Some of us rush into a burning building when we know a neighbor is in need. And some of us don’t.
Two images in New Jersey politics piqued the interest of our friend cartoonist Rob Tornoe this week; Cory Booker risking his life to help rescue a woman in a burning building, and Chris Christie snoozing at a Springsteen concert. Don’t jump down his throat, we all know the dedicated Springsteen fan meant no diss to The Boss. He was just plum tuckered out from blowing more hot air than Clemons used to blow into his sax. It gets Rob to thinking about the disrespect the Jersey Boss holds for people in need. And that needs talking about. Christie has picked a side. When he said what he said last week – “When the American people no longer believe that this a place where only their willingness to work hard … determines their success in life then we’ll have a bunch of people sittin’ on a couch waiting for their next government check.” – he was communing with his peeps, the supply-siders swilling together under George W. Bush’s watch. And congratulating their rising Jersey star, no doubt, for passing off corporate welfare and tax cuts for the rich to us dumb voters as economic development.
Rob says it better, his opinion piece is worth your read. As an appetizer, here’s the cartoon that goes with it: