Nothing uncivil about that! The CON$ will cheer it! To them it would only be uncivil to call him Governor Fat Ass. The Gov's mean streak creates enemies | NJ.com Bill Lavin, a firefighter in Elizabeth for 23 years, was on a radio talk show last year when he criticized Gov. Chris Christies plan to cut pension and health benefits. Hes the union president, so thats part of his job. Soon after, he says, he got a call from Bill Baroni, a confidante of the governors and deputy executive director at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The governor was displeased. According to Lavin, Baroni gave him a message from Christie, and said he was told by the governor to use these exact words: Go f--- yourself. The story, which is not disputed by the governor or Baroni, is a revealing one. It shows why it is so hard to stand with Christie in his fight with the unions. He is right, without doubt, that we need to trim pension and health benefits. But he takes every opportunity to kick sand in their faces while hes doing it. He is a wedge politician who relies on pressure rather than persuasion, and whose constant tactic is to demonize his opponents. Building consensus, even being polite, is just not how this man rolls. As we move to cut benefits for cops and firefighters, as well as teachers and social workers, it should be done with regret, not with relish. Firefighters charge into burning buildings. Cops hear a gunshot and they run toward it, not away from it. But they get no gratitude from this governor. When they rallied in Trenton last week, the governor dismissed them as me first demonstrators guided by greed.