Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. – promoted by Rosi
Bob Ingle penned a column looking at how distraction works well for Christie:
Let me get this straight: Gov. Chris Christie went into a long-winded put down of budget predictions by the Office of Legislative Services including, as he frequently does, name-calling. And that’s big news?
At this point, not only shouldn’t it be big news when the Governor throws a temper tantrum, it should be more news when he acts reasonably and responsibly:
While people were, incredibly at this point in his administration, all aflutter that the governor would call someone a name, the real news coming out of Trenton that day was that the state will borrow an extra $260 million for transportation projects instead of relying on cash as Christie had promised.
So the distraction worked, everyone jumped on Christie for going after Rosen, but no one really paid close attention to the further borrowing to fund transportation projects to fix our crumbling infrastructure. This is on top of the borrowing he’s already done:
More surprising, however, is Christie’s willingness to borrow somewhere between $3.6 billion and $4.378 billion in order to refuel the state Transportation Trust Fund (TTF).
Maybe they figure what’s $260 million when you’ve already borrowed between $3.6 and $4.3 billion. But as Ingle points out, this wasn’t the first time Christie has played this game:
The governor is good at diversion, he would fit right in with Penn and Teller, the Vegas magician act. One of the biggest he pulled off was when he announced he was killing the tunnel to Macy’s basement. It occurred as his former state education commissioner, Bret Schundler, testified in Trenton under subpoena about how the state lost the federal “Race To The Top” money. Merely a coincidence, of course. Reporters rushed from the committee room where Schundler was to get to Christie’s press conference about the rail line. Which story do you remember?
There are alot of “coincidences” in this administration. It’s just amazing that after two years, his act still works enough to continue distracting people from the real news he’s making. It’s time for people to stop going for the head fake and pay attention to the real moves being made.