Twenty-one months ago I made this ridiculous promise:
This comes around with such regularity I’m going to create a recurrent series of posts. Where do I start? I will go back a few years, back four years even…
And I did go back four years to then Congressman Anthony Weiner, who, until June 2011, represented New York’s 9th congressional district. What got him excused from politics was his propensity of exhibiting less than interesting body parts on the Internet. People picked up on the last name.
So, I’m late getting back to the matter of politicians acting foolishly. I can’t imagine what took me so long. Here is round number 2, this time with my favorite American governor, Chris Christie of New Jersey. Although he is my favorite governor, his popularity is currently polling about 15%. We have to wonder why. Here is the most recent.
Consider his public persona. The man definitely has a way with public image. I caught the story on yesterday’s edition of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, courtesy of Hulu.
Yes, the governor got onto a radio program, which he co-hosts, and for no apparent reason a bunch of people wanted to talk about stuff that happened last week. New Jersey reached a budget impasse, and, lacking a budget, the Governor closed public parks, including beaches. Then he and his family ensconced themselves upon one of said beaches. And got their picture took.
On the radio the Governor started taking calls from listeners. “Mike in Montclair” had some choice words:
Governor, next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you… You put your fat ass in a car… and go to one that’s open.
Whoa! Somebody is displeased. The Governor’s response was classic Christie:
You know, Mike, I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.
Communist? How long has it been since I heard that comeback? Fifty years at least. Mike believes he’s being bullied.
Apparently the Governor sees the error of his ways and knows he needs to make a final effort to show grace and to save the situation. He does it with style.
You know, you’re swearing on the air, Mike, and you’re a bum!
With an exclamation mark.
Irony upon irony. ABC reporter David Wright reports the story with the George Washington Bridge in the background.
It was somewhat over three years ago I first visited the topic:
Concerns were raised that the New Jersey’s Republican state government had rigged a phony traffic study just to create havoc for Fort Lee residents, this in payback because the town’s Democratic mayor had declined to endorse Governor Chris Christie’s re-election.
Additional irony. Last year on a family outing with Barbara Jean, we were skirting the Big Apple, trying to get to Rhode Island. I perked up when I realized I was about to drive through the place pictured above. The irony faded somewhat when they charged me $15 to drive the Camry across. But thanks to Governor Christie, I got some of it back in chuckles.