Today, John Currie, Chairman of the New Jersey Democratic State Committee, reacted to Governor Christie's town hall meeting in Toms River, New Jersey. The troubled governor again used the event as a platform to divert attention from his administration's unfolding scandals, to talk himself up and to blame the federal government for the state's many problems.
Three months after the so-called Bridgegate scandal flared, Governor Christie still does not show a hint of concern that senior members of his administration put politics ahead of public safety -- an issue that he brushes off as 'a distraction.'
"I was hoping the governor would hit pause on the phony rhetoric and provide a credible explanation about why his administration botched the Superstorm Sandy recovery effort and how the Port Authority could be so badly abused for political purposes. Unfortunately, that did not happen," Chairman Currie said. "When eight out of ten grant applications from Superstorm Sandy survivors are inappropriately denied, it should trigger alarm and administrative action, not one-liners and finger-pointing. The people of New Jersey have a right to be angry that the Christie administration has made their lives more difficult. We deserve more substantive reform and less spin. Addressing the problems the governor helped create remains a top priority, even if Chris Christie considers them inconvenient or irrelevant."
When not covertly fundraising elsewhere, Governor Christie's limited public appearances have been held in friendly surroundings around New Jersey. The events have a heavily produced, show business quality, and have left unanswered the many serious questions about the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal, crony Sandy recovery contracts, and the shady activities of his top political appointees, including Port Authority Chairman David Samson.