Ah, New Jersey. The land where fake orange tans and affable, clueless Republicans come together to make magic. New Yorkers should consider themselves lucky to live so close to New Jersey, particularly right now.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, one-time potential Republican presidential candidate, continues to think it prudent to make public comments on a variety of topics, despite consistently sticking his foot in his mouth at every turn. Suffice it to say, there’s hardly anyone in the state of New Jersey who isn’t mad at Christie right now.
Civil rights groups and are mad at him for making an asinine, historically inaccurate comment about the civil rights movement on the eve of Black History Month. Christie said that civil rights activists “would have been happy to have a referendum on civil rights rather than fighting and dying in the streets of the South.”
Gay rights groups are mad at him because he’s said he will veto a referendum that would legalize gay marriage in the state, and then resorted to name-calling when the bill’s sponsor criticized him.
National Republicans are mad at him for calling Newt Gingrich an “embarrassment” to the GOP (although, admittedly, he’s kind of right about that).
Even the cast of Jersey Shore, the last people one would expect to get involved in politics, has expressed disdain for the governor. After the city of Hoboken denied MTV a permit to shoot a Jersey Shore spinoff there, Christie chimed in calling the show “bad,” and said the cast members were buffoons. Then he vetoed a film credit for the show’s production company. Now Snooki has taken to Twitter saying she will not be voting for Christie come next election cycle.
To Christie’s credit, Snooki is hardly a political threat. Still, perhaps he ought to consider taking a break from the spotlight for a bit.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 1, 2012