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Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Christie's Helicopter Ride: Hypocrisy & Harassing Teachers!

Recent News Of GOP New Jersey Governor Chris Christie Using His State Funded Helicopter For Personal Trips, While Slashing Money From New Jersey's Poorest School Districts Displays The Republican Party's HYPOCRISY As It Relates To Real "Fiscal Responsibility".

Apparently Christie Used His State Funded Helicopter To Attend His Son's Baseball Game Yesterday.

This Coming From The Same Guy Who Blasted Teachers For Speaking Out Against His Policies At Townhall Meetings Last Year?

The Same Guy Whom The NJ Supreme Court Ordered To Return Funding He Stole From Poor School Districts To Be Used For Wealthy White Students In The Suburbs?

And The Same Guy Who GOP Leaders Are Begging To Run Against Pres. Obama In 2012?

YEAH! He's The One!

So For Christie To Be Slammed By Democrats & Teachers For Demonstrating Such Hypocrisy Is Fine By Me.

It Doesn't Matter To Me Whether A Politician Is Republican Or Democrat, If You Are Going To Be Serious About Deficit Reduction Than EVERYTHING Must Be On The Table!

Not Just Discretionary Spending Budget Cuts On The Backs Of Middle Class & Low Income Citizens.

VOTE OBAMA IN 2012 Not Christie!


Gov. Christie's helicopter ride to baseball game criticized

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, known for his tough approach to state spending, and his wife arrive at their son's baseball game by state helicopter. A spokesman says a helicopter is used when the governor's schedule demands it.

Criticism started coming in like fastballs Wednesday over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's use of a state helicopter to fly him and his wife to their son's high school baseball game.

Christie, a former federal prosecutor who has been courted to run for president because of his get-tough approach to state spending, and wife Mary Pat arrived just before the game between Delbarton High School and St. Joseph Regional High School in Montvale on Tuesday night.

The pair stepped off the helicopter and into a car waiting nearby, which drove them 100 yards to the baseball field.

Flanked by state police troopers, the Christies watched the game from the stands until the fifth inning. Play was stopped briefly while the helicopter took off.

The governor's oldest son, Andrew, attends Delbarton, a private Catholic prep school, where he plays catcher — a position Christie also played in high school.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said there was nothing inappropriate or illegal about the governor's use of the helicopter, which he said is used only when Christie's schedule demands it.

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

The Republican governor has heightened his national profile by fighting runaway spending by even the smallest state agencies and by calling for shared sacrifice by all public employees. He has issued nearly two dozen vetoes of spending by state authorities, some for less than $1,000.

"Gov. Christie obviously doesn't include himself in his hollow call for shared sacrifice," Assemblyman Paul Moriarty (D-Turnersville) said as he called on the governor to publicly detail his use of state police helicopters and reimburse taxpayers for all costs associated with personal and political trips.

"It's inappropriate," said state Democratic Party Chairman John Wisniewski. "The only thing I can think of is that he wanted to look presidential flying in. It's his version of Marine One."

After Christie's predecessor, Jon Corzine, nearly died in an auto accident on the Garden State Parkway, a special commission recommended that governors use helicopters more often as a safety concern. But Corzine, a multimillionaire, rented private helicopters for personal use.

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Sources: CNN, Los Angeles Times, MSNBC, WPIX, Youtube, Google Maps

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