When the Democrats who control the New Jersey Legislature banged the last gavel Monday night, they left town until the fall. But not without leaving a stack of almost 90 bills on Gov. Chris Christie’s desk.
A pile of work, they must have thought.
Christie has a different take on it: Summer vacation.
“Today is a holiday for me,” Christie said this afternoon to about 400 people during a town hall meeting in the friendly turf of Caldwell. “They leave and leave me alone, at least for a little while, and allow themselves to go back to whatever they do when they aren’t in Trenton bothering me.”
New Jersey’s Legislature has no scheduled meetings through the fall. Both the Senate and Assembly are firmly within Democratic hands and Christie most recently won a budget feud when he vetoed $1.5 million in new taxes and spending they tried to insert into his budget for the year starting today.
For Christie, the break promises to be busy: he said he’ll travel the state all summer pitching a new round of cuts to pensions and health care for government workers. He’ll also be busy on the political front with a planned trip to Iowa to stump for Gov. Terry Branstad and to South Carolina on behalf of Gov. Nikki Haley.
For Christie, who’s made no secret he’s harboring 2016 ambitions, the trips as head of the Republican Governors Association also get him into early primary and caucus states.