Friday, February 21, 2014
Gov. Doublewide McFatso has a tough time in public meeting
Now that the public has seen him exposed as just another political hack, his latest excursion into the public spotlight has not gone well. Where he used to tell the people, Fuck You, now the people are responding with a hearty Fuck You of their own.
When Chris Christie started to talk over a complaining questioner, a signature tactic of the bellicose, pre-scandal governor, the audience here briefly turned on him.Now that they know he has feet of clay to go with his belly of jelly, he should be finished in politics. He never had any appeal beyond the New Jersey bosses.
“Answer the question,” some shouted.
When he took a microphone from a long-winded speaker, the man startled Mr. Christie by snatching it right back.
And when he singled out a young woman as his inspiration for repairing the Hurricane Sandy-battered coastline, he failed to grasp that the girl’s mother — sitting just a few feet from Mr. Christie — was angry with him for not doing enough.
“He’s full of it,” she said.
For the embattled Mr. Christie, bogged down by scandal and dogged by investigations, Thursday was supposed to represent a defiant, maybe even triumphant, return to the town-hall-style meeting, an intimate and comfortable setting in which he could bathe in the adulation of his fans and unleash harsh denunciations of anyone foolhardy enough to challenge him.
Over the course of four years, and 110 of the cozy sessions — all recorded by aides and quickly uploaded for consumption by his fast-expanding audience — Mr. Christie transformed himself from a little-known former prosecutor into the public face of New Jersey, a national emblem of straight-talking government, and the most forceful presence in the national Republican Party.
But the two-hour forum here near the Jersey Shore on Thursday, his first since controversy enveloped his administration, demonstrated just how difficult it will be for Mr. Christie to quickly recreate the political magic that once seemed certain to put him in contention for the White House.
The man who once commanded these rooms just by walking into them seemed unmistakably mortal.
The event, which was delayed several times by snowstorms, took place in Monmouth County, a location carefully selected to highlight Mr. Christie’s leadership in recovering from Hurricane Sandy. The county was hard-hit by the hurricane, but the governor carried it overwhelmingly in his re-election last fall.
Yet Mr. Christie arrived amid a flurry of protesters, who waved placards mocking his administration’s role in lane closings at the George Washington Bridge, demanding his resignation over the imbroglio and reminding him that even his musical idol was angry about the issue.
“Hey Gov,” read one, “Bruce Springsteen hates you.”
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