Gov Corzine is threatening to shut down state government unless the legislature goes along with his proposed budget, particularly an increase in the NJ sales tax from 6% to 7%.
Shutting down the government is supposed to be a tactic to get state employees and taxpayers to apply pressure to the legislature to pass a budget. In this situation, however, it's an empty threat.
If I'm a legislator (in either party), and someone complains about my budget position, I have an easy defense:
"Gov Corzine wants to raise NJ taxes. I don't. The only reason for a government shutdown is Corzine's stubbornness. If you have a complaint, contact Corzine."
I know this answer is glib, but it's still effective. Why does Corzine think he's going to win this exchange?