Yes. Christie is our governor when traveling, but does he have the time to govern?

Today Gov. Christie will be in Lewiston, Maine campaigning for Gov. Paul LePage at three events. This evening he will join Mitt Romney in Boston to raise funds for the Ann Romney Center for Neurological Diseases.

My beef with his his excessive trips out-of-state is not that he cannot communicate with staff via e-mail and phone while away. He can and does. He remains the governor and can shoot off an e-mail or cell call when something urgent arises. In the midst of a hectic schedule whether he has enough time to understand, address and carefully answer the urgent matter might be questionable. In some cases he may just say “Wait until I get back.”

The larger problem is that there are pressing issues in our state which need much more than a rapid, short response, like jobs, the economy, pen/ben, transportation trust fund, cratering Atlantic County, and more. They require his undivided attention, real work, consulting with others, time devoted, and deliberations, not just kicking them down the road because he is down the road.

His travel requires time to prepare for each event (learning who are the local leaders and local issues), prepare/review speeches, transit in and out of helicopters, planes and cars, greet dignitaries, make speeches, mix with the crowd, sit through meals, and more. With three stops today in Maine and an evening in Boston, does anyone think he has much time to address the vexing problems affecting those he is supposed to represent? By traveling so much he does us a disservice.    

Comments (7)

  1. vmars

    According to the state constitution Christie is NOT Governor when he is out of state.  The powers of the office devolve to the Lt. Governor and he’s not supposed to be directing the actions of the administration.

    The constitution should be changed to reflect modern communications, but also should require that a Governor be in state OR on state business a certain percentage of his term.

    Frankly, I’d like to see the Governor get two or three weeks vacation with five personal days like any other state employee.

    Which gives me a thought — every time Christie is out of state on non-NJ government business he’s essentially on vacation.  He has no power under the law to perform his job as governor, so he’s simply not at work.

    What would you do with an employee who misses as much as 25% of his days each year?

  2. dbkurz415

    I really think at this point it’s safe to say that he’s doing a half-hearted job. He’s more concerned with this national aspirations.


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