By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey Blog
He hasn’t been home 24 hours, Save Jerseyans, and he doesn’t even have a public schedule today, but the Trenton Democrats will waste no time resuming their favorite pastime: Christie bashing.
It’s not so much out of hatred but a strategy born of political necessity: just like back in 2013 when he was a popular reelection candidate and half of the legislative Democrats were eager to be seen with him on mailers, now that he’s hated by voters, New Jersey Democrat politicians are fully ready to run against him in 2017 up-and-down the ballot. That’s what Bridgegate was all about.
First up for 2017 GOTV: minimum wage referendum.
So on a related note, on Thursday (today) at 10:00 a.m., the State Senate Legislative Oversight committee chaired by Bob Gordon (D-Fair Lawn) will scrutinize $15 million in federal funds which New Jersey secured from the National Disaster Resiliency Competition. Why? New Jersey originally sought $300 million for flood control in a competition for Housing and Urban Development Department flood relief grants. New York wanted $176 million and recouped $36 million, so the implication is that someone in the Administration screwed up like way back when during the 2010 ‘Race to the Top’ snafu.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro has gone a record alleging that New Jersey had “submitted a weaker application on several measures.” Castro is also a Clinton endorser and a likely vice presidential candidate for her. Connect the dots! Most political hits in New Jersey from the D side of the aisle can be traced back to Clinton World.
Why do they care? Again, it ain’t about Chris Christie at this point. None of this has anything to do with solving the many flaws in our state’s disaster response mechanisms (and they exist – no doubt about it).
It’s all about hanging his tainted aura on the 2017 GOP gubernatorial nominee. It’s why I’ve been shouting at the wall for years that we can’t work with these people. No one listens and we keep getting our asses kicked. Hint hint!