If you were at all concerned about whether Chris Christie would have enough time to carry out his responsibilities as governor after he took on the job as head of Donald Trump’s transition team, fear not.
It’s obvious he still has plenty of free time on his hands. Today, for the second time in five days, he guest co-hosted WFAN’s “Boomer and Carton” sports talk show, devoting four hours to exchanging sophomoric banter with Craig Carton. For those who have never tuned into the show, it is the sports-talk equivalent of “Howard Stern” light.
We know Christie is smart. We know he is witty. But we didn’t realize what a genius he is when it comes to time management. In addition to tending to New Jersey’s business as governor and being responsible for vetting potential Cabinet members and about 900 other key advisers and administrators in a Trump administration — he manages to find major blocks of time to trade insults with a sports talk jock. (“I’m right, you suck,’ Christie told Carton on several occasions after disagreeing with him on some morsel of sports trivia. He also repeated the phrase when signing off the air. Classy.)
Christie’s appearances on talk radio come at a time the Legislature is trying to wrap up some unfinished business that is likely to have a major, potentially catastrophic, impact on virtually every citizen in New Jersey. There is the proposal to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund by raising the gas tax from 14.5 cents to 37.5 cents. To make the harsh medicine easier for Republican lawmakers to swallow, it is being packaged with goodies for all — elimination of the estate tax for the state’s wealthiest citizens, increases in the Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families, tax breaks for retirees and larger shares of gas tax revenue for municipal and county transportation projects.
Then, of course, there are the Democratic proposals to mandate quarterly pension payments for public employees, raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and provide additional school aid to blunt the opposition to attempts to equalize school aid. Taken together, they could blow a hole in the state treasury from which it would take years to recover.
But judging from Christie’s willingness to fritter away time on the public airwaves debating such weighty questions as who should be the starting quarterback for the New York Jets, perhaps we've overstated the severity of the problem.
After one painfully long segment on today’s radio show dealing with why a baseball player who had taken a 106-mph batted ball to the groin wasn’t wearing a cup, Christie asked aloud whether it was a mistake not heeding a political adviser’s suggestion that he not do the show.
One thing’s for certain: It did nothing to help the people in this state he was elected to represent.
Damn. Political editorialists now using terms 'light and long' when it comes to Craig Carton.
Up next: A god damned 23 cent gas increase in New Jersey while no one is watching. Christie is better on radio than he is a failed governor.
[Asbury Park Press]
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