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June 13th, 2011
07:05 PM ET

Gov. Chris Christie on helicopter controversy: "I would not make a different decision"

Piers Morgan interviewed GOP rising star New Jersey Governor Chris Christie last week, and the exclusive, in-depth interview airs tomorrow night at 9pmET/PT. Morgan went to Christie's old high school, his home (and met his wife and kids) and the pair talked politics and 2012, growing up and more. They also touched on the recent controversy surrounding Christie using a government helicopter to go to his son's baseball game (he later paid back the cost of the trip). "I'm a father first," said Christie. "I miss a lot of stuff with my kids, and I'm not complaining, that's the nature of this job. And I asked for this job."

Does he regret it?

"If the public perceives for a moment that I'm using that for a perk of office, I want to take that away from them right away," he told Piers Morgan. "But I would not make a different decision if I had to do it again."

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  1. zsuzsannakingsbury

    It is refreshing to see a wife giving such a nice compliaments about her husband, I sure hope he will run and his wife continues to support him no matter if he win or not.

    June 14, 2011 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • maria

      More refreshing is to see already a wife in the White House who happens to have a social agenda, and who represents this country with such grace.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marjee

      This pig is refreshing with what he is doing to New Jersey. But then that's what tea bags and republicans are all about –ruining this great country of ours for the benefit of the rich and corporations. I wish they would all have their own country and we never hear from them again.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Todd Marrone

    "Everyone has to make sacrifices in this time of economic hardship," says the man with the giant jowls in the helicopter.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Justin Kinne

      You are still the funniest dude I have ever met!

      June 14, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • marjee

      I agree we see how much he is sacrificating with that belly and butt. Altho he wants to make sure the people in the state have less food for THEIR table. he must surely have to be heaved up from the table himself.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Brian

    I would absolutely take the helicopter... especially if I was the governor of New Jersey!

    June 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tryclyde

      This man is a piece of garbage who is attacking the middle class, refuses to tax millionaires, and always harps on "shared sacrifice", yet he's carting his tubby a$$ around in a helicopter on the taxpayers' dime. It's disgusting.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • natedogb

        Haha that's funny that you say that. Obviously you didn't read the article very well as it says he paid for the trip with his own money...nice one...and he hasn't refused to tax millionaires...he's just not increasing their taxes any more...and another thing it's really mature of you to attack him for his size just cuz you don't like his policies...don't say anything bad about him until you get your facts straight

        June 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
      • Pondy

        I'm from NJ and this guy is a bad governor. We all thought he was a sparkly clean lawman, but in reality, he is just a thug politician. And he is killing our middle class.


        June 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tryclyde

      Obviously he paid it back with his own money. Did I say otherwise? But republicans put pressure on him to do so. Furthermore, you're wrong. He vetoed a restoration of the millionaire's tax that would have gone a long way in producing revenue for the state. Yet, at the same time, he tried to cut Medicaid to those families making more than $6,000 a year. The guy's for the wealthy; stop pretending otherwise....and he's REALLLLY fat too.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • JayJay

        And you are obviously not very bright and probably a liberal loser who also pays no taxes since you either have no job, live off of your parents or both.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
      • Tryclyde

        Good job disputing facts jay-jay

        June 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
      • Andrew

        Jay Jay, it would be nice if the Liberal Loser you are responding to was living off his/her parents. Usually these Liberal-Parasites are living off REST OF US via Welfare, so-called Earned Income Tax Credits (IRS Welfare checks to immoral women mainly, who birth out kids in high school...etc. without marrying), Food Stamps....etc. And if you live in disgusting Bergen Cty. NJ which panders to welfare types, they give Govt. Paid FREE NEW HOME HEATING SYSTEMS AND NEW FRIDGES..etc. to a Philipina Nurse I know who doesn't tell them she also makes $24,000 per year renting out floors in her house (and drives a Mercedes SUV). This is what NJ is about... all educated and American Born should leave. Plus the disgusting Family Court in Bergen Cty. regularly picks on male parents - but not if you're black, then no child support order is entered against you, their women get Govt. Money.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
      • jdomn

        You seem to be glossing over the economic problems that NJ is facing. NJ needs to grow its economy by fostering small and large business growth. I suppose it's nice for the Democrats to pander for votes to the lower middle class and the poor by throwing money at all their causes (while somehow never solving any of their problems), but what does that do for the long term economic health of the state? I'm not saying abandon all social services, I'm just saying that for too long NJ has been inhospitable to the rich and to businesses. Why would it be a good idea to make things even more economically toxic? You also seem to conveniently never mention that the rich already pay more than their share compared to the bottom 50%. When I see the middle class giving up all luxuries, then I'll feel bad. Please. I wonder how much people spend on beer and fastfood compared to what they pay in taxes. What do you want? Should the millionaires just take a vow of poverty and give away all their money? You're a leach.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Bob Miller

    I'm a father as well. However, I don't have the taxpayers to pay for my Fatherhood. You, Mr. Christie, are a very shallow, and a very greedy "public servant". With "servants like you, we wouldn't need real leaders, would we?

    June 14, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • nic

      Haha he paid it back, but did President Obama pay back the money he used to go "soul-searching" in Ireland?

      June 14, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Christie is Huge

        He only paid it back after his own party virtually forced him to.

        June 14, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
      • rocket

        Typical rebublican moron. The President represents our Country to other Countries-you know that head of state stuff. Christie represented his son at a sports game-a difference morons cannot see.

        June 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
      • Wow

        He only paid the money back once he was caught doing so and was pressured into repayment.

        June 14, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • jdomn

      I assume you will make that same criticism of all the other NJ governors who have used the chopper for personal reasons on the taxpayer's dime. As the NYT reported on June 1st: "Mr. Christie has used them far less often than predecessors like Thomas H. Kean, a Republican, and Jim Florio, a Democrat, who each flew hundreds of times a year, or Mr. McGreevey, who used the helicopters 277 times in his first year in office. After coming under fire, Mr. McGreevey said 14 of those trips were personal; he had the Democratic Party reimburse the state $18,200, and sharply curtailed his helicopter use." So not only is this not unique to Christie, he actually has used the helicopter far less than some other recent governors.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. AC

    Did he pay his bill on wieght or per person? Lose weight fatso if you want to continue to be a father.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Vince

      I can't believe (actually I can) that all of you have been brain washed over what these politicians say and do. Yooooo, both parties are crooked, both parties don't give two dimes about the people. Its just about power and their own egos. Yes, some do try to make changes and initially have good intentions, but once they get caught up in the political machine, it's all over. So don't let them divide you/us. They need this division to stay in power and continue their Agenda instead of what's right for the people. Really, think about it. Some of these policies are laughable, but with the use of the media they will convince a significant share of us that they are actually good policies, then have us fight among ourselves and take sides. All we need is to stand strong, stand tall and put AMERICA FIRST.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Juan Carlos de Burbon

    I hope he breaks the NJEA–one of the dirtiest organizations in NJ. It's the teacher's union and they steal $170M from the school budgets every year. Not a single penny of that money goes back to the schools or the children. They have spent tens of millions of dollars on anti-Christie advertisements and nothing for the children. It's time they are exposed for what they are...thieves of the NJ education system. NJEA=Educational Leaches

    June 14, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Clockwork

      You are so in the dark it's comical. School budgets have NOTHING to do with the NJEA. Money the NJEA has comes from dues paid by teachers. Not ONE nickel is taken away from schools or students. If anything, it's the administrations of school districts that squander money.

