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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mickey Mouse Governor

Elected officials' indifferent responses to the Sunday blizzard and the alarmingly poor cleanup are not limited to New York City's Mayor Mike Bloomberg.

Over in New Jersey, still-fresh Governor Chris Christie (R-YouTube) went down to DisneyWorld...and stayed there while his constituents got hit with between six and 32 inches of snow.

Even worse, Christie stayed away while his lieutenant governor (and former prosecutorial sidekick to whom he lent money a few years ago!) Kim Guadagno was out of the country!

As the Star-Ledger's Paul Mulshine has pointed out this morning, the reason for a lieutenant governor is to have someone be in charge if the Governor is unavailable. It is designed to prevent the leadership void like that which happened in 2006 when former governor Jon Corzine was critically injured in a car crash...or in 2002 when then-governor James McGreevey broke his leg while taking a leisurely (or romantic?) stroll with...well, was it Golan Cipel or Dina McGreevey (nee Matos)...we don't know, do we.

If both Governor and Lieutenant Governor are gone, why on earth do we have two statewide elected officials?

And Christie's absence in the face of the first bonafide natural disaster in the state during his tenure, indicates his disinterest in the role of Governor.  One can picture a burning city, with its emperor on a hill overlooking the flames; I wait for the political cartoon lampooning Christie as Emperor Nero, fiddling while Rome burns below. (Ditto for New York's Mayor Bloomberg whose public handling of the press conferences after the blizzard has been nothing short of disastrous and 2012-aspiration-killing.)

Is Christie just using the Governor's office to keep his feet warm, avoid a resume gap and build up his credentials (and warchest) for a presidential run? On our dime?

This is the strongest indication that Christie is running for 2012.  However, the New York press corps is noticing the issue...and the other two dozen rumored contenders for the Republican nomination must be thrilled.  Has the Christie in 2012 movement already jumped the shark?

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