How crazy is New Jersey? Well, when they re-elect Chris Christie to stay as boss as they are poised to do shortly, we may be scratching our heads and asking that question.
So, let's look at our habitually dyspeptic occupant of the state house in the Garden State. He's irritable, barks orders at and demeans people around him, lies, cheats, steals even uses government transportation for personal pleasure (remember his state helicopter rides to see his son play little league?).
With that said, he has a sometimes affable side -- he's even made fun of himself from time to time -- not hard to do when the rest of the country looks at you as the loudmouth bully from Trenton.
But then disaster struck. Hurricane Sandy. Suddenly he showed some mettle. He jumped into action and we saw signs of unbiased, unpolitical and very caring machinations in his moves. He not only welcomed President Obama to his state, he opened his arms and his state's coffers to accept federal aid. He even went so far as to applaud the President's efforts and give him his due respect.
Now we flip to a few months later. The New Jersey poster boy is now badmouthing the Black man. He's flexing his power and biting the hand who bailed out his fanny. Now, suddenly Obama, whose ring was being kissed when he was needed, is suddenly the target of Chritie's wrath. Rema Rahman quotes you:
"We look at Washington, D.C., and we shake our heads in wonder at a president who can't figure out how to lead, at a Congress that only 11 percent of the people in the last poll I saw approve of the job they're doing," he said.
Referring further to those low approval ratings, Christie said "that's what happens when you don't have a leader at the top. That's what happens when you have someone in the executive office who is more concerned about being right than he's concerned about getting things done, and I'm not going to be that kind of leader of New Jersey."
Hmm. Let's see. You don't want to be a leader who gets things done? You don't want to be right? You only want to make popular choices? That's some reelection platform you're running on. I get it. If you want someone who doesn't care, strives to do the unpopular, is only self-serving, makes wrong choices and can be counted on to not complete the job, vote for Chris Christie!
With that platform, Christie must be hoping to garner votes from the whackjob right who think Obama caused Hurricane Sandy just to get re-elected. Those and the people who claim Obama caused the twisters in Oklahoma and the current heat waves in the west to punish those who didn't vote for him.
He dismissed criticism he received for the praise he gave Obama for the government's response to Sandy.
"And when the storm hits the state and the president of the United States calls you and says, 'I want to come and see it and I want to help,' and he actually follows through on the promises that he made, then you have to say that on that part of it he did a good job," Christie said. "That doesn't mean I like Obamacare, that doesn't mean I like what he's doing on taxes or spending or anything else."
His spending was for your state, and it saved your derriere. Obamacare is to bail out the uninsured in your state and guarantee them a chance at a healthy existence (lowering your state's costs) -- and not at a penny's cost to you. So maybe you should listen to what you are really saying. Take a look at what you're really doing. Consider this, where else in the world can an lying, cheating, dishonest person hold get reelected to run a state of good people after squatting and taking a dump on them?
New Jersey deserves better, but they're going to give you another chance. They gave Nucky Thompson a number of chances in Boardwalk Empire. They gave Tony Soprano all of their love on the Sopranos. They evidently love taking a feces bath in New Jersey and you're just the guy who's going to give it to them.