Source: PolitickerNJ -
On a stop at a Bergen County hardware store, state Assembly Minority Leader Jon Bramnick (R-21) hit the Democrats with a figurative two-by-four, attacking the recent push for paid sick-leave legislation in New Jersey municipalities.
“The radical Democrats are now competing for the most radical ideas,” said Bramnick on Friday, standing next to Bergen County Executive Kathleen Donovan at Kuiken Brothers Company in downtown Fair Lawn. “They have put on the table a paid sick-leave bill that is now starting to develop in municipalities around the state. In New Jersey, the last thing we need is more regulation on business.
“We know this is a political issue between the left wing of the Democratic Party getting ready for a post-Chris Christie era,” Bramnick added. “If we’re going to have this era, despite the fact that Chris Christie has three and a half years left as governor, we’re going to be in big trouble.”
Bramnick’s trip to Bergen, New Jersey’s most populous county, comes at a time when because of Gov. Christie’s increasing national profile as a potential Republican presidential candidate, the 2017 Garden State gubernatorial sweepstakes has begun sooner than usual.
Bramnick is reportedly looking to take the GOP nominee slot, while three Democrats, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, former U.S. ambassador to Germany and ex-Goldman Sachs executive Phil Murphy and state Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-3) are testing the campaign waters on their side of the aisle.
Bramnick said he would “need a crystal ball” to figure out his own political future when pressed about his plans. But Bramnick cast a jaundiced eye at the current jockeying among some potential Democratic gubernatorial candidates.
“In the left wing of the Democratic Party, they are now trying to find out who hates Chris Christie more. They fight against each other to be more anti-Chris Christie. But when you’re anti-Christie, you’re anti-business,” Bramnick said. “Everything Gov. Christie has done is try to open the door to business. So if you’re going to have a primary for the next three years, you’re going to get anti-business legislation, and that’s what you see. Steve Fulop and Steve Sweeney – I don’t care if they run against each other. Just leave business alone while you’re doing it.”