Chris Christie: Austerity for Thee, Helicopter for Me
New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie has found a new and exciting way to have the state taxpayer’s pamper him, while telling everyone else to tighten their belts. From NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie arrived at his son’s baseball game this afternoon aboard a State Police helicopter.
Right before the lineup cards were being exchanged on the field, a noise from above distracted the spectators as the 55-foot long helicopter buzzed over trees in left field, circled the outfield and landed in an adjacent football field. Christie disembarked from the helicopter and got into a black car with tinted windows that drove him about a 100 yards to the baseball field. (emphasis added)
I’m from New Jersey, it is not large state and it is covered with highways. Barring a serious emergency there is no reason to fly anyone around in a helicopter. In addition no able-bodied person anywhere should ever be driven a mere 100 yards.
I can only assume this mode of transportation is part of Christie’s efforts to make his conservative ideology a self fulfilling prophesy. After all there is no better way to prove the government is wasteful than as the head of the government making the state public waste money pampering yourself in the most absurd manner possible.
This the same Chris Christie that Fox News chief Roger Ailes thinks can be the savior of the Republican party in 2012.