More on Christie in Parsippany

I saw a blog post suggesting that in coming to Parsippany, as he is scheduled to do tomorrow, that the governor is entering the “belly of the beast.”

That likely was a well-intentioned observation, but a misguided one. Morris County is very friendly territory for the governor and that will hold true tomorrow. It should be remembered that the majority of residents in Parsippany probably back the governor’s position, not the school board’s.

That said, it is true that some of the governor’s policies have not sat well with James Barberio, the mayor of Parsippany. Barberio did not support the state’s 2 percent cap on property taxes, which is now the law.

But I doubt if that will come up tomorrow.


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.

5 Responses to More on Christie in Parsippany

  1. P says:

    Not just any Blog, but one of your NJ Gannett colleagues –

    You guys need to do more cross-promotion.

    It might be the Belly of the Beast. You could get some of the Chatham parents, who’ve been running an on-line petition, showing up with crocodile tears for St. James (O’Neill) –, the new patron saint of superintendents.

    They’ve already gotten over 250 “signatures” for this truly lost cause.

  2. Bob Grant says:

    People really need to start to look at what Superintendents do for their money and I doubt anyone would be so quick to defend pay in excess of $200,000 plus benefits.

  3. P says:

    Fred – Are you going to do some Live Blogging from the Town Hall meeting? Will the DR have some video? Christie’s video are really hot and it would drive up your web traffic if you can get a few YouTube moments.

    If you get a chance, ask him when he’s going to fix the school aid formula so the ‘burbs get some real tax relief.

  4. P says:

    BG – Since superintendents may be the only workers in public sector who aren’t protected by tenure, civil service, and/or a union contract, and actually have to negotiate their pay every three to five years, what makes you think they aren’t worth what they make?

    It’s the only job in the public sector that is handled like a private sector executive position.

    I also don’t understand tying the pay rate to the governor’s salary. It (Christie’s pay) has no real relationship to what the job entails, or how it would be priced if it was in the private sector. At a minimum, the benchmark would be a CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

  5. P says:

    Correction – A Fortune 5,000 company!

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