When New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s embarked upon his failed presidential campaign, polls reflected his unpopularity with his home state, while others outside New Jersey showed support for the tough-talking blunt candidate.
When questioned about this fact Chris Christie pompously explained that the lack of support was due to the fact that, “They want me to stay.” Christie, in his typical arrogance argued, “I’ve heard that from lots of people at town hall meetings, ‘Don’t leave,’ and ‘Don’t run for president because we want you to stay.’”
In hindsight, the rest of the nation should have listened to the folks in New Jersey.
Last week, hard working people looking forward to spending some relaxing time-off on the Jersey Shore. Business owners were excited about the busy season which can make or break their profitably. Unfortunately for (almost) everyone, average people were denied access to the Jersey shore beaches, because of a state government shutdown due to the inability of Governor Christie to work with politicians, and agree upon a budget.
Their anger was further inflamed when pictures were taken of Christie and his family all alone on a deserted beach. Unfortunately for the Governor , he was caught by a photographer smugly sitting in a beach chair on the closed beach with his extended family. While everyone else was barred from the beach, the Christie crowd enjoyed the vacant beach.
The front-page headline in the Star-Ledger, New Jersey’s largest newspaper, read, “Gov. soaks up sun on beach he closed.” Christie was asked at a news conference whether he got any sun on Sunday. “I didn’t,” the governor said. “I didn’t get any sun today.” His spokesperson later clarified that Christie, photographed on the beach, didn’t get sun because “he had a baseball hat on.” Keep in mind, Christie sported a deep dark brown tan while denying that he was on the beach.
To the shock of the media and viewers, Christie defended his actions on Good Day Philadelphia saying, “I’m sorry they’re not the governor,” responding to a question about people blocked from the beach. “This is a residence. Here’s the problem. We have a residence in Princeton as well and that place is a place where people can go and tour but they can’t if the government’s closed. Am I supposed to move out and stay in a hotel?”
“If they had flown that plane over that beach and I was sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde in that beach chair next to me, that’s a story,” he said. “I wasn’t sitting next to a 25-year-old blonde. I was sitting next to my wife of 31 years.”
The pictures sparked an internet meme frenzy sparked in large part by his blatant lies and contempt for the residents of New Jersey.
Christie’s job approval in New Jersey has sunk to 15 percent. The beach scandal was worse for him then the BridgeGate scandal (a scheme to deliberately cause traffic jams in a town by the George Washington Bridge to punish another politician who was the mayor).
People in New Jersey and beyond seized on what many saw as a let-them-eat-cake gesture by the state’s chief executive.
“Taxpayers can’t use the parks and other public sites they pay for, but he and his family can hang out at a beach that no one else can use?” asked Mary Jackson, a Freehold resident. “Doesn’t he realize how that looks, how people will see it as a slap in the face?” More than a slap in the face, there is a German word for how people feel about Christie, Backpfeifengesicht (a punchable face).
This is what is emblematic of what is wrong with our country and why there is such anger. The people are tired, disgusted, and discouraged over arrogant enriched so-called leaders in government (in doesn’t matter which political party) that seem to only care about their own wealth and comfort . The same holds true for Wall Street executives and corporate CEOs. The lack of ethics, morals, fairness, and empathy is amazing and breeds resentment and outrage.
I only hope that maybe other politicians and CEOs will learn from his roasting.