Posted by: Catherine Lugg | January 1, 2011

Christie Flailing

A scandal has erupted over NJ Governor Christie’s MIA performance during one of the worst blizzards in decades. With the blizzard beginning, the Governor took off for a vacation in Disney World. He’s made several claims including local officials botched the snow removal (they were forced to focus on the un-plowed state roads first, which was Christie’s fail), and that he stayed in contact with acting governor Sweeney, something Sweeney said at the time didn’t happen.

So, Paul Mulshine, conservative Republican columnist for the Newark Star Ledger and long-time Christie critic, unloads:

Chris Christie’s not kidding when he says he’d like to spend more time with his family.

Obviously being governor is taking too much of his time.

That would be the only possible explanation for the bizarre remarks he made in Freehold Friday.

I expected him to apologize for his inexplicable decision to fly to Disney World Sunday morning as a blizzard was brewing.

Instead, he attacked the other elected officials who stayed and tried to do the job he should have been doing.

He praised the state’s efforts in his absence and placed blame on some of the locals for screwing up.

“I would give the folks in New Jersey state government and the county government an A for the effort we put in,” Christie said. “We probably get a B for results.”

What? The state screwed this pooch all the way to Pluto, as it were. State roads were impassable for days after the storm. One highway, Route 18, had to be closed because of the state’s neglect.

Since Gov Christie has been radically defunding local governments and school districts since taking office (in the name of tax cuts for the rich), the next statement during this press conference is a landmark in chutzpah. From Mulshine:

in Ocean and Monmouth counties, drifts of 4 and 5 feet were common – and still are. Major four-lane state highways were reduced to two lanes through Wednesday.

This guy is entirely out of touch with reality. Note this attack on local mayors:

When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”

They didn’t do their job? Did our governor perhaps take some LSD during his trip to Disney, as the hippies used to do in the ’60s? He must be hallucinating.

Many towns did an excellent job of cleaning their own streets. But what’s the use of clearing side streets when the main arteries are impassable? Christie has to take responsibility for the fact that the state didn’t do its job when he was at Disney World. Instead he blames the locals who stayed and tried to make up for the abject incompetence of his administration.

And as I’ve noted, the worst clean-up job was done in the very counties that gave the governor the most votes. Sweeney had no reason to help out all those Republicans. But is Christie seriously trying to convince us that even if he’d been here in Jersey he still would have shafted the very people who put him into office?

In that case, he is the single most clueless politician in America.

I think the honeymoon with Governor Youtube is finally over.

And no, Christie still has yet to sign the anti-bullying bill. It’s all about priorities. Obviously, if he’s not interested in serving the state in the midst of the worst blizzards in decades, queer kids are not going to get ANY help from this cat.

Hat Tip: Jersey Jazzman

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  1. And if you want to read a really RUDE analysis of Christie’s antics, see: http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2011/01/chris-christie-disneyed-for-your-snowy.html.

  2. […] been highly critical of Christie for letting the bill languish on his desk. While there was zero chance of him vetoing the bill […]


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