What an Ass!

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who has taken some heat for going to Disney World while New Jersey was snowed in by a not unexpected blizzard, just dug the hole a bit deeper:

“I would have been doing the same thing here as I would have been there,” Christie said. “I would have been in a room someplace. I would not have been out, like, driving a plow.”

Good to know, Gov. Christie.  I don’t think anyone expected you to drive a plow, but they probably didn’t expect you to be an asshole about it either.  Or maybe they did.  That’s no excuse.

Gov. Christie also praised the work of Democratic Senate President Stephen Sweeney, who was stuck dealing with the mess when the governor and lieutenant governor took off for warmer climes (the lieutenant governor went on a cruise with her ill father), but I doubt anyone with a dead family member would appreciate his words:

“We did not have any significant loss of life,” Christie said, calling it an “extraordinary accomplishment.”

Yeah, I’m sure the family of the man who died of a heart attack after rescue workers had to use sleds to get to him really appreciates that sentiment.  Wait, aren’t Republicans all about sanctity of life?

Christie also went after local mayors who complained about his absence:

When asked about the hundreds of people trapped in their homes for days, Christie said unless they lived on state roads, it’s not something his administration would have been able to change.

“If someone is snowed into their house, that’s not our responsibility,” Christie said.

When asked about mayors who said they were forced to divert their resources to unplowed state roads instead of clearing local roads Christie said, “I know who these mayors are and they should buck up and take responsibility for the fact that they didn’t do their job.”

Christie, who thinks none of this is his responsibility, is nonetheless requesting FEMA funds to help cover the cost of the disaster. Yeah, that federal teat is evil until you need it.

What an ass!

5 Responses to “What an Ass!”

  1. Del says:

    He also explained he couldn’t leave cause his wife wouldn’t hear of it.

    I can’t fault him for asking for a turn at the federal tit, though. I believe NJ is one of the states who actually pays in more than they get back. Unlike, um, some other states.

  2. Kathy says:

    Oh, I don’t begrudge NJ the money, but Christie is one of those “cut the budget no matter what” people who should be embarrassed to ask the Feds for money on one hand when he’s slamming them on the other. Of course, he’s pretty much demonstrated that he’s incapable of shame.

  3. Del says:

    Just read this story about how Huntsville dealt with the snowfall and thought about your post. Hundreds of hours of overtime & they had to rent privately owned graders, but they got it done. And this caught my eye especially (emphasis mine):

    District 1 Commissioner Roger Jones said he called in six employees who worked the roads for about four hours a day Christmas Day, Sunday and Monday.

    “The doggone salt has gotten so expensive,” said Jones, who drove a salt truck himself Christmas morning.

  4. Bill says:

    Thank Gawd our State doesn’t take in more from the Communist Fascist Socialist Atheist Kenyan Muslim government than it pays in, else we wouldn’t be frugal stewards of the Tea Party nation, right Del?

  5. Kathy says:

    Honestly, I don’t even begrudge Christie the vacation with his family. He had a perfect opportunity to show some empathy and win political points by making a PSA before he left explaining the situation. It’s not like a trip to Disney World is outside the mainstream. Heck, it’s the Middle America Vacation Destination. He could have said he didn’t want to disappoint his kids and then gone down a list of who would be in charge and what to do in case of emergency. Quick, easy, and as a bonus he doesn’t look like a giant ass. Oh well, water under the bridge now, I guess.

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