Dem thugs at their finest.

(Politico) — The Newark Star-Ledger has some explosive quotes from one of the two Democratic legislative leaders who recently reached a compromise on a pension reform bill with Gov. Chris Christie regarding the overall state budget:

Senate President Stephen Sweeney went to bed furious Thursday night after reviewing the governor’s line-item veto of the state budget.

This is not your regular budget dispute. This is personal. And it could have seismic impact on state politics.

He woke up Friday morning even angrier.

“You know who he reminds me of?” Sweeney says. “Mr. Potter from ‘It’s a Wonderful Life,’ the mean old bastard who screws everybody.”

“This is all about him being a bully and a punk,” he said in an interview Friday.

Sweeney had just risked his political neck to support the governor’s pension and health reform, and his reward was a slap across the face. The governor’s budget was a brusque rejection of every Democratic move, and Sweeney couldn’t even get an audience with the governor to discuss it.

“I wanted to punch him in his head.”

A Christie spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an email. But the pension deal was widely viewed as the antithesis to the bitter battle over union rights in Wisconsin.

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