Skip to comments.Christie threatens ‘Disaster Control Act’ order to guarantee nonunion utility workers...
Posted on 11/03/2012 2:52:37 AM PDT by markomalley
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bristled at reports Friday that an electricians union stood in the way of some utility workers who wanted to help restore power to victims of Hurricane Sandy. He would use his emergency-management powers, he said, to guarantee that nonunion crews could help restore his states electricity grid without interference.
Ive been on the phone with PSE&G [Public Service Electric and Gas Company], JCP&L [Jersey Central Power & Light] and the union, and theyve all absolutely promised me they would never turn away a single worker whether they were union or nonunion, and I wouldnt allow it, Christie told reporters shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.
I would invoke my powers under the Disaster Control Act to prevent that from happening, but theyve assured me we dont have to. (RELATED: NJ utility denies turning away nonunion electric crew volunteers from Ala.).
But a spokesman for New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg didnt reply to emails asking whether his boss would take a similar hard line. A spokeswoman for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo similarly didnt return phone calls asking the same question.
Christie said Friday that there was one incident of this in Seaside Heights since Superstorm Sandy hit.
First of all, the workers never came to New Jersey, okay? They werent turned away when they got here. They heard that New Jersey was a union state, coming from Alabama. When they stopped in Virginia, they called to see what they would do and they were given bad information.
Christie said his states major utilities and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) have all said they do not have that requirement.
The Daily Caller had published a report more than an hour earlier about electric utility crews from central Florida that idled for two days instead of working on Long Island, while their managers dealt with the unions demands.
It turns out there was a 300-page contract that the union controlling LIPA [the Long Island Power Authority] wanted everybody to sign first, the crewman told TheDC. We dont have time for that. Weve got guys ready to go. You need lawyers for this. (RELATED: Ala. utility, Fla. crewman blame electricians union for interfering with Hurricane Sandy relief)
An IBEW spokesman told TheDC on Friday that the IBEW did not send the documents the Florida crews managers described, nor did any of our locals.
But he didnt reply when asked if he had communicated with all 273 locals in the union districts where Sandys impact was felt. Those include 20 IBEW locals in New Jersey, 48 in New York, 10 in Connecticut and 52 in Pennsylvania.
A few hours after Christie spoke, TheDC reported on another case this one involving an electric co-operative in Georgia whose workers were turned away from New York because they werent union members.
Neither of those cases involved New Jersey, but Christie threatened to invoke the authority he holds under New Jersey law if it became necessary. The states Civilian Defense and Disaster Control Act gives the governor broad power to control utility repair squads and other volunteer agencies in times of crisis.
Christie spokesman Kevin Roberts told TheDC that both union and nonunion crews are at work right now in New Jersey, restoring power.
He said he believed those nonunion crews included some from outside New Jersey, but conceded he would need to confirm that.
Roberts reiterated Christies vow to bring utility companies to heel if nonunion workers werent welcomed into the Garden State. But he stopped short of saying the governor would apply the same level of aggressiveness to the IBEW.
It would be absolutely premature for me to talk about what the governor would or wouldnt do in the absence of more proof, Roberts told TheDC.
Were always open to evaluating new information.
Coulda, woulda, shoulda. Chrissie’s finished.
That’s more like it, Christie!
I was in a union for 11 years - never again. If the union leadership spent half the time working that they did trying to “get back” at management, they might have earned half their pay. I have a few war stories to tell from those years, but suffice to say that the utilities from the south that were given the ultimatum of joining the union did the right thing by turning back.
If they're protesting my help in NJ then I'm not going in there...period.
Christie will beat any challenger; he represents NJ taxpayers well. Even libs know that without him NJ just becomes a mini-California, with massive numbers of people reaching their hands into an ever-shrinking public till.
I posted this yesterday on another thread:
“I have two sons pulling up to 22 hour shifts, one guarding downed power lines in Monmouth County, the other trying to get the phone system up at the Seaside Heights police station. One got his homes power restored yesterday in Toms River, and one is still without power in Lakehurst.
They have put up with no heat, no gasoline, no showersyet they get up each morning to do their best in the face of utter devastation.
We live in southern DE, and we got through Sandy with very few problems.
This afternoon we were in Dover, DE, and saw a fifteen truck convoy from Chain Electric from somewhere in Mississippi heading north
Well,I lost it, knowing they were on the way to help my sons and so many others in NY and Nj who need them so much. God bless them for coming to help, it was like watching the Cavalry come to the rescue.
