NJ Gov. Chris Christie was interviewed Thursday night by ABC’s Diane Sawyer, and made the case that he shouldn’t be blamed for the “Bridgegate” scandal afflicting his administration — not even to the point that his abrupt personal style might’ve accidentally influenced the staffers who sought revenge on a Democratic mayor by creating traffic problems near the George Washington Bridge at Fort Lee.
But he feels bad about the affair: “You don’t sleep, you don’t eat,” he said.
With marijuana now legal in Colorado and Washington and the sky still unlikely to fall to the ground anytime soon, other states are considering following their lead in legalizing pot as a way to raise revenue, improve the public’s relations with the police and in general stop wasting everyone’s time.
We all know who loves a good time-waster, of course: Chris Christie, who says he is opposed to any relaxed pot laws. The Inquirer‘s Jan Hefler notes Christie’s recent opposition at a town-hall meeting:
In a town hall in Flemington last week, Christie, a Republican, told the crowd that he would not decriminalize or legalize marijuana, because it would be “the wrong message to send to children” and young adults. Legalization would allow the “state-sanctioned use of marijuana for people who do not have a legitimate need for it,” he said, adding he supports marijuana use for medical ailments.
I don’t know. People are always complaining about young people not being interested in politics. What better way to find the future leaders of tomorrow than by getting them into politics because of a pot bill!
A new study shows that The Boss has higher approval ratings in the state of New Jersey than its highest elected official. In the poll, conducted by the state’s Fairleigh Dickinson University, 67 percent of voters have a favorable opinion of Bruce Springsteen, while only 46 percent can say the same for Governor Christie. Here’s a more specific breakdown:
You’re not going to believe this, but Chris Christie argued with audience members at a town hall-style meeting in Middlesex County last night.
The Inquirer’s Maddie Hanna writes that Christie first had to deal with a coordinated call-and-response chant from protesters over “corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money.” Sadly, we don’t learn what the chant is, but my guess is “Hey, ho, hey, ho/Corrupt uses of Hurricane Sandy money have got to go!” Okay, maybe not.
Christie told the audience the protesters were from the Communication Workers of America — “people who we – we, collectively – have been standing up against for the last 4 1/2 years.” The union denied the affiliation.
The second disruption was more fun, because it featured better quotes from Christie.
Chris Christie’s nationwide popularity has dropped since the George Washington Bridge scandal. And, forget 2016 — he still has to govern the state of New Jersey! The governor is at the Y in Mount Laurel today to address the budget at a town hall-style meeting. A group of protesters greeted him.
Christie just told someone in Mt. Laurel audience to 'sit down- shut up or get out'. Man was just escorted out. pic.twitter.com/JsmJIc6ym2
— FOX 29 (@FOX29philly) March 13, 2014
Per this tweet from Fox 29, Chris Christie is being his usual self: Telling a man at the town hall to “Sit down, shut up or get out!” The man was then escorted out.
Another day, more headaches for Chris Christie. NJ.com reports:
The head of the state’s police unions today slammed Gov. Chris Christie over some $50 million in what he called “pension giveaways” to local municipalities.
The giveaways, state Policemen’s Benevolent Association head Anthony Wieners said in a scathing release, were gained on the backs of the state’s public sector unions.
“While the governor continues to campaign that the state pension system is ‘unsustainable’ and in need of reform, he himself is intentionally weakening the (Police and Firemen’s Retirement System) by waiving an additional $50 million in local government’s pension obligations,” Wieners said following the release of the PFRS actuary report. “In doing so, he is continuing the same fiscal mismanagement and sleazy games that underfunded the pension fund for over a decade and that led to the situation we are in today.”