Dereliction of Duty

In a little more than a year in office, Governor Chris Christie has demonstrated that he is less interested in governing the state than he is in establishing a power base for some future ambitions. Maybe these ambitions lead to the White House, maybe they are simply to enrich his friends. His motives are less important than the fact that our governor is derelict in the duties he signed up for when he was elected.
Governor Christie operates in the shadows. We should have gotten an hint at Christie’s modus operandi when he initially delayed the release of his tax return, breaking with a long standing tradition of governors of both parties. Perhaps this was due to the fact that he only paid 6.2% of his income in taxes, a far smaller chunk than most New Jerseyans with significantly smaller income do. His administration stonewalls even the most basic of OPRA requests such as disclosing how rental for church space for his political town hall meetings are paid for. His travel vouchers are also difficult to obtain, probably because those that have surfaced show that Christie’s co-mingling of personal and official government payments are, if not illegal, at a minimum ethically dubious.

Christie’s penchant for bullying, especially with respect to the represented workforce, show that the governor is unquestionably lazy. Otherwise, why would he refuse to negotiate instead of pontificate? Why would he cancel a much-needed tunnel project outright instead of sitting down, rolling up his sleeves, and working to come to a better solution?

Rather than do the hard work of governing New Jersey, Christie prefers to hobnob with the Republican Tea Party glitterati and grace the viewers of Fox “News.”

This weekend, he raised the sleaze another notch by spending the entire day Sunday working as the shadow twelfth member of the Legislative Redistricting Commission, either because he wants to bully the independent Dr. Rosenthal into seeing things the Republican way or because he doesn’t trust his hand-picked co-chair Jay Webber to bully the Democratic commissioners.

Governor Christie makes good television and YouTube sound bites. His popularity is on the rise because he comes across as sincere and tough at the same time – something that has been missing in American politics. Compared to the rest of the Republican presidential field, he even presents a modicum of sanity. But none of these qualities indicate that he is a good governor. It’s time that he drop his extra-curricular activities, embrace transparency, and start serving all the people of New Jersey, not just his cronies.

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  1. nkromann

    As I have said many times, Governor Christie is so much like the rest of his Republican cohorts.  They refuse to do anything, but instead spend all of their time talking about problems that have nothing to do with what really needs to be solved in this state.  Yes, he is lazy beyond belief.  It’s so much easier to blame those who cannot defend themselves than to really look at those that are causing the problem.  Part of this has to do with the fact that the man is flat out ignorant.  He has the brain of a slug and he acts like one too.  His quaint little stories are a crock of you know what, once again deflecting any real thought away from the issues.  His little trip yesterday to the hotel to be sure that his “cronies” get the right map is another example of how its okay for Christie to do something but not anyone else.  That’s why he continues to be sure that only his white Republican “friends” are invited to his town hall meetings.  It’s obvious that he is a racist and is feeding into the good old boys of corporate America.  He’s setting such a good example for all of us, namely “It’s okay to break the law in New Jersey!”  

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