      June 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Eileen F

        It's the school districts with their overpaid bureaucrats in every little hamlet getting megasalaries to soak up and run up property taxes that are stealing money from the kids. Home rule means each tiny little town gets its own school board and superintendent plus staff that costs money and doesn't add any value. But hey, it keeps the poor kids out of the rich districts, doesn't it? Most teachers do their best to teach, regardless of the kids' problems or lack of them. Don't trash their union, it's the only thing that assures some measure of fairness in the workplace. If you think the unions get too much for the teachers, try teaching yourself for a day or week, and you'll find that they earn every penny. And by the way, if you can read this, thank a teacher, not a bureaucrat, and certainly not a hack politician.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Andrew

      Thanks for pointing this out. NJ is a rotten anti-middle-class state when it comes to Taxing the citizens and spending about the highest amount for education per child in USA. It spends almost twice what Calif. spends per student. NJ also has 2X as many teachers and professionals today per student, as existed in 1960, yet today our kids are DUMBER (lower SAT scores...etc.). What are all the added teachers and professionals (psych. counsellor, disciplinarians, multiple Vice Principles) needed for? EASY, NJ like other Liberal States, via the welfare and so-called Family Court system, has been dis-enfranchising Male Parents, and also the System REWARDS women to never marry in the beginning and to pop out illegitimate kids especially among blacks. By having all these women-only-dominated families, the kids are more screwed up (particularly the boys) so more psych and drug and crime problems, and the kids don't learn in school, despite more staff. So we as society spend twice as much on trying to educate kids, but because the Govt. by only giving welfare help to Women and Dis-Enfranchising the Male Parents already screwed up the Family Structure (and by NJ's pandering to Femi-Nasty baloney Domes. Viol. Orders the courts issue like candy to women.. and also give them Welfare$ at same time). Anyway, the Govt. has motivated the Women to be DISRESPECTFUL of their Men, and troubled kids are the result, with 2X as much spent on Education and dumber kids.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • jdomn

        You do know that exponentially more students take the SATs now. Don't get me wrong, I agree with a lot of what you said, but you undermine yourself when you make silly claims like this. In NJ, a small percentage of high school students took the SATs in 1960 compared to today. Not only that, but they usually took them only once. Now it's common to take it 2+ times. On top of that far more students take it now. That's because there is this weird notion that all students are college material... and college is the new high school... but that's a story for another day. My point was that there are more students getting higher SAT scores today than 50 years ago despite the percentage being lower. Your fact was very deceiving.

        June 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
      • jdomn

        About the family "structure" in NJ... sadly, I think you're right 🙁

        June 14, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. NJresident

    Fine, be a father, but not on the taxpayer's dime!

    June 14, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bill

    I thought this guy was conservative? Nothing conservative about him. Just another greedy, unapologetic crook ripping off the taxpayer.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. preacherman55

    Can't have it both ways, governor. You can't both deny misusing a perk and say you wouldn't do anything differently. Why doesn't he just man up and admit he was wrong? These Republicons keep crowing about personal responsiblity and yet when they get a chance to show some, they refuse.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. mattand

    It cracks me up that the rest of the country thinks we in NJ are being governed by a future President. It's this kind of tone deafness and arrogance that the rest of the country only sees occasionally, or chooses to ignore.

    Here's a suggestion: if you have to take a meeting with Iowa delegates on the same day your kid plays baseball, reschedule the Iowans so you're not wasting public money on helicopter fuel. Why does he need to meet with them anyway? He's supposedly not running for President, remember?

    I wonder if Mr. Morgan will bring up the 100 yard limo ride from the copter to the ball field and back. Given the lack of spine among some CNN employess and the media in general, I doubt it.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Nikki

    Be a father on your own dime....not on the taxpayers back

    June 14, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Forgeyourownpath

    You people make me laugh. I hate politicians but I respect Gov. Christie. All you haters need to grab a life with that next welfare check.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • jellylee2020

      If you feel so strongly of what he did is right, why don't you personally pick up the tabs?

      June 14, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Will

      You present some fabulous, well-thought-out facts supporting your stance.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. jellylee2020

    Bernie Madoff can make the same argument too. "I'm a father/husband first so I take the money for my children/wife" doesn't make it right.......

