Chris Christie has become the quintessential anti-B.S. politician, and in a recent press conference over public employee benefits, the New Jersey governor showcased his principles and rhetorical skills. And it was all over public workers getting payouts for unused sick days.
"There is no intellectual efficacy to their argument... so now they have to go to 'well people will commit crimes and commit fraud if we don't pay them more money for not being sick.'"
With the premise in place, Christie ripped into the opposition's argument right away: "The people of New Jersey know that that is a complete pile of garbage."
And in case the liberal democrats in New Jersey's legislature tried to play politics after the fact, Christie looked into the room full of cameras and said "Every dollar that accumulates from here forward is the responsibility of the Democrats in the legislature."
Christie also pointed out that the impetus behind the sick leave reforms is just a payoff to public sector unions who support Democrats with donations.
It's a soundbite that will surely come in handy for Christie if the public sector unions get their goodies, and the liberal Jersey legislature tries to share the blame for the largesse from the public treasury.
"We stand for unburdening taxpayers and not giving gifts to the public sector unions."
Christie's summation was not complicated: "I'm not compromising," he said. "Zero means zero."
Powerful, direct, and leaving no room for confusion -- classic Christie.
Watch New Jersey Governor Christie make the case himself here, courtesy of RealClearPolitics: