Publicity hound New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (D-NJ) gave his State of the State address yesterday evening. In it, he said that the state’s rebuilding effort in the wake of Hurricane Sandy made it a “model” for how government ought to operate. "You have helped define New Jersey as a community, one which -- when faced with adversity -- rolls up its sleeves, gets back to work, and in word and deed shows that New Jersey will never, ever give up," Christie pontificated. “One thing I hope everyone in America now clearly understands – New Jersey, both Republicans and Democrats, will never stand silent when our citizens are being shortchanged.”
If this is how government is supposed to work – states whining to the feds when the cash doesn’t flow fast enough – then Newark, we have a problem. Christie has generated tremendous political capital from Sandy, be it kowtowing to President Obama just before the election in order to stave off future challenges from Newark Mayor Corey Booker, or traveling to Capitol Hill too late to get anything done, but just in time to grandstand.
Christie has quickly replaced Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) as the Republican the leftist media loves most. He’s focused most of his ire on a Republican Congress for failing to pass a bill, despite the fact that it is Democrats who ladled pork into the bill, making it unpassable.
“We have waited 72 days, seven times longer than victims of Hurricane Katrina waited,” said Christie, who spent time in the aftermath of Sandy appearing on Saturday Night Live. “The people of New Jersey are in need and not from their own actions but from an act of God that delivered a natural, human, and financial disaster – and let me say on behalf of all New Jerseyans we are thankful to the people of American for honoring the tradition of providing relief.”
Christie is widely rumored to be a potential presidential candidate in 2016.
Ben Shapiro is Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News, and author of the book
“Bullies: How the Left’s Culture of Fear and Intimidation Silences America
” (Threshold Editions, January 8, 2013).