New Jersey Legislature Passes Bill Banning Non-Union Workers From Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Contracts

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Hurricane Sandy relief bill was the subject of much political theater as it worked its way through Congress in Washington DC, with local officials including Governor Chris Christie bemoaning delays in assistance for their communities. But in New Jersey the state Senate just passed a bill that will make relief efforts more expensive, and more protracted, through a bit of Big Labor protectionism:

On Monday, the New Jersey state Senate, in a party-line vote, passed a bill that would exclude construction workers who are not a part of a union from doing work related to Hurricane Sandy cleanup and reconstruction in the state.

The bill will now heads to the New Jersey assembly. If it passes there, it goes to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s (R) desk.

We all remember the stories in the immediate aftermath of Sandy about non-union workers being blocked from cleanup efforts. The unions vehemently denied the stories, saying they were setting aside labor divisions for the good of getting their communities back online.

That’s a little hard to swallow given the aforementioned legislation.

Union-friendly legislators in New Jersey don’t want union workers to have to compete with non-union workers, which means the citizens of New Jersey lose when their recovery because more expensive, and more arduous.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • exsanguine

    whatever happened to equal protection?

    • $8194357

      Don’t apply when Democrats and unions are involved, comrade..

  • Kevin Flanagan

    What could possibly go wrong with this plan?

  • Onslaught1066

    I thought the wailing whale was interested in hepping it’s ppl

    • SusanBeehler

      The Senate passes this and now it is Christy’s fault. Do you think Christy will sign this if it makes it pass the NJ House?

      • Onslaught1066

        I don’t remember yanking your chain, b*tch.

        • SusanBeehler

          cyber bully

          • Onslaught1066

            Masochist.

          • SusanBeehler

            Cyber bully

          • Onslaught1066

            Sow.

          • SusanBeehler

            Cyber BULLY

          • Onslaught1066

            Cretin

          • Spartacus

            be nice, she’s the lesbian seagull Tom Jones sung about in the Beavis and Butthead movie, who by the way was one of the slowest drivers around the test track on BBC’s ‘Top Gear’.

          • Onslaught1066

            I have not responded to any of the retarded sh*t hanniturdlet has been spewing since she decided to stop asking me to verbally slap her around.

            If she’s married her husband probably beats her on a regular basis, if he doesn’t you may be right about her being a lesbian.

        • Zog

          Onslut,What brought on this bit of assholery? Did you spill coffee on your dick this morning? There are a lot of angry people desparate to get their lives back. If Christie doesn’t veto this crap, he won’t even be re-elected much less nominated for president.

          • Onslaught1066

            I was all set to lay off Hannislut and she went looking for some o’ my attention, so I gave it to her.

            You want some?

          • ellinas1

            Give it to me baby………

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fvDbylE9oM

  • Yogibare

    Christie will be able to step up to the plate and veto this stupidity. We can only hope there is some sanity in the State of New Jersey.

  • $8194357

    And the pendulm swings….side to side.
    Dem and Republican..
    Ever leftward the government ratches, ever leftward…….
    Totalitirian tyrany on a global scale just as the Bible states…
    We better “Get down”…

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCQytgmdHos&feature=player_embedded

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfC7tlQFTBY

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hh2DdJLycPM

    • Neiman

      You think this is bad, look at my new post wherein Cuomo has launched a bid to murder more babies than any other State and demand Christian owned hospitals submit, burying their Christian conscience, or they cannot do business in his state.

      • $8194357

        The New Left form of ‘tolerance’..
        Total intolerance for any opposing opinion or creed…
        sounds like secular ‘sharia’ to me…

  • Neiman

    Christie has already killed any chances he ever had to be the GOP nominee for President – ever. He is a Democrat mind, body and soul. He might as well leave the GOP and join the Demorat Party.

    • SusanBeehler

      The Senate passes this and now it is Christy’s fault. Do you think Christy will pass this if it makes it pass the NJ House?

      • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

        That’s a fair point, Christie hasn’t signed the bill yet. If he does then Neiman’s got a point.

        • banjo kid

          I do think we actually have a one party government just different ways of milking the money from the tax payers.

      • Neiman

        Susan I was not talking just about this issue alone. Christie has long been in favor of gun control, which means he is anti the 2nd Amendment and the Bill of Rights, he has been critical of the GOP and Romney since Obama won, he has kissed up to Obama since the Hurricane and when the NRA launched a campaign against Obama misusing kids for his gun control push and in other ways, it seems he is much less than even a moderate Republican.

        He seems intent on placing a wedge between himself and conservatives, which condemns any plans he has for being the national nominee on the GOP ticket.

  • Geoff Bosse

    This type of activity right along with the “Davis Bacon Act” has to be stopped. Every Government project costs on average 30-40% more than it would without their regulations.

  • http://Sayanythingblog.com The Whistler

    Why do Democrats hate the victims of natural disasters?

    • Spartacus

      They don’t hate them. In fact they love to parade them around in a public spectacle, as long as there’s something in it for themselves. However, once the personal gain is gone they’re thrown away like so much garbage.

      • banjo kid

        I don’t know any politician that is really interested in the people .

  • Spartacus

    It pretty much cuts in half the number of competitive bids for each contract, so If the bill lands on Christie’s desk and he signs it then the U.S. House of Reps should go back and cut in half the money they voted to allocate toward rebuilding in the aftermath of Sandy.

  • banjo kid

    Equal protection lost out to favoritism many moons ago.

  • Waski_the_Squirrel

    I’m curious if this will make it past Christie’s veto.

    In any case, it is obvious pandering. Maybe there was bribery involved? ;p

  • awfulorv

    Talk about killing two birds with one stone. Not only did Obama get Christie to help sabotage Romney’s campaign with his Buddy-Buddy act, he has now cut the legs from under ” Super Sized” himself, by reneging on the promised Hurricane Sandy help. Take that, Mr. Machiavelli…

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