Would New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ever shoot protesters like Libya's Muammar Gaddafi has?
Yes, according to some union protesters picketing this week in Trenton:
h/t Weasel Zippers
The AFL-CIO claims more than 1 million union members in New Jersey alone. Union boss Richard Trumka spoke to a large crowd of protesters gathered at the state capitol Friday to march in support of union workers fighting off Republican budget proposals in Wisconsin.
"What happens in Wisconsin affects every man, woman and child in America. Nothing less than the fate of our middle class is at stake," Trumka told the rain-soaked demonstrators. "Here is the key, something that every governor and state legislator from New Jersey to Arizona, from Florida to Alaska, needs to understand. They were not elected to dictate," the union chief said. "They were elected to solve problems, not create conflicts."
Christie weighed in on the debate in Wisconsin this week during an appearance on MSNBC's Morning Joe, saying the relationship between government and unions should be adversarial, not cooperative.
Reuters reports more from Trenton:
Describing the "Save the American Dream" rally outside the New Jersey State House as emotionally moving, Communications Workers of America member Jake Lake said, "There's a war going on with the middle class."
Signs carried by the demonstrators -- who appeared to number well over 2,000 -- bore such slogans as "We are one," "Stop Union Busting" and "I support Wisconsin workers."
Some also targeted New Jersey's own GOP governor, Chris Christie, who in his efforts to reduce spending has tangled with public employee unions in the Garden State.
"What happens in Wisconsin could happen here," Harry Harchetts, the business manager for a New Jersey painters and allied trades union council, told Reuters.