Analysts Say Special Session Was Political Theater
By Phil Gregory, WBGO News
Trenton. July 2, 2012
Analysts say Governor Chris Christie’s speech to New Jersey lawmakers at the special session he called was political theater.
Rider University political science professor Ben Dworkin says majority Democrats in the Legislature had no intention of giving the governor a policy victory by going along with his call for immediate action to guarantee a tax cut.
Dworkin says the stalemate will provide political fodder throughout the summer.
“The governor is going to go around the state and attack the Democrats for not meeting him in the middle as he would say in order to pass a guaranteed tax cut. The Democrats are going to say the governor is being irresponsible.”
Even though lawmakers took no action at the special session, Fairleigh Dickinson political scientist Peter Woolley believes Christie still has the upper hand because he’s put the focus on reducing taxes.
However this goes, whether they pass the cuts or don’t pass the cuts, he’s succeeded in changing the conversation and claiming credit for setting the agenda.”
© 2012 WBGO News
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