With his latest attempt at humor poking fun of a killer storm that devastated his state, and mine, I’m about to get off the Chris Christie bandwagon.
Having been born and raised in New Jersey, I have always liked Gov. Christie’s no-nonsense attitude and outspokenness. I loved watching him rise through the ranks of the GOP as he boldly slapped down teacher unions and cursed at people who stayed on the beach during Hurricane Irene. I even cheered during a recent live press conference, when he blasted Atlantic City Mayor Lorenzo Langford for not enforcing evacuations during Hurricane Sandy.
But once the storm passed, my anger at Christie began. When asked in his Oct. 30 interview with Fox & Friends if Mitt Romney might be touring storm damage in New Jersey, Christie said, “I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested.” Then he added, “‘I have got a job to do here in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. And I could care less about any of that stuff.”
That last comment actually caused my jaw to drop, considering Christie had been actively campaigning for Romney.
Even worse, when President Obama arrived in town the next day, a bizarre backslapping, hand-shaking, man-hugging love fest erupted between Christie and President Obama, with each effusively praising the other’s relief efforts to the point of nausea. An Oct. 31 Politico article summed it up this way:
President Barack Obama and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie cemented their new-found mutual admiration society on Wednesday, as the men gushed with praise for one another while touring damage from Hurricane Sandy on the devastated Jersey Shore.
Then, last night, in perhaps some pathetic attempt to redeem himself, Christie appeared as himself in a “Weekend Update” skit on Saturday Night Live.
Considering all the above, and with so many people still hurting in the aftermath of the hurricane, I don’t see the humor in this at all.
Watch the SNL skit here: