Arrogance And Politicians

Instead of enjoying and celebrating our country’s independence in New Jersey this weekend, we were instead reminded of how arrogant, insensitive, uncaring, two-faced, and self-centered politicians can be. I have other words in mind but choose not to use them here.

It seems our governor decided to shut down the government this weekend because he hasn’t been able to get some revisions he wanted on a health bill. This is a typical Chris Christie move. He doesn’t get what he wants so he bullies people and tries to intimidate them. It’s what he’s done to teachers and other union members for the last eight years. If there’s anyone alive who had any doubt he was behind Bridgegate then you must be a member of his immediate family, though I’m not sure they have much use for him either.

Of course shutting down the government means that all state parks would be closed during this long holiday weekend. One of those state parks is Island Beach State Park where families go to enjoy the beach. Since it was closed, families had to find other, more expensive alternatives if they wanted to visit the beach.

But wait, not all families were inconvenienced. It seems the state provides the governor access to a home on Island Beach State Park. Of course the home comes with access to the park and beach. So guess who decided to bring their family to the beach this weekend, sit on the sand and smile at the cameras?

                       You guessed it. There’s our governor and his family in all his self-centered arrogance, sunning himself on an empty beach, while taxpayers were not allowed in.

When asked about it his response was, “That’s the way it goes. Run for governor and you can have the residence.”

I’m convinced the word scum was created for people like him.

Happy Fourth of July!!!

61 thoughts on “Arrogance And Politicians

  1. DailyMusings

    We were in Avon yesterday and both Bradley & Avon were packed- more than usual I was told by one of the attendants because of the shut down. I thought it was a joke when I heard about Christie sitting on the beach, until I saw it in many news sources and realized it was not. He is a pig. Period. Scum as you said. People who went to take care of car registrations and driving tests also shut out. What a disgusting excuse for a human being. IMHO of course 🙂

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    1. George Post author

      Your opinion is shared by most if not all. I figured the beaches would be unusually crowded because of this. So instead of NJ residents paying 10.00 for a car to get onto IBSP, families have to pay 8.00 a person to get on a beach. But scum doesn’t care.

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  2. roughwighting

    I’m not sure I realized that we have New Jersey as a connection, George (I grew up in southern NJ). The NJ citizens voted him in. We can only hope that the NJ citizens vote him out. But arrogance and self-centerness seems to be the political ‘craze’ these days. I’ll happily forego his beach and go to my all-time-favorite Ocean City, NJ spot this summer. A lovely family-centered surf and sand vacation that will be much better off with no arrogant egomaniacs beaching themselves next to us. ;-0

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    1. George Post author

      Thankfully his term is up at the end of the year. His approval rating is 15% which will probably go down significantly after this. It’s the lowest rating for any governor in modern history.
      On a brighter note, Ocean City is great for families. When we go down for the day we go to Belmar. If we’re going to spend a few days or rent a house for the week, we either go to Avalon/Stone Harbor or Cape May.
      Enjoy your vacation this year. The little ones will love it😊

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      1. roughwighting

        All wonderful beach towns. I began my summer trek to OC,NJ as an infant, and my parents made sure we had a week’s rental there every year. Then I did the same with my kids (even though we lived in CA!) and now, they are doing the same with their little ones. How cool is that? 🙂

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  3. colinandray

    I cannot make up my mind whether individuals like that are really stupid (they don’t realize that in today’s society, very little will escape a camera lens), or just plain arrogant with the belief that they are “untouchable”. Of course, with the trend being set by your Pres., perhaps I should conclude “individuals like that” are in fact both stupid and arrogant?

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    1. George Post author

      I think some people thought itself just a joke until they saw the photos and his interview. Outrage is a good word, along with some unprintable ones.

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  4. Anne Mehrling

    I’ve decided I’d be much happier if I ignored the news. I got caught up in the last election, which made for good conversation between John and me. We agreed on everything. I am sickened by the behavior of politicians and abrasive voters. Where are the good, decent people? They’ve got to be still here in the country. Somewhere. OK. They are like me, silent and invisible. We don’t speak up, because we don’t want to be vilified. How can we make the nasties self-destruct?

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    1. George Post author

      I try not to watch the news any more either. I just can’t. It’s too depressing. But it was hard to escape this one since it hit home. When you come up with a way to have them self destruct, let me know..:)

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    1. George Post author

      I didn’t realize that either. I love the southern part of the shore. It’s quieter, more families and lots to do. Wildwood is a little sketchy at times but it’s a great Boardwalk.
      Yes, typical Christie.

