Chris Christie’s basking in the glory (albeit while wearing a rain poncho) of a reopened Jersey Shore this holiday weekend. The media coverage is intense and, frankly, the optics are pretty wonderful for an incumbent facing reelection in less than six months.
His challenger’s choice was a little bit less orthodox for the first day of the Shore’s biggest weekend. Barbara Buono spent her Friday in Spotswood, over 30 miles from Belmar’s beaches, accepting the endorsement of an obscure mayor.
I can appreciate the challenge associated with stealing the spotlight from Chris Christie. But to avoid the Shore altogether? You’re telling me not one TV station or newspaper would’ve worked her into the story had she decided to stroll the Belmar, Seaside Heights, Atlantic City or Ocean City boardwalks? And let’s face it… endorsements don’t matter very much. If you’re a GOP’er who lands a boatload of Dem nods? Sure. Picking up one Republican high five from the leader of a city of about 8,000 (in your home county, by the way) isn’t worth the trade off in my humble opinion.
Call your favorite Jersey Shore town’s municipal hall, tourism division or lifeguard HQ. Check to see if they have an active FB page. Or, if you’re so inclined, The New York Times launched a pretty cool interactive map last week that indicates, town-by-town, whether your favorite Jersey Shore resort’s beaches are “open for business” over the Memorial Day Weekend holiday. A few beaches still aren’t ready post-Sandy but, despite those very few exceptions, the vast majority of New Jersey’s sands will accommodate tourists as they always have in years past.
Excitement is building at both ends of the G.S. Parkway despite a sour weather forecast. For many weeks now, Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno have been touring Shore points to raise awareness; the Big Guy appeared on NBC’s Today Show on Friday morning to formally reopen the rebuilt Seaside Heights Boardwalk:
Your Blogger-in-Chief will naturally be at the Shore this weekend, too…
You may’ve missed this the other day, Save Jerseyans, but some WNYC reporter asked Chris Christie at his Lavallette presser whether NJ Transit had been under-prepared for climate change ahead of Superstorm Sandy. Yes, you read that correctly. Apparently the reporter had never ridden NJ Transit before or she’d know that its problems predate the global warming fad!
Well, first of all, I don’t agree with the premise of your question because I don’t think there’s been any proof thus far that Sandy was caused by climate change,” Christie said, as residents and officials from Lavallette clapped. “But I would absolutely expect that that’s exactly what WNYC would say, because you know liberal public radio always has an agenda. And so since I disagree with the premise of your question I don’t feel like I have to answer the rest of it.” (You can hear the full audio at the bottom of this post.)”
State Senator Joe Kyrillos said he won the U.S. Senate primary without the Bayshore Tea Party support, “by the largest margin in half a century,” and that he is confident that 13th legislative district Republicans will nominate him for another term in the June 4th primary election.
“We’re working hard,” Kyrillos said of himself and his running mates, “probably harder than we need to, but it is energizing and gratifying to meet with so many constituents.”
And as ticked as I am at Sen. Sweeney for kicking hurricane victims while they are down, I’m getting just as annoyed with the Jersey Shore’s Democratic state senators, two men who’ve had fantastic access to Sweeney’s ear yet haven’t said a word in their constituents’ defense.
Jeff Van Drew and Jim Whelan represent two districts that got hit very hard by Superstorm Sandy. Their districts are still rebuilding. Businesses are still working on opening their doors, hopefully in time for Memorial Day Weekend but in many cases that’s an unrealistic aspiration. Damaged houses are waiting to become homes again once. People are scared that the summer season will be a total bust, and that their livelihoods will go bust, too.
Yet both Whelan and Van Drew haven’t made a single peep, criticism, or call for action. I guess you can compliment Van Drew and Whelan for their party loyalty if you value such a thing since they’ve put the Democratic Party ahead of their constituents trying to rebuild.
The New York City Police Department has reminded its 34,000 officers than women appearing in public “simply exposing their breasts” have committed no crime, according to a report in The New York Times.
New York’s highest court decided in 1992 the law which prohibited females exposing their breasts below the top of the areola violated the equal protection clauses of the Federal and New York Constitutions. The equal protection clause is part of the 14th amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Well, Save Jerseyans, we had a great time at the NJYRF Convention today at beautiful Point Pleasant Beach. You missed out if you slept in! The skies were gray but spirits were high as enthused 20- and 30-something New Jersey Republicans looked forward to a productive general campaign season over the coming months.
All in all the progress since October ’12 is pretty remarkable, though there are naturally still many visible signs of Sandy damage everywhere you turn. Small public works and contractor crews can be seen busily tinkering up and down the boardwalk in an attempt to complete ramps, repair storefronts and wire lights before Memorial Day Weekend arrives.
It’s a damn shame the Trenton Dems are playing politics with it! Nothing is sacred to those people, but from what we could tell, the Jersey Shore is definitely “open for business” in spite of the partisan ridiculousness and our beach communities seem ready to accomodate an influx of visitors (and their tourist dollars) in six days’ time. Hallelujah! Just don’t expect the exact same Jersey Shore that your knew growing up; for example, the new Point Pleasant boardwalk utilizes different, stronger materials. Think of it as a metaphor for the entire post-Sandy experience.