Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Playing Politics in a Crisis: Gov. Chris Christie makes an ass out of himself

          Good Day World!

The day after hurricane Sandy has been all about damage control. At last count 28 people have died. Authorities fear the toll will increase. President Obama has declared New York a disaster area and millions of people are without power.

Enter the mouth; Gov. Chris Christie.For some reason he’s decided to pick a fight with Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford during the height of the ongoing weather crisis. As far as I’m concerned Christie is the worst kind of political animal out there. What’s really ironic is that he’s a political darling for the Right and there’s even been talk of him running for president in 2016. Hopefully, after this latest demonstration of lack of diplomacy and downright stupidity, there will be less talk of him being our next president.

“Atlantic City mayor Lorenzo Langford escalated tensions with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie after the mayor said Tuesday he would welcome the chance “to confront the governor mano y mano” over how he handled the city’s evacuation during Hurricane Sandy.

A day earlier, Christie had criticized Langford as a “rogue mayor” for supposedly encouraging residents to ride out the storm in designated shelters rather than leave the area entirely.

He told TODAY’s Matt Lauer on Tuesday that Atlantic City residents received mixed messages from his executive order requiring everyone to evacuate and Langford’s encouragement to take cover instead.

“I feel badly for the folks in Atlantic City who listened to him and sheltered in Atlantic City, and I guess my anger has turned to sympathy for those folks, and we’re in the midst now of trying to go in and save them,” Christie said.

Langford strongly denied the characterization of what happened, saying the governor was “either misinformed and ill-advised, or simply just deciding to prevaricate.” (Read the rest of the story here)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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