Friday, June 17, 2011
SHOCKING VIDEO: Union Boss: ‘Adolf Christie’ Trying ‘To Make NJ Nazi Germany’
Gov. Chris Christie is like Adolf Hitler and New Jersey is like Nazi Germany, a local labor leader declared at a rally against the governor’s proposed pension reform moves Thursday.
“It took World War II to get rid of the last Adolf Hitler — it’s gonna take World War III to get rid of Adolf Christie!” shouted Communications Workers of America vice president Chris Shelton at a rally outside the statehouse in Trenton.
“Welcome to Nazi Germany!” Shelton said when he first took the podium.
He went on, “The first thing they did, the first thing the Nazis and Adolf Hitler did, was go after the unions, and that’s what Christie and his two generals are trying to do in New Jersey!”
Shelton was referring to state Senate president Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, two Democrats with whom the governor reached an agreement this week on a pension reform bill.
The rally was scheduled before the deal was announced.
Below from the ADL:
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) reacted to a statement made by Christopher Shelton, a union official at the Communication Workers of America speaking at a protest in Trenton yesterday in which he compared Governor Chris Christie to Adolf Hitler.
Etzion Neuer, Regional Director of ADL’s New Jersey Office, issued the following statement:
No matter how strong one’s objections to any government policy, invoking the Holocaust and the Nazi effort to exterminate the Jewish people is grossly offensive and has no place in civil political discourse.
Using the Holocaust as an analogy for the frustration of union negotiations displays an ignorance of history and an insensitivity to the tragedy in human history that saw the murder of six million Jews and millions of others.
We were pleased to read that Mr. Shelton subsequently apologized for his offensive statement and we remind all public officials that regardless of the issue, we need to rise above the demeaning rhetoric and to encourage advocacy that is vigorous but never personal or hostile.