‘He’s a rotten prick’

When you lie down with dogs, you rise up with fleas, as the nuns used to say. Looks like Chris Christie’s new Dem BFF wants to break up:

Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor’s line-item veto of the state budget.

He woke up Friday morning even angrier.

“This is all about him being a bully and a punk,” he said in an interview Friday.

“I wanted to punch him in his head.”

Sweeney had just risked his political neck to support the governor’s pension and health reform, and his reward was a slap across the face. The governor’s budget was a brusque rejection of every Democratic move, and Sweeney couldn’t even get an audience with the governor to discuss it.

“You know who he reminds me of?” Sweeney says. “Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the mean old bastard who screws everybody.”

This is not your regular budget dispute. This is personal. And it could have seismic impact on state politics.

The governor’s budget, he says, is full of vindictive cuts designed to punish Democrats, and anyone else who dared to defy him. And he is furious that the governor refused to talk to him during the final week.

“After all the heavy lifting that’s been done — the property tax cap, the interest arbitration reform, the pension and health care reform — and the guy wouldn’t even talk to me?” Sweeney asks.

The details are even uglier. The governor, Sweeney said, personally told him they would talk. His staff called Sweeney and asked him to remain close all day Wednesday. At one point, the staff told him the governor planned to call in five minutes.

No call.

No negotiations.

“I sat in my office all day like a nitwit, figuring we were going to talk,” Sweeney says.

He IS a bully and a punk. You just noticed? You thought you could bargain in good faith with a right-winger? Big mistake, Steve.

Go read the rest. It’s astounding.

8 thoughts on “‘He’s a rotten prick’

  1. Christie is a lawyer and a prosecutor. Most of them are by definition bullies and punks. This kind of stuff doesn’t go well among politicians, though. You know, there is honor even among thieves.

  2. Chris “We dasn’t tax the rich!” Christie is many degrees more into bullying than most prosecutors. He’s well beyond punk and into thug and lout territory. Albeit he continues to act like a punk.

  3. Dems helped put the prick in office. It’s kind of hard to swallow their whining now.

  4. It was a spite vote. Voters were furious at Corzine and wanted to punish him.

    They really showed Corzine, didn’t they. Life goes on for Corzine with little different in the long run. But for the rest of the Jerseyites… they will live with fewer services and lowered levels of everything. Christie didn’t exactly hide what kind of ideas he had or the thug that he sees himself as. That’s the trouble with spite votes… you cut off your own nose (as the saying goes).

  5. Right. It was clear from the get-go that Christie was no jolly fat man. It is almost beyond belief that conscious beings who aren’t wealthy — even semi-conscious beings — would vote for him.

    I used to compare Christie to Jackie Gleason in character as Ralph Kramden at his most unpleasant, but this is a disservice to Kramden. Sweeney is right: Christie is Mr. Potter. There is nothing remotely funny about what he’s doing to NJ.

  6. Anyone who’s ever given in to the importation of someone they just knew deep down was not going to be good for him or her and to him or her knows how Sweeney is feeling. The philanderer said he or she said the sex object they were after was “different,” that maybe he or she’d screwed over many other people, but not this time, they wouldn’t hurt the current object of their momentary desire.

    And Mr. Sweeney woke up to find Christie did not, contrary to whisphered sweet nothings, love him the morning after. Nor did Christie call him, as promised.

    Christie is just a political womanizer, a political predator, and now he’s thinking Sweeney is too stupid to stay in politics if he couldn’t have figured out Christie was just out to screw him.

    Unfortunately, as with spite voting, lots of others get hurt when the psychopathic politicizer gets in office…and then for the opposition to give them what they want in hopes of staying in the psychopath’s good graces? Too sad for contemplating.

    Now, with all the damage done, just what can Sweeney do, really??? Really, Sen. Sweeney?

  7. Oops, that was supposed to be “importunities” in the first line of my post.

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