As you might have heard, New Jersey governor Chris Christie, whom many Republicans are begging to enter the presidential race, is facing a bit of a PR problem, since he took a state helicopter to go to his son's baseball game, then exited the helicopter and was driven the last 100 yards to the field. Since being caught he has agreed to reimburse the taxpayers (and the state GOP is going to pay for the chopper trip to meet with some Iowa donors who had come to beg him to run for president). You'd think that in a situation like this, contrition might be in order. Fuggedaboutit:
"I am not going to allow the media and the hacks in the Democratic Party to turn this into something that allows them to do what they always like to do, which is get away from serious issues where you have to make hard choices for things that matter, because they want to have a circus," he said during a visit here for a bill-signing.
Of the Democrats and others who said his helicopter use might have been illegal, Mr. Christie said, "These guys are a joke."
He added, "They know full well, full well, that it was none of that stuff at all."
He lashed out at one Democratic legislator who announced plans to hold a hearing on the matter, and at another, Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle, who had said that leaving his son’s game in the fifth inning on Tuesday to meet with the fund-raisers "says something about the governor's priorities."
"She should really be embarrassed at what a jerk she is," Mr. Christie said.
This is a man who understands his brand. His approval rating may not be so hot, but he knows that the reason Republicans love him and tout him as a national candidate is the pleasure he seems to take in getting into fights, berating people, and being a bully, whether it's Democratic legislators, teachers, or just ordinary citizens who ask him impertinent questions. Perhaps if he does end up running for president, his slogan can be, "Chris Christie: F--k me? No, f--k you!"
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