    June 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Arbour

    Christie did the right thing by reimbursing the state even though the state police said the helicopter ride was part of the routine flight training, and did ot cost tax payer anything. Christie, as a governor, is trying to save time by flying helocopter so he can squuze out a couple of more hours in a day to do peope's business while fulfill his #1 job as a father. I admire him for that.

    Compare Christie to Obama the contrast is stark. I see in Christe someone trying very hard to save state money while balancing his duty as a father. Obama played 70+ rounds of golf already as a president (not with his wife or daughters), knowing each round would costs tax payers a lot of money for security and transportation (AirForce 1 and Helicopter includded).

    June 14, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • rocket

      Did you happen to count the golf rounds with the Bushes, Qualye, and Cheney. Do you think the President golfs by himself. Would you be happier if he went to Texas every weekend (with tax dollars) to chop wood?

      June 14, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Arbour

        Bush very seldom played golf as a president, if ever. And he did not fly back to Texas every week. Please stop making things up in your head. All politicians have some kind of perks. Pelosi had a military jet to fly her back to CA frequently, if not weekly as the Speaker of the House. We should all accept that as reality. The point is by observing their behaviors, we can observe who is conscientious about spending taxpayers money and who is not for non-work or family related travels.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Warren

    The Governor should be held accountable for his attempts to balance the budget on the backs of teachers and state workers. Shame on him! His personal use of a State helicopter is icing on the cake and only further illustrates his arrogance. One term only for this Governor, fellow New Jerseyans.

    June 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. sports medic

    I'm a father and a Soldier. I missed a lot of moments while deployed on 5 different continents. Several of my fellow Soldiers have missed the birth of their children, birthdays, Christmas, and graduations. How many NJ National Guard deployed to Afghanistan or Iraq would like to have it as soft as you. Actually we would just like our family to have it as soft as you do. No one sent a helicopter for us. No one sent a state police car to drive us the last 100 yards from the LZ to the bleachers of our son's ballgame..

    June 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Reason & Logic

    When I read the headline for a split second I thought Christie said, "I'm fatter first."

    June 14, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. Dave

    He is a FAT NAZI first.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Don

    Here is the main problem with what Christie has done and what he continues to do.

    He is slamming unions, his opponents, public workers, teachers, other republicans, democrats, other governors from neighboring States, his fellow republicans who are running for president ( eg Palin), his own staff, the media, the elderly, the poor, college students, women, poor children..etc..
    But when he makes a clear mistake that angers the vast majority of voters in the State, he cannot or will not "Man Up."

    Instead he deflects and uses classic political almost Clintonian double speak..
    "I am a dad first..but the governor"
    " I want to take away the idea that I have used the office for personal business..but I would do it again"
    He is not a man who understands his limits or his liabilities.
    He is reckless and unforgiving which is why he is a deeply conflicted and dysfunctional politician.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      Well, don't worry. There's no way Captain Jowls here is gonna make it to the Oval Office.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  20. Captain Republican

    Governor Christie is an unparalleled leader and has made fiscally responsible tough choices in the best interest of the state's residents. The helicopter nonsense is a red herring. Every governor from Kean to McGreevey has used the copter extensively. In fact in the past 1.5 years Governor Christie used it about 30 times. That is less than any Governor except millionaire Corzine who chartered his own. The NJSP also urge the governor to use it for safety reasons ever since 2007 when Corzine nearly was killed going 97 MPH on the roadway.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Captain Moron

      You have a stupid name.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Captain Republican

        Ha ha. Our respective names are honest in that yes I am a Republican and yes you are a moron.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Becky

      Yes, because all cars carrying the governor MUST travel at 97 mph.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Juan Carlos de Burbon

        That was the previous Democrat Corzine. Too bad he wasn't killed in that car accident.

        June 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dom

      I voted for Christie. But I am not a partisan.

