For having the unmitigated temerity to rain on Chris Christie's love parade yet again, New Jersey numbers-cruncher David Rosen has received another gubernatorial tongue-lashing.
"He's dead wrong," Christie said Monday, referring to Rosen's estimate that the state faces a revenue shortfall of as much as $937 million during the next 13 months. "And he's been dead wrong before."
Rosen is a fiscal analyst with the nonpartisan Office of Legislative Services. His previous deviations from the governor's triumphalist fiscal narrative inspired Christie to call him a Democratic party "handmaiden," as well as, most famously, "Dr. Kevorkian of the numbers."
Yet even Christie's own budget team is in revisionist mode: N.J. Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told legislators Monday that the administration's revenue estimates for the current fiscal year must be adjusted downward, yet again -- this time by $132 million
Meanwhile, an NJ Spotlight analysis that drills deeply into budget politics as well as numbers finds that Rosen's projections have proven "just about dead right."