New Jersey governor Chris Christie continues to make a fool of himself while residents of his state suffer.
Christie, who claimed that his state and the people that lived there were his number one priority in trying to explain away an over-the-top embrace of President Obama just prior to the election, decided that everyone was well off now, and this was the time to make a cameo appearance on Saturday Night Live.
Via Front Page Mag:
Tens of thousands of New Jersey residents are without power. Many have lost homes and everything else that they have. Some don’t have enough to eat and others are struggling to stay warm.
This is not the time for a responsible leader to go do his self-promoting shtick on Saturday Night Live. But Christie seems so tone deaf that he puts his self-promotion ahead of anything else.
Yes Giuliani went on Saturday Night Live a few weeks after September 11, but that wasn’t a series of gags, it was a serious tribute to those who died in the attacks. It had very little in common with Christie showing off the same routine that he does every time he’s in the vicinity of a video camera. And at a time when New Jersey residents still need help, why is their Governor spending time on a comedy show cracking jokes about what people have been going through?
We’ve got people from Louisiana and North Carolina coming in to help New Jersey, while Christie hops from one photo op to another.
Meanwhile, in the city of Rahway, NJ, you have stories like this:
In Rahway, where many residents were still without power yesterday afternoon, 400 survival kits handed out by the Red Cross in the City Hall parking lot proved to be too few.
“All of a sudden it was like a big rush,” Red Cross worker Lauren Franklin said. “They went extremely quickly.”
For Monique Patterson, who arrived too late to get a survival kit, it was insult added to injury.
“It’s been hell,” she said. “I have three kids and we have no power, no heat, for 13 days now.”
William Dickson, who works for the Union County city, said there has been little communication between authorities and residents about when PSE&G would restore electricity.
“It’s so cold at night I have to sleep with a blanket over my head and use my own breath to stay warm,” he said.
I’m sure once their power is finally restored, the freezing children in the Patterson family will find reruns of Christie’s SNL shtick to be truly hilarious.
Christie, the clown prince of New Jersey, to the good fortune of the Republican party, killed off any chance of a national run when he locked his embrace on the current President. In the end, the joke will be on him.
Is there anyone who can deny the transformation of our country into an entitlement society? President Food Stamps seen proudly nodding in approval…
Christie spent most of his 30-minute speech on New Jersey budget issues, but brought up national policy toward the end. He said it is the least optimistic period he’s ever seen for the nation.“It’s because government’s now telling them, stop dreaming, stop striving, we’ll take care of you. We’re turning into a paternalistic entitlement society. That will not just bankrupt us financially, it will bankrupt us morally,” Christie told Bush, Henry Kissinger and an assortment of Republican governors in a theater at the New York Historical Society.“When the American people no longer believe that this is a place where only their willingness to work hard and to act with honor and integrity and ingenuity determines their success in life, then we’ll have a bunch of people sitting on a couch waiting for their next government check,” Christie said.Christie never mentioned President Obama by name, but in the past has spoken about the need to reign in entitlement spending for programs like for Social Security and Medicare.
Tina Korbe at Hot Air adds:
Christie wasn’t content to merely point out the negative, though: He launched rapidly into an articulation of an alternate vision, the vision he’s implemented in the state of New Jersey. He cited his recent veto of a millionaire’s tax and his current push for a 10 percent income tax cut as examples of pro-growth policies.
He also had interesting words about the importance of in-person interaction with those with whom we disagree. ”We developed relationships with the other side of the aisle that allowed them to trust us. And that doesn’t happen overnight,” he said.”Day after day after day you have to sit with our colleagues and convince them of the goodness of your spirit and of the understanding that compromise is not a dirty word.”
Here’s where I have to disagree with the Governor. Isn’t compromise what took place in 2006 when Democrats took over in Congress? Isn’t compromise what led George W. Bush to abandon his free market principles, leading us down the economic path we’ve been on for several years now? Here’s an idea – stand on principle. Don’t compromise for the sake of saying ‘I reached across the aisle’. Do what’s right.
Bush himself spoke at the conference, refusing to – as he called it – undermine the current President.
Via Weasel Zippers:
Bush said the topic of the conference is how to grow the private sector. He introduced Christie by complimenting his “enormous personality” and “belief in the individual,” saying even Texans had taken note of the governor.
“We admire the courageous stance you take,” said Bush, who nominated Christie to be U.S. Attorney.
“I was a proud member of the Bush administration for seven years,” Christie said, later adding that Bush “inspired a whole new generation of conservative Republican leaders.” […]
“I have decided to stay out of the limelight,” Bush said. “I don’t think it’s good, frankly, for our country to undermine the president and I don’t intend to do so. But I do intend to remain involved in areas that I’m interested in.”
Isn’t it remarkable to see the former President afford Obama a fundamental courtesy that he was never granted during his term? All class…
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Tuesday, April 10 in honor of a New York Marine who died on April 3.
Corporal Christopher D. Bordoni died as a result of wounds sustained January 18, 2012, while conducting combat operation in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, based at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Corporal Bordoni was from Ithaca.
“I join with all New Yorkers in mourning the loss of Corporal Bordoni,” said Governor Cuomo. “We will forever honor the service and sacrifice of this New York Marine. I send my deepest condolences to his family, friends, and fellow Marines.”
Governor Cuomo has directed that the flags on all state buildings be lowered to half-staff in honor of and in tribute to our state’s service members and those stationed in New York who are killed in action or die in a combat zone.
First we had 29 supposedly impartial judges signing the Scott Walker recall petition. Now, we have 25 supposedly impartial journalists.
Via Fox News:
Twenty-five journalists with the Gannett media group in Wisconsin signed a petition calling for the recall of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, according to a Green Bay newspaper where some of those journalists work.
Kevin Corrado, publisher of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, disclosed the actions of Gannett Wisconsin Media employees in a recent column and said they are facing disciplinary action.
“It was wrong, and those who signed the petition were in breach of Gannett’s principles of ethical conduct,” Corrado wrote.
Corrado later added…
“The journalists’ instincts, if not their training, should have kicked in, warning them not to get personally involved.
Corrado seems to be confused. It’s precisely because of their instincts and training as journalists that they got involved. Such is the state of media today.