Christie Town Hall tomorrow expected to be “A cross between the Jerry Springer and Maury Povich shows”
Governor Chris Christie will likely be tan and relaxed after a holiday weekend in Puerto Rico when he arrives in Middletown for his first Town Hall Meeting since last June tomorrow.
He should be ready for bear.
Christie could get RREM’d tomorrow.
Bayshore residents who overwhelmingly voted for Christie in 2009 and again last November are ready to give up on giving Christie the benefit of the doubt. The politically connected feel he’s taken Republican Monmouth and Ocean Counties for granted. Those still suffering from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy feel like Christie has ridden their suffering to national prominence while neglecting his self professed “mission” to rebuild the shore.
The powder keg of frustration with Christie was building before the election and certainly before Bridgegate. Sandy victims brutalized by the storm feel further violated by the red tape and false starts peddled by all levels of government, banks and insurance companies.
The George Washington Bridge controversy is small potatoes to the New Jersey residents Christie will face tomorrow. These people would gladly trade places with those who were inconvenienced by traffic jams for a week. They feel they’ve been abused for 16 months. The recent scandals make them view Christie like a suspected cheating spouse. The news, some accurate and some not, about Christie cronies making millions from Sandy relief dollars and money going to areas not impacted by the storm, while they, their friends, families and neighbors continue to suffer with excuses and bureaucratic hoops to jump through, has gotten under their skin and into their psyches. Just three months ago they renewed their vows with the Governor, believing he would deliver. Now they wonder if he ever meant what he promised. They want to believe him and forgive him, but they are at the end of their ropes. They are tired of waiting. The recent news and scandals have them questioning who Christie really is.
“It will be a combination of the Jerry Springer Show and the Maury Povich Show,” one local official said on the condition of anonymity. “and local (Republican) elected officials don’t care. They are fed up too.”
The show starts at 11am tomorrow morning at the VFW Hall in Port Monmouth. 1 Veterans Lane, which if off Route 36. The doors open at 10am and seating is first come first served. The folks at the VFW tell us that the room has a capacity of 500. Expect an overflow.
A mobile cabinet meeting is scheduled to start at 12:30.