By now we've all heard the narrative Chris Christie wants us to believe: He's a tough-minded reformer who wants to crack down on corruption and stop abuses of public money. Christie made a living on the campaign trail talking about getting tough on corrupt public officials and kicking them off government payrolls. And on that account, I fully agree. Corrupt officials make things incredibly difficult for the vast majority of public workers who play by the rules.
The more New Jerseyans learn about the budget Chris Christie has unveiled, the less they approve of the job he is doing. In the month since Governor Christie has introduced his budget, his net approval ratings have dropped 20 points.
In case you haven't been keeping count, Adrienne Lu over at the Garden State Grapevine blog sums everything up nicely:
Winners: The rich, corporations, and big employers.
Losers: The unemployed, public employees, hospitals, those who use public transportation, low-income legal immigrants, clean energy, and schools.