Thank God redistricting comes only once a decade because it wasn’t exactly pretty to watch. But when the votes were cast, the Democratic map prevailed. Other than 10 year’s worth of hospitable terrain, what’s it all mean?
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Of all the things today’s map revealed, I personally was most curious about how the reshuffling would effect our friend, Jeff Gardner. Press play if you share my curiosity.
This week Chris Christie was in Washington D.C., speaking at a National Republican Congressional Committee fundraiser. If nothing else, a couple of small details surrounding the speech help confirm that many (if not most) of the governor’s biggest fans are people from other states, who don’t have any grasp of just how unpopular, disingenuous and ineffective he actually is. Much of what they do know comes from YouTube, Twitter, and the GOP marketing machine; a mythology reinforced as Christie struts across America, trumpeting half-truth “accomplishments” and tossing red meat to partisan loyalists. Do his conservative fan-persons go home to fact-check his speeches after they’re done swooning? Of course not – that might shatter the illusion.
One reason for the non-Jersey adulation: Chris Christie says he is awesome, and people who don’t live here don’t know any better! Of course, to most Garden Staters (and probably at least a few of his allies), the governor’s self-aggrandizing has long jumped the shark. But for our neighbors across America who only see him in bits and pieces… well, they’re taking whatever Christie hands them, not reading the label, and gobbling it up. He’s street meat, or mystery pills from a mystery person, acquired in a nightclub bathroom. Truth is irrelevant – you’re under the influence of Chris Christie, and things will be getting weird.
For example, take this whopper, courtesy of @dcseth, who live-tweeted the governor’s speech to the NRCC:
Many members of the BlueJersey community have had a hard time forgiving Congressman Rob Andrews for his vote to authorize war in Iraq. In this video he discusses how that mistake drives him to ask the toughest questions about what’s going on in Libya.
What’s the difference between Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin? Both have exacerbated their state’s deficits by giving tax breaks to millionaires while placing the burden of balancing the budget on the middle class. Both have made draconian cuts to services to the the poor, vulnerable, and senior citizens. Both have treated public servants with disdain. But there is one main difference. Governor Walker has been more effective in harming his state because he has a Republican majority in both houses of the Wisconsin legislature. Despite the fact that in New Jersey, many of the majority Democrats are DiNOs (Democrats in Name Only) and, like the national Democrats, have not shown the courage to stand up to the GOP’s destructive agenda, at least there are some in the legislature who are trying to put the brakes on Christie’s policies.
This November’s elections will be critical. Listen to this short video of Chris Christie’s threat to New Jersey, and then continue below the fold.
How about a moratorium on reporting on Governor Christie's so-called “town hall meetings” until one or more is held in the evening or on a weekend, when working people can attend? Now, if you are not on the Governor's coveted mailing list, you must scour the news websites for announcements, which typically come out with 1-2 days notice. By then, the Faithful have already been tipped off, and can make arrangements to attend, while the rest of us must either miss the event due to work, or jeopardize our jobs by calling in sick. There is a “town hall” scheduled for Woodbridge Tuesday morning. NJ.com dutifully announced the event on Thursday but managed to leave out the date and location. This has since been corrected in later versions of the post.
I have been to one of these, and from what I witnessed and have read about subsequent town hall meetings, they are routine, the same tired stories. The same script.
The Governor approaches the stage to wild applause, talks about “reform” (since when did “reform” become a synonym for “dismantling”?), blasts the usual scapegoats, the Legislature, public workers, and reminds us that his beef is not with teachers but the NJEA.
Then comes the Q&A, which may result in a “YouTube” moment, followed by his closing remarks, a heart-wrenching story about visiting his cancer-stricken mother on her deathbed, where she tells him to get back to work because “there's nothing left unsaid between us”. Every town hall ends with this story, and there is barely a dry eye in the house.
Now, I am not in any way mocking Mrs. Christie's untimely death, but I cannot help but wonder, if she was the tough cookie he often describes, would she approve of her son cynically exploiting this intimate mother-son moment to score political points? I am sure my late mother would haunt my ass, big-time, if I pulled a stunt like that.
