I was listening to NPR on my way home from Dad’s PI office, and heard one of the female anchors interviewing Dr. Peter Woolley of Farleigh Dickinson University about the NJ gubernatorial race. Woolley is a poli sci professor and the head of the FDU/Public Mind poll, so you’d figure he’d know what he was talking about.
Turns out, no.
The first thing that caught me up was he talked about Brian Levine as a “very popular mayor of a small town.” Levine is from Franklin Twp. in Somerset, which has about 53,000 people in it and is growing all the time. Not exactly a small town like, say, Steve Lonegan who is the former Mayor of Bogota which has fewer than 9,000 residents.
Then Woolley started talking about Chris Christie, and he said something truly stupefying for a political science professor from Morris County: “Chris Christie’s political experience is pretty much limited to the US Attorney’s office.” Ummmm, no.
Chris Christie was a Freeholder in Morris County, ran for Assembly in a primary in Morris County, then was defeated for reelection to the Freeholder board after slandering his opponents. He was also a Ranger for George Bush, which means he raised $100,000 or more for him in $2,000.
This is a lot of political experience outside of the US Attorney’s office.
But even more shocking is what Woolley didn’t say. On the day that it breaks in philly.com that one of the multi-million dollar no-bid contracts was given out to the US Attorney who declined to prosecute Christie’s brother Todd for admitted insider trading Woolley had nothing to say. He mentioned Christie’s crusade against corruption, but nothing about Christie’s own taint.
All in all, it was a poor performance that showed a superficial understanding of NJ’s politics fit more for a thirty second segment of Fox than a five minute segment on NPR.