Tag Archive: Super Bowl

Gov. Chris Christie’s questionable football-loving, owner’s box-sitting ethics

Today, a new era of accountability and transparency is here.

                            Gov. Chris Christie, Inaugural Address 1/19/10

So, that’s a lot of bull. And so we have the events of today:

10:37am: David Sirota posts a piece raising ethics questions in Chris Christie, who as governor has forked over huge subsidies to the NFL, getting luxury seating with his family in the Dallas Cowboys owner’s box  

12:15pm: American Bridge files an OPRA request looking for travel, lodging and security expenses for that trip.

2:51pm: Christie’s office comes across with some of that info – that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones flew Christie and fam on a private plane and picked up the ticket costs (taxpayers on the hook for the security). Reported by Matt Arco.

That doesn’t really settle everything, does it?  

Chris Christie: Yukking it up with Regis, talkin’ Super Bowl weather. No scandals. What scandals?

First we hear Gov. Chris Christie puts conditions on what he’ll talk about in radio interviews, that’s after a history the scandal-plagued governor has of stonewalling or delaying handing over information the public has lawful right to, but he’d rather conceal. Now, he even goes so far as to stack the Ethics Commission, which may have to investigate him, with a pre-approved Christie loyalist as Exec Director, raising all kinds of red flags over at APP, which wonders where all that “openness” Christie brags about has gone, and the Star-Ledger, where Tom Moran points out that the much-ballyhooed ‘savior on ethics’ is trying to “defang an ethics watchdog” to save his own bacon.

For a while, after that weird 2-hour Me-me-mea culpa press conference in which talked mostly about himself, he went silent. Radio silent.

Now, we seem to be in a phase of lightweight, soft, self-flattering appearances. Here’s Christie with Regis … what, Kim Kardashian wasn’t available?

Chris Christie Instagram w/ Regis Philbin

And here’s Christie yukking it up with the folks, taking credit apparently, for New Jersey’s Super Bowl-friendly weather (and going back to the fleece, this time in sunshine yellow):

Got more important questions to ask Gov. Christie? Monday night’s your chance (unless he, uh, cancels). Go ahead – Ask him what you want.

National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in Trenton

It’s probably not on your calendar, but today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In Trenton, the day was observed with a rally in front of the State House, and a program which featured officials from several different agencies working to combat this scourge.

Crime is not a partisan event, and supporters of stronger measures come from all sides of the political spectrum. At the rally speakers ranged from Progressives like Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle to Tea Party sympathizers like Assemblywoman Alison Littell McHose. Congressman Chris Smith’s appearance reminded us that it’s not just a state, but a federal issue. And big events like the 2014 Super Bowl in New Jersey tend to attract the perpetrators of these crimes.

Human trafficking, while it has a negative connotation, does not adequately describe the problem. In reality, it’s slavery. Slavery that is just as disgusting as the slavery that was supposed to have ended 150 years ago with the Emancipation Proclamation. There are estimates that over 10,000 boys and girls in New Jersey are trapped in this horrendous activity.

After the rally, I spoke with two sponsors of legislation to help address the problem – Senator Nellie Pou and Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle (below). Below the fold are comments from Attorney General Jeff Chiesa. Some additional video from the rally will be posted on the sidebar over the weekend.