Note that, ever since the fiasco in Parsippany, where the Governor invited a questioner to the stage, berated him, and had him expelled from the meeting by his State Police detail, there have been no more reports of confrontations at these town halls. Is this the sign of a new, mellowed, improved Chris Christie, or has his staff become more adept at packing the hall with sycophants? Lately the format has featured the Governor performing in-the-round, in a roped-off area resembling a pro wrestling ring.
In my last diary about possible 1st amendment issues with holding one of these town halls at a Catholic church facility, on Ash Wednesday, a Catholic holiday, Blue Jersey staff writer Deciminyan posted the following comment:
Is it time yet to post a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging that these “Town Hall' meetings are really political events and should be funded by Christie's shadow campaign organizations instead of the taxpayer?
Good question. As long as these events continue to be held at a time to maximize a pro-Christie crowd, when it is difficult or impossible for working people to attend, the question remains, are they really “town hall meetings” or partisan campaign events?
If they are the latter, and each one follows the same predictable script, why bother covering them, other than to raise this question and explore possible FEC violations?
CWA activists have been meeting at the Rutgers Labor Center for the past two days. The goal is too learn how too use media to get out a unified message. Attendees were addressed by Les Leopold yesterday concerning getting out the truth about wall street gambling & the financial elitism that caused the demise of middle class America. A thinktank followed with Berlin Rosen to formulate ideas that need to be shared via social networking. Training classes are underway today for Facebook, You Tube and Blogging. Rosi Efthim has shared her knowledge of blogging and enhanced the activists awareness of online opportunities for information sharing. Be on the look out for increased presence and voice of union brothers and sisters as we stand firm for equality!
Governor Christie has earned the moniker “The YouTube Governor”, but it’s more than that. YouTube is a great way for him to spew his propaganda without any meaningful discussion or feedback. He follows the same modus operandi at his town hall meetings – controlling the microphone, belittling his opponents, and using the State Police to escort those who want to engage in a dialog out of the room.
To counter this one-sided information flow, several of us have formed a YouTube channel whose purpose is to use Christie’s medium to present the other side of the issues. We plan on producing videos with teachers and other citizens who will tell their first person stories on how the governor’s agenda has impacted their lives, and to correct half-truths or outright lies in the governor’s message.
If you’re a YouTube viewer, you can subscribe here.
Here’s the first new video from that site. It uses the governor’s taxpayer-funded video as a backdrop. If you have comments or suggestions, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
You would not know it from the 60 Minutes website, but thanks to my friends at Blue Jersey I learned that Governor Chris Christie will be featured tonight. When I went to the site to check for information, there was nothing there about an appearance by the Governor of NJ. The featured preview was a story called “The Gift of Endless Memory” (interesting juxtaposition).
The good news is, ever since the “Heidi Bowl” (for those of us old enough to remember), we do not have to worry about the Steelers/Jets game being cut-off in favor of 60 Minutes while the Jets are in the throes of yet another nail-biting comeback. However if you're not quick enough on the channel changer after the game you may catch an unwanted glimpse of the bloviations of the Great Reformer of NJ, repeating the same platitudes in response to whatever softballs are lobbed his way. (Who would be best to interview Christie: Anderson Cooper? Katie Couric? I wonder if he can answer a hard-hitting question like “What do you read”?).
As an apprentice contributor to Blue Jersey, I am on self-appointed Christie-watch, so I will be watching, and taking notes. CBS News is good at timely posting of transcripts so anyone who cannot watch (or bear to watch) can read all about it the next day.
So, what do you think? Will this be the usual hagiographic puff-piece that the Governor has become accustomed to, or will our interviewer hit him with some real questions, other than his fandom of Bruce Springsteen and his “YouTube moments”?
I am not optimistic but I hope 60 Minutes surprises me and proves me wrong. After all, I'm still going through Boardwalk Empire Withdrawal.