Trenton Twilight Zone

Republican Governor Chris Christie proposed pension and benefit reforms that would have resulted in a $300 million budget savings in the coming fiscal year and that actuaries said would have corrected the system.

Senate President Stephen Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Democrats, gave Christie a “compromise” that results in a $9 million budget savings in the coming year and that actuaries say doesn’t go far enough.

Christie and the Republicans in the legislature are celebrating.  The media is calling the bill a landmark reform.

The Democrats and their union benefactors are having a civil war.

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.


Posted: June 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Legislature, NJ State Legislature, Public Employee Unions, Reform Agenda, Sheila Oliver, Stephen Sweeney | Tags: , , , | 11 Comments »

11 Comments on “Trenton Twilight Zone”

  1. Barbara said at 9:03 am on June 21st, 2011:

    I agree…I am totally confused. Should I be happy? Should I be angry? I can’t even find the right comment to leave here, but when I saw the reference to The Twilight Zone, I just had to reply. Perfect analogy, Art.
    What on Earth is going on? (fade to black)

  2. mrdenis said at 11:32 am on June 21st, 2011:

    Well I guess Sweeney’s lack of even the most basic education is starting to show . From a original saving of 300 million to a now saving of 9 million (per year) is going to save the pensions ?I laugh as well Once again NJ is kicking the can down the road that ends with that cliff . Then I cry as I remember that the three main drivers of double-digit property-tax increases (debt, pension, and health care costs) are outside the cap …Sweeney was slick enough to get this exempt …I just hope my 12 year old car will make it because my 25K a year taxes are not going down

  3. SAY WHAT said at 2:37 pm on June 21st, 2011:

    What town are you living in and what is your house assesed at that yo are paying 25 grand a year.

  4. mrdenis said at 5:41 pm on June 21st, 2011:

    I live in Little Silver …on LS point Road ….my house is exactly the same as it was in 1982 when I bought it taxes then were 3,400 …

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  7. SAY WHAT said at 12:00 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    Pretty pricey area. people who live in exclusive areas in houses worth a lot of money have an easy way to reduce their taxes. MOVE.

    Buy something cheaper and bank the rest.

    kind of hard for me to be too sympathetic

  8. Had Enough said at 10:16 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    Does anyone else find it ironic to experience such excessive levels of confiscatory taxation without rational representation in the same locale which contains so much hallowed ground where our patriot forefathers spilled their blood fighting against essentially the same thing almost 250 years ago ? What has really changed —besides the monikers and flags of our erstwhile masters— since then ?

    Sidebar to “SAY WHAT”: Rest assured no one is looking for your ‘sympathy’.

    Yes Art, it’s the Twilight Zone fer sure.

  9. TR said at 10:36 pm on June 22nd, 2011:

    Don’t be an idiot.
    In 1775 we were taxed by the English Parliament where we had no representation and could not vote at all. Our governor was appointed by a king.
    You get to vote for every level of government from School Board up to President. When you make historically ignorant statements like that you reflect badly all of us who oppose high taxes so please shut your pie hole.

    Say What does have a salient point. Mr.denis probably has waterfront property worth in well in excess of 1 million dollars . Probably close to 1.5. so his taxes are no hiogher then anyone elses in proportion to what his house is worth. His tax rate like everyone elses is probably too high but if he cant afford the nut he is carrying he could easily move to middletown or eatontown or Shrewbury and be able to buy a very nice new car. Lets keep the complaining in perspective.

  10. Had Enough said at 8:05 am on June 23rd, 2011:

    TR, I’d say that uncivil remarks like “don’t be an idiot” and “shut your pie hole” (yes, you did say ‘please’) reflect far more badly on ‘all of us who oppose high taxes’ than anything I wrote.

    On one hand, you declare yourself the arbiter and spokesman of the group … and then you advise Mrdenis to stop complaining because his situation is not out of proportion with yours or anyone elses. Now *that* is absurd.

    With respect to “representative” government, you give a standard answer straight out of my high school civic textbook. Surely you can’t really believe what you wrote when there *are* kings (and kingmakers) like Soros, Adubato, Norcross, CFR, SEIU/Andy Stern, and all the party machines [R & D] holding court in their smoke-filled backrooms. What is the difference ?

    With apologies to the Wizard of Oz, please will someone pay attention to the men behind the curtain !

    Finally Art, in retrospect I’m wondering if Alice in Wonderland’s “Through the Looking Glass” isn’t a better paradigm for Trenton [and Washington DC, and the Monmouth County Hall of Records] than the Twilight Zone ?

  11. TR said at 8:37 am on June 23rd, 2011:

    Had Enough,

    You made an ignorant statement. I became uncivil because as I age I am loosing my tolerance for people who say stupid things.

    If you believe those people are pulling the strings of your elected officials vote for someone else. The situation is not even remotely similair to 1776 and you destroy your credibility by making such a comparison.

    Sometimes being uncivil is appropriate.