Six months before his term ends, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is living it up at the expense of his voters, and arguing with them about it while trying out a potential second career.
Christie filled in for long time radio legend Mike Francesa on New York sports radio station WFAN Monday and Tuesday of this week, and hopes to parlay his “bully image” into a second career as a radio host.
He’s certainly done enough to incite controversy with callers to to the station, although the bones fans have to pick with him are never about sports. On top of closing off his private beach and temporarily evicting six families from their homes earlier this month, Christie angered the entire state with the George Washington Bridge Scandal, leaving voters feeling he played a role in staged traffic jams meant to exact political revenge.
“Next time you want to sit on a beach that is closed to the entire world except you, you put your fat ass in a car and go to one that’s open to all your constituents, not just you and yours,” WFAN caller Mike Goldstein told the governor. Christie, in turn, called Goldstein a “bum”, saying, “I love getting calls from communists in Montclair.” The bullying begins.
In an interview, Goldstein described why he despises Christie.
“I was nauseated by his tone, sarcastic and insulting with the callers, and it inflamed me to the point that when it was my turn I decided to go on the offensive,” said Goldstein, whose daughter, Freddi Goldstein, is a spokeswoman for New York’s equally controversial Democratic Mayor, Bill de Blasio.
Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, says this is all a ploy for Christie to remain relevant, as he allows the stink of recent failures to fade before a next attempt at President.
“It’s a plan to keep himself front and center in the public spotlight, because that’s all you need to do to keep those embers glowing for those presidential ambitions,” said Murray.
If that is the case, he is setting himself up poorly. His lasting image as governor is one of a man who no longer cares.
“The later you get in your term, the less you care,” Christie told WFAN co-host Evan Roberts on Monday. “You’re not running for re-election.”
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