ICYMI: Democrat says robocalls were Christie's revenge
by Matt Katz, Posted: December 30, 2011
In case you missed it, there's been some alleged fall-out from our story earlier this week analyzing Gov. Christie's numbers on his proposal to ban sick-leave payouts. From today's paper:
A Democratic state senator says his constituents woke up to automated political phone calls after he complained to Republican Gov. Christie's office about the accuracy of the governor's statistics on a key agenda item.
A spokesman for the New Jersey Republican Committee, which funded the calls, said he would not discuss their timing due to strategic concerns but said several Democratic legislators had been targeted, not just State Sen. Paul Sarlo (D., Bergen).
Christie has been hammering Sarlo for months as a "liberal" who won't go along with his plan to prohibit retiring employees from cashing out sick time. Ending the practice has become a key part of Christie's efforts to lower property taxes. He has rejected legislative compromises to cap the payouts.
An Inquirer story Wednesday questioned the statistics the governor has used to push his cause - notably the $3.25 billion that he says taxpayers would owe if the Democrats' proposed $7,500 cap on sick time is enacted. In response, Sarlo said he called Christie's spokesman to express outrage.
The following morning, Sarlo says, his constituents began getting robocalls from the Republicans.
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"I'm getting under his skin," Sarlo said of Christie. "Unfortunately, they've lost all credibility on the issue."