The Democrats are making Gov. Chris Christie wait to put the final scrawled signature on the much-ballyhooed public worker reform bill.
Christie planned to wait around the Statehouse tonight to sign the bill immediately upon its passage. But since Democrats in the Assembly have amended the repeal-and-replace partner bill to remove an out-of-state medical care provision, the Senate has to pass the amended companion bill on Monday.
Opponents of the bill have also had language included in the legislation to ensure that the governor cannot sign one bill without the other.
Michael Drewniak, spokesman for Christie, said the governor is planning a bill signing for the reform – one of the last major initiatives in Christie’s toolkit – on Monday.
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"Enlisting Fox is another reminder of how much Christie has truly relied on insiders, including Democrats, to bolster his agenda or bail him out of trouble. Not long after arriving in Trenton in 2009, Christie began collaborating with George Norcross, the deeply entrenched Democratic Party kingmaker, to help him cut deals with a Democratic-controlled Legislature.
When his close ally David Samson resigned as chairman of the Port Authority over conflict-of-interest questions earlier this year, Christie replaced Samson with John Degnan, a pillar of the Democratic Party establishment. And now, confronted with a crisis, Christie has turned to “Jamie,’’ as Fox has been known throughout political circles since he began as an aide in the Democratic Senate in the 1980s." - columnist Charles Stile
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