Opinion: Christie and Public Employee Unions — the More Things Change …

It appears increasingly likely that Gov. Chris Christie will exit his office in much the same manner as he entered it more than seven years ago — locked in combat with public-employee unions over their political activity in general and their resistance to changes in their pension and health benefits in particular.

The ink had barely dried on his oath of office in January 2010 before Christie, promising that change had come to Trenton at long last, laid into the New Jersey Education Association leadership, characterizing them as bullies so accustomed to having their own way that they were incapable of accepting change.

It was a theme that ran through his two terms and spread eventually beyond the NJEA to include other labor organizations representing public employees.

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