      And this is not the first major mistake Christie has made as governor and before that as Freeholder and as Prosecutor.
      I have followed the man's career and I overlooked many lapses in judgment because I believed that he could learn how to control his impulses.
      My objection to Christie is not about his fiscal conservatism per se..although I do also see how his cuts are adversely effecting the Middle Class and the poor more than any other group. My real objection with Christie is that he is not a genuine person. He is and he has been a person who has taken advantage of conditions for his own personal gain, while at the same time he attacks his opponents to the point of no return.
      Christie is very much like Giuliani and Elliot Spitzer is their inability to see their own vulnerabilities. When he was a Freeholder he was sued by a fellow Republican for damages and liable. When he was prosecutor he averted ethics charges just by a hair when he was found to have used funds for his own comfort by over billing for top of the line accommodations.
      I thought he had grown up which is why I voted for him. But I now understand that he really is reckless. He cannot change and he will obfuscate and divert attention each and every time he is caught.
      He threw Schundler under the bus. He even attacked Giuliani and he went after Palin without provocation.
      He is not a man who can control his weaknesses and he is deluded by his power.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Ted Reik

    If he is such a great father, why did he only stay to the fifth inning? Who does that?

    June 14, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • NJMarc

      He had to get to a dinner with political backers.

      By the way, he also had a limo waiting where the helicopter landed to take him 100 yards to where the field was, and back.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Joe

    That reminds me of the movie he was on before his political career "Austin Powers"

    June 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  23. denisse

    well he is a father first!! we are workers too! and we are parents too! we have to juggle our jobs, family time that dont seem to have much of that! and you dont see us taking a helicopter, and then he is harrassing the working families with taxes and other things i will not mention here! because of the economy, but the state can afford a 2500 p/h helicopeter ride to go to a game! yes you go christie!!!

    June 14, 2011 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  24. caz

    textbook burning your bridges ,,what an idiot ..he is only for himself and doesn't give a damn about the good people of New Jersey

    June 14, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Papasan

    Looks more like he is a "diner first", what a gut on this guy.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  26. Mike

    It is very entertaining to watch all of the egg sucking, bed wetting, commie loving. momma hating, lying Liberal LOSERS whine and moan about their welfare benefits gettting clipped by Chris Christie. Most of them don't work and those that do have a job are usually worthless. For you dullards that need the government to hold your weiner while you try to whizz there are 11,000 jobs open for picking fruits and vegetables in South Georgia. Get off your lazy dead ass and head south and start pickin'. In the meantime, shut your ugly piehole.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  27. Captain Republican

    Hey jackals, I heard Governor Christie used a post-it note to remind himself to pick up the dry cleaning. Quick, call the US Attorney and have the Governor reimburse the NJ $.00002!

    June 14, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Elen

      Hey Captain, if you're going to attempt to insult, at least be a LITTLE bit funny. That was a pretty pathetic try at humor.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Captain Republican

        Elen? Where'd the extra "l" go? You know you laughed. If you subscribe to the paid content you can get the screamingly funny material. Why am I picturing you as a glasses wearing patchouli scented PC vegan type who protests non causes and is as fun as pulling splinters on a Friday night. If you leave your address I'll mail you a nickel to rent a personality for a reply. Now go back to baking with flax seed oil and finding new and inventive ways to use hemp.

        June 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  28. mickeymo

    Is this the a-wipe that was using the state chopper for personal use. What a tool-bag/a**-wipe. He should be ran out of town on a rail.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Captain Republican

      The chopper is a means of transportation just as the state cars and other vehicles. Guess what toolbag, NJ provides a home to live in, a shore house and many other things. No one complains about Obama using Marine One for the golf trips or Airforce One for political trips or Michele Obama going to Spain and costing $265,000 for that trip or using the White House for political meetings. This angle is so stupid and Democrats & union hacks jump on this story like a cougar on a 22 year old pool boy.

