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.