He didn't say it quite like that, but that is the translation from Libonics to English.
Here's Max Pizarro's piece from Politickernj:
State Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-West Deptford) today praised Gov. Chris Christie, not for any moral victory but for the governor's political savvy in making teachers the problem - even as Christie himself in part perpetuated the problem.
"He's cut school funding dramatically but he has people thinking it's other people who are the problem," said Sweeney, referring to the governor's $820 million in state cuts to education funding.
"He found a villain in the teachers, and he's saying, 'It's not me, it's these guys over here. Politically, it was a masterful job. He cut the funding to cause taxes to go through the roof, so it's his lack of funding causing school budgets to go up. And people are angry."
Sweeney said he doesn't need the governor to tell him to heed the voices of the people. He's at the gym every morning, and hears his burdened constituents.
But Christie has presented a false choice, Sweeney argues, between a year-long teachers' wage freeze and finished budgets with tax hikes under the state cap.
"I'm taking to teachers who are taking a freeze, and you're still laying off teachers," Sweeney said. "Obviously , I'd rather have everyone working than no one working. But the fact remains, the teachers are absorbing the sole brunt of this governor's cuts."
Sweeney and his Democratic trough swilling brethren are grasping at straws to keep the gravy train going. It is over Steve. We have more government than we can afford. Chris Christie is not part of the problem. He is the leader with the back bone to provide the solutions.
I wonder if the focus groups and polling that Sweeney told Tom Moran he was doing predicted the massive school budget defeats. If not, Sweeney better start focusing and polling beyond Middletown Mike's readership.
I really hope Sweeney believes his own spin and forces a show down over Christie's budget by closing down the state government in July. Then we will have some real savings and we'll find out how much waste there really is, i.e., anything we don't miss when the government is shut down.