      June 14, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  29. eewrites

    Let's be clear about George W. Bush. It's a known fact that he took more vacation time than any other president.
    And just for the record, I can't think of a more important job than teaching our children. Why shouldn't teachers make a decent living wage? It's incredible how these politicians get people believing that civil servants, teachers, and those who want affordable health care are the enemy. But we should be sympathetic to the poor millionaires who might get their taxes hiked. Why on earth do people fall for the Republican storyline. It's such a load of crap.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Morgan

      I guess a lot of people think that nurses and teachers should live on rainbows and sunshine.

      June 14, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  30. San jose

    If he is a father first then why does he not quit his office and stay full time with the kid? I mean this job is interfering with his love for his kid. Poor Gov Christie has to leave the baseball game early to have lunch with those good for nothing political backers. What a sob story. Why does he not take a baseball bat and beat those jokers up for arranging such an inconvenient luncheon?

    June 14, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  31. Orangeian

    "I am a father first." Well, how did he get to his son's games before he became governor? If he wanted to, he could have put on the school colors, driven to the game with his wife and son's mother, cheered loudly, driven to Drumthwacket to meet the Iowans, and then went home. I wonder how does a group from Iowa get access to NJ's governor, at the state's governor's mansion? He doesn't even live there. Isn't there someplace nearer the game that they could have gone? Why not invite them to the game?

    It's all a little smarmy that Governor Christie does what the ambitious do, he meets with those that want something and are willing to pay for it, in dough or duty. He only took the helicopter because he didn't want to drive AAALL the way to the game, then AAALL the way to Drumthwacket. If he was so humble in using the helicopter, then why didn't he pay for it first? It's not like it's any more than writing a check anyaway - he has plenty of money. Not until it became a question of hypocrisy did he try to shut the detractors up.

    As with most blusterers, Gov. Christie is shown to be just a guy. Just a guy who kissed some feet, did some bidding, hooked up some powerful friends, and made some deals. Average with above average opportunities. These guys are a dime a dozen in New Jersey, but this one got elected. That says more about Jon Corzine than anything else. Until citizens turn down the selfishness and turn up the empathy, this is what where gonna get.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Dom

      Well, I agree with you here. The problem with the elected is that they have feet of clay.
      The folks on here who post fanboy comments about Christie or any other elected politico misses the fact that most voters are really fed up with the duplicity.
      I could really like Christie but unfortunately I have to admit that the man has too many issues with power and how to deal with power effectively and prudently. The conservative mantle is a tough mantle to own up to.
      And what I mean is that if a conservative is making the case for cutting which will hurt many many many voters in the Middle, that conservative has to be mindful that somehow she/he must communicate a positive tomorrow.
      The magical quality of any effective politician is not how hard she/he can bash her/his opponents heads in. But rather how can she/he communicate hope for a better tomorrow for everyone.
      Very few ..very very few in our history have been genuinely effective at that. These days fewer and fewer are close to effective. They disappoint more often than not. The wind goes out of the sails and then the feet of clay emerge.

      This gaffe for Christie could have been resolved ..very very quickly. He could have said..'Hey I am sorry..and here is the money and ..this will not happen ever again..we are in tough times..and I am going to walk that walk and not talk the talk"
      In other words..he could have "Manned Up". He did not..and as I said..he really does not have the ability.
      When he threw Schundler his Sec of Ed under the bus that was yet another example of his inability to take responsibility.
      What has made it worse for Christie is that he continues to bash away..anyone ..Republican or Dem who gets in his way.
      It is clear that his defects overshadow his talents in a major way.

      June 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  32. Trump assistant

    Next time take a hike.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  33. Morgan

    Hey, Gov. Christie: does your Roflcopter go soisoisoisoisoi?

    June 14, 2011 at 9:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  34. VA_Jill

    No, Chris, you're an egotistical jerk first. You're a governor somewhere way down on the list. And as a father....well, obviously you didn't get that you probably embarrassed the he11 out of your kid.

    You just don't get it. Any of it.

    June 14, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Glenn

    I wish he would change his mind and run for President.

    June 14, 2011 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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