01 June 2011

Moral outrage fatigue, chapter 38...

TRENTON — 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.

During the 5th inning, Christie and First Lady Mary Pat Christie got into the car, rode back to the helicopter and left the game...

"It is a means of transportation that is occasionally used as the schedule demands," said Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak in an email. "This has historically been the case in prior administrations as well, and we continue to be judicious in limiting its use."

The governor had no public events on his schedule, offering no insight to where he might have been traveling from. He had a private meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Drumthwacket, the governor's mansion, in Princeton. He is meeting with a group of Iowa donors who have publically expressed a desire to persuade him to run for president in 2012.

Christie was ferried to the field in a brand-new AugustaWestland helicopter, purchased at a cost to taxpayers of $12.5 million.
Text and file photo from the New Jersey Star-Ledger, via Reddit.  I don't know whether in this era of cost-cutting and budgetary constraints politicians are just totally oblivious as to the public's perceptions of their activities, or whether they just don't give a f*** what the public thinks.

Addendum/update June 4:
First this happened -
Facing broad criticism for flying by helicopter to watch his son’s high school baseball game in Bergen County, Gov. Chris Christie refused today to refund the state for Tuesday’s $2,500-an-hour flight. "The governor does not reimburse for security and travel," a spokesman for the governor, Kevin Roberts, said in an e-mail message. "The use of air travel has been extremely limited and appropriate."..

As for Christie’s use of a car to get the 100 yards from the landing site to the ball park, which was ridiculed by Van Susteren and others, Jones said the cars were there for the governor’s safety.
"If the helicopter got called away for a higher priority mission, then the governor would be transported to his next location on the ground," Jones said.
Then this -
After a firestorm of criticism, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie made an about-face Thursday, reimbursing the state for his personal use of a state police helicopter because he said the story had become a distraction from the real problems facing the state.

Remaining unapologetic about his use of the helicopter to attend two of his son's baseball games and a political dinner with GOP campaign contributors from Iowa, Christie said that he has reimbursed the state about $2,100 and asked the state Republican Party to pay about $1,200 for his trip to see the donors.


  1. The oval office soends ten times this every day. How about dinner for two in NY via AF 1? $20 billion to fund an islamic takeover in Egypt? I could go on for hours but why. The Emperor has no clothes.

  2. I ceased to be angered by this kind of thing once I realized that all government is a gang of thieves, writ large.

    Rulers are a privileged class, no matter how egalitarian we pretend a given government may be, and men who can shun the abuse of such privileged are almost non-existent.

  3. I live in California. Our once and future Governor Jerry Brown sold some of the extravagant trappings such as the jet plane and flies commercial carrier. The previous term when he was young he drove a Plymouth instead of the limo.

  4. So this disgusting blob is a hypocrite. Surprise? Everyone must have their services cut and their quality of life dialed back, except for wealthy pigs like this 'fiscally conservative' goon.

  5. Dan, the president of the US obviously needs the kind of services he receives. A governor, not so much. Jerry Brown proves that. Maybe if he was getting death threats, but he was still at a game unprotected, so I don't buy that. He's entitled and lazy, sounds like.

    Oh, wait, why am I addressing Dan? Funding an Islamic take-over? Jeez.

  6. I'm more disturbed by his inability to walk 100 yards. Given his extreme morbid obesity, New Jersey voters should know that his predicted lifespan is not decades but years or even months.

  7. I want my country back. I want OUR country back!


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