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Your tax dollars at work from John McAlpin:
Some have noticed that when we talk of Governor Christie’s events like the one planned for East Hanover today, we call them “town-hall style events.” The reason why is best shown by what happened in Garfield, when Christie visited there May 2. Many residents expected to ask questions – or at least hear something about the issues confronting the town… They had no chance.
But I don’t understand, if it’s a Town Hall how did they have no chance? McAlpin continued:
These events are highly choreographed, from the stage props to the opening video to highlight clips offered by his office, ready and waiting almost as soon as the SUVs roll the governor out of town. They are designed to give Christie a platform for his message, to say what he wants to say and have it spread across all the platforms new media allows. And they have helped Christie build and maintain his brand as a straight-talker who takes no nonsense. But they aren’t true town halls, free flowing events where people gather to ask questions and be heard. In one sense, they are the classic pseudo-event updated for the YouTube age. Even when somebody gets called an “idiot.”
If only more of the media coverage focused on the truth behind these “town hall style” events, which are much more style than town hall, even though they are completely on the taxpayer dime.