'Adolf' Christie says NJ union boss

Hasn't this nincompoop ever heard of Godwin's Law?

In an explosive tirade that fired up some demonstrators and embarrassed others, a national union leader went nuclear on Gov. Chris Christie, calling him a Nazi over and over.

"Welcome to Nazi Germany," Christopher Shelton, a top official at the Communication Workers of America, told thousands of protesters today outside the Statehouse in Trenton. "The first thing that the Nazis and Adolf Hitler did was go after the unions."


The legislation (S2937) drew a firestorm of criticism inside and outside the Statehouse before it passed the Senate budget committee.

"Any politician who stands up against collective bargaining, in this state or any other, is not a Democrat," Shelton said. "They're Nazis, goddamn it."

That rhetoric immediately caused alarm among Democratic lawmakers waiting to address the crowd of more than 3,500 workers. State Sen. Ray Lesniak (D-Union) took the microphone after Shelton and rebuked him immediately.

What draconian piece of legislation caused Shelton to go off on his Hitler tirade?

A pension reform bill that would make solvent the pension plans of public employees by requiring that they pay a little bit more a month into the fund. This is what the unions refer to as "an attack on collective bargaining."

Under the compromise legislation, public employees with 20 years of service would lock in their retirement benefits. The bill shifts more pension and health benefit costs onto public workers. Union leaders argue the action interferes with the right to collective bargaining.

According to proponents, making public employees pay more for their health coverage would save the state less than $10 million next year, significantly less than the $300 million the Christie initially maintained.

Unions in Wisconsin and New Jersey do their cause absolutely no good by hysterical exaggeration and doom mongering when it comes to any changes in their taxpayer funded bennies. It makes them look unhinged rather than reasonable. And those who foot the bill for their generous pensions and health insurance benefits are tired of the act.