Posted by: Catherine Lugg | July 5, 2011

Still on the road

I’m still on the road, but will be headed home shortly. That said, I’ve not had any time to sort out what happened with the NJ budget follies, but it does look like Governor Christie *IS* the second coming of Richard Milhous Nixon.

That said, the leadership of the NJ Democrats in both the Assembly and Senate is just pitiful. And perhaps there is no bigger disingenuous clown than the current Senate President Steve Sweeney. Sweeney, whose career is wholly dependent on NJ businessmen/political boss George Norcross, has repeatedly sold out various Democratic constituencies in order to aid his political master. Now, after seemingly getting punked by Christie over the state budget (was anyone else surprised? Not moi!), he’s gone all, well, Christie. According to Tom Moran of the Newark Star-Ledger, Sweeney stated:

“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.”

My god, I’m living in the land of petty thugs who are elected officials. First Governor Christie wanted reporters to take a bat to Senator Loretta Weinberg and now the NJ Senate President wants to punch the governor.

While Sweeney’s longing for violence against an elected official doesn’t have the same odor of bias that Christie’s did, it’s still indicative of his lack of fitness to serve as an elected leader in a democratic republic. While there *are* different forms of political thuggery, this public embrace of longing for violence is dangerous stuff. Sweeney’s fellow Democrats need to denounce him, LOUDLY and PUBLICLY. Both Christie and now Sweeney, by endorsing violence against a political rival, have demonstrated they are manifestly unfit to serve as elected leaders.

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