Monday, November 3, 2014
Rant #1,315: The Governor of New Jersey
I am going to say right off the bat that I am not necessarily a fan of Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.), but I am also going to say that I am liking him more all of the time.
I applaud him for his stand, with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, that the nation's stand against the spread of the Ebola disease was not enough, and the two legislators making firmer rules for handling the disease in their states.
And the latest kudo that I give to him concerns how he handled a heckler on Wednesday, when he was giving an update on Hurricane Sandy on its two-year anniversary and his state's efforts during that span.
He basically told the heckler to "shut up."
Christie has handled hecklers like this before, and in this era of political correctness, I really enjoy his candor.
The guy had stood up in the middle of the press conference with a two-sided sign basically saying "complete the job," and the guy was attacking the governor and his policies.
Look, nobody said that the Hurricane Sandy predicament that many people still find themselves in is joyous; it isn't, and it is a shame that they have to go through this.
But, on the other hand, disrupting a press conference was not the way to do it either, and Christie had every right to tell the guy to be quiet.
He said he would talk with him later about his concerns, but you know what? The guy deserved to be treated like a child based on his behavior.
And the heat Christie and Cuomo have taken for their Ebola stand is really off base.
That nurse who is all hot and bothered and supposedly suing because her rights were violated ... maybe she should be told to "shut up" too.
Christie is a very easy target for Democrats and others. He is a roly-poly, big-mouth politician who does not believe in PC. He is as old school as they get nowadays, and that both turns people off as much as it turns people on.
People have also accused him of ruling his state with an iron hand. We may never know what he knew about the George Washington Bridge traffic snarls that were supposedly ordered by people from his staff, and there have been other instances where he appears standoffish and rude.
Heck, I attacked him when he had flags flown at half-staff when Whitney Houston died. I thought that was pandering to a certain segment of the population. The woman, who had lived in Newark as a child, hadn't ventured near her old hometown through her successes and was as akin to New Jersey at that point as I am.
But in this most recent case, sometimes, you have to go to the vernacular to get something done, and he did it here, and it was right and it worked.
Does he have enough vibe to become our next President?
Rumors are that he is running, but I don't really know.
But if he does run, and someone is as rude as the clown was the other day, I have no problem with Christie telling the perpetrator to "shut up" once again.
Haven't we all had that fantasy, to tell people bothering us to "shut up," and in this PC world, haven't we had to suppress our feelings because it just isn't right?
Well, it was right the other day, and I think it makes Christie a more human character.
I didn't say humane, I said human, and in this day and age, that is very, very important.
Posted by Larry at 1:36 AM