Monday, December 27, 2010

Christie Goes To Disney World During Blizzard - UPDATED

A lot of people are making an issue out of NJ Governor Chris "The Cannoli" Christie going on vacation to Disney World during the big blizzard we've experienced.  I really don't think it's that big a deal. What's he going to do, shovel New Jersey out himself? He probably needs help getting out of bed in the morning.

As much as I don't like Christie, this was obviously a planned vacation with his family. A trip to Disney World during Christmas week is not a spur of the moment thing.  But I do hope he enjoys the wonderful, balmy Florida weather.


UPDATE (12/28/10 4:45pm): This is the reason Christie should be held accountable: was Governor Christie's responsibility to ensure that the separated powers of the executive branch remained separated. Either he should have scheduled his family trip at another time, or he should have been a boss and told [Lt. Gov.] Guadagno that she could not travel at the same time as he was.

For someone who seems eager to exercise the power of the bully pulpit at public events, the reticence to exercise the legitimate powers of his office responsibly is puzzling, and alarming. It is a dereliction of duty and an abrogation of responsibility. Yes, the world will keep turning. But it isn't the Governor's duty to keep the world turning. It is his duty to ensure the administration of the state government and to run the executive branch. Especially in an emergency. Especially when there is almost a week's notice that the emergency is going to hit. It is inexcusable.


chris said...

Back in the early '70's, CT's governor, Tom Meskill, was on a ski trip when a terrible ice storm hit. People were without power for a week. Meskill's failure to return to CT & lead - be the symbol that someone was in charge - ended up destroying his political career. Same with NY mayor John Lindsay.
Just saying...

jane said...

So it turns out Guadagno's father's health was the reason for her trip. Even with them both out of town...hey, we have these things called telephones, with which you can stay abreast of/take control of happenings back home. But I suppose Christie really had his heart set on riding that Dumbo ride...

Bushe! FTW.