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From the Washington Post, describing Mr. Christie's discussions

"The thousands of political appointees — there are about 3,200 according to OPM data — suggest vestiges of the spoils system, Stier said. Providing jobs to political supporters is a form of political power. Christie did not recommend Trump curtail patronage.

Christie also told the donors that Trump’s team thinks businesspeople should be able to work part-time in government without giving up their private sector jobs. That could raise conflicts of interest.

Regarding the general federal workforce, the governor urged Trump “to immediately ask the Republican Congress to change the civil service laws. Because if they do, it will make it a lot easier to fire those people.”

That’s consistent with the 2016 Republican platform: “A Republican administration should streamline personnel procedures to expedite the firing of bad workers, tax cheats, and scammers.
”“As you know from his other career, Donald likes to fire people.”

That was New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) talking to the donor class in a closed-door meeting at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week. Christie was both recalling the reality television career of Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, and projecting Trump’s attitude toward federal employees if he wins.

Christie, manager of Trump’s transition project, focused on the conversion of political appointees to civil service positions and the long-held desire of Republicans to make firing feds faster....

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings (Md.), the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, called that “yet another unsurprising attack on federal workers. … The solution to dealing with a few bad employees is not to change civil service laws to undermine the due process rights of all federal employees but to find ways to help agencies and managers implement existing authorities more efficiently and effectively to discipline bad actors.”

National Treasury Employees Union President Tony Reardon reminded Republicans that “due process for federal employees is a Constitutionally-protected right and the right to have a collective voice at work through union representation is also critical to all workers, but this platform criticizes both.

“Due process protections are in place for very good reasons,” he added. “To protect whistleblowers and to keep the federal workplace free from political influence and whims.”
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