Chris Christie slams Mary Burke at Walker campaign event
Rich Kremer and Galen Druke, Wisconsin Public Radio New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Gov. Scott Walker in the western Wisconsin town of Hudson on Monday to rally supporters in the lead-up to what is expected to be a tight election. Energized...
Rich Kremer and Galen Druke, Wisconsin Public Radio
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined Gov. Scott Walker in the western Wisconsin town of Hudson on Monday to rally supporters in the lead-up to what is expected to be a tight election.
Energized GOP faithful and members of the press packed themselves into a small Republican field office in order to see Christie, who was visiting as chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association. With Walker at his side, Christie went to work hammering Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke on allegations that she plagiarized parts of her campaign materials.
“I don’t think they were teaching plagiarism at Harvard Business School, and here’s the problem with that: If you can’t trust her honesty and her integrity when she tells you that this is her plan, why would you trust her honesty and integrity on anything else she tells you about what she’ll do for Wisconsin or about Scott’s record?” he said.
Christie went on to say that national labor leaders are hoping to make an example out of Walker for all but eliminating collective bargaining powers of public employees.
Walker took the opportunity to lay out three objectives for a second term, including reducing property and income taxes, increasing worker training options and requiring people who get food assistance to pass a drug test. He then echoed Christie’s message that his defeat would be a major win for unions.
“Of all the governors, of all the U.S. senators, we’re the number one target. Do you know why? Because we took their power away. We took the power away from the big government special interest and we put it back in the hands of you, the taxpayers of Wisconsin,” said Walker.
Speaking on Wisconsin Public Radio's “Central Time” on Monday, Brian Nemoir, the president of the public relations firm Full Impact Communications, applauded the visit from Christie. He asserted that both Christie and Walker have been successful governors that have moved their states in the right direction.
“If you look across the county it’s really governors who have set the tone for progress, put forth the greatest innovation, and done things that Washington has begged, borrowed and stolen from. Wisconsin is a great example of that” said Nemoir.
Marcy Stech, the national press secretary for the political action committee EMILY’s List, agrees that there are parallels between the two politicians. Unlike Nemoir, however, she doesn't see that as a good thing.
“They’ve (advanced) these extreme agendas in both of their states, Wisconsin and New Jersey, rather than boosting the economy and creating jobs. We can see that today with Wisconsin being last in the Midwest in job creation, but New Jersey being 48th in the entire country for job creation.” she said.
At another campaign event in Hudson, Christie brushed off questions about whether he or Walker is thinking about running for president.