for the lesser of two evils.

  •  senate and assembly (1+ / 0-)
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    CarolinNJ

    should of been blocking and making Christie a toothless governor, instead they have been lil more than lapdogs.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 02:44:24 PM PDT

    •  My nose smelled a backdoor deal between Christie (0+ / 0-)

      and Sweeney right after Sweeney ousted Codey as senate president.  I can't say why, but the whole Trenton scene reeked Sweeney-Christie deals.

      "The worst that can happen to any group of people working to unseat an existing power base is their failure to imagine the lengths to which those in power will go to keep it." Cognitive Dissonance at Zero Hedge

      by CarolinNJ on Fri Jul 08, 2011 at 04:02:25 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Thank you Senator Buono (0+ / 0-)

    For fighting for NJ's middle class and poor. It is obvious that Christie is only interested in protecting the wealthy in our state. Norcross is definitely part of the problem, calling him a SOLID Democrat is laughable. With Democrats like Norcross, we are nothing more than Republicans. NJ is BLUE!  We need to send a strong message to Christie by sending as many DEMS to Trenton as possible. Progressives on this site should consider volunteering for candidates that are in traditionally republican areas. A backlash is needed against this Governor and the DINOs in our state and our country who are helping him carry out his mean spirited agenda!

    " The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams"-Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Lh1695 on Mon Jul 11, 2011 at 05:41:46 AM PDT

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