Governor Chris Christie mentioned at the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland that candidate Donald Trump would fire federal employees appointed by President Barack Obama if he win this November.
The New Jersey governor mentioned that it is important to change the civil service laws so appointees would not be able to keep their job in a new administration.
Moreover, governor Christie explained how this has been a problem for past administrations:
“It’s called burrowing,” Christie said. “You take them from the political appointee side into the civil service side, in order to try to set up … roadblocks for your successor…”
When asked about the practice of burrowing, policy director of the American Federation of Government Employees Jacqueline Simon commented that federal employees are protected by law “from at will firing.”
But also she reminded people that:
“The federal government is a serious undertaking. It’s not a reality TV show, with ‘You’re fired!'”
“Just as we don’t want to hire anybody for political reasons, we don’t want anybody to be fired for political reasons,”
What do you think?
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