Despite his protestation that his “Town Hall” meetings are not staged to make him look good, it’s no secret that Gov Christie’s people subtly but effectively stack his public appearances with GOP faithful who reliably drool and clap for his every utterance. And where there is dissent in these “Town Halls” the governor smacks the offender down, dominating with both his imposing physical presence and the fact that the camera, and the louder mic, are always his. These are the “YouTube moments,” as his staff calls them – played for the camera, shot, edited, shipped out and disseminated among his fans all over the USA, all within hours.
There are increasing signs that New Jerseyans are getting tired of his showboating – here, here, here, here and here, for example – and I’m thinking the next few “Town Hall”s we may see a governor doing better at making it look like he respects those in his constituency that don’t agree with his approach, given that he’s widely seen as overplaying his confrontational act in Parsippany [VIDEO] when he used his own security detail to haul a Republican teacher half his size to the stage, dress him down then wave him off the stage without letting him get a word in edgewise, his security backing the guy off the stage when he reached for the microphone to reply. But we’ll find out. Maybe Christie only has one act and no improv.
Gov. Chris Christie “Town Hall”
9:30am, Tuesday, Dec. 14
Clinton Community Center
63 Halstead St., Clinton (Hunterdon)