Christie is paid by the citizens of New Jersey. His responsibility, when one of the largest storms in East Coast history is predicted, is to serve his citizenry, not the .0005% of possible voters in New Hampshire. Take a look at his Tweets from last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday to gain a sense of what he really thinks is important (it ain’t Jersey).
As requested, some cites about Christie’s reluctance to actually be in the state he’s paid to govern. He has a long history of “calling it in” and being in DisneyLand (literally) when he should be at the helm:
Not that I think he’s actually deploying snowplows and shoveling the walk of the capitol building, he can phone-in directives to departments. It’s his breathtaking arrogance – and, in the larger schema, absence of the will to address some of NJ’s overwhelming issues. Read these links. He’s en absentia a LOT and it’s often in service of his personal and political ambitions.
For further support of my claims, search NPR for last week’s report on Christie’s cavorting with the Dallas Cowboys’ owner. I won’t recite it here, but it underlines his lack of ethical sense.
I live in the suburbs of Trenton, which is the state capital of New Jersey. One of the worst slums and some of the most desperate and under-served people in the U.S. are cheek-by-jowl with Christie’s office; he made a lot of election promises about cleaning up Trenton and Camden and Newark. If anything, Trenton has declined even more and Christie’s office gives him a birds-eye view of the rot (when he deigns to be in his office), so it’s not some abstract situation he reads about from his office in Princeton: He stands on the rotunda balcony and proclaims “Let them eat cake!” (For the more literal-minded among us: I know this Marie-Antoinette story is apocryphal, this is illustrative metaphor).
I actually liked the guy when he first took office, and I’m a lefty. I liked his forthright manner, his articulation of the challenges the State faces, and some of his plans. Too bad he turned out to be such a shitheel.