Even the Mafia and the unions know better than to piss off millions of Jerseyans.
When I heard about this story this morning, I emailed Gov. Christie, sent the article to Fox and Friends, called .congressman ,Chris Smiths office, called Senator Frank Lautenburgs office and even called Sen. Jeff Sessions of ALs office to investigate this.
NJ needs all the help they can get, and let me tell you, they are grateful,for all of it.”
The union goombas aren’t ‘fessing up, but they got caught.
And Christie will have none of it.
It’s hard to be in charge when a disaster hits. People will associate failure with responsibility, even though there were few intervention opportunities.
Well, Christie has jumped the shark as far as I am concerned as a trustworthy national Republican figure. His overt sucking up to Obama over Sandy shows he is all flash of light and no thunder when the rubber meets the road.
thank you my friend. my feelings exactly.
You don’t know what your talking about.
You don’t know what your talking about.
Own it Christie. Dispense with the CYA, apologize and vow to prevent it from happening again, rather than coming across sounding as if you’re calling Decatur Utilities liars. There is audio, you know. Played on Hannity. You have national political ambition. Southerners are very willing to help people in need. But, we also have long memories.
Do the honorable thing rather than besmirch the honor of others.
Give your mom and dad a big hug from me. I am sorry their home flooded. We almost suffered the same fate here, but were spared.
I know your hometown has suffered greatly. We cannot believe the pictures from Brick, Seaside Heights and the barrier islands in Jersey.
NJ folks are the best, and you are at the top of the list.
God bless you and strengthen you.
Obama didn't help NJ one bit.
I heard it yesterday - wish I could find it on the 'net. It's presents the exact impression of union leadership that I have gotten over the years. The membership - not too many problems with most of them, but the union leadership - bunch of communist morons IMHO.
“You have national political ambition.”
I seriously doubt that; a governor has more power than a representative or a senator (a chief instead of one of many braves). There is nothing to indicate Christie has any appeal outside of a high-tax socialist toilet (where he is needed to fix things); too much of this country doesn’t have the problems Christie is designed to fix.
“We cannot believe the pictures from Brick, Seaside Heights and the barrier islands in Jersey.”
The aerial shot of the bridge connecting to the washed-out section of the islands (basically splitting an island in two, and leaving one shattered home on a tiny island in the middle) is incredible. The burned homes in Mantoloking are something else as well...
Fat boy needs to explain why he was arm-in-arm with Obama the week before the election.
If Romney loses in a very close one...Christie has some accounting to do.
Christie is not finished nor did he jump the shark. He put his citizens of New Jersey at the top of his list. If he has snubbed the president, he would have looked just as foolish as the electrical workers rejecting non-union help. You have to remember, we become partyless Americans at the time of disasters, we have proven this time and time again.
Obviously, the greedy union scum thinks of this storm tragedy as “over time.” If they can make it last four or five months, that’s extra money in their pockets, no matter if the elderly and the young children die in their cold dark homes.
If you tried, you couldn’t come up with worse p.r. than this for the unions of America. No wonder the civilized men from the South turned around and went home rather than sign a 300-page contract with these union thugs. Back in the good old days, however, before they left, they would have beat the **** out of the union thug who called them “scabs.”
No one said to snub the President, but Christie gushed all over him and made it sound like all was well now in NJ after he and the President got their photo ops surveying the beach front damage. Tell that to the people in NJ without food, clothes, and water and no place to live.
If anything FEMA sounds like it has gone down hill since Katrina. And the unions of NJ are going to get in the way of the clean up big time.
I know about hurricanes and have been in a few of them. Also been in a major flood. Christie doesn’t sound up to the job. Time will tell how NJ fares.
That would be about par for the course as far as the audio on Sean Hannity’s radio show is concerned. Something about the audio simply didn’t ring true, at least in terms of its relevance to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
I was watching tv last night and they were warning people about hiring non - licensed people to cut up their downed trees or fixing their roofs.
Now, my husband is an electrician and he is licensed in our state, if he were to go to new york to work he wouldn’t be legal and so turned away but with 25 years experience and having had his own business he could help. Plus he grew up with a chainsaw in his hands. In our state there is no such thing as being licensed to take a tree off your roof and so again he wouldn’t be “legal” to take that tree down so he wouldn’t be wecomed. according to this program anyway. what is wrong with people? guess if they are going to be that picky then good luck waiting for the new yorkers who have licenses to get that huge ass tree off your roof!
