No Chicken Little here .

Assemblyman Jay Webber is an intelligent young man, and one who has a bright future in politics. (He’s also a Mets fan). Still, there are times when he lets his partisanship show far more than it should. Yes, we realize that he is chair of the state Republican party, but still, let’s be real.

In regard to cuts in state aid, the Ledger today quotes Webber as suggesting that Democrats are trotting out a “Chicken Little” scenario.
Really?
The biggest town in Webber’s district, Parsippany, had its school aid cut by $6 million. Dozens will lose their jobs. And Parsippany, obviously, is not alone.
The point here is that, yes, the governor has to make cuts in aid, simply because the money is not there. But those cuts will cause pain — it’s not Chicken Little.

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About fsnowflack
Fred Snowflack was editorial page editor and a political columnist for the Daily Record of Morristown for almost 12 years. He has won numerous awards for editorial and column writing from the New Jersey Press Association and has written a blog on county and state politics for the last three years. He lives in Ledgewood in Morris County.

4 Responses to No Chicken Little here .

  1. P says:

    I would agree that there could be pain, although how much is really in the hands of the public employees’ unions.

    Unfortunately, the Democrats and the NJEA are trying to make Christie’s reasonable budget decisions sound like the Apocalypse. They are also trying to get mileage out of his refusal to ask the to re-enact a tax that Corzine and the Dems let die at the end of last year. They could always pass it and dare him to veto it, or they could find other cuts to make in the budget.

    Predication – Neither will happen.

  2. Ed France says:

    Fred,
    Party politics do matter. It is not fair, just the mechanics of the system. The Corzine and the McGreavy cronies did the same thing.Right?

  3. Ken Bank says:

    Christie’s holding out until the summer for a showdown with the legislature when he shuts down the government for a few days and then makes a deal to “enhance revenues” by closing a few loopholes and tax breaks. Then he’ll use the extra money to restore some of the aid cuts to subujrban districts.

    Keep in mind that many of the districts hurt the most are in suburban areas represented by Republicans in the legislature. When those GOP Assemblymen and Senators start feeling the heat from their constituents they’ll start putting some of that heat on Christie.

  4. A Cute Observer says:

    What about the pain to the taxpayers? So a few jobs that never should have been there in the first place get cut. No real pain except to those who are cut.

    Bottom line is we need to cut spending and we have to do it now.

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