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  5. edgar62

    Are you kidding me – 15% – people have been elected to the Senate on less. I mean he’s not elected for life so at some point people have re-elected him. We have a State Government that has created a state with the highest unemployment, in the commonwealth, the lowest investment, a government that is a good socialist, borrow and spend government, – half the government departments are in crisis and the other half are just waiting their turn, but hey, we have re-elected this government 5 – that’s Five – times. Australian joke: “Why does South Australia have so many incompetent Ministers? Answer; It’s the fastest way to get promotion.” I don’t know your Governor and you don’t know my State Government, but it would seem we have similar concerns and it seems to me the more incompetent and arrogant a politician is, the better his/her chances are of being elected. What’s wrong with us George, why do we keep electing these clowns?

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    1. George Post author

      I don’t know the answer to that questions, Edgar. But if we keep doing it then we get what we deserve. Shame on us for believing and voting for the same garbage. Even worse, shame on those who don’t vote at all.

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      1. edgar62

        Australia is a democracy – we have compulsory voting! . Don’t vote, we fine you until such time as you agree to exercise your democratic right and vote :o) It used to be $20 but I think it has recently been increased to $100. It comes under the Criminal Code Act 1995

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      2. aginggracefullymyass

        We have visited several sets of friends in Oz on two occassions, and when we found out about compulsory voting, we thought it was brilliant! That would never fly in the USA right now where the GOP is all about suppressing votes. But maybe after the Democrats take control in 2018 and 2020…??

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  6. Osyth

    What an absolute disgrace. My husband regularly quotes CC as the epitome of vile bodies. I am speechless at this latest development. On top of that I am sorry for the good people of NJ whom this scumbag is supposed to represent. Can’t someone just drown him?

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  7. Almost Iowa

    The real outrage is one of two things:
    1. No one on his staff tapped him on the shoulders and said, “Don’t do this.”
    2. A staffer warned him and he didn’t give a #$%^.

    Our governor (Minnesota) defunded the legislature when he didn’t get his way. Whatever happened to moving on when you lost a vote?

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    1. George Post author

      You’re right about the real outrage. The reality is he just doesn’t care. He’s that arrogant and self centered. When his press secretary was asked if he thought it was a good example to the taxpayer that he was getting sun on an empty beach that was closed, his response was, “He wasn’t getting any sun. He had a baseball cap on.” None of them care, especially since he only had a few months left in his term.
      And you’re right about moving in. Some people just can’t let their egos accept a defeat or someone saying no to them.

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  8. aFrankAngle

    Yes – the governor has a house in the park with access to the beach … yes, he has the right to go there any time he wants – and even access the beach any time … then again, the aspect of common sense is another story.

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  9. Ann Coleman

    I am rarely at a loss for words, but this one did it. At least not words that I want to leave in the comment section of a good blogging friend’s blog. Hopefully, he will be voted out very, very, soon.

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  10. Ilona Elliott

    We have given everything over to the bullies it seems. What a sad testament to our national psyche. And yes, I once heard a preacher say we get the government we deserve. We must be very very bad right now. It’s getting harder and harder to remain upbeat about the direction our country is headed George. Hope you had a nice fourth regardless of the arrogant display by your elected representative. Maybe someone needs to remind him of that.

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  11. reocochran

    I apologise for being late to your Fourth of July post, George. A week before this holiday, I pre-scheduled posts and told my friends I was off to Cleveland and visiting my Mom and then back on July 7th for my oldest daughter’s wedding at City Hall. Her first wedding was supposed to be elegant and we all contributed to it several years back, I have the dresses for the “wedding” (female) “party” which didn’t happen. Groom got cold feet, sadly.
    It was such a beautiful and simple service and out small town Mayor Carolyn Riggles cried with us!
    Anyway, this should be against state Constitution and someone should find out how to change this!! Parks are meant for the public, especially the average people (like me) who cannot afford a pool membership!!
    Thanks for sharing one more arrogant politician, who joins all three parties who have at least a few bad apples (or more!!)
    Hope your family’s Fourth of July was fantastic, 🎈 🎆 🇺🇸 despite stupid Chris Christie!

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  12. Fourth Generation Farmgirl

    His behavior really is unbelievable. Unfortunately, self-serving and petty behavior are becoming the norm everywhere, especially politics. It’s a sad state of affairs. Sometimes I wonder–to quote a Jack Johnson song, “Where Have All the Good People Gone?”

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