To all my readers outside of New Jersey, I must apologize for the actions of our governor, Chris Christie.
Ignoring his tactical blunders such as being directly responsible for the loss of $400 million of Federal education funds, cancelling a much-needed tunnel project after spending a billion dollars of taxpayer money, being unwilling to compromise with the public service unions, increasing average property taxes by 23% this year, establishing an opaque political fund in the name of “reform”, and firing a state supreme court justice for political reasons, the fact is that he’s just not a decent person.
His treatment of dissenting citizens at his “town hall” meetings (especially today’s event in Parsippany) demonstrates the kind of person he is – a bully. Our governor, who was elected with less than 50% of the vote, has the right to promote his political agenda, but he needs to keep in mind that he is the governor of all of New Jersey, not just his acolytes. His behavior is more befitting that of a gang leader or a Mafia don and sets a poor example for our kids. The national media love him because he is a spectacle that appears to give straight talk even though he is obfuscating the truth. Few reporters on the national level have probed past his tough-man veneer.
I don’t know a polite word that is the opposite of “mensch”, but that’s what our governor is. New Jerseyans are better than this, so don’t look at Governor Christie and think that he represents the people of our state. I’m sorry that you have to see this rude buffoon, but even sorrier for New Jersey’s kids who will have to live with the consequences of this bully’s action for many years to come.