>As I mentioned earlier, I couldn’t attend today’s Town Hall meeting with Governor Christie in Middletown this morning so i am glad to see that the Asbury Park Press posted this video on-line a short while ago along with their report on the event.
The video portrays an exchange between a police officer who says that he can’t afford to pay for a third of his healthcare and pension costs when all he received in his paycheck after his most recent raise was a $4 increase in his take home pay, and the governor who told the officer that the State and local municipalities can no longer afford to provide cadillac benefit packages to public workers.
On a side note:
It’s nice to see so many dignitaries sitting int he front row behind the Governor. There were State Assemblymen Sam Thompson and Declan O’Scanlon, Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley, former Highlands Mayor Anna Little, Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre, members of Middletown’s Township committee and the State’s Director of the Office For Planning Advocacy Gerry Scharfenberger!
Who must have taken time off from his busy schedule to attend today’s festivities on the tax payers dime. It’s a good thing that his boss was there to keep an eye on him, to make sure that his time off was justified and not an undue burden to us taxpayer that pay his salary.
>I am kicking myself this afternoon for not sucking it up and attending Governor Christie’s Town Hall meeting in Middletown this morning. After working a 13 hour shift last night and needing over an hour to make it home this morning, I just couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had to go to sleep.
Since waking up a short while ago, I have been looking for some information on the web to fill me in on what happened at the Port Monmouth VFW this morning. So far the only report that I have found is from Dustin Racioppi of RedBankGreen.com who reported that the meeting was rather tame when compared to other more contentious town halls the Governor has presided over the past few month.
Dustin reported that the governor was his usual self, blunt and direct but only slightly confrontational when answering questions from a police officer and the wife of a teacher. In both incidences it seems that Christie basically told them that he wasn’t anti-teacher or police officer, just anti-union and that they should be happy that they are still collecting a pay check when asked by the police officer how he was going to be able to make ends meet if forced to pay a higher percentage towards his benefits.
I would really like to hear other’s take on today’s town hall with the Governor. If any one was there today and would like to pass along their thoughts and observations I would appreciate it and post your comments for others to read.
If you would like to read Dustin’s take on the Governor’s visit click >>> Here
>According to a post on Redbankgreen.com
Governor Christie will be holding a Town Hall Meeting in Middletown next Wednesday, January 26th. The meeting will take place at the Port Monmouth VFW on Hwy 36 and will begin around 11 am.
According to Redbankgreen, the meeting is free and open to the public. It is expected that 300 or more people will show up to hear what the Governor has to say.