(Trenton) — Governor Chris Christie, who has spent more than half the year traveling out of state using taxpayer dollars, reportedly lashed out at the media recently, arguing that criticism of his frequent travels represented a double standard, and suggesting the state legislature was, well… a little too much like him.
However, if anyone is guilty of outrageous behavior, it is Christie, whose hypocrisy knows no bounds. In truth, the members of the New Jersey Legislature serve on a part-time basis, whereas the office of the governor is a full-time position — a fact that Governor Christie conveniently ignores. Meanwhile, Democrats have worked hard to advance progressive proposals despite resistance from Christie.
Notably, the governor vetoed legislation that would have addressed budget shortfalls, improved the troubled economy, fixed the crumbling infrastructure, made communities safer from wanton gun violence, reformed the scandal-plagued port authority, and aided survivors of Superstorm Sandy.
“Chris Christie is desperate to avoid accountability for his disregard for New Jersey as he campaigns around the country. The reality is that, as governor, he is receiving regular pay checks without earning them,” said John Currie, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee. “The state continues to suffer from his neglect and from his failed policies. That’s why a majority of the people — myself included — want him to resign. He can continue to blame others for his shortcomings, but, c'mon, we know better.”
According to news reports, Christie has traveled out of state 145 of the last 247 days — 53 percent of the calendar year to date — doing media appearances, fundraisers and campaigning in early voting states where he is unsuccessfully pursuing the Republican presidential nomination.