Chris Christie on Collective Bargaining

This guy is sharp.  No doubt about it.  If you ask me, he’s the best chance Republicans have to knock off Obama in 2012.  He’s not going to run, but for what it’s worth, I think he’d win.

Being a guy who made a name for himself tackling the New Jersey teachers’ unions, you might already have an idea of his feelings on collective bargaining.  But Chris Christie has a way of turning the predictable into a pleasant (and often humorous) surprise. 

During NBC’s Face the Nation, Christie described his philosophy towards collective bargaining as “adversarial.”  It’s pretty sad that he needs to make that clarification….because the very nature of “bargaining” necessitates adversarial behavior.  Governors aren’t supposed to just hand over taxpayer money for union benefits.  They’re supposed to be on the side of the taxpayer, and they’re supposed to fight to get the best possible deal for the people who aren’t able to take advantage of exorbitant public sector benefits.  They’re supposed to BARGAIN. These sweetheart deals have become so commonplace that the Left now believes bargaining is a basic human  right .  Well, Christie had something to say about that one:

All these rights are legislatively created.  They didn’t come down from tablets at the top of a mountain.

Classic.  Here’s the whole interview:



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