POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Gov. Christie reimburses state of NJ for personal use of the police helicopter … but does not believe he did anything wrong … He is an arrogant man who is not fit to be governor, let alone president. Watch him closely. He will do this again. As a matter of fact, the press should check the record … he has probably used state funds for personal purposes many time before.

Posted by Lew Weinstein on June 3, 2011

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Gov. Christie (R-NJ) enters his government helicopter

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 Beth DeFalco of AP reports (6/3/11) …

  • After taking a beating for more than a day, Gov. Chris Christie agreed Thursday to reimburse the state for personal use of a police helicopter to fly to two of his son’s high school baseball games and a political dinner with GOP donors.
  • But the governor, revered among Republicans for his hard-charging, budget-cutting ways and reviled among many Democrats for the same traits, made no apologies for what he called an effort to be a good father.
  • Christie, often mentioned as a potential 2012 presidential candidate, said he paid $2,100 and asked the state Republican Party to pay $1,200 to cover the costs — not because he believed he was in the wrong but because the furor had become a distraction from serious matters.
  • “I want to make sure the public understands that I’m doing this because of the duty I feel to them to have my attention and everyone else’s attention focused 100 percent on the real problems of this state,” he said, “not the political theater and media theater that people enjoy at times.”
  • “I also understand this is a really fun media story for all of you,” he told reporters at a bill signing ceremony in Denville.

read the entire article at … http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110603/ap_on_re_us/us_christie_helicopter

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LMW COMMENT … 

Chris Christie doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand the connection between his “budget control” message and his use of public funds for private purposes. He doesn’t understand that, in his previous role as prosecutor, he would bring charges against someone for doing what he did.

He is an arrogant man who is not fit to be governor, let alone president.

Watch him closely. He will do this again. As a matter of fact, the press should check the record. He has probably done this many time before.

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