Chris Christie and Obama Are In Love Now
At one time, unions may have served a purpose, but they have long outlived any such. Times have changed, and unions are a big part of the problems.....not part of the solutions.
That’s it blablabla partyless .
Stop singing that stupid song when it is OBVIOUS that Obama and MSM used Sandy to take a posture of president and “savior” , to stop the campaign , take all the media spots as actually he did NOTHING AT ALL but only talking .
Wake up and get real instead of repeating fairy tales.
“Obama didn’t help NJ one bit.”
But NJ, in the form of Christie, helped Obama, providing him with photo ops, credibility, and endorsement. Then Obama was off partying with his glamor friends.
It’s a lot like that graphic: “When Obama called for help to get bin Ladin, the SEALs came. When the SEALs called Obama for help in Benghazi, they were ignored.”
As narcissists do, it’s all about Obama. The entire world exists to further the narcissist’s best interests. It’s always a one-way street for them.
Finished at the national level.
"On Strike Verizon union thug tries to intimidate replacement workers
Only in the minds of reactionaries who are intolerant of political reality. Hard line ideaology is what has defeated Barack Obama
“Chris Christie and Obama Are In Love Now”
O’Reilly said they were doing the Lambada (the “forbidden dance”).
Has anyone heard Ann Coulter comment on Christie’s recent activities? Is she still gushing over how wonderful he is, as she did during primary season?
“If anything FEMA sounds like it has gone down hill since Katrina.”
I wouldn’t say that FEMA has gone down hill. Depends on what your definition of going down hill is. If aiding an area of the country that was hit following a crisis, I would say it went down hill. However, to aid the government in combating an uprising it seems well equipped. I say that with the 100K+ body bags they bought and the mountains of ammunition they purchased.
I tend to think that was more a warning about unscrupulous people posing as contractors and ripping people off. This happens in many places all the time but in a disaster they really crawl out of the woodwork. We recently had a spate of this in PA, well before Sandy BTW, mostly preying on gullible elderly folks. These people are usually from out of state, are not licensed or insured or experienced, but they pressure and convince the home owner to pay for some or all of the work upfront with no written contract (not that it would be worth the paper its written on if they did), and then they either dont finish the work or do a crappy job, sometimes even causing more damage and then after getting cash or a check up front they disappear. As I understand, a lot of these folk are Travelers, i.e. Gypsies.
If your husband wanted to volunteer to help, it would be advisable to do so through a legitimate relief org. If he were to offer services for money, then yes, hed probably need to be licensed in that state.
Christie should run that by his suck-buddy Obama.
Bottom line: Unions rejected aid from non-union volunteer workers. Christie did not anticipate this.
He didn't have to snub the president, neither did he need to figuratively kiss his ring and bathe him in praise that is proving to be premature and which may have damaged Romney's chances in an election of monumental importance.
His name was repeatedly floated for veep. I doubt he resisted the notion.
True, they are all waiting for the ‘experts’ to show up.
Never let a crisis go to waste. Work goes to the collectives of the red-tape-brigade.
Lou Christie’s son?
A bit late since some non-union assistance is already back in their home States. Also wouldn’t put it past the union thugs to sabotage/attack non-union workers who actually put out some heroic efforts to get things done. Katrina was so many times worse than Sandy and we had power back in my area (less than 2 miles from the Gulf, hous with 3’ of water in it during the storm, and on the outskirts of any municipality, in 4 days.
He had no aspirations at the national level; like Giuliani, he fits a very speciic niche. When was the last time we had an obese national candidate in the age of television? I’m not knocking his weight, but in the age of television bald, fat, or otherwise “imperfect” (in the eyes of a TV nation) candidates don’t have much of a chance.
The problem is that Christie may have risen above politics and if he did... that is admirable. I remain unconvinced. However... I am convinced that obama NEVER puts aside politics and I also know that Christie knows this.
“His name was repeatedly floated for veep. I doubt he resisted the notion.”
He very publicly resisted the notion.
I’ve seen him fend off questions about his weight from reporters; I can’t see him wanting four years of that on a national level. The fact is that he is a solution to a local problem.
Imagine if everyone drove electric cars - think about that scenario.
Christie was doing what he was elected
to do. Governor of NJ. The other 49
states is someone else’s problem.
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